Compass4D operational phase starts as Thessaloniki pilot unveils its priorities and action plan for sustainable mobility (EN)


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Compass4D operational phase starts as Thessaloniki pilot unveils its priorities and action plan for sustainable mobility

Thessaloniki, 24 September 2014 – Today representatives of Thessaloniki’s local and regional governmental institutions presented their plans on deployment of  Intelligent Transport Systems for the 2014-2020 period in an open forum on ITS. This event welcomed the Compass4D fifth meeting in Europe where industry stakeholders, public authorities and users had the chance to exchange different 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 “it 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 in a delicate moment for the project.

Compass4D has in fact just completed the installation and pre-operational testing phases in the 7 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 7 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 the 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 one of the seven first cities in Europe that has installed and will maintain interconnection and communication technologies between vehicles and  smart roads. Those technologies will support a more environmental friendly, energy productive and uncongested city’s 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 the 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”; George Giannopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Institute of Transport, concluded.


A strong partnership

In addition to Thessaloniki, Compass4D will equip the cities of Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Helmond, Newcastle, Verona and Vigo with cooperative ITS services. These cities are all very committed in terms of cooperative systems deployment and are willing to further invest in road safety, energy efficiency and congestion reducing measures. But they are not alone; Compass4D has already attracted other cities; Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Tilburg (in the Netherlands), Mechelen (Belgium) and Tampere (Finland), have become associated partners of the project.


The project is coordinated by ERTICO - ITS Europe and consists of 33 partners: City of Copenhagen; City of Helmond; Newcastle City Council; City of Vigo; City of Verona; Region of Central Macedonia; French Ministry of Ecology, Development and Energy (MEDDE); Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH); Automotive Technological Centre of Galicia (CTAG); Equipos de Señalizacion y Control (ESYCSA); TAXIWAY; Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); GEOLOC Systems; Institute of Communication and Computer System (ICCS); IDIADA Automotive Technology; French Insititute of Science and Technology, Developments and Networks (IFSTTAR); IMTECH Traffic & INFRA B.V.; INFOTRIP; IRU Projects; Mathias Paul Ewald (MAT Traffic); PEEK Traffic B.V.; Imtech Traffic & Infra A/S; Siemens; Swarco Mizar; Telecom Italia; TOPOS Aquitaine; TNO; University of Newcastle; Vialis; Vitrasa; Volvo Technology; V-TRON.


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