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In just a couple of years, Africa has gone from possessing a total bandwidth availability comparable to that of Norway to having almost one hundred million internet users and seven hundred million mobile users.
Published: 6 April 2016
An EU-funded project is testing intelligent, energy-efficient and passenger-friendly bus service innovations designed to bring benefits to both commuters and public authorities across 12 cities in Europe. The most effective solutions are expected to create new market opportunities for cutting-edge technology in public transport.
Published: 4 March 2016
Self-driving, intelligent cars, once a staple of science fiction, are now a technological reality, albeit in prototype form. Futuris went to investigate the work of one European research project to find out how automated vehicles work, how they 'see', anticipate and respond to the environment around them. What are the advantages and limitations of this futuristic mode of transport?
Published: 3 March 2016
People can now access millions of scientific data resources about our planet thanks to the EUROGEOSS project. EUROGEOSS (European approach to the global Earth observation system of systems), backed under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 6.1 million, has developed an innovative way to search thousands of Earth observation catalogues.
Published: 26 February 2016
Every year all over Europe ambulances come to the aid of millions of people. A study suggests almost half of the cases could be treated on the spot and not need hospital care. On that basis a European research project aims to create a Smart Ambulance that can respond quickly and comprehensively to emergencies.
Published: 25 February 2016
Leaving as much healthy tissue intact as possible is obviously of great importance when operating to remove brain tumours. To find out how neurosurgeons be helped to achieve this, Futuris went to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain.
Published: 23 February 2016
Using digital machining, companies can turn a digital design into an object with the click of a mouse. An EU-funded project has come up with a new and innovative way to do this, bringing the technology within reach of smaller companies with limited budgets.
Published: 22 December 2015
Tired of endlessly looking for a parking spot? Dreaming of having a bird's-eye view to locate free spaces in a congested city? ERC grantee Prof Luc Van Gool is a research leader in the area of computer vision. With his project 'VarCity', he works to innovate existing 3D city modelling by using object class recognition methods and crowd generated data. To apply his idea, Prof. Van Gool received an additional ERC Proof of Concept grant and created a spin-off that commercialises a video-based smart.
Published: 29 September 2015
Some 10 years after its completion, the results of the EU-funded project VISIONS are conquering the world of dangerous goods road transport in the form of a real-time cargo monitoring system. The system has been installed in a 1 000 fuel tankers all over the world, facilitating inspections and thus improving safety and efficiency.
Published: 17 September 2015
Around Europe, 50 SMEs, start-ups and web entrepreneurs are receiving EU support as they put the final touches to their prototype apps for smart farming. Around 30 will be selected for further funding, which will be used by the developers to prepare their app for market launch in 2016.
Published: 7 September 2015