Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 Report on e-communications and information society in Enlargement countries

Monitoring regulatory and market developments for electronic communications and information society services in Enlargement



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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

INVITATION TO TENDER - STUDY ON "Available semantics assets for the interoperability of SMART APPLIANCES. Mapping into a common ontology as a M2M application layer semantics " – SMART 2013/0077





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The Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 is taking place now in Dublin!

Follow all the workshops (19 June) and plenary session (20 June) live and contribute to the on-line discussions!



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Smart homes technology tested in real homes - the Giraffplus project

A safer and healthier old age – that is the aim of GiraffPlus, an FP7 project led by researchers at Örebro University, Sweden. With a focus of developing sophisticated aids for the elderly in close collaboration with the intended users, the project is now about to test the new technology in real homes. A pressure sensor can monitor the time that a person has been located in e.g. the bed. They can also be placed under carpets, in sofas etc. The system has already been tested in a demo apartment in Örebro, but the next step is for researchers in Sweden, Italy and Spain to evaluate the new technology in real homes. Two users in Örebro are about to have the system installed. During the autumn, another three homes will be added. In the same way, the technology will be introduced in Malaga and in Rome. All in all, the GiraffPlus system will be tested in 15 different homes in the three countries, says Anette Forsberg, who is overseeing the primary healthcare aspects of the project.



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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

eCall – Frequently Asked Questions

What is 112 eCall? Is there an obligation to use the 112 eCall? Can the vehicle be tracked or hi-jacked? What about privacy and data protection?






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Commission welcomes Parliament adoption of new EU Open Data rules

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said: "Today we can celebrate our efforts to bring government data closer to citizens and businesses in Europe. We are finally getting the much needed legal framework to boost the economy and create new jobs.



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"Best practices for ICT procurement based on standards in order to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in" - SMART 2013/0048

DG CNECT has now launched an open-procedure public procurement for the study: "Best practices for ICT procurement based on standards in order to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in" - SMART 2013/0048 The subject matter of the contract is described under the following context: The European Commission has developed a "Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT: Elements of Good Practice" in the context of Action 23 of the Digital Agenda of Europe. The objective of this study is to support the European Commission in disseminating the Guide, organise meetings with stakeholders that are affected by the guide and to share best practices on the application of the guide. Please find full documentation in the link below. The deadline for tender submissions is 16/08/2013



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Final Report - Study on Analysis of the Needs for Cross-Border Services and Assessment of the Organisational, Legal, Technical and Semantic (SMART 2011/0074)

The transformative tool of ICT is a catalyst and an enabler of reform, also in the public sector. Particularly great benefits can be achieved by using ICT to enable digital public services (eGovernment services) across borders. However, many public online services do not work across borders or involve cumbersome procedures to be accessible, reducing the mobility of businesses and citizens. Therefore, the Digital Agenda for Europe and the eGovernment Action Plan aim to facilitate entrepreneurs to set up and run a business anywhere in Europe independently of their original location, and citizens to study, work, reside and retire anywhere in the European Union. In support of these objectives, the Study on the Analysis of the Needs for Cross-Border Services and Assessment of the Organisational, Legal, Technical and Semantic Barriers was launched. Starting with an inventory of already available digital public services, the needs and demand for these services is analysed. Cost for implementing cross-border digital public services and their return benefits are reflected upon for the supply-side of the services as well as for the users. Finally, the barriers for the implementation of the services are examined. In conclusion, recommendations are formulated, deriving from the aggregated and correlated data. They allow for identifying the services with the highest impact.






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ICT 2013 - Conference programme announced - Have a look!

ICT 2013 conference will feature top ICT professionals from industry, academia & research. Speakers from across the ICT sector will address a range of issues from cloud computing, broadband, ICT infrastructures, ICT skills, cyber security, long term visions on the future and much more. Experts will present details on how to participate in the next EU's Research Programme - Horizon 2020.



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Deadline extended: Apply to become student / young ambassador at ICT 2013

The young ambassadors will contribute to the event in different roles: Session reporters will be following selected conference sessions and write summaries of the highlights, which will be published on the blog; Conference highlighters will follow the conference and report online; Exhibition watchers will highlight the most attractive exhibits; Social media managers will help to coordinate the information and content produced by different ambassadors. Deadline Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 16:00 CET.



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SMART TRASH: Study on RFID tags and the recycling industry

Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) can contribute to better and more responsible waste handling. In conjunction with investment in service innovation this can result in a competitive advantage for businesses and societies on global markets, and thus contribute to sustainable future economic growth and employment important for Europe's future. However, RFID technology produces itself electronic waste that enters the waste stream. The report evaluates both perspectives.



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Last call - Help shape the Exhibition of ICT 2013

19 June 2013 - 16.00 is the deadline for submiting your proposal for ICT 2013 exhibition in Vilnius. 150 stands are available to showcase the latest findings in advanced research, technologies, new systems, innovation in services & business and ICT products just coming to market.



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Monday, June 17, 2013

Uncovering inspiring examples of innovative digital service delivery

Many people believe that digital public services should be shaped around people’s needs and be easily accessible. Within the current economic climate there is also a requirement for these services to be delivered effectively and efficiently.



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Digital skills for jobs and learning

One year on, the question on ICT and job creation is still high on the political agenda. As Vice-President Kroes put it: “From 2006 to 2010, the number of ICT graduates actually shrank by 10%; pretty soon, Europe could face one million unfilled ICT jobs. At a time of unemployment – wouldn’t that be absolutely crazy?"



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Call for tender - Reducing energy consumption buildings with ICT – analysis of data from EU pilot projects – SMART 2013/0073

The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 60.000. The purpose of this call for tenders is to provide a comparative overview of various ICT solutions to achieve energy savings in buildings (piloted under CIP-ICT-PSP).






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