5th CAPITAL Training Programme brings intelligent transport training to Greece

The CAPITAL project held its 5th on-site training programme in Athens, Greece on 18 December as part of the 4th ITS Hellas Conference and Exhibition.

The CAPITAL on-site session was organized by CERTH in association with the 4th ITS Hellas conference and Exhibition under the title “Intelligent Transport Systems in Greece: Latest developments” on 18 and 19 December 2018 in Athens.

The conference offers a space for discussion on the broader deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a tool to achieve economic growth and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of surface transport for the benefit of the industry, the end-users and the environment.

Following up on previous training programmes in Italy, Finland, Great Britain and Croatia, this fifth pilot training programme took place on Tuesday 18 December 2018 at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and introduced the  CAPITAL online training platform while offering training  in ITS and C-ITS for public and private stakeholders. For maximum accessibility, all presentations were delivered in Greek and English using live interpretation.

Following an introduction by Evangelos Mitsakis, President of ITS Hellas and Senior Researcher of CERTH-HIT, the CAPITAL session presented by Manuela Flachi, Project Manager at ERTICO-ITS Europe, offered an overview of the CAPITAL project and its objectives. ‘CAPITAL is not simply a EU project, it is an effective tool for enhancing the knowledge of tomorrow’, said Ms Flachi during her address.

Above: Manuela Flachi (ERTICO-ITS Europe) presents the CAPITAL project and its objectives

 

The objective of the workshop was for the audience to learn more about the training and education activities offered by the CAPITAL Online Training Platform, which offers assistance and guidance in the deployment of Connected and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS & C-ITS).

Participants were then invited to join an interactive training session, moderated by Katia Pagle, (Senior Researcher, ISENSE Group, ICCS/NTUA). The interactive training featured the introductory course and the traffic management course offered on the CAPITAL its-elearning.eu platform, as well as three quizzes derived from the course material, letting participants assess their level of knowledge.

This e-learning pilot training activity was co-organised by CERTH and ITS Hellas within the framework of the CAPITAL EU-funded project activities.

After the customary coffee break, Vasilis Mizaras (SWARCO Hellas) kicked off a session under the title“ITS and Smart Cities: towards the development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility” where representatives of Municipalities and private sector presented best cases of deployment of ITS and C-ITS systems in different cities.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants had an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the new technologies that are implemented or are about to be implemented in the future, including the legal and institutional problems faced by city governments.

Above: the CAPITAL information stand at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

 

A feedback questionnaire was distributed as part of the conference material, and its results will be used to assess the impact of this training programme in order to improve the services that will be provided through the CAPITAL platform in the future. Throughout the day, a stand presenting information about the CAPITAL online training platform allowed everyone to ask further questions and receive personalized information.

The day was then wrapped up with a technical visit to the Traffic Management Centre of Attikes Diadromes S.A, which oversees the Attika Tollway.

The event was attended by a total of 174 participants, hailing from a wide range of backgrounds including public authorities and administrations, transport operators or associations, technology suppliers, service providers, and researchers.

The next on-site training programme of CAPITAL will be held in the Netherlands next June – stay tuned for more details at http://capital-project.its-elearning.eu/news or on Twitter with https://twitter.com/project_capital .

 

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