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Brussels, 18 May 2011
Digital Agenda: European research behind the Future Internet
In the context of this week's "Future Internet week" event in Budapest, the European Commission is currently reviewing the progress of some 140 "Future Internet" research projects which it supports. The Internet connects over 1.5 billion people today and billions of objects are expected to get connected tomorrow. EU-funded research aims to make the Internet of the future a dynamic place for innovation, growth and jobs. Building on this existing EU-funded research, a €600 million "Future Internet" Public-Private Partnership was launched on 3rd May 2011 to develop new ways of building better services and improving business innovation for the Future Internet (see IP/11/525). Boosting the EU's research, development and innovation efforts is a key element of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).
Examples of EU-funded flagship research projects in the field of the Future Internet include:
2020 3D MEDIA: creating a 3D value chain in the entertainment industry.
This project researches how technology can become interoperable to capture, produce, distribute and display three dimensional (3D) sound and images and create a more cost-efficient value chain as the 3D industry expands. The delivery of more and more 3D services via the Internet on mobile phones or on TV will influence how the future Internet is designed. Film has so far been the driving force for the entertainment industry, setting the standards of quality and feeding the distribution chains of other media (broadcast TV, cable and satellite channels, DVD, video, games, mobile phones, etc.).
The creation of a complete ‘3-D capable’ value chain is expected to boost the entertainment industry in the same way as traditional cinema did. 2020 3D MEDIA therefore aims to deliver an interoperable 3D capturing system so that consumers only need to buy 1 version of a 3D-projection that can be converted to watch on the display tool of their choice (e.g. game console, mobile phone, TV, etc.). The research project results have been used for industrial applications in high resolution video signals, 3D format converters and 3D audio mixers.
The project is carried out by industry, universities and research centres in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme with €9.8 million (total project cost of €15.2 million). It started in February 2008 and was finished in March 2011.
SENSEI: integrating the physical world into the digital world
The SENSEI project researches how the physical world can be integrated into the digital world. SENSEI creates an open business-driven IT architecture that addresses how globally distributed sensing devices (e.g. public transport sensors) deal with the problem of handling increasing data traffic. "Smart places" can be created by connecting the real and the digital worlds. For instance, by connecting to the Internet some wireless sensors placed on buses, car-poolers can receive a text message when there is a bus nearby, which could get them to their destination more quickly.
The SENSEI system also aims to make existing infrastructure like healthcare systems, energy grids or traffic management 'smart' by integrating their data in innovative applications that can create valuable information for users. The system has been tested in Norway in collars that give the GPS position of cattle, allowing the owner to track where they are grazing. Smart city services have also been deployed in Belgrade to measure temperature, humidity and CO² emissions from buses and to locate buses on their route in real time. Citizens can benefit from this information through mobile and web applications.
The project is carried out by industry, universities and research centres in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme with €14.9 million (total project cost of €23.2 million). It started in January 2008 and was finished in December 2010.
Internet of Things Architecture: bringing science-fiction into our lives
The Internet of Things (IOT) Architecture project researches how computers, objects and people can connect to the Internet in an open and standardised way while safeguarding privacy and security. Today, different devices and objects communicate via different means (e.g. smart tags (Radio Frequency Identification Devices – RFID) and smart sensors) that do not necessarily support interoperability. Separate data systems can only deal with a limited amount of data growth and inadequately protect privacy and security. This jigsaw puzzle of systems could slow down global solutions for the future Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things Architecture model researches how the Future Internet, i.e. smart homes, intelligent transport systems, health-monitoring systems and logistics and retail businesses, can co-exist on one standardised platform to turn data into information. At the same time, privacy and security measures can be better incorporated in the design of these innovative technologies to safeguard the personal data of users. A first version of the European IoT Architecture will be presented during the IOT Week from 6-9th June 2011 in Barcelona.
The project is carried out by industry, universities, research centres in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
It is funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme with €11.9 million (total project cost of €18.7 million). It started in September 2010 and is expected to be finished in August 2013.
More information about the Future Internet:
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