eKoNEs was funded by General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greek Ministry of Development, in the context of the Regional Operational Program of Crete (PEP-Crete), Action line 1.2 “Research and Development consortia in strategic priority application domains”. Project partners include the Department of Informatics Engineering – Technological Education Institution of Crete (Project Coordinator), the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering – Technical University of Crete, the Department of Music and Acoustic Technology – Technological Education Institution of Crete, Forthnet S.A and Anixe, S.A.
The main objective of the project eΚοΝΕΣ is to contribute on the development of the theoretical basis and the technological infrastructure upon which electronic villages or electronic communities of local interest will be established and function. The goal of such villages / communities is to bring together the “villagers” (i.e. enterprises, chambers, government and citizens) in a virtual electronic environment wherein they can promote innovative actions, services and products through their upgraded technological infrastructure. The results of the eΚοΝΕΣ project are illustrated with the use of a scenario on the tourism sector. In the future eΚοΝΕΣ will escalate its application to other sectors of the local industry.
The technological results sum up to: (a) development of the technological infrastructure to support the virtual coexistence of partners in order to collaborate, to develop new products and services of high added value, and (b) demonstration of the added value that eΚοΝΕΣ brings to the tourism industry in the region of Crete.