• Digitising our cultural heritage
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      Projects story30 May 2012

      Through R&D projects and working with experts from the Member States, the European Commission has been exploring the best ways to preserve, enrich and open up our cultural heritage for the benefit of today’s citizens and future generations. And for more than a decade, ICT has been recognised as a key technological solution.

    • Every cloud has a green lining
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      Projects story19 April 2012

      Climate change dominates the political agenda, but we all still use an awful lot of energy, especially with our growing number of electronic devices. And with zettabytes of data to process and deliver, data centres are becoming major power consumers. Within 15 years there will also be trillions of 'things' - devices, sensors, objects - connecting to the internet and flooding data centres with massive amounts of raw data that will have to be stored, processed and analysed. An EU-funded project is using some clever 3D design to build an energy-efficient super server chip.

    • ICT fostering inter-family relationships, naturally
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      Projects story11 April 2012

      From mobile phones to social networking, technology helps bring geographically dispersed people together. But most applications are designed for individuals, not groups or families. EU-funded research is addressing the issue with innovative tools designed to help families communicate and interact as naturally as possible even if they are hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart. The solution combines state-of-the-art artificial intelligence with ambient intelligence, multimedia tools and audio and video capturing, encoding, processing and transmission to enable near-natural interaction and communication between dispersed groups of people.

    • New frontier: Chips transfer data at light speed
      Projects story4 April 2012

      The computer industry is nearing a crisis: microchips get smaller and faster but they struggle to transfer data at sufficient speeds. Microprocessors do their calculations with electrons, and they transfer data within and between chips using electrons too. The powerful microprocessors in computers today use vast quantities of data and perform millions of calculations per second, but the connections can’t keep up; they simply can not shift electrons fast enough. Now EU-funded researchers have shown how chips with built-in lasers which use multiple wavelengths of light could in the future transmit data at terabit speeds. The real trick is that light can be 'multiplexed'; you can send photons of different wavelengths through your interconnect at the same time. Use three wavelengths and you effectively triple the speed of data transmission.