Compass4D Thessaloniki pilot unveils its priorities and action plan for sustainable mobility

Today, representatives of Thessaloniki's local and regional government presented their plans on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems for the 2014-2020 period in an open forum on ITS. This event welcomed Compass4D's fifth meeting in Europe where industry stakeholders, public authorities and users had the chance to exchange views on cooperation schemes and common policy priorities and actions.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor Region of Central Macedonia, stated that: "Smart mobility systems are a central axis in the region's programme for the period of 2014-2020. We aim to make the Region of Central Macedonia an internationally competitive and innovative region in the sector of smart and sustainable mobility."

The debate was held in the framework of the "Thessaloniki Smart Mobility Week: The future for ITS". The event was of major importance, as highlighted by Giannis Mpoutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, as " illustrates the actions that the municipality of Thessaloniki has taken and the initiatives in which it has participated both at European and national levels" paving the way to "a Smart City which supports sustainable mobility."

Compass4D operational phase just started

During the day, a live demonstration of Compass4D services was organised in Thessaloniki city centre where some of the over 150 taxis equipped with Compass4D services drove through the pilot site to show the state of the art of Compass4D.

Compass4D has in fact just completed the installation and pre-operational testing phases in the seven pilot sites where about 500 vehicles (trucks, cars, taxis, buses, vans and emergency vehicles) have been equipped with on-board units and will be piloted for one year. The operational procedures will soon be launched on public roads of all pilot sites, where local teams will ensure that the cooperative systems and services (C-ITS) are working properly and will provide support for the users in a sustainable way.

In Thessaloniki, Compass4D is deploying harmonised C-ITS services in 150 taxis from the Taxiway company involving more than 200 drivers. The services have now become reality in two locations of the pilot site; the Energy Efficient Intersection (EEI) service will be implemented along the Tsimiski Street, one of the main urban arterials in the central area of the city, whilst the Road Hazard Warning (RHW) service will be provided along the Peripheral Ring Road of Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki is a part of the first seven first cities in Europe that have installed and will maintain interconnection and communication technologies between vehicles and smart roads. These technologies will support a more environmental friendly, energy efficient and less congested city network. Thessaloniki is becoming a smart city and plays a central role in the evolution of ITS deployment in Europe. "The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), supports initiatives which relate to the deployment and the implementation of Smart Mobility Systems and solutions for Smart Cities". HIT exploits "the knowledge gained from research directly for the improvement of the daily life of travellers."


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