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3rd Users Workshop in Madrid

Last March 14, 2017, more than 100 people gathered at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid to participate in the third workshop of users of the SIMON project. This event, had the purpose of presenting the SIMON project results, an other interesting experiences and perspectives about mobility and accessibility, to the interested stakeholders: disabled users, associations, public administrations and companies. This last workshop followed the ones that took part in Lisbon (2015) and in Parma (2016).
Madrid Workshop images

Madrid Workshop images

Inés Sabanés Nadal, Environment and Mobility Delegate in Madrid City Council and  José Antonio Fernández García, CEO of GRUPOETRA, were in charge of the opening. Both outlined the importance of the human technology that can improve the mobility of the citizenship and that allow the solutions shared by different communities and countries. The first session was intended to present the features and results of the SIMON Project. Antonio Marqués, Director of Technology of GRUPOETRA introduced the concept of "Mobility as a Right", remarking that there is no sustainable mobility without inclusion. Eva Muñoz, SIMON Project coordinator, presented the different products and services developed in SIMON and that are adapted and suited to the different cities. Specially important has been the modernisation of the European Parking Card in order to ease mobility and prevent fraud. José Solaz, Director of Innovation, automotive and means of transport of Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia explained how the users have been the center of the process of design, development, adaptation and testing of the SIMON project. Participatory techniques have been used from the very begining to ensure that the SIMON products and services are accessible, usable and adapted to the needs of users. Pedro J. Marrón, CEO in LocosLab, explained the technical components of the SIMON system: validation, outdoor and indoor navigation, information, etc. The second session presented diferent perspectives of the technology and policies addressed to improve mobility in cities. The experiences of using SIMON at the pilot cities were presented by Francisco J. López Carmona (General Director of Traffic Management and Control in Madrid City Council), Pedro H. Gouveia (Coordinator Lisbon's Pedestrian Accessibility Plan, Camara Municipal Lisboa), Laura Rossi (Councilor of Welfare, Comune di Parma) and Lyndon George (Reading Borough Council). Begoña Gosálbez, Spanish representative in the High Level Group for Disability of the European Commission (representing the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality) highlighted the importance of the modernisation of the European Parking Card in order to allow citizens an accessible mobility trhrough all Europe. Miguel Ángel Valero, Director of CEAPAT-IMSERSO, talked about the social perspective in the development of assistive products. The key idea is that technology must be linked with the accessibility if pretends to be helpful for the users. After the lunch break, the third session addressed experiences and perspectives from the users' perspective. Francisco Javier Font, President of FAMMA - COCEMFE Madrid, highlighted the needs of physical disabled users and how projects like SIMON should ensure that cities improve the mobility of all citizens. Mariano Ruiz, General Counsel in Spanish Blind Users Association (ONCE), added the perspectives of visual impaired users, that must be considered persons with reduced mobility and, consenquently, should have products and services that help them in this regard. Carlos M. da Costa, Senior Assessor in Gabinete da Secretaria de Estado da Inclusao das Pessoas com Deficiencia (Minsiterio do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social, Portugal), talked about the ongoing experiences in Portugal and the utility of SIMON to improve mobility. To end this session,  Oscar Corcho, Co-Director of the Ontological Engineering Group of the E.T.S. of Computer Engineers (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) presented the MobileAge Project, in which public services for elderly are being developed using co-creation techniques. The closing of this workshop was done by José Antonio Cascales from CRTM and Antonio Ortín, General Manager of ETRA I+D, who summarized the project and encourage partners and institutions to continue with this initiative in the future.


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