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ASK-IT project approved by the European Commission
The proposal for a project ASK-IT (Ambient Intelligence System of Agents for Knowledge-based and Integrated Services for E&D users) has been approved by the European Commission.
ASK-IT integrated project aims to develop an Ambient Intelligence (AmI) space for the integration of functions and services for Mobility Impaired (MI) people across various environments, enabling the provision of personalised, self-configurable, intuitive and context-related applications and services and facilitating knowledge and content organisation and processing.
Mobility Impaired people have a wide variety of functional limitations, from different types of physical impairments to limited activities.
ASK-IT will develop targeted information content for mobility impaired people through the development of tools such as enhanced accuracy localisation, computer accessibility, assistive devices, etc., and specific interfaces. Information will be accessible through the internet, mobile phones, etc.
Polis is a partner in the project. Its main roles will be to coordinate the implantation of test sites in a limited number of European cities and to work with stakeholders.
Contact: Isabelle Dussutour, Polis executive director, at idussutour@...
Edinburgh moves towards congestion charging system
Transport Initiative Edinburgh (TIE) has issued a call for tenders for a contract to supply the congestion charging system. TIE was created by the CIty Council to deliver major transport projects in the city. It has been given the responsibility to implement the future congestion charging scheme.
The future scheme will have a toll collection system similar to the one currently used inLondon relying on video-based automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology. Th system will possibly also include a means of automatic payment based upon tags and beacons.
The congestion charging scheme is expected to start operating in 2006. Drivers will have to pay a £2 charge.
More information : http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/
Polis welcomes new members : Dresden, Lancashire and Middle Békès City Region
Lancashire is the fourth largest local authority by population in England, with 1.133 million inhabitants representing 2.3% of the population of England. The
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the County is estimated to be 1.7% of the UK total.
Lancashire contains 16.5% of the population of the North West Region and produces 16.3% of the GDP of the region.
Lancashire is adjacent to three major metropolitan areas, Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire, and shares many of their urban problems in its main towns. It also has extensive rural areas which have very different transport requirements.
Lancashire County Council is currently working on the implementation of its ambitious local transport plans which run until 2005/2006.
More information on Lancashire County Council transport initiatives and transport plan at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/env_
Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany and has 480,000 inhabitants. The city is an important centre of European culture and innovative technology. During the last ten years Dresden has become a centre for microelectronic industry with several international companies, numerous research institutes, colleges and its University of Technology. It is also developing into a major centre for biotechnology. Dresden is a lead partner in an important project funded by the European Commission, the project 'ENLARGE-NET', aiming to establish sustainable cross-border networks between cities and regions in Saxony, Northern Bohemia and Lower Silesia.
Middle Békés City Region is the name of the cooperation of 3 cities: Békéscsaba (67 664), Gyula (33 293) and Békés (21 757). Békéscsaba and Gyula have decided to join Polis under the name of Middle Békés, the city of Békés has not yet. The whole region is one of the greatest agricultural territories in Hungary. Gyula attracts many tourists due to its medical thermal bath and spa, as well as its rich cultural and historic past. Békéscsaba has become an important economic, industrial and commercial centre in the country. Gyula has also a good position in this field since it is an important crossing point to Romania, with more than 200.000 heavy freight lorries annually. Békéscsaba lies on an important railway line (European Corridor IV.) which goes to Romania. Békéscsaba is located about 200 km from Budapest and Gyula is another 14 km to the south-east.
First results for PLUME
The PLUME project, dealing with the integration between transport and land use planning, has unveiled its first results during its exploitation group in Brussels on 19 and 20 January. Several reports encompassing the relevant experiences in the members states and in cities, on freight, cycling, hybrid vehicles, environment, land-use planning and strategy development have been prepared and will present a unique source of information on existing strategies throughout Europe.
Plume "mission statement" is that a number of research projects exist that deal with the question of how to implement integrated strategies for sustainable development and sustainable urban mobility. It is now a major challenge to ensure that the results of these projects are exploited to the full in the next few years by matching research outputs to user needs, enabling the means of information exchange, seeking agreement on best practice, and promoting the early introduction of new policies, measures and tools into urban and regional planning.
These reports are currently finalised and will be presented to the public during a workshop organised in Brussels on 19 March 2004. Plume is part of the City of Tomorrow research action of the EC.
Polis role in PLUME consists in working with the end-users.
More in formation on the current EU project related to transport and land-use planning on http://www.lutr.net
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