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
    , 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 (, Research Director of ICCS and Head of I-SENSE Group (


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

Press release • Launch of a New H2020 European project • 13 July 2015•

PASSME: Personalised Airport Systems for Seamless Mobility and Experience Project to Deliver Real Time Saving for Passengers

13 July 2015: European experts in the fields of aviation, transport, interior design and communications will work together with academia to reduce passenger waiting times by 1 hour, through one of the EU’s newest projects’- PASSME, where the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems-ICCS is actively participating as a partner. This 4, 9 € million project  is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and will be implemented by 12 European partners from 7 European Countries in a period of 36 months.  PASSME innovative technologies will be piloted in Hamburg (Germany) and Schiphol Airports (The Netherlands).

PASSME Group Photograph June 2015 TUD NL

                                                                                                                Figure 1. PASSME partners during the KoM on June 2015

The global market forecast 2013 – 2032 of Airbus anticipates that air traffic will grow at 4.7% annually resulting in an increase in the number of air passengers passing through airports. Consequently there is a need for new innovative solutions which will increase the comfort and speed of air travel for all passengers. Stakeholders including airlines and airports will also benefit from the application of the project results.

PASSME innovations aim to reduce the passenger travel and navigation time from the entrance of the airport of departure to leaving the arrival airport by 60 minutes. This will be achieved by integrating information between all stakeholders and transforming airport and aircraft operations and interiors to make the passenger journey times more comfortable and seamless.

The overall ambition of the PASSME project is to achieve the following high level targets:

  • Faster luggage drop off and collection (30 minutes).
  • Reducing queues at key touch points through forecasting and capacity adaptations (10 minutes).
  • Smart boarding systems (10 minutes).
  • Reducing buffers due to increased predictability (10 minutes).
  • Provide passengers with continuous access to timely information in order to forecast demand.
  • Improve the quality of experience for at least 70% of passengers throughout the door to door experience.

At the end of this project which is due to end in May 2018, PASSME will hope to have achieved the following breakthroughs:

  • A real time passenger centric system for managing passenger flows.
  • A passenger independent system for managing luggage flows.
  • Radically re-designed passenger centric airport and airplane processes and facilities.
  • A personalised device and smartphone application.

A Community of Practitioners (CoP) will also be established, including stakeholders and end-users (from different domains) including airports and airlines. This will give stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback on the development of the PASSME system that will benefit passengers and airports (by reducing bottle necks).

Within PASSME, ICCS has a two-fold role. On the one had ICCS will be leading the development of a personalised device for allowing the passenger to be kept informed of all the aspects of his/her journey, including navigational information in the airport and possible delays, and also for providing passenger centric information back to the PASSME backbone system. On the other hand ICCS will develop an indoor localisation service, to provide location information to the PASSME system, allowing it to make accurate forecasts of possible delays. ICCS will have a major role also in the integration of the overall system and on the testing of the final solution. ICCS will also assist in dissemination and security related management.

For further information on PASSME and about the work of ICCS in the framework of this project please contact Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director of ICCS, Head of I-SENSE Research Group (email:; tel: +30 210 7721663). 

Find the full press release here in both EN and GR

INTE-TRANSIT Final project results • 24 June 2015

The INTE-TRANSIT consortium has published the results of two and a half years of leading innovation towards the goal of enabling multimodality and intermodality in large logistics hubs, as are the MED port terminals, during its final event held in Piraeus on 24-25 June 2015.

A press released presenting the project's final results have been issued in 24 June 2015 by the three Greek partners, ICCS, SEability Ltd. and PCT. The full press release can be found here in both EN and GR

The press release resulted  the following articles in the Greek press:

E-Typos ǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

Euro2Day.grǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

ICT Plus ǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

 Athens-Macedonian News Agencyǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more ǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

The Sea ǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

Business ǁ 24 February 2015 ǁ Read more

NEXES RIA Kick-Off Meeting

The (R) Evolution of Emergency Services Starts Now !

