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Sergio Garcia Gomez
05/02/2016 - 16:05

Working for a better future: Building Smart Cities with Internet of Things

This is a guest blog post written by Sergio Garcia Gomez, Technological Specialist – Solution Architecture for Telefonica and Chair of AIOTI working group on Smart Cities

One might think that, due to certain hype, IoT enabled Smart Cities are a great business opportunity for many Information Technology (IT) companies. However, in the AIOTI Working Group on Smart cities (WG08), we have learnt that it is not so straightforward to find scenarios where private and public investment, profitability and sustainability fit together. When, a few months ago, the European Commission incited many all-size companies from all over Europe to meet and

Andrea Servida
03/02/2016 - 14:47

The eIDAS Regulation and the Digital Single Market

This article is co-signed by Roberto Viola and myself and was originally published in an Italian online newspaper. If you want to read it in Italian, have a look at this version!

The European Digital Single Market is one of the priorities of the European Commission with a potential for economic growth equivalent to over 415 billion euros and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs. In its Digital Single Market Strategy which was published last May, the Commission highlighted the importance of trust and security as critical factors for people, businesses and governments

Kees Van Der Klauw
29/01/2016 - 12:55

Why there is more to the Internet of Things than just technology – the role of AIOTI

This is a guest blog post written by Kees van der Klauw, Senior Vice President at Philips Research and Chair of AIOTI working group on Innovation Ecosystems

But how many of you are involved in an end-to-end fashion, considering not only the technicalities but involving end-users, experimenting with use-cases, considering the enablers and inhibitors for large scale application such as security and privacy? How many of you are engaged in creating an IoT eco-system where companies (large and small) and representatives of society and user groups co-create and leverage platforms for new, sustainable applications with true economic and social value?

Yet, these aspects are crucial for the success and mass adoption of the Internet of Things. While technical functionality can be proven at

Thierry Van Der Pyl
27/01/2016 - 09:17

FET Flagships interim evaluation: the best is yet to come

FET flagships are ambitious, highly-risky, long term and large scale research and innovation initiatives. Their mission is to address the big scientific and technological challenges of our times. The Human Brain project aims to improve our understanding of the human brain, make advances in defining and diagnosing brain disorders, and develop new brain-like technologies. Graphene, is taking graphene and related two-dimensional materials from the lab to the marketplace in many industrial sectors including opto-electronics, aerospace, automotive and energy. Launched in October 2013, the two FET Flagships are funded by the Commission through FP7 during the ramp-up phase. After more than two years of work, the two Flagships have now started delivering impressive results. Their full deployment phases, starting in April 2016, will be funded under Horizon 2020 jointly by the Commission and

Luis Perez-freire
22/01/2016 - 11:43

Internet of Things for a data-centric food chain

This is a guest blog post written by Luis Pérez Freire, Director General of Gradiant and Chair of AIOTI working group on Smart farming and food security

The AIOTI WG06's report, Smart Farming and Food Safety Internet of Things (IoT) Applications – Challenges for Large Scale Implementations makes for a good step in the right direction towards the creation of a vibrant IoT ecosystem full of opportunities and benefits for Europe. A wide variety of stakeholders has actively contributed to our report: experts representing farming cooperatives, associations of manufacturers, agri-food research centres, small businesses with

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Megan Richards
21/01/2016 - 10:20

Internet Governance Week in Brussels – 25-29 January 2016

Last year Internet governance discussions culminated in December with the review of the outcomes of the World Summit on Information Society by the UN General Assembly in New York, where Commissioner Oettinger presented to the rest of the world our European vision of an open, free and safe Internet. 2016 also promises to be a critical year in shaping clear, fair and inclusive rules to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of the Internet. With a new ten year mandate for the Internet Governance Forum decided in New York, a new cycle starts with great opportunities for all European stakeholders.

On the global front, a

Mustapha Bouraoui
14/01/2016 - 11:02

How can IoT improve our smart living while ageing well?

This is a guest blog post written by Mustapha Bouraoui, Vice-President Strategic Marketing-EMEA, STMicroelectronics and Chair of AIOTI working group on Smart living environment for ageing well

This is one of the main conclusions of the Intelligence and Recommendation Report recently published by AIOTI Working Group on Smart Living for Ageing Well (WG05), which addresses the Internet of Things technologies support to the continuous and salutary growth of the elderly population. This document is the result of an intensive teamwork led by a sub-group of high level experts

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David Ringrose
13/01/2016 - 09:39

6th meeting of the Community of Practice for better self- and co-regulation, 22nd January 2016

2015 was marked by a major milestone towards improving the EU legislative process: the Better Regulation package, which acknowledges the need to combine regulatory and well-designed non-regulatory means, and endorses the Principles for better self- and co-regulation as a benchmark for good design and practice of self- and co-regulation.

The legislative proposal on the supply of digital content, adopted by the Commission on 9th December 2015, opens the possibility for trade associations and other representative organisations to draw up a code of conduct to support the implementation of the future Directive. In the action plan to make

Alexandr Snajdar
06/01/2016 - 11:19

3 years with the Digital Agenda website

Traffic increasing despite a revamp

The most feared result of any website revamp is a loss of readership from which some do not recover. However, DAE readership growth has accelerated from 2-5% to 15% per annum.

Jesus Villasante
05/01/2016 - 10:13

FIWARE is making cities smarter

From 17 to 19 November2015, I was in Barcelona to take part in the largest event dedicated to smart cities Smart City Expo World Congress and to represent the EC's Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme (FI-PPP) activities, and its main outcome FIWARE.  I had the opportunity to see how Europe's competitiveness will rapidly advance through innovative Future Internet technologies. And, with these great new partnerships, it looks promising:

Firstly, FIWARE and the European Data Portal  will collaborate to bring free data to the growing open community of