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16 Oct STA announces the Awardees of the 2017 Annual Innovation Awards

STA has the pleasure to announce the Awardees of the of the 2017 Annual Innovation Awards.

The 2017 STA Best Innovation Project/Solution has been awarded to SMEV: Digital Optimisation of Traffic Conditions for Emergency Vehicles – Award collected by Mr Wolf P. Zeplin, CEO, SMEV International.


SMEV is a ground-breaking ITS cooperative system that changes the way of addressing emergency responses in the Smart City.

Resorting to geo-location services and not to signalling devices installed in traffic lights, SMEV provides an open path to emergency services i) by clearing junctions from d
isturbing traffic, and ii) reorganising in real time the traffic dynamics in the urban area surrounding the route to the incident.

Following an operational pilot deployment of the SMEV precursor system in two German towns (57 traffic lights in total), today the SMEV solution i) can be easily deployed in any Traffic Control Centre, and in addition ii) allows the seamless mobility of emergency vehicles ambulances, fire brigades and police- by bringing the following benefits:

  • 35% reduction in travel times to critical locations,
  • 75% reduction in accident costs,
  • 15% less CO2 emissions, and
  • 30% reduction in costs for insurance companies.


The 2017 Person of the Year (ex-aequo) are Mr Andreas Rimkus, Member of the German Federal Parliament and Prof Vittorio Giavotto, Professor Emeritus, Polytechnic University of Milan.

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Mr Rimkus, is Member of the Parliament (DB) of the Federal Republic of Germany (MP) and Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Traffic Affairs of the Parliament (DB) of the Federal Republic of Germany (MP). He has focused his political activity on traffic affairs concentrating mainly on project of the improvement of smart mobility in cities and the deployment of future-oriented and sustainable mobility projects.

Mr. Rimkus has been awarded the 2017 Person of the Year for his active engagement in the deployment of Smart Transportation Infrastructures since his election into the Deutsche Bundestag.



Prof Giavotto, has been teaching Safety Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering for more than 40 years.

Prof Giavotto has been awarded the 2017 Person of the Year for his eminent career, and more specifically for his devotion to designing passive safety systems and to ameliorating passive safety standards, as well as for his contribution as Chairman of CEN TC 226/ WG1/TG1 since many years, resulting in the adoption of the European Standard for road restraint systems EN1317.