Friday, April 12, 2013

ICOST 2013 - 11th International Conference On Smart homes and health Telematics

ICOST is considered as a premier venue for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of Smart Environments, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematics systems. ICOST brings together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives and along with end users and their family carers explore how Smart Homes and Health Telematics can foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life. ICOST 2013 invites participants to present and discuss their experiences in the design, development, deployment and evaluation that demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of smart homes, health telematics and assistive technologies. ICOST 2013 will provide a dynamic program which will incorporate a range of technical, clinical and industrial related keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits.


ICT for Societal Challenges: new publication on research and innovation projects

This booklet highlights some of the many EU initiatives and co-funded research and innovation projects which address societal challenges through digital innovation, such as better healthcare, independent living for the elderly, delivering effective public services, energy saving, smart transport, secure internet, inclusion, preservation of cultural heritage.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Digital care: Denmark invests in 16 'hospitals of the future'

Investing €5.5 billion in 16 hospitals of the future, Denmark can boast that it ‘Leads the Way in Digital Care’. This prosperous region will be fully represented at eHealth Week 2013 with a national pavilion and large country delegation.


Commission welcomes Member States' endorsement of EU Open Data rules

The European Commission welcomes endorsement by the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) of the Commission's effort to open-up public sector data for re-use across Europe.


AALIANCE2 Project workshop: Reference Designs for Integrated Applications

The workshop will focus on reference architectures and AAL middleware. Many projects have in the last few years developed AAL runtime environments and middleware solutions that aim at being reusable “AAL operating systems”. This workshop will try to summarize the state of the art in AAL middleware and discuss whether a standardization of an AAL “reference architecture” is needed, and on which levels (e. g. reference model, system architecture, APIs, terminology/ontology). Representatives of the most important middleware projects and products, including universAAL, URC, OpenHAB, IP-Symcon, OpenRemote, MundoCore and others are invited.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reminder: Call for proposals "Supporting public procurement for innovative solutions (PPI) in eHealth, active and healthy ageing and assisted living"

The PPI pilot is a new instrument to "pilot" European Commission's support to public procurement of innovative solutions in the ICT PSP part of the CIP program. The objective of PPI pilots is to reinforce early deployment of innovative ICT solutions by enabling trans-national buyers groups of public procurers – possibly together with other types of procurers - to overcome the fragmentation of demand for innovative ICT solutions in Europe, and to share the risks and costs of acting as early adopters of innovative solutions. The call foresees EUR 5 million for supporting up to 2 PPI projects in the ICT for active ageing domain, and EUR 5 million for up to 2 PPI projects in the ICT for health domain.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Burn Fat not Energy

Watch the FUTURIS video on how EU research project SPORTE2 helps sports centres save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.


Benchmarking eGovernment Deliverables 1 (Method paper 2012) - SMART 2012/0034-1

The 2012 eGovernment Benchmark represents an important reform.


Benchmarking eGovernment (Budget 2010)- TWO Studies:2011 eGovernment Benchmarking Pilot on Open Government and Transparency- SMART 2010/0040-2

The benchmark pilot at hand addresses the Transparency and collaborative nature of eGovernment service delivery, as well as the Openness of policy as a whole in terms of the availability of participative, so-called Web 2.0 policy instruments.


Benchmarking eGovernment (Budget 2010): Digitizing Public Services in Europe: Putting ambition into action. 9th Benchmark Measurement ¦ December 2010 - SMART 2010/0040-1

This report captures the findings of the 2010 eGovernment benchmark survey, conducted over the period May to December 2010. This year’s edition features a significantly expanded wealth of information in familiar areas as well as new domains. It covers a detailed profile for each of the benchmarked countries, and an extensive range of data tables with rankings. Qualitative insights complement the picture and comprehensively illustrate the way forward for Europe.


Progress and Findings in the Harmonisation of EU-US Security and Communications Standards in the filed of Cooperative Systems: EU-US Task Force - Reports from HTG1 and HTG3

Joint standardisation of Cooperative Systems (V2V and V2I) is a core objective of the EU-US cooperation on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In 2012, two Harmonisation Task Groups worked in parallel on analyses of security standards (HTG1) and Communications Standards (HTG3). The HTG1 analysis indicated that the initial set of security standards, developed by IEEE, was reasonably well harmonized. However, gaps still exist and must be addressed before large-scale deployment occurs. The HTG3 analysis involves the current differences between the EU and U.S. approach to standardizing communications at 5.9GHz for V2V and V2I safety-of-life and property communications. The HTG3 identified differences that presented interoperability challenges and offered suggestions for harmonizing these differences to achieve a single global standard. Both Harmonisation Task Groups' reports plus an introductory report can be found here.