Responcibility smallThe European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the projects GREAT, ResAgora, Responsibility and Progress (Go4 projects) organised the conference “RRI Shaping new Horizons: Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and across the World”, which was held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 14 – 15 January 2016. GeoImaging Ltd integral partner of the Responsibility project attended the 2 days conference and disseminated results of the project and especially the OBSERVATORY and its current functionalities. The Responsibility OBSERVATORY and Forum is a holistic networking platform where research and innovation stakeholders can be informed and interact on elements of Responsible Research and Innovation RRI.
Key results of the RESPONSIBILITY project were presented during the information Day “Ethics in Project Proposals for Horizon 2020 Calls” that was organized by the Research Promotion Foundation in Cyprus. This one day event that took place in Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics focused primarily on providing guidance and sharing knowledge on procedures and practices to overcome ethical implications of research when applying for EU funded research programs.
After the presentations of Mrs. Agni Kortsidaki, Representative of the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector of DG Research & Innovation of the EC, and Professor Constantinos Phellas, Chair of the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee, the session was opened to previous experience of successful applicants, followed by a Q&A session. Towards the end of the event Litsa Kountouridou of the RPF introduced the RESPONSIBILITY project and Mr. Aris Anastasiades of GeoImaging Ltd, presented elements of RRI within the Horizon 2020 program and the RESPONSIBILITY Observatory and Forum platforms that are almost ready to be launched to the public.
LARA project will participate in and act as a communication sponsor to the event titled “Satellite solutions for smarter islands” which will be organized by Eurisy in Malta November, 2015. This conference will discuss how island economies can leverage Europe’s investments in satellite services to boost their economy and live up to current environmental and socio-economic challenges. LARA consortium, led by GeoImaging Ltd which is based in Cyprus, one of Mediterranean’s biggest islands, will support this Eurisy event by acting as a communication sponsor. Join us in Malta and discover more on how to benefit from satellite services in the local economy.
The project is reaching its first year and the first results were displayed during the Consortium meeting. In particular, following the initial planning, we have ended up to an effective design for the platform that combines convenience and efficacy for the senior adults to deal with, according to the analyses that took place during the last months.
GeoImaging and Agia Marina elderly shelter from Cyprus successfully organized and conducted a survey concerning the needs of Cypriot senior adults and companies. Moreover, GeoImaging prepared the corresponding assessments and evaluations of the various (initial) versions of the mock-ups. The discussions with the rest of the partners showed that we have set course for a successful output, sticking to the initial Description of Work and maintaining the necessary consistency of actions.
GeoImaging ltd, partner of IASON FP7 project is happy to announce that the project has successfully concluded its work. GeoImaging Ltd was leading the Dissemination Work Package which gave us the opportunity to get in touch with various stakeholders and users of Earth Observation data especially in the Black sea and the Middle East regions The IASON FP7 project, a coordination action within the FP7 ENV program, concluded its work in May 2015 having achieved all of the project objectives successfully. IASON project understanding the need to promote use of Earth Observation data for the environment had the ultimate goal to unlock the potential and create a permanent and sustainable network of academic, governmental and industry stakeholders primarily in the Mediterranean and Black sea regions. The IASON project came to an end this May after the successful final event on April the 222nd 2015. IASON Project had the ultimate goal to establish a permanent and sustainable Network of scientific and non-scientific institutions, stakeholders and private sector enterprises belonging in the EU and third countries located in two significant areas; The Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions. The main focal points of the project were the usage and application of Earth Observation (EO) in the following topics:
Actions to address climate changes
Research and innovation to improve resource efficiency
GeoImaging Ltd, coordinated successfully the second LARA project meeting that took place the 21st and 22nd of May 2015 in Birmingham, UK. This milestone meeting confirmed the ending of the architecture design for LARA system and signaled the beginning of the implementation on all basic technological challenges. During the meeting all partners discussed progress on the ongoing deliverables of WP2 that attempts to specify in details the overall system architecture and user requirements. Moreover, the consortium drew a precise implementation chart towards faster integration of the different modules that will lead to an additional prototype named LARA prototype v. 0, 5 well in advance before the official release of LARA v.10.
During the last part of the first day of the meeting, our UK partner – Birmingham City Council (BCC) – organized a workshop with local industry stakeholders who provided in a round table discussion valuable feedback on the possible uses of LARA system and validated the specification documents for the overall architecture. More specifically, stakeholders from British Gas and ITM power answered a set of 70 questions regarding their expectations from the LARA device in terms of desired accuracy, modules, visualization, interoperability and user interface.
Besides coordinating the meeting, GeoImaging Ltd, presented results regarding the in-house customized GIS system that develops within WP3 which will be used exclusively by the LARA system.
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.