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Roberto Viola
01/12/2015 - 17:07

New standard for smart appliances in the smart home

Following a broad consultation with stakeholders and addressing a clear market need, the European Commission financially supported a study to create a language (so-called 'reference ontology') for smart appliances, which has just become a new European standard.

Thanks to this new standard, we are closer to a future when somebody may say: "My new dishwasher just told my smart phone that it is plugged in and that it will consume 1 kWh if I keep it on its current programme. I'm thinking about switching to the ecological programme which uses 30% less energy. Thanks to this  great app, I have already saved €120 this year!"

The standard, called SAREF (Smart Appliances REFerence ontology), creates a new reference language for energy-related data. This new

Andrea Servida
30/11/2015 - 11:37

Towards a mutual recognition of elDs across the EU

Since the adoption of the eIDAS Regulation last year, Member States and the European Commission have been continuously working towards its operational implementation to ensure that the right foundations are laid to harness the potential of the Europe’s Digital Single Market.

As an Italian citizen, I will soon be able to access on-line a public administration in Slovakia and ask for official documentation with my electronic ID (eID), (provided that Italy will have notified one or more eID schemes by September 2018). Indeed as from September 2018, all Member States will be required to recognise all notified national eID means, which could be used across-boarders by citizens and companies to access online public services.

But how will all these different national systems be able to work

Raph Crouan
20/11/2015 - 11:20

Why are SMEs the single most important element of our Alliance for IoT Innovation today?

This is a guest blog post written by Raph Crouan, Managing Director Startupbootcamp

One of the key segments in which Europe is particularly excelling is the Internet of Things (IoT). We are very resourceful in key Engineering talents, we have a history of industrial culture and we are expanding worldwide with companies such as Sigfox or Undagrid.

Over the past 3 years, I have been lucky enough to witness the birth of many of such future European Champions in my capacity of Investor, Adviser & Supporter of the Hardware Startup Scene – in particular as Founder & Managing Director of the Startupbootcamp IoT programme.

When our group met back in February 2015 in

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Roberto Viola
17/11/2015 - 15:16

From the lab to the market: the challenge and opportunity for ambitious innovators

Horizon 2020, with nearly €80 billion of funding available, brings a greatly strengthened focus on supporting innovation compared to previous programmes. A big proportion of this huge budget will be used to fund researchers and innovators who cooperate in international project consortia in order to deliver technological advances and breakthroughs.

However any given project consortium is typically in place for 3 or so years. What about after the project's end date? That is the moment when, it can be argued, the real challenge arises. Getting an innovation "out of the lab and into the market place" following a project is no trivial task. Nevertheless the reward for those who can succeed in this is potentially massive. This is especially true for project innovators such as SMEs, market-oriented research

Andras Kovacs
17/11/2015 - 14:39

The path ahead for Broadbit, winner of the Innovation Radar Prize

Winning the 2015 Innovation Radar Prize helps us deliver a technology that can improve a host of everyday electronics devices, ranging from personal ICT to Electric Vehicles. The prize jury and the audience have signalled through their vote: "yes, this battery innovation can really make a big societal improvement and economic impact".  

At BroadBit we have focused our R&D on developing better batteries, because we believe that more energy-dense and cost-effective batteries can have a very strong societal impact. They not only improve everyday use of electronics devices, but can enable new technologies such as Electric Airplanes or

Wendy Carrara
16/11/2015 - 09:54

Looking for Open Data from a different country? Try the European Data portal

The European Data Portal project main work streams is the development of a new pan-European open data infrastructure. Its goal is to be a gateway offering access to data published by administrations in countries across Europe, from the EU and beyond.
The portal is launched during the European Data Forum in Luxembourg.

Additionally we will support public administrations in publishing more data as open data and have targeted actions to stimulate re-use. By taking a look at the data released by other countries and made available on the European Data Portal, governments can also be inspired to publish new data sets they had not though about in the first place.

The re-use of Open Data will further boost the economy. The benefits of Open Data are diverse and range from improved

Thibaut Kleiner
12/11/2015 - 15:51

Time to unleash the potential of the Internet of Things in Europe

The potential for this emerging IoT market is huge! A recent study by IDC and TXT estimates annual growth at 20% in the EU, reaching a potential of more than 1 trillion euros in 2020 when you add up all the hardware, software and services that will be included in the IoT markets. How can we get there? In a nutshell, we need a new IoT ecosystem, where different sectors work across vertical silos and on the basis of open platforms and standards and invent together the new IoT cross-cutting solutions.

I am therefore very happy that the Commission has

Francisco Ibane...
03/11/2015 - 16:21

ICT2015 & electronics. Three times lucky

The Conference programme was so rich that when you were sitting in a session you felt that you were missing something somewhere else.  To a point that many delegates, mostly men I observed, decided to go on session zapping.  On one of the sessions that I 'visited' (I did some zapping, I admit!) the slide on the screen read 'What to do to ensure that experts don’t want to be involved'.  I was about to correct the speaker when I found out that it was a brainstorming session for a roadmapping/workplan, where the chairman decided to reverse the questions to arrive to the right answer.  Innovation also in the

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Elena Alampi-da...
30/10/2015 - 13:46

eIDAS Knowledge Café at the ICT2015: Lessons learnt and way forward

Without physical boarders, the single market has achieved a free and open Europe. More than half a century after the EU's inception, the dawn of the digital age calls for digital solutions.

Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services (the "eIDAS Regulation"), together with its adopted implementing rules, provides increased trust, security and convenience in seamless cross-border and cross-sector electronic transactions. It establishes a predictable legal framework for electronic identification and trust

Jan Brinckmann
22/10/2015 - 10:27

Entrepreneurs share their views on the perception of failure in Europe at ICT 2015

This is a guest blog post written by Jan Brinckmann, Professor at ESADE Business School and member of the Delphi study developed under the FACE Entrepreneurship programme

We celebrate the big successes of founders of Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Tesla and the creators of a new breed of unicorns, the recently founded firms that in no time achieved the magic number of one billion Dollar (or Euro) valuations. As more of these species appear it seems easier to succeed. The “new normal” in startups and entrepreneurship world appears to be the launch and growth of new firms that within months achieve the unimaginable über-success.

What is muted during the celebration of the “new normal”, is that in this rockstar business, for every firm that achieves “success” there are maybe hundreds of firms that will not make it. And then the