i-SCOPE routing service at EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum

The i-SCOPE routing service for disabled people has been presented during the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Newcastle on 21 October 2014.

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities which gathers the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities. The objective of EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum is to strengthen the involvement of local authorities in the development and implementation of national and EU social policies, as well as promoting the exchange of knowledge between cities especially on tackling poverty and exclusion.

The i-SCOPE disability routing service is a tool that caters for the specific needs of disabled people in finding their way around a city.


The i-SCOPE project has been presented on the 8th International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Apps, Services and Technologies, held from 10-12 September 2014 in Oxford (UK).

The presentation entitled “SmartCity – the marriage of geography and ICT for a secure and private society – can it work?” has given a wide overlook on cities as architecture, as social centres, as hubs in general. The focal point was on planning, transport, infrastructure, the roles of government and citizen, and business in general. Through these issues, the roles of standards and education have also been highlighted.

i-SCOPE @ Internazionale festival in Ferrara

Fondazione GraphiTech, together with the University of Ferrara, Mapability association and Sinergis, has participated to the workshop on the theme of “Smart city, accessibility and participation”, organized within the Internazionale festival in Ferrara on 3 October 2014. During the workshop has been presented the application for mapping the architectural barriers, developed within the i-SCOPE project. The event was very successful as reported in some technical magazines such as GEOmedia and Greenplanner, as well as in online daily newspaper of Ferrara estense.com, integrated contact center for diversely able people SuperAbile, and many other portals and blogs dedicated to diversely able people.

Internazionale festival in Ferrara is a festival organized by the weekly magazine Internazionale. During the three-day festival, visitors have the opportunity to meet journalists, writers, artists and researchers from all over the world. Last year, 198 speakers from 35 countries, as well as workshops, conferences, exhibitions, documentary screenings, concerts and other cultural activities have attracted over 60,000 visitors.

Workshop at “Hertha Firnberg Schulen für Wirtschaft und Tourismus”

The City of Vienna has organized the workshop at the “Hertha Firnberg Schulen für Wirtschaft und Tourismus” (Hertha Firnberg school of business and tourism) on 24 June 2014. There were 21 students aged 14-15 years. During the workshop, the i-SCOPE project has been presented using the project official website and Facebook page. The i-SCOPE platform has also been presented, specially the mobility part. After the presentation, there have also been discussed crowdsourcing principals and the i-SCOPE crowdsourcing applications, as well as the needs of inclusive routing. As a conclusion of the workshop, the participants noted that the participation in a crowdsourcing project should be associated with a fun factor or a reward.

There was a lively debate about whether the i-SCOPE applications can be trusted and possibly negative effects of collected data on citizens or business. Questions such as: “Can we be sure that the noise app doesn’t record also talks?”, “How do data from a noise map influence real estate prices?” and others, were also discussed.

i-SCOPE @ HCI International 2014

Fondazione GraphiTech has presented the application for the detection of architectural barriers during the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, which has been held from 22 – 27 June 2014 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. HCI International is the worldwide renowned international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical and applied areas of Human-Computer Interaction. Nearly 2000 individuals from 67 countries have participated to this event, and the work of the world’s foremost leaders in the field has been presented.

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