Smart City applications in Chalkida

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"Smart" applications for parking, lighting and air quality monitoring through a single management platform.


Chalkida paves the way for "smart cities", since the recent installation and operation of pilot "smart" systems for parking, lighting and air quality monitoring, as well as a unified management platform. The project, jointly implemented by OTE Group, Cisco, KAFKAS and OTS proves in practice that adopting "smart" technologies improves everyday life and contributes to citizens' well being

The mayor of Chalkida, Mr. Christos Pagonis stated: "With the valuable assistance of such significant partners, Chalkida makes a big step towards becoming an example of "green" & "smart" city, in Greece. This project proves that state-of-art technologies can play a vital role ensuring citizens' wellbeing, reducing environmental implications and energy demand. We are proud that our city paves the way for the future".

"The new digital era provides us all with the tools so as to change our daily lives through technology. With the installation of "smart" solutions in Chalkida, OTE Group, Cisco, OTS and KAFKAS, show in practice how to make our cities more functional, how to protect the environment, how to reduce operational costs and how to offer better life quality. By fully utilizing IT & Communications technologies, we can make the word better" Mr. Grigoris Christopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer Business Segment OF OTE Group, stated.

"Smart" solutions for parking and lighting through a single management platform

The "smart" parking solution, coupled with a mobile application developed by OTS, available for Android and iOS devices, enables drivers to be informed about free parking spaces and how they will get there; in case the selected parking space has been occupied the application redirects the driver to another location. This application is anticipated to significantly reduce the parking searching time, and furthermore, decongest traffic and reduce vehicle emissions. Also, the Municipal Authority will be able to manage parking spaces more effectively, as it will be aware of the parking time of each vehicle and any violations.

The smart lighting system, of SSL/LED technology installed by KAFKAS, replaced conventional light bulbs and contributed to saving more than 60% in electricity consumption. Through its wireless management, the system allows remote monitoring, setup, operation and maintenance, as well as dynamic lighting adjustment, aiming to the optimal energy consumption, security and visual ease of citizens.

Data from the smart solutions will be pooled in Cloud infrastructures provided by OTE Group and will consequently end up to Cisco's management Smart & Connected Digital Platform. The platform enables the management of "smart" solutions, as well as integration, saving and visualization of data, through a unified dashboard. Furthermore, the Smart & Connected Digital Platform is able to incorporate more smart solutions in the future.

Air quality monitoring for better life quality

The air quality monitoring, established by OTE Group, utilizes top-quality sensors identifying harmful emissions in the atmosphere and three types of particles. It will also measure temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure, thus enabling the Municipal Authority to optimize plans and implement actions for reducing air pollution and improving residents' wellbeing.

About OTE Group: The OTE Group is the largest telecommunications provider in the Greek market, and, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of the leading telecom groups in South-eastern Europe. It offers the full range of telecommunications services: from fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, pay television to high-speed data communications and ICT services. In addition to its core telecommunications activities, the Group in Greece is also involved in maritime communications, real-estate and professional training. The OTE Group is the largest investor in new technologies and infrastructure in Greece, having invested over €2bn over the past six years. For the four-year 2017-2020 period, the OTE Group will implement investments in the range of €1,5bn, primarily targeted at new generation networks.

The OTE Group is also involved in the field of IT integration. Having formed strategic partnerships for the implementation of complex ICT projects, it constitutes a leading partner of choice for businesses seeking modern solutions in the fields of health, tourism, information security, energy management, Data Centers, Cloud and Internet of Things technologies.

About CISCO: Cisco is the worldwide leader in network development that transforms the way people connect, communicate and cooperate. Cisco's solutions, using the network as a platform, change how we work and live.

Since the company was founded in 1984, Cisco has been a pioneer in the development of network technologies based on the Internet Protocol (IP). This ongoing tradition was followed by the development of routing and switching, and other network-based technologies, such as collaboration technologies, data centers, security, and videos for service and wireless applications providers. These technologies have materialized due to the evolution of the network.

As an ICT pioneer, Cisco along with its valuable partners, provide Cisco products, software and services to companies of all sizes, States, service providers and consumers. Especially the last years, it has developed ΙοΤ and Smart+Connected Smart City Solutions, as well as an extensive network of partners (ecosystem), implementing projects with success all over the world.

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About KAFKAS: V. KAFKAS S.A. is the leading Greek company in electrical equipment, lighting sales, energy solutions and industrial applications.

On the basis of its new strategy and through its modern network of 56 stores, the specialized B2B Sales Department, the specialized Lighting Components Department, the two Electrical Panel Construction Departments in Attica and Thessaloniki, the Department of Energy Solutions and Industrial Applications, and the Project Management Department, KAFKAS offers a great range of new innovative solutions and services to its B2B customers.

KAFKAS' specialized executives have played an important and decisive role in the company's successful trajectory, by keeping abreast of rapid technological developments and following the industry's best practices nationally and globally. This has allowed them to secure continuous partnerships with strategic suppliers as well as modern certified installers, and thus offer comprehensive services and reliable solutions, that meet their customers' needs in terms of achieving energy efficiency, infrastructure security and effortless building operation management.

KAFKAS has a long experience in the industry (over 40 years) and has participated in many projects related to new infrastructures, as well as private and corporate buildings & premises renovations/upgrades, making the company a point of reference in the market in which it operates and demonstrating its potential to contribute further to its development.  

About OTS: OTS is a Greek IT company specialized in developing software applications that fully meet the operational needs of the Administrative, Financial & Technical Services of Public Sector bodies, and of Local and Regional Authorities. Throughout its long trajectory, OTS has implemented large and complex IT projects across the Greek territory. Following the completion of the National Strategic Reference Framework, the company participated in the implementation of strategic projects, such as "Phase II Implementation of the Transparency Program", "Operational Services" at Higher and Technical Education Institutions in the framework of Call 21.1 of the Operational Program "Digital Convergence", "Integrated Information System for the Citizens Registry", "Digitization of Civil Status Acts" in the framework of the "National Registry" and "Digital Services for Detention Facilities". OTS is certified according to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. It, also, applies an Information Security Management System, according to the ISO 27001:2013 standard, for the design, development, installation and support of software, the implementation of IT projects, and the provision of Software as a Service (SAAS) services.

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