Mr. Konstantinos Smagas of GeoImaging Ltd, coordinating party of LARA project, gave an extensive interview on the LARA project developments and forthcoming results, at the 59th issue of the research*eu.
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A milestone event for LARA project took place the 20th of October in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur under the framework of the VSMM 2016 conference organised from 16 to 21 of October 2016. LARA consortium organised and launched a special session titled “LBS Augmented Reality System for Utilities Infrastructure Management” bringing the technology of the LARA system to South East Asia. A mixed audience of more than 50 local and international researchers, industry representatives and decision makers had the opportunity to learn more about the different technological and innovation aspects of LARA project and discuss potential applications of the technology spanning from cultural heritage to agriculture.
LARA special session at VSMM 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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.
LARA project partners had the opportunity to test and assess the performance of the integrated LARA system in Thessaloniki and Kozani, Greece from the 14th to 21st of September 2016. After an intensive week calibrating and testing the individual modules as well as the entire system in the premises of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LARA partners moved to the nearby city of Kozani, where they conducted the first pilot of the system in real-life conditions. LARA partners navigated to the area selected for the pilot and took measurements using the GNSS based system verifying the system’s accuracy as well as responsiveness to an urban area with given locations of buried assets such as water, sewerage and heating pipelines.
System setup in AUTH premises in Thessaloniki, Greece from 14 to 18 September 2016
In a recent interview at the geospatial engineering 2016-2017 magazine, Executive Director of GSA, Carlo de Dorides, made exclusive reference to LARA project as an initiative that uses Galileo-enabled equipment for specific solutions in surveying. Our project making use of GNSS sensors to deliver a holistic monitoring tool for underground infrastructure management, paves the way for the use of GNSS to a new range of surveying equipment.
More than 70 participants attended the ISPRS special session organized by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the H2020 project LARA, that took place Wednesday 13th of July 2016 within the framework of the ISPRS 2016 conference in Prague.
The session focused on the need for more synergies of the various stakeholders on geospatial and land applications and services. During the one and a half hours session chaired by Stratos Stylianidis of GeoImaging Ltd and Hans Dufourmont of the European Environment Agency, five presentations took place putting emphasis on the added value of the combination, the synergies and complementarity of geolocation services and earth observation services. The participants had the opportunity to obtain information on promising technologies making use of geospatial data such as augmented reality, discuss the advances in mapping and SAR related applications possible through the EU Galileo and Copernicus open data policy and view success stories from complementarities of the two satellite systems for European citizens.
More information on the GALILEO and COPERNICUS, geospatial and land applications and services special session can be obtained through the ISPRS website.
23-26 May 2016, Geospatial World Forum 2016, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
LARA project, as an ongoing H2020 success project of producing equipment for construction surveyors that is Galileo enabled, was invited at the GSA workshop within the framework of the Geospatial World Forum 2016 that took on Tuesday, the 26th of May 2016. The purpose of the workshop, titled “Impact of Geospatial Information on Society and Economy” (link here) was to highlight the E-GNSS status, services and key features to the geospatial community, to stimulate the dialogue on the benefits of Galileo in geospatial applications, Galileo adoption at the equipment level and ultimately open the discussion on potential usage of Galileo Authentication feature. LARA project coordinator presented basic facts as well as the current technical developments and marketing priorities of the project and participated in the round table discussion of the workshop “Benefits and key-features of the European Global Navigation Satellite System (E-GNSS) for the Geospatial World” moderated by the GSA (link here).
30 May - 3 June 2016, European Space Solutions, The Hague, Netherlands.
LARA project participated in the European Space Solutions 2016, which was under the auspices of the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. For a full working week, from 30/5/2016 until 3/6/2016, LARA presented the current project’s developments at the conference exhibition which featured a hands-on showcase of over 50 innovative space applications, technology solutions and cutting-edge research results from across Europe, including a special focus on space applications in The Netherlands. Mr. Kostas Smagas of GeoImaging Ltd, coordinating party of the project and Mr. Alain Pagani of the DFKI, partner of LARA project accommodated visitors of the LARA booth and offered a live demo show of the augmented reality modules of the LARA system.
1-4 June 2016, 2nd EWaS International Conference, Chania, Greece.
