November 26 2012

Intelligent Systems of Urban, Interurban, and Freight Transport in Greece

Intelligent Transport Systems

In Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 24 2012, the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), the Greek Center for Research and Technology along with the municipality of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, presented the project “You are a click away.” This project will suggest intelligent, environmentally-friendly, and sustainable transportation solutions to citizens of Thessaloniki simply by visiting the following website: http://www.mobithess.gr.

The system updates in real time, showing traffic congestion and offering the shortest, most economical, and most environmental-friendly transportation solution to anyone who wants to move in Thessaloniki by foot, car, bus, or a combination of these.

Another workshop entitled “Intelligent Systems for the Interconnection of Urban-Interurban Freight Transport” took place in Thessaloniki two months ago (September 2012), hosted by the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT). Various installations were presented, such as GPS devices on freight wagons that will transmit a wagons’ location periodically.  These initiatives, with the collaboration of “Straightsol,”  an EU-funded project, will eventually improve the quality of freight transportation in time, cost, and energy consumption.

Generally, in Greece, there are several Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) which are divided into two categories; those related to road infrastructure and those which are used in vehicles.

More specifically, some examples of ITS, utilized in Greece, are:

  • Variable-message road signs (VMS);
  • Signs at metro stations indicating waiting time until next trains’ arrival;
  • Navigation systems installed in cars;
  • Transportation Map of Athens, continuously updated.

Variable-message road signs Signs at metro stations indicating waiting time until next trains’ arrival

However, studies show that travelers may not consult information for transportation because:

  • The traveler feels that the information provided is not accurate and they prefer to rely on experience;
  • The quality of information is perceived as poor and insufficiently specific;
  • The purpose of travel changes the influence of ITS. If the trip is time-sensitive, the traveler tends to seeks out information by ITS.

What kind of Intelligent Transport Systems exists in your country?

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Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Athina Kyrgeorgiou graduated from National Technical University of Athens, Greece as a Civil Engineer with a specialization in Transportation Planning and Engineering. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and is always eager to learn about sustainable ideas and solutions for a better life in her city. A part of her research has been the impact of day-lighting patients’ rooms, which provided her the possibility to research further into bio-climatic design of buildings. She aims to continue her studies with a Master’s degree in transportation and sustainable development. Her blogs covered environmental issues and urban planning occurring in Athens, but also generally in Greece, trying to analyse them from an engineering point-of-view.

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