--- Posted by DG INFSO's team attending the Future Internet Week
Step from the cold October air and into the atrium of the Lecture-Conference Centre on the campus of the Poznań University of Technology. Banks of plasma screens display super crisp, high resolution images. Delegates use their mobile phones to manipulate images on monitors. Or perhaps you would like to see your future home and office? You can wander through several ‘rooms’ and see how devices adjust to your preferences - thanks to the RFID tag in the conference pass.
As you leave one room the TV switches off, only for the one nearest you to spring to life and continue your film from exactly where you left it. Your favourite jazz is playing and the personal profile you filled in online also tells the PC on your desk to boot into Windows, not Linux. Even the lights adjust to your preferred levels! It might sound like a gimmick, but this exhibit is just one demonstration of the Future Internet in action. And if you want more serious stuff, then simply listen to the talks and sessions.
The Future Internet Week kicked off on Monday with the Future Internet Conference, a day to explore some of the strategic policy issues which Europe, Member States and the regions must tackle to make sure that they don’t miss out on the great opportunities that are springing from the digital revolution. “Now is a perfect time to take a huge step ahead,” asserted Maria Elżbieta Orłowska, Poland’s Secretary of State for Science and Higher Education, in her address. “The Internet is a driver for growth and we must build economic growth on this new technology backbone.”