LARA project was presented at the 2nd EWaS International Conference: “Efficient & Sustainable Water Systems Management toward Worth Living Development” (http://www.ewas2.tuc.gr/) which took place in Chania, Greece 1-4 June. Members of the LARA partner, DEYAK during the third day of the conference under the 2nd Technical meeting of the project DRINKADRIA (http://www.drinkadria.eu/) made a presentation about LARA system as a major part of their participation into new technologies and research programs.
LARA, a project received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 641460, is participating in two eminent international events the next coming weeks.
Firstly, LARA is participating in the Geospatial World Forum 2016, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and more specifically in the workshop “Benefits and key-features of the European Global navigation Satellite System (E-GNSS) for the Geospatial World”, organised by the European GNSS Agency on Tuesday 24/5/2016 (13:00-17:30). LARA was also invited to participate in the roundtable discussion at the end of the workshop.
LARA is also participating in the European Space Solutions 2016, which is under the auspices of the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. For a full working week, from 30/5/2016 until 3/6/2016, LARA will not only present the current project’s developments, but also will have its own booth to disseminate project activities and offer a live demo show.
LARA project partners met in Limassol Cyprus on the 3rd and 4th of March 2016, to conduct their regular meeting which was combined with project evaluation for the first 12 project months. During the first day of the meeting on the 3rd of March the consortium reviewed progress and updated plans to launch the first operational system prototype. Moreover the current version of system (named LARA 0,5) integrating mostly hardware components was also put successfully into test proving a glimpse of the great potential the final system can have.
The second day of the meeting a holistic review of the project’s progress for the first 12 LARA months was made. Mr. Joaquín Reyes Gonzalez, market development technology officer of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), had the opportunity to assess the progress of the project and provide useful recommendations on technical and commercial aspects of the LARA system. An outdoor demonstration of LARA 0,5 was held which allowed for a full evaluation of the current functionality of the system and confirmed the successful translation of system requirements, user expectations and architecture into a tangible and operational system.
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LARA project partners Hewlett Packard and ISOIN are launching the event ‘Security and Smart Cities Development’ which will be organized November 24 at the Escuela de Organización Industrial in Seville. The event which is sponsored by Hewlett Packard, Vodafone and the Andalusian Government will look into and discuss innovative management tools, technologies and future concepts to make our cities smarter, more sustainable and more secure.
During the event a thorough presentation of the LARA system benefits will be presented and showcased to local stakeholders coming from different municipalities of Andalucía as well as the telecommunication industry.
A list of speakers is presented below:
Manuel Ortigosa Brun; Managing Director of Telecommunications & Information Society
Antonio Cabello, Head of Service of Coordination of Public Administrations
Alfonso Tena, Head of Service of Telecommunications and Security
Miguel Ángel Bustos, Director of Public Administration, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services Iberia
Joseba Díaz, Sales Executive, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Karen Gaines, Head of Security Area, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Iberia
José Luis Solano, Head of Advanced Solutions
Víctor Sánchez; Head of Innovation. LARA Consortium
Málaga City Hall:
Mario Cortés, Chief of Innovation of Malaga City Hall
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Information on the event (Spanish) can be obtained here.
Transforming good ideas quickly into new products and services is essential to achieve innovation leadership. LARA project and augmented vision innovations developed by our German partner DFKI were selected along with other projects to be presented at the official portal of the Federal Government in the framework of its New Hightech Strategy.
GeoImaging and the LARA project coordinator presented LARA project at the “Satellite solutions for smarter islands” organized by Eurisy in Malta on the November12, 2015. Our project coordinator introduced at the exhibition stands pitches to an audience of public administration officials and industry stakeholders the potential of the LARA system under development. LARA’s presentation was accompanied by a poster and the promotional video of LARA.
The 3rd LARA project meeting took place in Seville the 15th &16th of October 2015 organized by the local project partners ISOIN and Hewlett Packard.
During the 2 days meeting, LARA partners had the chance to review the status of the implementation plan drawn in Birmingham meeting and perform a live demonstration of the capabilities of the project prototype 0,5. This mini exercise employed all aspects of the LARA system and gave the opportunity to the consortium to make an overall assessment of the development for the launch of the first prototype in the end of January 2016.
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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.
LARA project concluded successfully its second 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.
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.
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.