Press

A press release was issued on 13 September 2018 on the occasion of the 1st pilot activities of the Scent EU project at Kifisos basin in Attica region. The press release is available here as a pdf in both (GR) and (EN) languages.

As a result the following articles were published at popular Greek and Irish online media: 

www.kathimerini.gr Chacing little creatures in Kifisos riverbed  (pdf) 

www.tanea.gr One new application is targeting on the prevention of floods (pdf)

www.in.gr One new application is targeting on the prevention of floods (pdf)

https://irishtechnews.ie/ Volunteers Wanted in Greece for New Augmented Reality Game to Help Prevent Floods in Attica Region (pdf)

A press release was issued by the Institute of Communication and Computer System (ICCS) and EGNATIA ODOS S.A on the occasion of the SENSKIN Final Pilot at the Egnatia Motorway ravine bridge G4 in Krystalopigi and the 3rd SENSKIN workshop that will take place in Metsovion Interdisciplinary Research Center M.I.R.C of N.T.U.A, in Metsovo, Greece on the 21st of September 2018.

A press release was issued by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) on the occasion of the launch of the WeObserve Communities of Practice (CoPs) that took place during the Citizen Science Workshop Day of the 2nd International ECSA Conference (6 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland).

A press release was issued by Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) on the occasion of the third field test of INACHUS project that took place on April 20th in Weeze, Germany. Victims localization tools, secure communication system and Common Operational Picture and Emergency Support System were demonstrated and evaluated by 15 end users from all over Europe. The press release is available as a pdf in both EN and GR  languages.

A joint press release was issued by the Greek partners of COREALIS, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), SEAbility LTD (SEAB) and Piraeus Container Terminal SA (PCT). The main goal of COREALIS project is to propose a strategic, innovative framework, for cargo ports to handle upcoming and future capacity, traffic, efficiency and environmental challenges. This framework is supported by disruptive technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, next generation traffic management and emerging 5G networks. The press release is available here as a pdf in both EN and GR languages.

A Press Release was issued by the IN-PREP project Coordinator, ICCS, on the occasion of the project’s start,on September 23, 2017. Please find the press release in GR here as a PDF.

The press release was distributed through the majority of trusted Greek media (electronic and print) andi is also available here in EN. 

Dr. Angelos Amditis, Director of I-SENSE Research Group, gave an interview on Friday, 26 January 2018, about the implementation of eCall in Greece and explained the related activities that took place from 2009 until today, with the strong involvement of ICCS. The interview was given during the National TV programme "Proti Eidisi" of ERT, the Greek public television. PLease find the video of his full interview in GR below.

 

A press release was issued by ICCS on the occassion of  a Pan-European survey that took place in the framework of the ELVITEN H2020 Project activities. The aim of the survey was to collect EU citizens feedback about the use of Light Electric Vehicles as a mean for a sustainable, safe and citizen friendly transportation system. The press release is available  as a pdf in both EN and GR languages.

As a result ELVITEN gained the following publicity in the Greek popular press: 

9/1/2018, APE-MPE, "Pan - European survey about the Light Electric Vehicles, as a mean for a sustainable, safe and citizen friendly transportation system", (pdf)

9/1/2018, Energia.gr, "Pan - European survey about the Light Electric Vehicles, as a mean for a sustainable, safe and citizen friendly transportation system", (pdf)   

9/1/2018, Ecozen.gr, "The city of Trikala is a part of  a Pan-European Survey for Light Electric Vehicles", (pdf)

The CONCORDA (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation) project was kicked off on November 20 in Brussels. CONCORDA is a 33-month project, estimated at 20 million euro and with a timeline from 1 October 2017 until 30 June 2020. The project consortium includes 26 international partners from 5 Member States. The project is funded under a Grant Agreement from CEF (Connected Europe Facility) and INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), under the powers delegated by the European Commission. 

The kick-off meeting was hosted by ERTICO – ITS Europe and opened with a keynote address from Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe, followed by contributions from Johanna Tzanidaki and Eusebiu Catana (both from ERTICO – ITS Europe), who expressed their satisfaction in meeting the project partners and provided a general overview of the project and its objectives.

CONCORDA is organised in 6 main activities, with 34 milestones. The main objectives are the following:

  • Assess the performance of hybrid communication systems in terms of reliability and availability
  • Improve localisation services
  • Contribute to a new standard of evaluation of the existing standards such as ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems)
  • Contribute to interoperability and continuity of services: the specifications (new or evolved standards) will be applied on all test sites according to the C-ITS Platform recommendations in order to guarantee the interoperability and continuity of services piloted in the CONCORDA project aiming at EU-wide interoperability of services.
  • Cooperation with the European Commission, C-ROADS (a joint initiative of European Member States and road operators for testing and implementing C-ITS services in light of cross-border harmonisation and interoperability), SENSORIS (Sensor Ingestion Integration Specification), EATA (European Automotive Telecom Alliance), CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads), 5GAA (5G Automotive Alliance - 5th generation mobile networks) and NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Network).

In particular, CONCORDA will respect all C-ITS services deployed within the C-Roads initiative and will ensure that newly deployed C-ITS services or C-ITS services using new communication systems(e.g. LTE-V2X) and will not affect existing services in terms of interferences and interoperability, will contribute to the preparation of the European motorways for automated driving and high density truck platooning with adequate connected services and technologies.

Eusebiu Catana also highlighted the key technical elements of the project - hybrid communications, localisation services, standards, interoperability and cooperation with other platforms, such as C-Roads. CONCORDA will contribute to the preparation of European motorways for automated driving and high density truck platooning with adequate connected services and technologies. The main objective of the project is to assess the performance (reliability/availability) of hybrid communication systems combining 802.11p and LTE under real traffic situations.

Later, Edwin Fischer from Deutsche Telekom gave an overview and set the objectives of the first three CONCORDA activities, namely (1) the pilot roll-out preparation, (2) technology integration, and (3) pilot operation. Activity 3 - pilot operation –will involve the Member States test sites (5 in total, 1 per country). The CONCORDA pilot sites will be in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and France, each of which was also presented at the Kick-Off meeting.

Activity 4 - pilot evaluation – was introduced  by Evangelos Sdongos, from ICCS, while activity 5 - parallel studies and best practices - was explained by Eric Kenis, from MoW.

The final activity - project management & communication - was presented by Maria Afsar, and Zane Mezdreija. ERTICO – ITS Europe will take the lead on this activity.  A set of follow-up actions were  identified for this activity at the meeting:  organising technical workshops, cooperating with Associate partners, completing the list of partners involved in the activity, planning of tasks and cooperation and contributing to delivering the milestones.

CONCORDA has been a project initiated by EATA, the European Alliance of Telecoms and Automotive and although many of the EATA members decided not to take part in the EU project proposal of CONCORDA (they are Associate partners to the project), they remain interested to allign their work and testing in this field, with that of the partners working under the direct obligations of the CONCORDA Grant Agreement (the beneficiaries). ERTICO, as Project |Managers of CONCORDA will be responsible in ensuring the smooth cooperation between the CONCORDA Beneficiaries and the Associate members towards the aim as this is stated in the Grant Agreement of CONCORDA.