June 23rd 2015

On June 22nd-23rd, the Kick-Off Meeting (KOM) of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action NEXES – NEXt generation Emergency Services has been held to signal the Action’s official launch on May 1st 2015.

Hosted in Lancaster UK by the Action’s Coordinator, RINICOM, the NEXES KOM event gathered the seventeen partners of the NEXES Consortium and the European Commision's Research Executive Agency (REA) representative, Mrs. Elina Manova, the NEXES Project Officer.

Throughout two days, NEXES’s large group of academia, industry and end-users experts discussed today’s reality within European emergency services, exchanging valuable experiences that provide the actual basis where the next generation of emergency services will be built upon. Benefiting from future media, including internet-based technologies and mobile apps, emergency services and citizens will have more and richer channels of interaction in case of need, namely serving those citizens experiencing disability or having special needs that still live estranged to accessible and universal emergency services. On a cheerful tone, NEXES partners discussed and defined the agenda for the following months as they engage citizens and specialists in emergency services and operations, in communications, networks, localisation and in information technologies to address the different social, technological, organisational, regulatory and ethical dimensions at play.

NEXES ( is a research and innovation action dedicated to the creation of the next generation of emergency services, innovative 112 services that display total conversation, improved location information and enhanced interoperability capabilities in emergencies. Integrating IP-based communications and interoperability technologies, NEXES promises to start a new revolution in emergency services, to the benefit of a more secure society.

ICCS main role in this project is the development and integration of an IP-based eCall implementation into the NEXES system. Moreover, it is responsible for providing the vision and recommendations for smart devices to be able to operate within a Next Generation Emergency System.

Please find the full press release here (EN), (GR). Learn more about the project through its official website: 

CityMobil2 goal is to address and finally remove three main barriers to the deployment of automated road vehicles: the implementation framework, the legal framework and the unknown wider economic effect.  To succeed this 12 cities have been revised their mobility plans to adopt effective automated transport systems from which the best 7 cases have been selected to organise demonstrations for a period of 6 to 8 months. The project has been procured two sets of automated vehicles and delivers them to the pilot cities for demonstrations to take place. We are very glad to announce that among these pilot cities is the Greek City of Trikala where ICCS is actively participating.

Find out below how the Greek media covered the different implementation phases of CityMobil2 in the pilot city of Trikala.


A new EU project has launched to pave the way towards the next generation integrated bridge management and monitoring systems.

Athens, 3 June 2015. Over the next three and a half years the European project SENSKIN will improve Structural Health Monitoring techniques for transport infrastructure through the development of an innovative monitoring and management system for bridges based on an inexpensive, low power, wireless, skin-like sensor. The project, which consists of 13 partners from 7 countries, officially launched its activities with the organisation of the consortium kick-off meeting that was held in Athens, Greece on 2-3 June 2015.

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is expected to play a predominant role in the management of the transport infrastructure nowadays mainly because much of the expected growth in traffic demand will have to be accommodated on existing infrastructure with widespread signs of deterioration, while climate changes may negatively affect the infrastructure loading. Yet, SHM techniques continue to rely on point-based, as opposed to spatial, sensing requiring a dense network of these point-sensors increasing considerably the monitoring cost. Furthermore, conventional sensors fail at relatively low strains and their communication system is unreliable in extreme service conditions: thus, they do not provide a foolproof alarm of an imminent structural collapse. 

The European project, SENSKIN, responds to the above by developing an inexpensive, low power, wireless, skin-like sensor that offers spatial sensing of irregular surfaces (transportation bridges in particular). This sensor will be able to withstand and monitor large strains and to self-monitor/report. Emerging Delay Tolerant Networks technology will be also applied so that the output of the sensors is transmitted even under difficult conditions, such as, in the case of an earthquake, where some communication networks are inoperable. Additionally, SENSKIN as a monitoring system will be supported by a Decision-Support-System for proactive condition-based structural intervention under operating loads and intervention after extreme events. The SENSKIN technology will be implemented in the case of bridges and tested, refined, evaluated and benchmarked on an actual bridge.

