INTEGRATED ACCESSIBILITY AND RΟUTING GUIDANCE PLATFORM FOR SAFE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT IN SUSTAINABLE SMART PORTS AND REGIONS
The GUIDEPORT project aims to develop a portal based on a unified platform and integrate locational and transport information from moving and stationary sources in a smart port and its region. The information will derive from the port and regional infrastructure, and from instrumentation located within the passenger and freight vehicles that use the port.
GUIDEPORT aims to make its ports more appealing to passengers and logistics companies, and to increase their competitiveness at a transnational level. Better quality of life for the residents of urban areas near ports is expected, as improved port operations, port access and vehicle guidance will reduce their exposure to time delays and air pollution.
The project seeks to satisfy the needs of users of ports and port areas. Fleet managers, logistics companies, freight and private cars are among the project target group. Port and regional/local authorities of regions and ports are willing to improve their services and to see the urban area services improved.
The project involves two regional authorities (Decentralised Administrations of Western Greece, Peloponnese and Ionian Islands; and Apulia) and two key ports (Brindisi and Patras); and a major University (University of Patras) specialising in ITS development, integration and evaluation.
The implementation of cutting edge technologies and ITS (such as machine vision, radar, GPS/GNSS) will offer integrated services including improved incident detection, route guidance, logistics and safety/security measures to improve access and safety in ports and their areas. Public/private sector, regional authorities, SMEs are expected to join the project network and Port Centre of Competitiveness, thus assuring sustainability of investments and operations.