Technology Transfer & Innovation Support in Action

End-user Workshop: "Photonics for Smart Road Transportation"

Event Date: 3/3/2017



PRAXI Network, the technology transfer unit of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, member of the Enterprise Europe Network hellas, in cooperation with the Hellenic Photonics cluster (HPhos) and the Greek Technology Platform in Photonics (PhotonicsGR), have the honor to organize a workshop under the title: “Photonics for Smart Road Transportation”. The event is organized in the framework of the European Cooperation and Support Action project EuroPho21* and will be held on Friday, 3rd March 2017, at Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel, in Athens, Greece.

Road transport links all regions of the EU with each other and with Europe’s principal networks for goods and passenger traffic. It is considered part of the lifeblood of the European economy and single market, delivering goods across Europe fast, efficiently, flexibly and inexpensively. Based on estimations about 44% of goods transported within the EU go by road. People also travel mainly by road, with private cars accounting for 73% of passenger traffic. However, road transport is a vital economic sector in its own right, employing about 5 million people across the EU and generating close to 2% of its GDP. Today, the road transport sector in the EU is facing a number of challenges for efficient and safe operation with a minimum impact on our environment.

Photonics is a multidisciplinary domain mastering light and underpinning technologies with a series of applications in several markets, including transport. It is also one of the six Key Enabling Technologies, which is expected by European Commission to shape tomorrow’s future and drive innovation in a wide range of industries. The aim of this event is to bring closer the photonics community and the transport stakeholders in order to address main problems and challenges that road transportation faces today. The event addresses all key stakeholders required for developing industrial and / or Horizon 2020, and / or national projects in the area of road transportation, among others: highway construction and operation enterprises, key transport technology providers, photonics industrial and scientific representatives, policy makers, etc. 

The event includes the following 3 sessions:

  1. European and National funding for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport 
  2. The role and the perspectives of construction / operation enterprises
  3. Photonics technologies for Smart Road Transportation

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For more details please contact:

Vassilios Argyroulis

Technology Transfer Consultant

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[*] EuroPho21 provides the decisive support to Photonics21 for strategy development and implementation and paves the way for the re-industrialization of Europe. The networking and coordination among Photonics21 stakeholders and the end user industry in the strategy development and implementation will speed up the innovation process and time to market for new products. This is a critical step to overcome the so called “Valley of Death”. EuroPho21 will build bridges to other parts of the Horizon2020 Programme to create value chains. Furthermore, it will reach out to regions where a strong end user industry is present to increase the deployment of Photonics as a Key Enabling Technology. To this end the project supports building up manufacturing and creating jobs in Europe.



The event was structured in the following form: 1. European and National funding for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport. In this session, there was an analytical description of potential funding opportunities focusing on road transportation from national, as well as European funding sources. All engaged speakers ( i.e. the national representative for Transport in Horizon2020 and the relevant NCP) provided useful information highlighting current as well as forthcoming calls in the field. In addition, Dr. Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects at VDI/VDE-IT, member of EPoSS ETP, gave us his insights on Smart systems integration for transport applications, while Dr. Georgia Ayfantopoulou, Research Director – Deputy Director HIT, gave us the big picture for “smart cities”, including urban and highway motorways. 2. The role and the perspectives of construction / operation enterprises. In this session, Mr Dionelis, the General Secretary of the European Association of Operators of Toll Road infrastructures (ASECAP), shared with the audience his long experience in the field and also focused in the critical factors for a new technological field, like photonics to be adopted by a traditional sector like motorways, which is mainly driven by a demand-supply approach. He also depicted the importance of cultural issues and focused on a cost-benefit approach for qualifying the new technologies before they are adopted by the European motorways. In addition, he provided some technological highlights on the European perspectives reflecting the current prompt needs of European motorways. After that, two case studies were presented i.e. ATTIKI ODOS, a relatively small motorway around Athens, and EGNATIA ODOS, a very long motorway crossing half of the country, aiming to cover the whole spectrum of motorway types, in terms of technological needs and requirements. 3. Photonics technologies for Smart Road Transportation In the 3rd session, a list of dynamic phpotonics technology providers presented their solutions to the representatives of the end-user industry. The list included greek, german and multinational enterprises e.g. Philips, Thales Group, etc. 4. Wrap-up session In the wrap-up session participants raised specific questions mainly to the end user industry representatives, while technology providers had the chance to ask directly about specific industry needs, critical steps and milestones for a potential cooperation between them. In the end, all participants agreed on the fact that this event could act as an introduction of a series of bilateral meetings between photonics technology providers and the motorway representatives in order to build new projects for the forthcoming period.