Following these, SENSKIN is expected to drastically reduce traffic disruptions from structural inspection and assessment works, decrease inspection and assessment costs, increase the safety of passengers and improve the working conditions of inspectors.

The Institute of communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is the SENSKIN project Coordinator and technical manager while it will also lead the work on the collection of end-user requirements and the design of the system architecture. Furthermore ICCS will undertake the design and implementation of the energy storage and harvesting unit, the sensor packaging and the overall system integration.

Please find the SENSKIN press release here (EN), (GR)

Towards the development of automated driving applications for daily traffic 

Team Photo 07 webAthens, 6 May 2015, More than 60 people coming from OEMs, Tier1 suppliers, Research Institutes and Universities are meeting today and tomorrow in Athens, 

Greece withthe opportunity of the General Assembly of the AdaptIVe IP, coordinated by the Volkswagen Group Research. The project develops various automated driving functions for daily traffic by dynamically adapting the level of automation to situation and driver status while legal issues that might impact successful market introduction are also addressed.

During these two days event the 29 project partners will have the opportunity to be informed and thoroughly discuss the first year project developments, the achieved results and plan the next steps for accomplishment of the project’s goals. A number of parallel meetings are also organised focusing on specific issues as Legal aspects and Human factors issues, Evaluation methods and framework as well as all related technical issues and applications.

The General Assembly is being organised by the Institute of Communication and Computer System (ICCS) partner of AdaptIVe and member of its Steering Committee. 

Find the detailed press release here.

Meeting photo 1 web

Reconstruction and REcovery Planning: Rapid and Continuously Updated COnstruction Damage, and Related Needs ASSessment (RECONASS)
Terrorist actions often strike building and civil critical infrastructures of strategic interest, such as government buildings, airports, harbors, bridges, head offices of large corporations. The same buildings and critical infrastructure are often among the facilities damaged in a natural disaster. During such events the above facilities may exceed their functional or structural limits and this can be visible. On the other hand, they can also suffer enormous damage to their capacity without producing any apparent visible signs. Such damage, for instance, in the case of an earthquake, can render the facility incapable of surviving consecutive aftershocks. These aftershocks take place within few hours of the earthquake and can have an intensity of up to 90% of the earthquake intensity.
The post-crisis damage assessment process for constructed facilities is based mainly on on-site inspection by experienced engineers. When the visible signs of damage are not of the kind that points to a definitive damage or non damage state, further analysis is necessary. The problem is compounded by the shortage of experienced inspectors and the inevitable time delay caused by an in-depth structural analysis during which time a conservative position has to be taken and the facility stays closed. This is extremely painful in the case of critical facilities, such as, for instance, buildings necessary for the planning and management of early and full recovery (e.g., the Ministry of the Interior, or civil protection agencies), or hospitals, police and fire stations, bridges and tunnels essential for the passage of emergency vehicles.
In case of large scale events (e.g., an earthquake or regional conflict), recent advances in Information and Communication Technologies, including Earth Observation, can shorten the time for an initial inspection to identify damaged constructed facilities. Still, this is information that is based exclusively on what can be seen from outside the facility and can replace a first, rapid inspection, to quickly screen out the obviously safe and the obviously unsafe facilities, that usually takes some days, but it cannot replace the detailed inspection that follows to provide a more reliable estimate of the structural condition of the facility that takes some weeks.
Recent advances in accurate positioning inside constructed facilities, in smaller, less expensive, lower power wireless sensors and in computation, present the opportunity to combine these developments into the capability to estimate automatically, reliably, in near real-time, the structural condition and damage of monitored building and civil infrastructure following a hazardous event.
In this frame RECONASS aims to provide a monitoring system for constructed facilities that will provide a near real time, reliable, and continuously updated assessment of the structural condition of the monitored facilities after a natural or manmade disaster (e.g., an earthquake or explosive devices), with enough detail to be useful for early and full recovery planning. The above assessment will be seamlessly integrated with automated, near real-time and continuously updated assessment of physical damage, loss of functionality, direct economic loss and needs of the monitored facilities and will provide the required input for the prioritization of their repair.
Still another aim of RECONASS is to provide seamless interoperability among heterogeneous networks to secure that the required information from the monitored facility can reach, in near real-time, the base station even after difficult conditions, such as post-crisis situations (e.g., in a post-earthquake situation).
The detailed monitoring provided in RECONASS is only economical for selected facilities that are essential for response and recovery or facilities that have a high value as a target for terrorist attacks. In case of spatially extended events, in order to assess the physical damage in the whole affected area, the detailed assessment of damage in the monitored facilities will be used for the speedy local calibration of satellite and oblique aerial photography dramatically reducing the required time to inform the post disaster/crisis needs assessment process and provide base data for reconstruction efforts.
All of the above will be part of the RECONASS next generation post-crisis needs assessment tool in regards to construction damage and related needs. This tool will enable fusion of external information, provide international interoperability between the involved units for reconstruction and recovery planning and support the collaborative work between these actors.
RECONASS will have significant social and economic consequences that include:

