Press

A press release announcing the start of the SCENT project, was issued by ICCS and distributed through the majority of trusted Greek media (electronic and print) on September 26th, 2016. The press release, generated an article in subject portal Ecozen.gr.

The article, entitled “To an interactive Citizen Observatory for the Environment”, highlights project’s main objectives and future planned activities, stressing the expected impact of SCENT’s smart toolbox and initiative in influencing the European environmental policy making process.

Please find both the ICCS press release and Ecozen.gr article below in a pdf format:

  • ICCS press release in GR(pdf
  • Ecozen.gr article (pdf

In this article different videos and TV footages showcasing the trials tha took place in the framework of the RECONASS project on August 25, 2016 in Sweden are included: 

 

The RECONASS project field demonstration have been succesfully performed in Alvdalen, Sweden, on August 25, 2016. During the trials Dr. Angelos Amditis, Head of I-SENSE Group and RECONASS project coordinator, gave an interview in TV4 News explaining the developed RECONASS system and the need this system has been developed to cover in the structural assesment area, as well as the performed trials during which, the RECONASS system as a whole, assessed rapidly the structural condition of the monitored building after a disastrous event. 

You can watch the video of the whole interview below.

 

The Horizon magazine, the European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine, has published on Tuesday 28 June 2016 an article entitled: Electric roads to charge your car as you drive’ which features the FABRIC project work. The article was  a result of Dr. Amditis interview regarding project activties at the Horizon magazine editorial manager Elizabeth Boorman. 

The article is available at <link> Enjoy reading! 

To learn more on FABRIC activities please visit the project official sites: http://www.fabric-project.eu/ or join our discussion on LinkedIn.

ICCS holds the 31st position in the list of the Top 50 Research Centers in Europe and is one of the 5 Greek Research Centers appear in that list. Τhis rating is derived from the Horizon 2020 Monitoring Report 2014 and the criteria for the rating has to do with the number of European projects that each Research Center participates and the overall funding received for the years 2011-2013.

Proffessor Yannis Vassilliou, ICCS director, gave an interview about ICCS's success in the Greek magazine Οικονομική Επιθεώρηση/ Oikonomiki Epitheorisi published on June 2016. The respective article is available here as pdf.

The European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine, the Horizon magazine, has published the article entilted: "Quake, storm or fire? Airborne tech is coming to the rescue" which produced by an interview that Dr. Angelos Amditis, the Head of I-SENSE Research Group, gave and features the RECONASS project.

A link to the article can be found here: http://horizon-magazine.eu/article/quake-storm-or-fire-airborne-tech-coming-rescue_en.html 

The Greek Magazine "4 troxoi" published on 10 February 2016 a very interesting and detailed article about the CityMobil2 demonstration of public transport automated vehicles, without a driver that is currently taking place in the City of Trikala, including interviews of the basic contributors.

angelos Amditis 4troxoiAmongst them Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director of ICCS and the Head of I-SENSE Research Group had explained the State of the Art technologies and future trends on automation in road transport at a European and International level as well as the importance of the Trikala pilot activities towards the creation of an automated transportation system. He also talked about the I-SENSE Group's overall activities in the area of Intelligent Transport System ephasising specifically on the related to automation and to dynamic charging for EVs work of the Group. 

The full article is available at: http://www.4troxoi.gr/epikairotita/ellada/paei-mono-toy 

Following an invitation of the European Commission, industry representatives and public authorities have agreed  on a shared vision for the coordinated deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in Europe and issued a respective report as a guidance on how the EU can make the most of connected cars. This considers as an important step towards connected cars as C-ITS enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with the infrastructure. This can notably improve road safety and reduce congestion. The report was published on Thursday 21 January 2016 by the European Commission (DG Connect) and can be found through the following link:http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/its/doc/c-its-platform-final-report-january-2016.pdf. This report is the result of the one year work performed in the framework of the C-ITS Platform of the European Commission. 

The Platform for the Deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in the European Union (C-ITS Platform) was launched by the Commission in July 2014, and met for the first time in November 2014.The objective of the C-ITS platform was to identify and agree on how to ensure interoperability of C-ITS across borders and along the whole value chain, as well as to identify the most likely and suitable deployment scenario(s). These include the first vehicleto-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) services to be deployed across the EU and their most beneficial geographical environments (long distance corridors, secondary roads and the urban environment).

