DANOVA Innovative transportation services for blind and partially-sighted passengers in Danube Region

PROJECT SUMMARY

In Europe, there are over 30 million blind and partially sighted people who cannot travel independently as more than 96% of the European transport system, especially in the Danube Region, is still not fully accessible to people with visual impairments. Many blind and partially sighted passengers find it extremely difficult, and in some cases even impossible, to use conventional transportation such as airplanes, buses, trains, or public transport. They have to rely on the assistance of a sighted person, whether it is their personal assistant, official staff member, or a random passer-by, which ensures their ability to travel but still presents several constraints when compared to sighted people’s experience. 

MAIN OBJECTIVE

The project's main objective is to improve the accessibility of airports, seaports, train/bus stations to blind and partially sighted people by developing a set of new services and competencies to allow them to have full access to all transportation information, facilities, and services. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The partnership identified three specific objectives and formed three technical work packages (WP) accordingly to achieve this very challenging goal. Based on a transnational and cooperative approach, the project partners will:

  1. search for existing solutions and best practice examples that can efficiently be transferred to the Danube region [WPT1],
  2. design a new concept of transportation system fully accessible to blind and partially sighted passengers and test innovative solutions and services [WPT2],
  3. implement and educate relevant target groups on how to use those solutions and how to adequately support passengers with visual impairment [WPT3].

The consortium of 14 partners from 9 different countries, led by Dubrovnik Airport as Lead Partner, is well-balanced in terms of the involvement of airports, seaports, research institutions, local authorities, and associations representing visually impaired people.
 

RESULTS

The new services for blind and partially sighted passengers and new competencies of people working with passengers will contribute to making the Danube region more innovative and socially responsible.

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • LP-ZLD Dubrovnik Airport Ltd (lead partner)
  • ENI-MD PP2-TUM Technical University of Moldova
  • ERDF PP3-BUD Budapest Airport Zrt.
  • ERDF PP4-BKK Centre for Budapest Transport
  • ERDF PP5-UM University of Maribor
  • ERDF PP6-BATTI Bulgarian Association for Transfer of Technology and Innovation
  • ERDF PP7-HSS Croatian Blind Union
  • ERDF PP8-BSVO Austrian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted
  • ERDF PP9-LUD Dubrovnik Port Authority
  • ERDF PP10-MOM Municipality of Maribor
  • ERDF PP11-ILZ Airport Žilina
  • IPA PP1-ACG JSC Airports of Montenegro
  • IPA PP2-POK Port of Kotor
  • IPA PP3-MAS Sarajevo International Airport
     

ASSOCIATED PARTNERS

  • Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union 
  • Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o. 
  • Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Moldova
  • DEX Innovation Centre

DURATION (30 months)

Start date         the 1st of July 2020
End date          the 31st of December 2022

BUDGET (Programme Co-financing)

Total Budget          2,192,546.66 EUR
ERDF                      1,478,974.50 EUR
IPA II                          307,810.50 EUR
ENI-MD                       76,879.66 EUR
ENI-UA                                 0.00 EUR

Innovative transportation services for blind and partially-sighted passengers in Danube Region
Start date
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2,192,546.66
ERDF Contribution: 1,478,974.5
IPA Contribution: 307,810.5
ENI Contribution: 76,879.66
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Library

Filename Date of upload
Open Innovation Call for Ideas (pre-announcement) 02-08-2021 11:49:07
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Dubrovnik Airport Ltd Lead partner hrvoje.spremic@airport-dubrovnik.hr Croatia
Airport Bratislava ERDF partner rastislav.fekete@bts.aero Slovakia
Centre for Budapest Transport ERDF partner tamas.halmos@bkk.hu Hungary
University of Maribor ERDF partner katja.hanzic@um.si Slovenia
Bulgarian Association for Transfer of Technology and Innovation ERDF partner battinnovation@gmail.com Bulgaria
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Project News

  • DANOVA - FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN BULGARIA (PP6-BATTI)
    - 25-01-2022
    FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN BULGARIA (PP6-BATTI)

    PP6-BATTI organized the first stakeholder meeting on December 6th, 2021. The focus of the workshop was on development of transportation infrastructure and difficulties blind and partially sighted persons encounter when using transportation...

  • DANOVA - FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN SLOVAKIA ORGANIZED BY PP11-ILZ AND SLOVAK BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED UNION
    - 24-01-2022
    FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN SLOVAKIA ORGANIZED BY PP11-ILZ AND SLOVAK BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED UNION

    Žilina Airport (PP11-ILZ) and the associated partner Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union organized the first stakeholder workshop on November 4, 2021 at the premises of Žilina Airport. Due to the difficult situation caused by COVID-19...

  • DANOVA - FIRST STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP HELD JOINTLY BY PP1-ACG AND PP1-POK IN MONTENEGRO
    - 21-01-2022
    FIRST STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP HELD JOINTLY BY PP1-ACG AND PP1-POK IN MONTENEGRO

    PP1-ACG and PP1-POK jointly organized their first stakeholder’s workshop on September 14 2021 in Podgorica, at the premises of the State-owned company Airports of Montenegro. Representatives of the two partners from Montenegro, Port of Kotor and...

  • DANOVA - FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY PP3-BUD
    - 21-12-2021
    FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY PP3-BUD

    PP3-BUD organized its first stakeholder workshop! The event took place at Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2, Sky Court conference room on October 7th 2021. To maximise the effectiveness of the stakeholder engagement in Hungary, Budapest...

  • DANOVA - FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN Bosnia and Herzegovina (PP13-MAS)
    - 16-12-2021
    FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN Bosnia and Herzegovina (PP13-MAS)

    Representatives of Sarajevo International Airport (PP13-MAS) organized the first stakeholder workshop on September 17th, 2021. Representatives of the Association of Blind and Visually Impaired Persons of Sarajevo Canton, the Association of Blind...

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