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APRON Report Summary

Project ID: 13274
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: Greece

Prototype validation: development and implementation of evaluation methodology

An integrated methodological framework was developed and applied for both the laboratory testing and demonstration phases of the APRON observatory.

The objective of the laboratory testing was to make sure that the system before its release to the final users fulfils the user requirements and expectations in term of its technical performance and user acceptance. The laboratory testing provides the system developer with the opportunity to enhance the system performance before its field deployment. The objective of the demonstration phase was to test the technical performance and user acceptance under real life conditions by its final users and to assess the cost–effectiveness of the system. Demonstration testing results provide useful information for promoting the system use and acceptance.

The proposed methodological framework was made operational through the development of data collection templates and questionnaires which were used for the collection of the relevant data for performing: i) technical performance, ii) user acceptance and iii) cost-effectiveness assessment.

The technical performance of the APRON system was based on a number of quantitatively measured indicators and statistical tests were performed in order to establish the acceptance of the system performance. The user acceptance was based on relevant questionnaires and the measurement of the indicators was based on a five-point scale. Descriptive statistics expressing the values of the user acceptance indicators were calculated. Finally, using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique performed the cost-effective analysis.

Reported by

RC AUEB/TRANSLOG Athens University of Economics and Business, TRANSportation Systems and LOGistics Laboratory
Evelpidon 47A & 33 Lefkados
11362 Athens
Greece
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