As October draws to a close, the consortium is able to reflect on what has marked an extremely busy period for the project. Notably, as during this period the consortium had its first review with the European Commission, coupling this with the fifth project plenary meeting; kindly hosted by Entreprises Jacques Delens s.a. This time the meeting place was Brussels, Belgium, for what marked a crucial milestone for the project.
The key objectives of the review were to:
- Present on what we have achieved in the first half of the project
- Gather feedback, suggestions, and ideas on project activities
- To provide the European Commission with an outlook on the forecast of ACCEPT’s impact and exploitation goals
The review consisted of a series of on screen demonstrations and videos showcasing project concepts and results, and illustrating tangible results from project activities such as findings, products and deliverables. Project Partners also presented on activities undertaken over the past 18 months, including:
- Technical development of products
- Development of project use case stories
- Development and advancement of impact focused strategies such as the IPR, Exploitation, and Innovation Management Strategy
- Dissemination and collaboration efforts
- Piloting of early prototype iterations
However, most importantly, the review offered the first opportunity to trial the ACCEPT suite in a real-world piloting environment.
Since our last plenary meeting in Madrid, our skilled Technical partners have been working tirelessly in order to put together tangible prototypes of the ACCEPT software. Whilst we have already trialed paper prototypes and mock-ups of the software within our market research and focus group sessions, Brussels provided an opportunity to roll out functioning representations which reflect what the final software will look like.
Throughout the demonstrations, our Technical partners showcased ACCEPT functionalities such as augmented visualisation of construction components, on site use of the CoOpApp running on our Epson Moverio smartglasses, and a working prototype of the SiMaApp – running on the state of the art Google Tango tablet.
This represented a big moment for the consortium; for the first time allowing all partners a tangible insight into what all the hard work has been leading to. More importantly the demonstrations all went to plan, eliciting a very positive response from partners and reviewers alive. The review proved a very positive experience, with ACCEPT receiving highly positive feedback and recognition. As always, it was great to see all of the consortium partners together, and face-to-face working and collaboration once again proved to be a highly effective way of progressing the project.
The consortium now looks forward with anticipation to rolling out the project prototypes on piloting sites in the UK, Spain, Belgium & Cyprus. Also on the agenda is the 6th plenary meeting in Norwich, England, where Ingleton Wood look forward to welcoming the consortium for a productive week.