Trikala is a city in northwestern Thessaly, Greece, and the capital of the Trikala regional unit. The railway Palaiofarsalos–Kalambaka crosses the region as part of the TEN-T Corridor Orient/East – Med. One main concern is to reduce traffic congestion within the city centre of the city by providing better public connection to the surrounding and rural areas. Trikala envisages releasing their SUMP based on Harmony results.
HARMONY in Trikala
The pilot in Trikala is focusing on urban air mobility systems and services. It consists of a drone delivery service for medicines from the city centre to the pharmacies in the surrounding rural areas, serving primarily the urgent needs of elderly and other vulnerable social groups with limited access to mobility services.
- Engage stakeholders and citizens to investigate their requirements in terms of urban, suburban and rural mobility;
- Demonstrate drones for transferring medicines from the city centre to the surrounding areas and villages;
- Collect data to explore the impact of new mobility technologies and services;
- Transfer results from the Harmony model suite application to assist the authority to deliver the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).
This pilot will improve the everyday life of citizens, decrease the delivery time (since no traffic congestion is confronted in the third dimension), reduce operational costs and operate in a safer way promoting social distancing if needed, like in the context of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Not to mention the technological benefits of testing and deploying new urban air mobility technologies.
In the short term, HARMONY will collect the opinions, requirements and experiences of citizens and involved actors to co-create the service and evaluate it. In the longer term, HARMONY’s pilot in Trikala could turn into a feasibly permanent service to be implemented by the city. In addition, HARMONY will contribute to developing an urban air mobility ecosystem that enables new jobs, tests and investments in other local ecosystems in Greece and worldwide.