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                      1,739,970.00 EUR
IPA II                          362,130.00 EUR
ENI-MD                       90,446.66 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: 2192546.66
ERDF Contribution: 1478974.5
IPA Contribution: 307810.5
ENI Contribution: 76879.66
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

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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 - A report from the meeting about DANOVA in Moldova
    - 27-07-2021
    A report from the meeting about DANOVA in Moldova

    Recently, project partners from the Technical University of Moldova had a meeting with the administration of Chisinau Airport and Border Police representatives, during which they presented the project “DANOVA: Innovative transportation services...

  • DANOVA - Great news!
    - 27-07-2021
    Great news!

    DANOVA project was selected to be a part of the upcoming Interreg podcast series „This is Europe - Stories of collaboration and cooperation from across the European Union, brought to you by the Interreg community“. This podcast aims to show the...

  • DANOVA - Assessment of the accessibility to blind and partially sighted passengers in Slovenia - Municipality of Maribor (PP10-MOM) and University of Maribor (PP5-UM)
    - 27-07-2021
    Assessment of the accessibility to blind and partially sighted passengers in Slovenia - Municipality of Maribor (PP10-MOM) and University of Maribor (PP5-UM)

    In June 2021, the City Municipality of Maribor and the University of Maribor assessed the accessibility of the main bus of Maribor, the bus station at the City shopping center, and the bus station at the University Medical Centre. External...

  • DANOVA - Quick overview of the implemented activities
    - 27-07-2021
    Quick overview of the implemented activities

    The past two months were very exciting for the DANOVA project. All the partners were working full steam and we are very proud of them! Here is a quick overview of the activities that took place: • the audit teams conducted the accessibility...

  • DANOVA - Assessment of the accessibility to blind and partially sighted passengers in Montenegro - Airports of Montenegro (PP11-ACG)
    - 27-07-2021
    Assessment of the accessibility to blind and partially sighted passengers in Montenegro - Airports of Montenegro (PP11-ACG)

    On June 8, 2021, Airports of Montenegro welcomed the Audit Team that performed an on-site assessment of Podgorica Airport in terms of the airport accessibility for blind and partially-sighted passengers. A step-by-step simulation of a passenger...

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