NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
The National Centre for Research and Technological Development (CERTH) is a non-profit legal entity under private law, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
Founded in 2000, it is one of the leading research institutes in Greece and is among the top 20 research institutions in the EU in attracting funds from competitive European programs.
CERTH currently comprises five (5) institutes:
- the Institute of Chemical Processes and Energy Resources
- the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies
- the Institute of Sustainable Mobility and Transport Networks
- the Institute of Applied Life Sciences
- the Institute of Research and Technology of Thessaly
which have significant scientific and technological achievements in research areas of great interest to man and society, such as: Energy, Environment, New Functional Materials, Industrial Processes, Informatics, Telematics, Telecommunications, Transport, Agrobiotechnology, Health Sciences, Mechatronics, Agrotechnology as well as in various interdisciplinary scientific and technological areas arising from the above.
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY INSTITUTE
AND TRANSPORT NETWORKS of CERTH
CERTH is participating in the ERICA project, with the Institute for Sustainable Mobility and Transport Networks (HIT).
HIT is a pioneering, internationally recognized and renowned research institution in Greece. Since its establishment until today, HIT offers basic and applied research, as well as high quality technical services in the field of transport.
Has been recognized as a hub of excellence in many areas of Transport and is now a recognized center of research and innovation in Transport throughout Europe.
Its mission is to produce specialised knowledge and research results that can be applied in practice to support decision and policy making in every field of transport. In this context, HIT cooperates with national, local private and public sector entities, as well as with many European and international institutes and research centers and represents Greece in various scientific fora.
Specifically, HIT’s Intelligent Sustainable Mobility Laboratory deals with issues of planning, design, management, and operation of land transport systems from the perspective of infrastructure, networks, traffic and transport work
Some indicative fields of interest include:
- Applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the areas of competence of the laboratory.
- Collection, maintenance and management of traffic and other data for road, rail, maritime and air transport.
- Development of algorithms for the simulation, mathematical simulation, and analysis of transportation systems.
- Sustainable mobility issues and the development of Sustainable Mobility Plans.
- Forecasting and managing demand for mobility by all modes of transport.
- Assessment of the capacity and availability of infrastructure to meet demand – Design of transport infrastructure networks.
- Intelligent and intermodal, freight transport and logistics (road/rail/sea/air).
- Issues related to the organization and operation of land transport systems.
- Transport policy formulation in the areas of competence of the laboratory.
- Development and promotion of the transport planning process at national and regional level.
- Evaluation through KPIs of the functioning of transport systems both as an overall system and as subsystems (per vehicle).
EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE ERICA PROJECT
- Internet of Things (IOT) infrastructures, consisting of Bluetooth detectors, traffic counters, variable message screens (VMS), smart traffic lights and connected vehicles, from which EKETA-HIT collects data.
- The Traffic Monitoring Centre, located at the CERTH premises, with advanced imaging and indicator assessment tools (mobility dashboard).
- The Thessaloniki Urban Mobility Centre (MobiThess) and the Kalamaria Mobility Centre, which was designed, developed and is now hosted by CERTH-HIT.
- The Easy Trip mobility platform that informs the users on the existing transport options in the cross-border region of Northern Greece and Bulgaria, with a special focus on the city of Thessaloniki.
- The open data portal providing aggregated mobility data for Thessaloniki according to international data standards.
- Large infrastructure for real-time processing, analysis, and visualisation of multi-source data in real time.
- Web grabbers to collect activity-related data from social networks.
- Transport modelling laboratory with dedicated software for 4-step modelling, static and dynamic traffic simulation, and traffic simulation at the microscopic level.
- Data analysis tools and complementary algorithm development tools (SPSS, R, MATLAB, ESRI-GIS).