The Galileo H2020 project LARA kicks-off Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS
Project LARA, “LBS Augmented Reality Assistive System for Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS”, kicked – off February the 10th 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic at the premises of the European GNSS Agency.
The necessity for monitoring geo-risk areas such as rock slides or avalanches is growing due to the increasing probability of such events caused by environmental change. Europe is one leader in survey technology. The project DE-MONTES – funded by the EU research framework programme – provides an efficient, highly automated, high-resolution, terrestrial, long range sensing measurement and analysis system which is able to monitor georisk (and related) objects. GeoImaging Ltd participated in DE-MONTES project as an SME partner and launched the project pilot in Nicosia focusing on the impact of environmental changes on man-made objects.
Project LARA that kicked – off February 2015 is organizing the second project meeting 21 & 22 May 2015 in Birmingham, UK. During the meeting in Birmingham a validation workshop will be launched where real end-users from the gas utility company, the electric utility company and the national grid and water public company will be called to validate the LARA usage scenarios under development.
About LARA project: The nine partner international consortium, led by the Cypriot SME GeoImaging Ltd, will develop during the next 24 months a mobile device to assist the utility management professionals on the field. The LARA system will allow utility management companies to know exactly “where is what”, conducting far more accurate interventions regarding maintenance of their own underground infrastructure while keeping intact other neighboring underground grids. Precise intervention will reduce the overall maintenance cost, minimizing at the same time economic and social implications of lengthy surface works.
GeoImaging Ltd, offering a wide range of 3D surveying services and being active in numerous relevant research initiatives has always had a vivid interest to maintain strong ties with the local academic community. Therefore, the invitation by the school of Civil Engineering and Geoinformatics Engineering of the Technological University of Cyprus to participate in a series of presentations regarding issues of Survey Engineering was well received. Within this framework Mr. Aris Anastasiades, Director of GeoImaging Ltd, presented the 22nd of April, state of the art methods of 3D surveying of buildings and monuments applied by our company within various surveying projects. During the presentation and the discussion that followed the mixed audience of students and academic stuff had the opportunity to learn about the possibilities of the new technologies and reflect on the research and business opportunities for future applications in Cyprus and abroad.
One of the most popular newspapers in Cyprus,"Phileleftheros" www.philenews.com/ ("Φιλελεύθερος"), published an article on the coordinating role of Geoimaging Ltd in the project "Lara" which part of the HORIZON 2020.
Project LARA, “LBS Augmented Reality Assistive System for Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS”, kicked – off February the 10th 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic at the premises of the European GNSS Agency. The nine partner international consortium, led by the Cypriot SME GeoImaging Ltd, will develop in the next 24 months a mobile device to assist the utility management professionals on the field. The hand-held, low cost, mobile device will integrate state-of-the-art technologies in the domain of positioning and sensors (GNSS), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D GIS geodatabases. The LARA system will guide utility field workers by helping them ‘see’ beneath the ground, rendering the complexity of the 3D models of the underground grid such as water, gas and electricity.
The LARA system will allow utility management companies to know exactly “where is what”, conducting far more accurate interv¬¬entions regarding maintenance of their own underground infrastructure while keeping intact other neighbouring underground grids. Precise intervention will reduce the overall maintenance cost, minimising at the same time economic and social implications of lengthy surface works. LARA project with an overall budget of 1.282.397,50 € has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641460. More information on LARA at www.lara-project.eu
On February 8, 2015 on the occasion of the feast of Saint Charalambos, the holy mass will take place for the second consecutive time in the occupied village Kontea. The GeoImaging Team feels pleased to have participated in the project for the maintenance of the church and for contributing using a 3D Laser Scanner for the measurements and for the creation of 3D drawings.
GeoImaging Ltd, coordinator of LARA project participated in the “Researcher’s Night” event held at the FILOXENIA International Conference Centre in Nicosia on the 30th of September 2016. From 17:00 until 24:00 students and adults visitors were informed on the project’s objectives and got in touch with state of the art technologies being implemented at the moment within LARA project. Highlight of the night was the LARA augmented reality demonstrator where visitors navigating through the camera of one of the tablets of the project, augmented underground grids on a fixed panel.
