There was a time when connecting to the internet meant being tethered to a desk and chained down by cables. As wireless and mobile technology advance, users can not only surf the online world - but can also do it on the move, through a plethora of portable devices, including laptops, smart phones and tablets; with an increasing need for high-bandwidth, high-speed broadband that can cope with rich multimedia content.
Research projects funded by the European Commission are spearheading future networks which are fast, flexible and ever-responsive to demands from both humans and machines for access to content, apps and services relevant to the context and location of the user. This is how the future internet is evolving: as an internet of services, things and infrastructure. From smart appliances that talk to each other to clothes that monitor our health; from cars that cannot crash to mobile technologies and cloud platforms that run our businesses.
Workstrands under this heading include: