Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, attends the "Made in Europe" event:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 08/10/2012 First transmission: 08/10/2012
On 8 October, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, opened the 'Made in Europe-ITC Building blocks tackling societal challenges' event at the European Parliament.
The Vice-President and Maria Da Graça Carvalho, MEP, visited the exhibition showcasing projects made by European enterprises which illustrate how research contributes to real-life health, sustainability and mobility applications and services.
In her speech, Neelie Kroes underlined that 'the projects on display are immensely valuable to our society'. She highlighted the need to provide all support to researchers and innovative small businesses.
Among the projects on display:
-EuroCloud which can reduce the energy and cost requirements of data centres thanks to server chips which are 10 times more energy-efficient, and rely on processor and memory technology commonly found in mobile phones and tablet computers.
-HeartCycle, the project improves the quality of life and disease management of heart patients through personalised systems which monitor their condition at home.
-SUNSET encourages people to travel more sustainably in tows and cities through services that use social networks and incentives.
-ARAKNES, an innovative robotic system for use in abdominal surgery, where surgeons conduct the operation by using small robotic effectors, which have been out into the patient's belly.
DOMEO has developed a service robot which helps the elderly and handicapped people to stay longer in their home, independently and in safety.
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||Service robot (DOMEO) bringing scissor to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Maria Da Graça Carvalho, MEP (3 shots)
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||Neelie Kroes and Maria Da Graça Carvalho cutting the ribbon
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Neelie Kroes: For example, an other example, e-Government across our single market can boost efficiency for governments, and make life more convenient for citizens. Help for heart attack victims to follow an exercise programme for the fastest recovery. Surgery that doesn’t leave a scar. Robots that help dependent people stay at home and active for longer. Plus tools to cut rush-hour traffic; for more energy and water efficiency in social housing; or to reduce the electricity used by lighting. Just by using more efficient chips, we could cut European CO2 emissions by 4%. These projects on display today are immensely valuable to our society. But they are just a fraction of what we are investing in, under current research and innovation programmes.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Neelie Kroes: And most of all, let's provide the support that research and innovation sorely needs. With less red tape for easy access by the most innovative small businesses. Setting aside funds for the most open and disruptive innovation. And targeting innovation to provide real solutions, real products, real jobs. The €80 billion we have proposed for Horizon 2020 can offer all of this.This is my recipe for success: let's bring all the factors together. Let's target the highest quality research and innovation, focussing on every stage of the chain. Let's embrace new technology, and apply it to fix our many societal challenges. Not just having the technology: but daring to use it!
||HeartCycle stand (a project improving the quality of life and disease management of heart patients through personalised systems which monitor their condition at home) (2 shots)
||Neelie Kroes visiting the EuroCloud stand (a project reducing the energy and cost requirements of data centres thanks to server chips which are 10 times more energy-efficient) (5 shots)
||Neelie Kroes at ARAKNES stand (robotic system for use in abdominal surgery) (4 shots)
||Neelie Kroes visiting the DOMEO stand (a service robot which helps the elderly and handicapped people to stay longer in their home, independently and in safety) (3 shots)