Type: Stockshots [short]
End production: 19/05/2010 First transmission: 28/04/2010
Europe's digital economy is growing in strength, spreading throughout all sectors of the economy and reaching into all areas of our lives, according to the European Commission's Digital Competitiveness report published on 19th May 2010.
Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have driven half of the productivity growth in Europe over the past 15 years. Six out of ten Europeans regularly use the internet. However, if Europe wants to fully exploit the potential benefits of the digital economy, it must step up a gear and provide faster broadband and an internet people trust, improve citizens' skills, and encourage even more ICT innovation. The European Commission will propose specific measures in these areas with its Digital Agenda for Europe, a flagship of the Europe 2020 strategy, to be launched shortly.
To illustrate this important event, the EC's Audiovisual Services have produced a stockshots which provides the following footages:
- RFID tags and electronic chips;
- optical fiber;
- downloading of music and games;
- illegal websites and police tracking information about these sites;
- artificial cells (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution project);
- and medical videoconferencing.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Credits and title
||Graphic design and printing of Belgian ID cards for children, Zetes Group, Belgium (7 shots)
||Assembling RFID tag for magnetic cards (2 shots)
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag) applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several metres away and beyond the line of sight of the reader.
||Transforming paper version to plastic version of electronic cards (5 shots)
||Cutting sheets of electronic cards into individual cards (3 shots)
||Creating the space into which the electronic chip in adult ID cards is fitted (12 shots)
||Employee of Cable Company installing optical transmission cables for Telenet, Brussels, Belgium, 2009 (6 shots)
||Exterior shots of the Belgian Federal Police offices. Police inspector demonstrating the use of a portable computer for on-site police search. And police inspector restoring a child photo that had been erased, Belgium, 2008 (16 shots)
||Head of the Belgian Federal Police unit for fighting against cybercrime, showing illegal internet sites: sites for buying or building weapons and sites inciting racism and piracy (hacking) (5 shots)
||Cutaways of a scientist investigating cells under a microscope, at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, 2009 (24 shots)
The researchers are looking into the ways cells work and are focusing on a single synthetic cell. PACE (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution) Laboratory researchers, in Dortmund, Germany, are developping a technology based on chemistry and information processing, that allows them to build and experiment with small artificial cells. This could eventually lead to the production of a man-made artificial cell prototype.