The project EnterCY (Enhancing Tourism ExpeRience in Cyprus) by the Frederick research centre and the university’s computer and computer engineering department has been ranked first under the integrated projects programme, funded by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) at a national level.
The Frederick research centre is the coordinator of the project worth €1 million with a network of nine partner organisations.
The EnterCY research project aims to develop an innovative platform to promote Cyprus as a quality tourist destination. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the visibility of Cyprus’ rich history and cultural heritage combined with its natural beauty and the variety of activities and entertainment it offers. This will be achieved by enhancing the experience of tourists before, during and after their visit to Cyprus, using state-of-the-art technologies. The platform will consist of a virtual reality web environment with space-time navigation and augmented reality for smart mobile devices that will be supported, among other things, by engineering learning technologies, indoor geolocation techniques, large data management and embedded reality.
In the first phase of the evaluation, carried out remotely by two international independent experts, EnterCY was ranked first in the tourism priority sector. In the second phase, the evaluation of the proposals was carried out by a scientific evaluation committee consisting of seven international independent experts with a live presentation and the proposal was ranked first among the five proposals that passed from the first to the second phase.
The evaluation and selection process of the proposals was highly competitive and based on scientific excellence, the impact of the proposals and the effective planning of their implementation. The ‘integrated programmes’ consist of five priority areas, tourism, transport-shipping, structured environment and construction, energy and agriculture-food and the RPF only finances two proposals from each theme.