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Mario Campolargo
24/11/2014 - 15:55

Transforming Cities into Innovation Engines

Between 18 and 20 of November 2014 FIWARE stand was one of the most innovative and attended places in Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This was where FIWARE put on show the most innovative developments for Smart Cities, with real services, demos, conferences and training sessions.

Joran Frik
21/11/2014 - 15:03

Conference on eID: a key to business growth and innovation

It was interesting to meet with senior level decision makers from a wide range of important business sectors like telecoms, airlines and banks across the EU. I believe the  the broad involvment of industry clearly demonstrated the importance of the event. Industry representatives spoke in clear support of the need to work closely together on the cross-border use of electronic identities not only in the EU, but also beyond. As one panelist pointed out: "This is truly a unique opportunity where we are finally all behind the same table and we are not sitting back to back".

In a nutshell, the most important issues I noted during the day were that:

  • A deciding factor for the success of eID will be focusing on the customer and his experience.

  • Convenience will play a big role. For example, data should be provided on a 'once only' principle: a customer

John Murray
19/11/2014 - 11:16

The Emergence of a New Horizon for SMEs in Cross Border e-Services

Firstly to provide some context I am a founder of a software consulting house based in Dublin that participates in the e-SENS project – so none of the project outputs were in themselves going to be ‘interesting’ to me. This event was however unusual in that it brought together: project participants; EC DG officials and external public/private organisations to show case the project and its context. Being mindful of the fact that this event took place while the project was still in train!

The context in which the e-SENS project sits and its strategic importance to the larger over-arching initiatives such as the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) and the

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Eddy Hartog
18/11/2014 - 11:30

ITU Plenipotentiary meeting 2014

I look back on a very productive Plenipotentiary meeting of the International Telecommunication Union in Busan on October/November 2014.

With the decisions adopted the ITU confirms to be willing to work on issues of Internet governance within its remit and within the existing ecosystem. This is good news, as it allows the various stakeholders to make the necessary changes from within the system. This fits very well with the opinion expressed by various EU representatives over the last few months.

The ITU member states also agreed on a review of the need to have a revision of the International Telecommunications Regulations. While the European Union does not see the merit of starting such a review even before the new rules are operational, I think that the outcome is a reasonable compromise. I can

Mario Campolargo
14/11/2014 - 17:55

Spectrum requirements for 5G: we're just getting started!

I am pleased that the first EU workshop on spectrum requirements for 5G gathered almost 200 participants from Europe and beyond (replay available in webcast). I was especially pleased to see that all the relevant stakeholders were part of this important discussion: industry, national regulators, service providers, as well as a wide range of actors of the value chain and of potential use cases.

Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT, opened the meeting by giving his own vision. He highlighted that the most critical goal for 5G will probably be to ensure ubiquitous connectivity with a high and consistent Quality of Experience.

Ryan Heath
13/11/2014 - 18:35

Digital now!

ICT2014 is landmark public event of organized by Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT). On Tuesday 18 November it will bring together more than 750 people across the European Commission who are delivering digital change in their work each day.

This year's 8th edition 'DIGITAL NOW!' will look at how innovation should help public administrations face the challenges ahead as regards performance, engagement with citizens, keeping up with innovations, and security.

The line-up of speakers is fantastic – from those who helped deliver the amazing digital identities of the UK, Estonia and The Guardian, to senior execs from companies such as Cisco and founders of the internet like Gerry McGovern, and entrepeneurs from companies like

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Vladimir Bataev
11/11/2014 - 10:14

Take part in the first European mobile app challenge in the construction field!

A guest post by Vladimir Bataev, partner in the MobiCloud project.

When we look into the details of startup activity in recent years, we cannot help but notice the amount of effort and creativity that is aimed at the consumer market. This is particularly true for mobile applications. Once the app stores introduced a fast distribution channel (that was not available to developers before), coupled with a transparent business model, the market became flooded with new apps.

It also meant that consumer mobile apps progressed very fast. They quickly became better designed, more versatile and powerful and this substantially raised the expectations of the public. In turn, this further increased
Silvestro Micera
03/11/2014 - 15:35

Success and satisfactions come from continuity in EU research

This is a guest blog post written by Prof. Silvestro Micera, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) and Center for Neuroprostheticsand Institute of Bioengienering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland).

I am a professor of neural engineering who has been working on the development of more effective solutions to restore sensory-motor function in disabled people for (almost) twenty years. I think I can represent a good example of how watching TV and reading comics is not necessarily bad (do not say this to my son!). As a teenager I was crazy about TV shows such as “The Six Million Dollar Man”, movies such as Star Wars or Marvel comics…I liked (like) technology, cyborgs etc. When Paolo Dario, professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) suggested we join a European Project called INTER. This was the start

António Cunha
31/10/2014 - 11:34

Ageing as an opportunity: Coimbra shows how it's done


In Coimbra a vibrant community of small and medium sized technology companies focus on health. They are closely connected to the University of Coimbra and its Faculty of Medicine, the oldest in Portugal and one of the first in Europe. The city is also internationally renowned for the research and innovation incubators.

Despite three strong assets (providing healthcare services, research and innovation) there is still a significant development potential. This requires establishing an innovation chain that can maximize the results from these three areas and translate them in economic growth for the region, especially through international commercialisation of new

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Pedro Maló
29/10/2014 - 09:47

Acoustic technologies: A niche of future European research and innovation

This is a guest blog post written by Prof. Pedro Maló, EAR-IT Project Coordinator

Researchers all over Europe are performing world-class research on advanced acoustic systems and intelligent acoustic processing, giving birth to new technologies with tremendous exploitation potential. These acoustic solutions can be applied in several domains to help in our daily life and industrial operations. The question that remains is if we can turn this research excellence into actual innovation that then creates real jobs and growth for Europe. In fact, in the field of audio and acoustics, we have great European success stories to inspire us, e.g. the MP3. You know the MP3: one of the first audio compression formats with quality losses unnoticeable for the human ear and that is routinely used today to store and transmit audio (