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07/02/2005
The European Commission (Information Society and Media Directorate General) initiated this meeting with experts nominated by the 25 Member States, to identify the Internet security and stability challenges. Internet stability and robustness have been identified as core issue by the United Nations working group on Internet Governance. Read more
07/02/2005
Mobile telephony has experienced enormous growth since 1995. During the period 1995-2003, the number of mobile telephone subscriptions has grown 42% each year on average at EU25 level. In 2003, there were over 364 million subscriptions in the EU25 compared to only 22 million in 1995, meaning there were on average 80 subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 inhabitants in the EU25 in 2003 compared to only 5 in 1995. Read more
07/02/2005
The recent tsunami in Asia and a number of terrorist attacks over the last years have demonstrated the need for quick and organised responses in crisis management situations. How can we respond quickly and effectively ? Recent experience in crisis management situations suggests that technology can help save lives and restore security. The European Commission is planning a wide-ranging European Security Research Programme to help reinforce the security of European citizens. The Preparatory Action already under way includes a number of projects, such as one improving the security surveillance technology for crowded areas like a sport stadium or metro stations that could be targets for terrorist attacks, by using a range of sensors to detect dangerous behaviour. Other projects will emerge in response to the new call for proposals being launched today. Read more
07/02/2005
"Anti-spam" enforcement authorities in 13 European countries have agreed to share information and pursue complaints across borders in a pan-European drive to combat "spam" electronic mail. They will cooperate in investigating complaints about cross-border spam from anywhere within the EU, so as to make it easier to identify and prosecute spammers anywhere in Europe. Read more
07/02/2005
Safety in tunnels is a critical European issue. Much work has already been done to define safety and security procedures. But the existing systems and tools for the management of road- and rail-tunnels need further improvement to be prepared to face a real time accident. One of the solutions could be ‘Sirtaki’. Read more
07/02/2005
It is the ultimate viewing tool for designers and engineers: virtual reality. Models can be examined and tested thoroughly in three dimensions, before they are built in the workshops. But while the automotive industry has embraced this technology, others have been reluctant to adopt it. The Information Society Technologies (IST) project VIEW OF THE FUTURE aims to make virtual reality more accessible for every designer and engineer. Read more
07/02/2005
The mobile revolution continues. UMTS is slowly becoming the new standard in mobile communication, providing new services to users throughout the European Union. These can send pictures taken with their in-built camera, or they can download videos through the mobile network. But these features are still limited due to the maximum bandwidth of the mobile network. Read more
07/02/2005
GÉANT is born, the biggest telescope in the world. It consists of a new faster Internet network capable of transmitting data up to 10 gigabytes per second. Thanks to GÉANT, astronomers and other astrophysical researchers will be able to look deeper into the universe and solve the mystery of the Big Bang. This special computer is located at the JIVE research institute in The Netherlands. Read more
07/02/2005
Is the greatest technology of last century -the Internet- a mousetrap for the young? In any case, it will not be for long. With the support of the EU, Child Focus, a Belgian Civil Hotline, is working to clean up the web and make it safer, through collaboration with law enforcement. Read more
07/02/2005
Ambulances, fire engines and police patrols often need the quickest routes. But urban traffic congestion is a worldwide problem which can worsen during popular sporting, cultural or entertainment events, visits of popular celebrities, or major conferences. A new system called ‘Eye in the Sky’ can help to solve this problem by improving traffic management. Read more

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