The scope of the C-ITS platform was focussed on the main technical (frequencies, hybrid communications, (cyber-)security and access to in-vehicle data) and legal issues (such as liability, data protection and privacy). It also covered standardisation, cost benefit analysis, business models, public acceptance, road safety and other implementation topics, international cooperation, etc. Dr. Amditis, Research Director of ICCS and the Head I-SENSE Research Group participated among other in the Platform's respective work and discussions. More information can in found in the following press release avaialbe here in pdf format (GR).

An article describing the Trikala pilot activities, that was performed with the strong invlolvement of I-SENSE Research Group of ICCS, has been published in Le Temps (FR)

the whole article is avaialble at: https://www.letemps.ch/societe/2016/01/06/grece-teste-bus-conducteur-zone-urbaine 

The opening ceremony of the large-scale demonstration of public transport automated vehicles, WITHOUT DRIVER, in the City of Trikala, Greece was held with great success on Tuesday, November 10th 2015.

leoforiaThe demonstration will last 5 months and are conducted with the support of the Municipality of Trikala, e-Trikala S.A., the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the company Robosoft, the Region of Thessaly and the Greek Police, within the framework of the European project CityMobil2. It is certainly worth mentioning that this is the first time in history that fully automated vehicles are driving in the city streets along with manually driven cars, which can only mean that the realization of these pilot tests in the City of Trikala is an endeavor both innovative and ground-breaking at an international level.

The European project CityMobil2, which is co-financed by the European Union under the 7th Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration, focuses mainly on the promotion of the necessary legislative and regulatory adjustments to allow the future deployment of automated transport systems, with basic aim to address the largest issues of most big cities, such as traffic congestion, environmental protection and road safety.

ICCS’s role in the CityMobil2 project is to define the technical characteristics of the automated vehicles that are already used in trials in many European cities, and in particular the requirements regarding the recognition and avoidance of obstacles and other objects along their path. ICCS also contributed to the design of the wireless communication amongst vehicles as well as to the design and installation of the necessary infrastructure of the control centre in Trikala. In addition, ICCS performed the traffic study for the system design in the City of Trikala, in close co-operation with the company e-Trikala S.A. On top of all that, ICCS significantly contributed to the discussions and efforts that took place in order to reform the Greek regulatory framework so as to allow the performance of the demonstration in the City of Trikala.

sinentefksi typouBefore the opening ceremony, a press conference took place, during which all involved in this pilot site stakeholders presented in detail this important effort. The representatives of the basic stakeholders that made this demonstration a reality took the stand as follows:

  • Mrs Theopisti Perka, Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks;
  • Mr. Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of the City of Trikala;
  • Mr. Odysseas Raptis, CEO of e-Trikala S.A.,
  • Mr. Carlos Holgu
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    , project manager of the Research Center for Transport and supply chain of the University of Rome (CTL) and coordinator of the project CityMobil2 and
  • Mr. Panos Kouvalis, Motor Underwriting Manager, INTERAMERICAN P&C S.A.

During this press conference, Dr. Angelos Amditis explained the role of ICCS in the conduction of the demonstration in the City of Trikala, while he stated the following for the importance of the demonstration of automated vehicles in the City at an international level:

“ …automation in transport is approaching on an international level, especially if you take into consideration the fact that in the next three years, almost 300 million euros are going to be spent on research activities focusing on automated transportation, and that in the E.U. alone. Therefore, we can all understand that what is taking place today in Trikala is a breakthrough with a huge impact. Automated transportation doesn’t work in competition with the public transportation modes we are using today. On the contrary, they are working complementary to them in order to assist the overall design and planning of public transport, so as to become more viable, safer and with multiple benefits (in development, in the environment….) for the user as much as for the city itself. I would like to point out that according to the above info, it is now clear that the citizens of the city of Trikala are playing a determining role in the evolution of automated transportation since they will be the first in the world to evaluate this kind of development, and they are expected to contribute drastically to the final design of these systems according to their needs”.

Kentro ElegxouAfter the end of the press conference, the different stakeholders visited the vehicle control center and boarded the 4 available automated vehicles for a ride along the predetermined route which has been specifically designed, for this purpose, route inside the urban environment of Trikala.

 For more info about the Greek contribution to the CityMobil2 project and the role of ICCS, please contact Dr. Angelos Amditis (a.amditis@iccs.gr), Research Director of ICCS and Head of I-SENSE Group (http://i-sense.iccs.gr/)

 

Please find here the press release both in English (PDF) and in Greek (PDF)