• Relief organizations, insurers and banks can begin funding restoration efforts at a much earlier date
• Reconstruction activities will start earlier
• It will be easier to obtain international financing soon after the disaster when the disaster is still in the news.
• Emergency response crews will be provided with critical and timely information on damage in monitored facilities so that danger can be pinpointed and emergency response directed with precision.
• Disaster cost will be reduced by preventing monitored structures from collapsing to limit damage to adjacent structures and additional loss of life when explosive devices impact highly populated urban centers.
• Disaster costs will also be reduced when providing shoring to weakened monitored buildings to protect them from the aftershock sequence.
• Safety will be promoted when dangerous monitored buildings or portions thereof will be demolished.
• Knowledge of the structural condition of monitored buildings will reduce likely building-closure durations and consequently business interruption costs.
• Identification of the safe monitored buildings for immediate use will help the government find the physical infrastructure needed to provide essential services.
• Knowing the functionality of hospitals immediately after the disaster will help the government direct injured victims to available hospital capacity.
• RECONASS information to all major recovery stakeholders (in the form that they need it) will help them acquire a common picture of the situation.
• Use of the RECONASS system will provide better situational awareness in case of any disastrous event helping to save lives, environment and culture
• Communication in case of disaster, such as guaranteed by the proposed communication gateway, in addition to helping the recovery efforts, can save lives.
• Early, effective handling of the reconstruction and recovery process will have long term financial repercussions

RECONASS is a project co-funded by the European Commission under FP7 that launched its activities in December 2013.
Apart from the dissemination of the project in the general public, as well as the exchange of information with other projects and organizations the same field work, ICCS is also responsible for the design and realization of the telecommunication solutions that will associate the control system and the data imputation with the central processing and visualizing station. This solution will include innovation of the interoperability of the means and the required resources for realization, providing at the same time a high level of credibility.
The reliable and continuous recording of construction failures through the specific control system, according to the ICCS scientists, can form an effective solution for the confrontation of many problems and to offer significant results, so much for the society as for the economy, as summarized below:

• Repairing activities in case of disasters will start much earlier.
• The emergency crews will have available important information about the condition of the disasters in the facilities.
• The cost of the disasters is expected to decrease, as the collapsing of inclined infrastructure will be avoided on time. In this way the nearby structures will be protected and the security of the citizens in densely populated occasions will be preserved.
• The demolition of facilities will become known faster.
• The knowledge of the normal state of the infrastructures will reduce the time that the buildings will not function as well as the economic loss from the pause of their use.
• There will be immediate evaluation of the situation of critical infrastructures and public buildings (e.g. hospitals, ministries, etc) to be placed faster in the disposal of the authorities when facing crises.
• The use of the RECONASS system will provide improved operational knowledge in case of a disaster.

The RECONASS Press Release can be found here (EN), (GR) as well as in the RECONASS official website

An article focusing on AQUAKNIGHT research activities and innovations have been published on ICE news section. The article entitled: "Cooperation Framework towards Efficient Water Resources Management – The AQUAKNIGHT Project" can be found here