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The Municipality of Larissa is a local government entity responsible for governing the city of Larissa, which is the capital and largest city of the Larissa regional unit in Thessaly, Greece. Larissa is known for its agricultural activities, producing various agricultural products such as cotton, wheat, and tobacco. The region also has a diverse industrial base, contributing significantly to the local economy. The city's historical and cultural attractions, such as the ancient theater of Larissa and the Larissa Archaeological Museum, also draw tourists to the area.
Like many urban areas, Larissa faced challenges related to urbanization, traffic management, and environmental concerns. To address these challenges, the Municipality has been exploring solutions and other initiatives aimed at improving the overall quality of life for its citizens.
The City of Larissa boasts the largest network of a single pedestrian center in Greece. However, controlling vehicle access to this extensive pedestrian zone posed a considerable challenge for the Municipality. The existing infrastructure lacked an efficient system to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized vehicles, leading to traffic congestion and safety concerns for pedestrians.
To address Larissa's unique access control challenges, Quantela offered an open, cloud-based data platform. The platform's flexibility allowed it to integrate various smart city solutions, including the control and operation center, smart cameras, submersible bollards, smart parking, and more. This comprehensive approach aimed to enhance the operational readiness and productivity of Larissa's urban infrastructure.
Quantela integrated iOmniscient's Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology with the platform. A network of 86 cameras was deployed strategically to detect vehicle entries and compare license plates with the whitelist database. When authorized vehicles were identified, the platform sent an alert to the bollard control application, triggering the opening of access gates and ensuring seamless mobility.
OTE Group, in partnership with Quantela, has successfully implemented one of the most innovative Smart Mobility projects in Greece, in the city of Larissa. The project scope is The Automated Management of the Pedestrian Zone in the center of the city that contributes to digital transformation, easier mobility, and safety of everyday life.
OTE SA, Member of Deutsche Telecom Group
Through the successful implementation of Quantela's data platform, Larissa's Municipality achieved substantial improvements in mobility, security, and overall urban livability.