eEnviPer prepares its launch onto the market (15/07/2013)

 

The EU-funded project eEnviPer has already reached its halfway point. The prototype has now been successfully transformed into a customised cloud solution for the five pilot countries: Greece, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. Each platform is operational and different real scenarios are up and running.

The system is currently being used by investors and environmental consultants wanting to submit permit requests, public authorities in charge of managing the entire permitting process, and citizens or organisations who want to express their opinion on a certain project.

Efforts within the project consortium are currently focused on the user engagement side. The system is being presented at various public events around Europe, including launch presentations at relevant agencies, workshops for different stakeholders, presentations in universities, targeted training sessions, etc. Ms Eleni Hatziyanni of the Region of Crete tells us that “The project was successfully presented with the presence of the Regional Governor, the Regional vice Governor of Environment and Spatial Planning, officers from the Ministry of Environment, and the local media.”

Furthermore, the consortium is currently developing a business plan for the exploitation of the eEnviPer solution beyond the life of the EU-funded project, including a view for deployment of the solution in each of the partner countries beyond the initial pilot deployments. Mr Apostolos Vontas representing the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki explains: “eEnviPer will be offered to Permitting Authorities with a scalable fee, but it will be free for the citizens to access it. Except from the initial investment to integrate and localise eEnviPer, the regular/daily costs of the system are kept low as a result of the cloud-based architecture.”

Clearly, the business plan will be adapted to each pilot country and will also be consulted to different public authorities and relevant environmental private companies in order to better understand the sustainability potential of the service.