The “Researcher’s Night” was an event organized by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) in collaboration with academic and research institutions as well as other organizations in Cyprus. The event is an initiative of the European Commission and took place simultaneously in almost all European countries.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has signed funding agreements with 25 projects as part of the first call of Horizon 2020. Under the agreements, the projects will receive a cumulative grant of EUR 37,096,177.
The first call saw the submission of 105 proposals addressing all market segments. Of particular note were the high scores of these submissions – raising the competition among upcoming calls. Ultimately, those proposals that best maximized the technical aspects as well as market potential were selected for funding.
The H2020-Galileo-2014-1 project Lara “LBS Augmented Reality Assistive System for Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS” kicks-off. GeoImaging Ltd, coordinator of LARA project signed January the 20th the Grant Agreement (Project total cost: €1,282,397.50) with the European Commission. The project will kick-off the 10th and 11th February 2015 in Prague Czech Republic and the meeting will take place at the premises of the European GNSS Agency.
Our company for the next 24 months will act as the coordinator of a 9 partner international consortium that has the main objective to develop a mobile device for utility field workers. The hand-held device integrates different technologies such as: positioning and sensors (GNSS), Augmented Reality (AR), GIS, geodatabases, etc. In practice, this device will guide the field workers in underground utilities to ‘see’ what happening underworld, like an “xray image” of the underground infrastructure. The system is using Augmented Reality interfaces to render the complex 3D models of the underground utilities infrastructure such as water, gas, electricity, etc. in an approach that is easily understandable and useful during field work. The 3D information is acquired from 3D GIS geodatabases.
Hardware giant Hewlett Packard, also member of the LARA consortium, will help in the development of the system providing at the same time a huge commercial distribution network. As Aristodemos Anastasiades, Director of GeoImaging ltd underlines, “Coordinating LARA project and working with companies like HP, is a great opportunity for an SME from Cyprus to move to the forefront of European Research & Innovation, improve our competitiveness and deliver a huge boost to our service portfolio”.
GeoImaging will cooperate closely with another innovative SME from Cyprus, SIGNALGENERIX Ltd which is also partner of LARA project.
The first project meeting of SOPHIA after the kick-off s took place in Sevilla, Spain the 16th of January 2015. SOPHIA project meeting was attended by all project partners and reviewed results from WP2 regarding user requirements.
GeoImaging Ltd is happy to announce that since September 2014 has entered the Grant Preparation procedure for the H2020-Galileo-2014-1 project Lara “LBS Augmented Reality Assistive System for Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS”. GeoImaging Ltd will act as the coordinator of a 9 partner international consortium that has the main objective to develop a mobile device for utility field workers. The hand-held device integrates different technologies such as: positioning and sensors (GNSS), Augmented Reality (AR), GIS, geodatabases, etc. In practise, this device will guide the field workers in underground utilities to ‘see’ what happening underworld, like an “xray image” of the underground infrastructure.
The system is using AR interfaces to render the complex 3D models of the underground utilities infrastructure such as water, gas, electricity, etc. in an approach that is easily understandable and useful during f ield work. The 3D information is acquired from 3D GIS geodatabases.
It must be underlined that another SME from Cyprus, SIGNALGENERIX Ltd, is also participating in the consortium.
More information on LARA project will be available soon.
On 23-24 October 2014, the first Satellite Masters Conference brought together more than 300 participants from 40 counties, connecting high-level representatives from leading institutions and industry with start-ups and award-winning entrepreneurs. Along with ESA space solutions, the conference focused on entrepreneurial spirit and the impact space technologies have on non-space sectors. The event also capped off the joint Awards Ceremony of Europe's major innovation competitions for space applications - the European Satellite Navigation Competition and Copernicus Masters.
GeoImaging participated in the event and had the opportunity to network with the participants, engage in talks regarding the future of the use of Earth Observation technologies and disseminate the IASON leaflet to a huge pool of experts and researchers that were present. It must be underlined that IASON projects is highly relevant to the conference theme as different issues were discussed and new technologies were presented especially regarding Big Data from Space and ESA space solutions for Gas & Oil. More information can be ontained here.
