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Large Scale Demonstration in Athens


Website: www.ldathens.eu/ 

Project objectives

The project aims at implementing on a large scale, and in a real life test bed, innovative services based on GMES and GNSS that will address specific societal challenges and facilitate the emergence of new industries in the Metropolitan area of Athens – Greece, through tangible and scalable results. Athens is a region of more than 3 million inhabitants with an extended seafront and surrounded by mountain ranges and an area with intense activity in mobile services.


The project will demonstrate the huge potential of mobile services based on GMES and GNSS for innovation, and for addressing societal challenges. The project activities include:

  • Analysis of the framework conditions for mobile services based on GMES and GNSS; Good practice and experience from other regions will be collected and analyzed, and a good practice report will be produced.
  • Identification of the available services based on GMES/GNSS, through an open competition in order to select the ones that will take part in the demonstration.
  • There will be developed and test in a real-life test bed of a platform in order to host, in an integrated environment, innovative mobile services based on GMES and GNSS.
  • Demonstrate the way in which innovative mobile services based on GMES and GNSS address in an effective manner societal challenges in the areas of: marine and maritime search and rescue, emergency response, location based services and smart transport, resource efficiency and inclusive, innovative and secure societies.
  • To document the results and experience obtained and assess the potential for scalability and transferability to other regions, and to perform mutual transnational policy learning activities 

Expected Outcomes

The project will form an eco-system of regional innovation actors in mobile services based on GMES and GNSS using an integrated platform that will be enriched with customized applications and used in a real-life test bed in the Metropolitan area of Athens. It will achieve increased awareness of the potential of innovative services for addressing societal challenges, and will document good practices so that they can be leveraged and multiplied by other regions. SMEs providing services based on GMES/GNSS will have access to the necessary resources in order to test their service at an adequate level, in a real environment, and with a critical mass of users. This will enable them to develop, validate and integrate new ideas and rapidly scale-up their local services and products to other markets.

Data providers will be able to channel information from Earth monitoring and satellite navigation to companies providing innovative downstream applications and services, which can offer the service to the final user.Regional and local authorities will have the opportunity to better address issues such as inadequate public transport, an increase in unemployment and crime, etc. and the deterioration of the natural environment. In addition, through the transnational policy activities they will increase their knowledge about other experiences, technologies and business ideas regarding the global market for innovative services in cities. 

Citizens – end users of services will gain access to smart solutions in areas such as smart transport, safety and security of the citizens, emergency response, rescue and safety, land protection and preservation against illegal actions, etc. 

Consortium partners


Name of organisation

www.grnet.gr  Greek Research and Technology Network Greece
Short description of key activities GRNET is in charge of the development of innovative optical network infrastructure and services for the Greek research and academic community. It is supervised by the General Secretariat of Research & Technology – GSRT (Ministry of  Education). GRNET’s mission is to provide high-quality international and national networking services to support research and educational activities to Greek academic and research institutions along with the public and private sector.  GRNET participates in various EC funded projects in the area of high-speed networking, supercomputing, cloud computing, ICT and innovation policy.
  www.noa.gr/indexen.html  National Observatory of Athens Greece
Short description of key activities NOA is a research institute with a longstanding experience in developing Environmental Observation based systems and services for Emergency Planning and Emergency Support, Environmental Monitoring, Civil Protection and Public Security, Land, Sea, and Atmospheric Monitoring. Through the GMES related activities it provides support to governmental bodies, decision makers, environmentalists, ministerial bodies, civil protection and local authorities. NOA has been nominated and also qualified at a European level as the Focal Point for GMES Emergency Response and Emergency Support Core Services, and has been nominated since 2000 Principal Investigator of ESA in geophysical related studies based on the use of SAR satellite data.
  www.ktimatologio.gr  National Cadastre and Mapping Agency (former OKXE & Ktimatologio S.A.) Greece
Short description of key activities National Cadastre and Mapping Agency (former OKXE & Ktimatologio S.A.) company is a Legal Entity of Private Law and its mission is the study, development and operation of the Hellenic Cadastre. The Hellenic Cadastre is a unified and constantly updated system of information that records the legal, technical and other additional details about real estate properties and the rights on them; this information is kept under the responsibility and guarantee of the State. The development of the Hellenic Cadastre aims at the creation of a modern, fully automated real estate property record, whose details are of an evidentiary nature, ensuring the best publicity and security of transactions.
  www.hamac.gr  Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies Greece
Short description of key activities HAMAC represents a vibrant sector of more than 80 high-tech companies whose activities include the development of added value mobile applications, the provision of added value services for telecommunication providers, the provision of innovative communication, content and application services.
  www.atlantisresearch.gr  Atlantis Consulting S.A.  Greece
Short description of key activities Atlantis Consulting S.A. is a private consulting company. Atlantis is the coordinator of the Mobile Services Innovation Platform (MOBIP) project, and the coordinator of the European Mobile and Mobility industries international INVESTment programme (EMMINVEST). Atlantis has excellent links with SMEs and large enterprises in the mobile services sector, having taken the initiative for the formation of Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Companies (HAMAC), of which it is an honorary member.


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