UPDATE FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN VALENCIA

In our General Assembly in Valencia we were excited to see the first prototype of the localization tool ! Our next steps are the finalization of the prototype of the ASSET mobile-app and the planning of the field tests.

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ASSET MEETING

From 25th to 27th January 2017, the ASSET consortium and advisory board is meeting in Valencia, Spain. After the general assembly we will post more updates about the project status and other interesting news on the development of the app.

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ETH RESEARCH TEAM IN ASSET

The Computational Social Science group (http://www.coss.ethz.ch) headed by Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing (http://www.coss.ethz.ch/people/helbing.html) represents ETH Zurich within the ASSET consortium. Dr. Evangelos Pournaras (http://www.evangelospournaras.com) and Thomas Asikis (http://www.coss.ethz.ch/people/phd/tasikis.html) are the main researchers working on the ASSET project with expertise on distributed systems, social sensing and data science. Evangelos and Thomas are designing recommender and machine learning algorithms for sustainable consumerism in ASSET. They support the consortium by introducing rigorous scientific methodologies required to understand complex social-technical systems. COSS is an internationally known and highly inter-disciplinary group dedicated to the understanding of complex techno-socio-econimic systems such as pedestrian flows, disaster and traffic management as well as designing the future sustainable digital society as envisioned within the nervousnet project (http://nervousnet.ethz.ch).

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Tartu Consumers Cooperative (Tartu COOP) is the consumers’ society operating currently in 22 retail stores in the city of Tartu and Tartu County in Estonia. Tartu COOP was founded in 1908 and has expanded significantly and developed into one of the largest regional retail businesses within more than 100 years. Today, approximately 500 staff members are employed in Tartu COOP and it’s subsidiaries. TCC is the biggest in Estonia and has the most active membership consumers’ society. Tartu COOP is operating in an area of around 150.000 inhabitants, and has more than 38.000 members. The three main brands that are represented by Tartu COOP are Maksimarket, Konsum and A&O. Tartu COOP is part of COOP Estonia and is the biggest Estonian consumers’ society regarding turnover and number of members. With 19 regional consumers’ societies, COOP Estonia Group is the trade group with the biggest total sales and market shares of 22% in Estonia.

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DIGITAL SOCIAL INNOVATION FAIR 2017

The registration for the Digital Social Innovation Fair 2017 is now open. The fair is held on 1st and 2nd February 2017 in Rome. The program features an international conference, workshops, networking and hands-on sessions. Don’t miss this great opportunity to become part of the Community and embrace initiatives tackling social andenvironmental challenges in Europe and beyond!

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Baltic Innovation Agency (BIA), member of Enterprise Europe Network, is providing innovation management and technology development related services to public, private and third sector organizations. The main competence areas where BIA is offering innovation and business development services are the following – strategic and business planning; technology integration, transfer and commercialization; market research and analysis, start-up creation and investor readiness. BIA is implementing projects both in traditional industries such as wood, food, energy and environment sectors but also in new sectors like ICT and biotechnology,  there is also a number of implemented projects focusing on service sector innovations.

http://www.bia.ee/

 

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NEW CONSORTIUM MEMBERS

Asset Consortium welcomes two new members to join the project after the European Commission has approved the participation of Baltic Innovation Agency (BIA) and Tartu Consumer Cooperative (COOP). The two new members, both based in Estonia, will be mainly working with ASSET platform pilot tests in one of the KOOP retail shops in Tartu, Estonia, but will also be involved in other relevant activities of the project.

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CAPPSI COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

The ASSET project is participating in the CAPSSI Community Workshop in Bratislava, on 28th September, right after the ICT proposer’s day. The Collective Awareness Platoforms for Sustaionability & Social Innovation (CAPSSI) is organizing a workshop to boost cooperation amongst current CAPS projects. We are looking forward to the meeting and to presenting our project and ideas for a sustainable future.
https://capssi.eu/event/capssi-community-workshop/?instance_id=17

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ASSET DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF LCM

The ASSET project aims at enhancing the shopping process in a supermarket, considering that the product choice is highly dependent on individual preferences of the customers. A smartphone application will be developed to enhance and speed up the shopping experience at the point of sale. In this application, consumers can choose their personal preferences (e.g. emphasis on local products). Using a localization functionality, the customer’s location in the shop can be matched with product families that are available in the close-by shelves. After selecting the desired product family, a product list will be displayed in the application, ranked according to the individual preferences.

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