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The EU-funded FASTINCHARGE project is designing a more practical and efficient means of recharging electric vehicles (EV). In doing so, the project aims to make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers - helping car makers become more competitive.
Published: 28 August 2015
New technologies allow emergency services to improve their communications. By using 4G networks and open standards, personnel can share pictures and videos, and talk to other emergency workers, no matter what device they use.
Published: 14 August 2015
While many of us are used to checking transport schedules on our smartphones, the i-TOUR app, created by EU-funded researchers, goes much further. It advises which form of transport is most appropriate to get from A to B in large urban areas wherever you are in Europe, and takes into account personal preferences, weather and changing circumstances. The i-TOUR team is currently discussing how to take the idea to the market.
Published: 26 January 2015
Just as the internet revolutionised the way we use mobile devices, the 'connected car' has the opportunity to transform the driving experience. CARMESH, a European Union (EU)-funded Marie Curie project, took the first steps towards a seamless integration of digital life into the car.
Published: 9 January 2015
The role of the media in guaranteeing that citizens have the information and tools they need to fully engage with democratic processes has been put into the spotlight in recent years. While the freedom of journalists and media organisations to report the truth has largely been taken for granted in democratic societies, new challenges and difficulties are raising new questions about how these freedoms can remain resilient.
Published: 22 December 2014
Flight trials have demonstrated technology that gives aircraft fast connectivity to multiple data sources. While passengers get fast internet, pilots and flight computers can access real-time air traffic information and communicate more easily with the ground and other planes. And it is the first research project in Europe to demonstrate a new wireless protocol developed specifically for the air industry.
Published: 1 December 2014
The Internet has become so ubiquitous it has pervaded our daily life to such an extent that we tend to forget it is there and take it for granted. What is also taken for granted is the ease with which we access sites. But less well known are the people behind the sites who make sure those sites are accessible to everyone, including the otherwise able, the elderly. Generally ensuring a certain standard for sites is also important. In a fine example of cooperation between corporations and research institutions across Europe, researchers have combined their efforts to test web compliance. The study is an outcome of the I2WEB ('Inclusive future-internet web services') project, which is funded with almost EUR 1.9 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Published: 13 July 2012
Smart phones and tablet computers once the latest must-have devices for technology geeks are becoming increasingly more popular with the mainstream. The Android platform is now one of the most popular platforms with over 300 million Android devices in use since February and 700 000 devices being activated with each passing day. One of its main attractions is the open source software that allows a huge community of program developers to write applications. But with so many people contributing to this innovation, the operating system is open to bugs and security holes. In a new study, however, researchers in Italy may have neutralised any potential problems. Their study was funded in part by the SPACIOS (Secure provision and consumption in the Internet of services) project, which is backed with EUR 3.35 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Published: 23 May 2012
A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València's iTEAM (El Instituto de Telecomunicaciones y Aplicaciones Multimedia) in Spain has created the first, tunable broadband radio frequency (RF) photonic phase shifter. Because it is based on a single semiconductor element, the device will be cheap to manufacture and help save up to 80% on energy consumption. The study was funded in part by the GOSPEL ('Governing the speed of light') project, which was backed under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 2.19 million. The findings of the study are published in the journal Optics Express.
Published: 4 October 2011
What can you get when you combine graphene with metallic nanostructures? Improved harvesting light by graphene, which could potentially lead to super-fast Internet, a new UK study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, was funded in part by three EU projects: RODIN, GRAPHENE and NANOPOTS. RODIN ('Suspended graphene nanostructures') is backed under the Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 2.85 million. The GRAPHENE ('Physics and applications of graphene') and NANOPOTS ('Nanotube based polymer optoelectronics') projects have received European Research Council Starting Grants worth EUR 1.78 million and EUR 1.8 million, respectively.
Published: 27 September 2011