National entities unite at Portugal Corner

TRA – Transport Research Arena

It is already in November that the Lisbon Congress Center hosts the largest European research and technology conference in the field of mobility and transport, and expects the presence of more than 2000 professionals from the sector.

Transport Research Arena is getting closer and closer to starting its 9th edition, from 14th to 17th November, which takes place for the first time in Portugal. Portugal Corner will feature several prominent names in the field of mobility and national transport that intend to make known the best that exists in the country.

The 9th edition will feature the main references of the mobility and transport sector at the national and international levels. As a first in Portugal, Portugal Corner plays a crucial role in the development of business opportunities in the areas of transport and mobility, based on sustainability and decarbonization policies, the motto of this transport summit.

Portugal Corner thus creates a solution for the participation of national entities in a European conference, allowing the personalization of each one in a space with its own identity, with the symbiosis between mature and emerging projects, in a sharing of experiences, always with the objective of bringing together the best national players in the mobility and transport sector with a special focus on innovation, technology and research.

The space also includes a catering area that will serve as a support point for coffee breaks and lunches and a network space, thus allowing it to be promoted as one of the biggest Transport Research Arena stands at the event.

Expecting to welcome about 2,000 participants in 7,000 m² of exhibition area, in which an interactive area for innovative projects stands out, the 2022 edition of TRA aims to be a hub of knowledge and innovative solutions, with the objective of thinking about the transport in a more efficient, safe, non-polluting, inclusive and sustainable way.

At Portugal Corner, Portugal’s stand, these are some of the names that will be present:

ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação aims to promote the transfer of knowledge, in order to create value for the national economy, establish priorities and define indicators focused on supporting the adoption of knowledge and technology by companies and society. R&D (innovation and development) is fundamental for the development of societies in the long term and ANI’s strategic vision is to act in the interconnection between the scientific environment and companies.

Barraqueiro – iDreams Project – i-DREAMS is a 3-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program that aims to create a platform to define, develop, test and validate a “Safety Tolerance Zone”. This aims to prevent drivers from getting too close to the limits of insecurity, mitigating the risks of accidents in real time, and also sending, after the trip, a report on the driving performance so that the driver has the perception of the care to be taken. on your next car trip.

CP – Comboios de Portugal – CP is a public corporate entity whose sole shareholder is the Portuguese State and is subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing of the Ministry of Finance. CP assumes the responsibility of contributing to the economic development and social cohesion of the country and its citizens, through the good performance of its commercial activity. CP is internationally ranked as one of the best in the transport sector, with a B- level and a Prime rating, in relation to the requirements defined by Oekom, for social responsibility and sustainable performance. Faced with increasingly congested cities and airports reaching saturation point, rail transport is increasingly presented as the most competitive alternative in the transport sector and an increasingly viable alternative to polluting means of travel.

EMEL – Lisbon Mobility and Parking Company, EMEL’s mission is to regulate parking and manage mobility in the city of Lisbon. To improve the mobility experience of those who live, work, study or visit Lisbon, EMEL develops a range of projects and activities within the capital’s urban mobility strategy, which includes mobility policies and the use of public space. In parallel, it participates in international projects, which promote innovation in the area of ​​mobility.

IMT – Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes – Its mission is to exercise the functions of technical regulation, licensing, coordination, inspection and planning in the land and river transport sector and respective infrastructures and in the economic aspect of the commercial ports and maritime transport sector. . They also have the role of managing concession contracts in which the State is the grantor, in these sectors or in other sectors, namely relating to air transport and airport infrastructure, in order to satisfy the mobility needs of people and goods.

IP – Infraestruturas de Portugal – The Portuguese public company responsible for the management of road and rail infrastructures aims to promote multimodal mobility. Its main operations concern the conception, design, construction, financing, maintenance, operation, upgrading, expansion and modernization of national road and rail networks, including traffic control and supervision. Infrastructures de Portugal is a national and international reference in providing innovative mobility and accessibility systems, continuously improving the standards of quality, safety, protection and reliability of its services.

Mota-Engil – Leader in Portugal and with a consolidated position in the ranking of the 25 largest European construction groups, Mota-Engil is currently present in 23 countries, spread over 3 geographical areas – Europe, Africa and Latin America. It participates in more than 200 companies and has a market positioning in accordance with the values ​​and cultural identity of the organization, based on a unique and integrated strategic vision for the Mota-Engil of the future: a more international, innovative and competitive Group on a global scale.

OTP – Transport Optimization and Planning – A pioneer in R&D projects in the field of operational planning for public transport, OPT operates in two major areas of software, developing advanced IT solutions for the management and optimization of transport systems, and automatic generation of information about public transport. Recently, OPT added a project office to develop advanced mobility studies.

PFP – Plataforma Ferroviária Portuguesa – With the vision of “making Portugal an international reference centre in the railway sector and a privileged location for the development of RDI projects in the railway area”, the PFP – Associação of the Portuguese Railway Platform, which today brings together more than 100 members, divided between large companies – public and private -, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), non-business entities of the SI&I and other business associations, seeking to represent the rail value chain in Portugal. Its mission is to actively contribute to the strengthening of cooperation between all actors in the railway sector, to develop a shared vision and a common strategy for the planning of railway research and innovation, contribute to the definition of development policies for the transport and transport sector. rail mode in particular. There is also a commitment to act in an inclusive, transparent way and in close collaboration with the authorities of the transport sector, also promoting joint research, development and innovation (RDI) initiatives and projects, optimizing the research and innovation potential. Finally, encouraging the development of new businesses in the railway area and contributing decisively to the internationalization of the Portuguese railway sector are the main causes of the PFP.

In addition to the Portugal Corner space, we will have national representations in other areas of the event, with innovative projects aimed at the future of research, in the fields of mobility, research and technology. One of the presences will be the Portuguese digital company Ubiwhere, based in Aveiro, focused on research and development of innovative technological solutions, oriented towards the areas of smart cities and telecommunications, focused on the sector of the future and connected mobility. We will also have the presence of the University of Minho and its Research Center in Transport and Mobility – TMob-Hub, which combines the skills of individual researchers, R&D units and interface institutes of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. The TMob-Hub covers the five main modes of transport, including rail, metro, roads, airways and sea and inland waterways, as well as their interaction. It also cooperates strongly with the main national transport actors and multiple international partners.

The 9th edition of the largest European research and technology conference on mobility and transport will feature the spokespersons Luís Maia and Marta Teixeira Pinto, from the National Innovation Agency, the entity that organizes and hosts the TRA with the cooperation of the IMT – Institute for Mobility and Transport, CEE – Consortium of Engineering Schools, LNEC – National Civil Engineering Laboratory and Magellan Circle – European Affairs Consultancy.

Portugal Corner will make it possible to discover all the national news in terms of mobility, and there will be no shortage of topics for debate in this space dedicated to Portuguese projects present at the largest R&D conference in the area of ​​mobility and transport in Europe. Portugal certainly has a lot of knowledge to offer our foreign guests”, says Luís Maia, delegate for the Horizonte Europa Program and spokesman for TRA 2022.

Portugal Corner will give even more prominence to the wide range of names that we will have on display. It will be an unparalleled opportunity for networking, sharing and connecting companies. We are looking forward to November and this opportunity for Portugal!”, adds Marta Teixeira Pinto, delegate for the Horizonte Europa Program and spokesperson for TRA 2022.

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