• Commission grants 52 million euro to boost use of GRID – tomorrow’s Internet
    Press release7 September 2004

    A Euro 52 million package of twelve EU-funded research projects, that together aim to bring “Grid” networked computing out of research labs and into industry, has just been launched by the European Commission. By giving everyone access to the immense computing power and knowledge hitherto available only to the biggest corporations and laboratories, Grid tools will boost business competitiveness and help create new markets and services. Users of Grids are able to monitor and model everything from climate change to how cars behave in collisions. An improved understanding of such behaviours ultimately helps those responsible to take the necessary steps to improve people’s quality of life.

  • EGG 2004+
    Event6 September 2004 to 8 September 2004

    The conference Electronics Goes Green 2004+ (EGG 2004+) will bring together the worldwide leading experts from the technological and the environmental area. Together they will discuss the environmental challenge of tomorrow's electronics and open the view for sustainable strategies. Future needs of consumers and their acceptance of technologies will also be on the agenda of the conference.

  • MobiLife Project Launch
    News article6 September 2004 to 8 September 2004

    People are used to being able to contact anyone, anywhere, at anytime. However, the challenge of enabling mass-market-scale ubiquitous services and applications remains. To further address this challenge, the Integrated Project MobiLife, selected under Call 2 of the EU FP6 Information Society Technologies R&D Programme, will be launched in Helsinki/Finland. Its key objective is to bring advances in mobile applications and services based on the evolving capabilities of 3G systems and beyond. The user-centric R&D approach in MobiLife will combine applications and services frameworks with innovative applications and services, enabling technologies and service components, user and industry evaluation, and exploring and removing hurdles between service development and deployment.

  • Commission launches new portal giving all citizens of the enlarged EU access to better information on their rights
    Press release6 September 2004

    The European Commission has launched a new “Dialogue with Citizens” portal providing clear information on how citizens can use their rights in the EU Internal Market and navigable in all 20 official languages.

  • Commission grants Euro 93 million to upgrade European Research and Education Internet (GEANT)
    Press release3 September 2004

    A contract to upgrade Europe’s world-leading GÉANT communications network for research and education has been signed by the European Commission in Brussels. Upgrades will include high-performance services for the most demanding network users, giving researchers their own “wavelengths” across the continent; end-to-end connectivity, which will give scientists direct access to the advanced communication capabilities of GÉANT and Europe’s national research networks; and a mobility and roaming service that will enable scientists to stay connected to GÉANT wherever they are doing their research.

  • Call for Tender: Study on Economic and Productivity Impact of eHealth
    News article2 September 2004

    The subject of the Contract is to provide the Commission with a study emphasizing the productivity and economic impact of eHealth services. This involves the following issues: 1) To contribute to the actions of the eHealth Communication action plan that deal with collection and dissemination of best practices. The specific objectives under this point are to identify best practices in the eHealth area in the Member states, in particular those that contribute to improved efficiency and cost benefits and to identify best practices related to conformance testing and accreditation or certification of eHealth products and services. 2) To describe the state of the art in assessment of eHealth systems and services by examining existing methodologies and approaches; 3) To propose a common approach assessment and evaluation, including specific quantitative indicators, for categories of eHealth products and services, focusing on efficiency and economic benefits; 4) Apply the chosen methods to a limited number of sites – hospitals or regional networks - (approximately 10 sites) and present the findings.

  • Collaboration@Work Report 2004
    Report / Study1 September 2004

    The 2004 Collaboration@Work Report is a publication illustrating developments towards new information and communication technology supported working environments and processes. Once more, as in the previous Reports "New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce" and "Collaboration@Work", this year’s report gives a view of collaboration in the working environment in Europe and in the world.

  • Liaison Project launch
    News article1 September 2004

    The European Commission will officially launch the program LIAISON, a 20 million euros Integrated Project aiming at developing Location Based Services (LBS) for the enhancement of Working Environment. This 42 months Research & Development program is funded in the frame of the IST 6th framework program 2nd call. LIAISON, led by Alcatel Space, is an answer to the need of professional market for location and mobility services (security, safety, efficiency). It will enhance the LBS technologies and applications already existing for the mass market, in order to meet the professional requirements. LIAISON federates a European pole of excellence, composed of 34 partners including major telecommunication operators, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), content provider, services provider and End Users. This consortium is committed to build commercial solutions targeting the workers, and re-usable for the mass market.

  • Study on “Future Mobile Communications Markets and Services”
    Report / Study31 August 2004

    Directorate General Information Society, Unit B-4 (Radio Spectrum Policy), has subcontracted a study to the Joint Research Center (JRC), in particular the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), on “Future Mobile Communications Markets and Services” (description of study tasks). The IPTS issued a call for interest for this study which closed on 4 June 2004.

  • Commission, ACEA and ERTICO sign Memorandum of Understanding on introduction of eCall for road crash victims across Europe
    Press release27 August 2004

    Today, Mr. Fabio Colasanti, Director-General at the European Commission’s Information-Society Directorate-General, signed together with the representatives of two other major stakeholders, ACEA and ERTICO, a Memorandum of Understanding that aims at realising an interoperable, pan-European in-vehicle emergency call, eCall. The MoU, which is soon expected to be signed by other industrial and public sector stakeholders, provides for a solid basis for the partners to actively contribute to the development and implementation of the eCall in potentially all new vehicles sold in Europe.