Anna Palaiologk described the new AAL project SOPHIA, a social platform that will facilitate communication and networking between retired expert-seniors and interested users, to the Track C audience on Thursday afternoon.
The SOPHIA project’s core will be a network of senior adults who, although retired, wish to continue offering their skills, knowledge and services to the wider community. As well as these retired experts, the network will also consist of companies, enterprises and individuals who feel they can benefit from these people’s help.
The FORSAT project official workshop took place in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 3rd of October and attracted local stakeholders from scientific, professional and decision making organizations.
Mr. Aris Anastasiadis and Dr Stratos Stylianidis of GeoImaging Ltd as the local organizers declared the opening of the workshop and presented an overview of the project. Mr. Marinos Portokallides, from the Research Promotion Foundation, introduced the participants to the EUROSTARS funding scheme and presented the different possibilities for local companies to get funded for conducting research and thus enhance their competitive advantage. Mr Portokallides, Project Officer of FORSAT for the entire duration of the project, gave valuable feedback on the future exploitation opportunities of the software.
Elaborating on the current state of the art, Prof. Armin Gruen of 4DX introduced the audience to different methods of tree measurement and 3D modeling by photogrammetry and laser scanning and explained the advantages and certain limitations of the FORSAT technology. Prof. Gruen used various application examples from all over the world and insisted on the need to bring these technologies closer to market and familiarize stakeholders with the new services available from platforms like FORSAT.
After the coffee break Mr. Konstantinos Papasavvas amd Mr. Nikos Siamarias from the Department of Forests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment presented the work at the Department of Forests and use of remote sensing and GIS applications in forestry in Cyprus. Finally and according to the agenda, Dr. Devrim Akca of EKINOKS and Dr. Daniela Poli of 4DX presented the FORSAT platform modules to the audience and Mr. Martin Hofer, of GEOVILLE presented the initial results of one of the pilots that used high resolution photos for after fire forest assessment in Cyprus.
During the final presentation and the Q&A session that followed, the participants had the chance to elaborate with the system capabilities and draw useful conclusions on the possibilities of the software for a wide range of services.
If you would like to receive the full presentations of the FORSAT workshop and have a closer overview of the software and what it can do for you please send an email to info(at)forsat.eu
The FORSAT workshop is scheduled to take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, October 3,2014. The workshop is host by GeoImaging Ltd; the project leader, at the Hotel Almond Business Suites. The aim of the workshop is two-fold. On one side to present the overall project status and the project outcomes while on the other to give the opportunity to the national stakeholders to come in contact with the project partners and the project results.
The participation in the workshop is free and the invitation/programme can be found here.
Miss Anna Palaiologk of the Spanish partner ISOIN, presented SOPHIA project objectives and expected results to the track 4 audience of the AAL FORUM on Thursday evening where informal care as a market factor was discussed. Informal care has always been a critical element of the overall care system. As technology (ICT) eases the integration between formal and informal care, there is an increasing recognition that informal care is also becoming an important factor in the AAL market. SOPHIA project has a clear market orientation and aspires to provide the vehicle to the senior adults who, although retired, wish to continue offering their skills, knowledge and services to the wider community.
More information on the SOPHIA presentation to the AAL FORUM 2014 can be obtained here
The kick-off meetings of the AAL projects SOPHIA - Senior Occupation after Profession: Habit Intriguing Adults and EldersUp! - Adaptive system for enabling the elderly collaborative knowledge transference to small companies took place in Paphos, Cyprus the 2nd and 3rd and 4th of July respectively. GeoImaging Ltd coordinator of SOPHIA AAL project was the official host of the meetings that were attended by all project partners physically or via teleconference. During the meetings the initial work program was presented and specific deadlines for the first implementation and user requirements phase were established. All partners confirmed their excitement and commitement to the project objectives that will be both represented during the AAL FORUM in Bucharest, Romania 9-12 September 2014.
More information on the 2 projects will be available soon through their individual portals