Project - Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports 2020


Description (EN): Main Objectives: This project will deliver increased innovation within public service provision of these airports which are supported directly and indirectly (i.e. publically owned, capital and recurrent grants, public service obligations routes, enabling infrastructure) by local, regional and national governments. Expected Change/Outputs: By applying a triple helix model, enabled by a transnational partnership, which focuses on a number of areas to improve the level of innovation at these public service airports. Expected changes/outputs from a wide range of work packages include (i) making airports greener (ii) greater exploitation of their non-aeronautical potential (iii) reduction in the cost burden to governments (iv) greater integration with the local community/businesses (iv) enhanced technological competence (v) enhanced capacity amongst airport management to deal with challenges. Beneficiaries: Local community, local businesses, airport management/staff, students/staff of third level colleges, policy-makers who will gain a better understanding of the challenges faced and government departments funding peripheral airports.
Expected Results (EN): Awareness and attitudes among health professionals towards the use of eHealth technologies
Expected Outputs (EN): New Concepts for Public Service Provision: The project will enhance peer group networking and link it with world class expertise and technology specifically assessed against the very special challenges of NPA airports as public services. A series of pilots, studies, business cases and reviews will be undertaken of relevance to the NPA airports and more specifically to the project partners. Innovation Network: An enduring Innovation Network will be established with a range of project specific, but also wider and longer term benefits. In a stakeholder survey during the preceding SPARA2020 NPP preparatory project we were pleasantly surprised that over 85% of respondents highlighted this feature as one they would be interested to associate themselves with. Increased Awareness of New Approaches to Using Public Services: The project will openly share results and best practice with other NPA partners and other appropriate transnational collaborations and EU bodies. The project will involve SMEs as appropriate, and will access the R&D of several larger NPA businesses. The project will also access expertise through the Expert Advisory Steering Group and a range of trade, EU and public bodies. As 95% of airport in the NPA are loss making and all are in public ownership the results will be of great interest to the public sponsoring bodies behind the airports. The project will keep an eye open to commercialise certain products and services that will be refined during the project. Long-Term Impact: The project’s main aim is to influence and positively impact airports in the NPA area, although this process will be progressive. Over 130 airports have been identified within the NPA area and indentified through the SPARA preparatory project.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Improving transport connections  Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks  Rural and peripheral development  
Specific Objective: Increased innovation within public service provision in remote, sparsely populated areas
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports 2020
Project acronym: SPARA2020

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-07-04


Project start date: 2015-06-01
Project end date: 2018-05-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.394.999,90
European Union funding: EUR 1.516.212,82

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership
Lead Partner: The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership
Department: Head Office
Address: 7 Ardross Terrace, Inverness, United Kingdom
Legal status: public

Department: Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
Address: Central Purchasing Group, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),, Sydney, Australia
Legal status: public
Department: UHI Management School
Address: Ness Walk, Inverness, United Kingdom
Legal status: public
Department: Policy and Research Unit
Address: The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Ireland
Legal status: public
Department: Faculty of Logistics
Address: PO Box 2110, Molde, Norway
Legal status: public
Department: Airports
Address: Blå Vägen, Storuman, Sweden
Legal status: public
Department: Region Mitt, samh?lle
Address: Röda vägen, Borlänge, Sweden
Legal status: public
Department: Research Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS)
Address: Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Legal status: public
Department: Airport
Address: Sundsvall Timrå Airport, TIMRÅ, Sweden
Legal status: public
Address: Söderbyvägen 10, 195 60 Arlandastad, Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden
Legal status: private

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