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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 17:52

SIMON final review meeting

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IBV will take part in SIMON final review meeting next May 9th and 10th in Madrid of this initiative funded by the European Commission through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Demonstrations will also be offered to European Commission Officer to show the new app that facilitates mobility and parking for people with disabilities and avoid fraud in the use of the European parking card. In fact, the results of the SIMON project are expected to lead to a new parking card standard that facilitates mobility across Europe.

SIMON offers a complete integration of technological solutions that facilitate accessible navigation, mobility information and the management of access rights for parking badge holders. These solutions have been tested on a large scale in the cities of Madrid, Lisbon, Parma and Reading.

Among the different services that SIMON can offer, the combination of a mobile application and a new smart card model stands out. Through them, users have information on accessibility and parking in real time, are able to validate themselves as legitimate users of parking spaces and can plan accessible routes using multimodal transport.

The solutions proposed by SIMON also include applications and services for public authorities, public transport operators and parking service managers. In the cities that adopt this system, SIMON allows them to manage the use of the public parking spaces, receiving real-time information on the use of reserved parking spots, reducing fraud and allowing inclusion policies to promote the sustainable use of all transport modes.

Finally, work is being done to ensure that these solutions, especially the new smart card model, are adopted as a standard in the European Union, so that the mobility of citizens regardless of their place of residence is provided.

The project has been developed by a team coordinated by the Spanish company ETRA I+D and other partners from Italy, Portugal, Germany and Spain. The SIMON Consortium includes a balanced set of partners formed by industry and developers (ETRA, LOCOSLAB), disability experts (IBV) and mobility managers from the municipalities of Madrid, Lisbon, Parma and Reading. The project has been funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

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