Thursday, April 3, 2014

Workshop on Smart Appliances

For a sustainable, secure and smart society, smart appliances for energy efficient buildings become essential. The European Commission has just launched the “Study on the available semantics assets for the interoperability of Smart Appliances, Mapping into a common ontology as an M2M application layer semantics (SMART 2013/0077)”.



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€4 Million for removing cancer cells in organs with ultrasound

Removing a tumor without a scalpel or x-rays? This is possible thanks to a certain type of ultrasound: Strong, concentrated ultrasonic waves are directed at the patient's body in such a way that they heat and kill individual cancer cells. The new Trans-Fusimo project will use this technique for treating cancer in moving organs, especially the liver. The EU has granted just over €4 Million for this.



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1st European Hospital Conference to improve clinical trials system

The EHR4CR project, co-funded by the EU and organiser of this conference, has developed a platform that improves and speeds up the process of clinical trials, anonymously linking to patients' Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Important, since slow clinical trials can be dangerous in case a pandemic breaks out. There is a video and a conference.



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Consumer rights on a connected continent

European Consumer summit 2014, Brussels, 2 April 2014



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Helping European public bodies use the most common ICT specifications

From today, some of the most widely-used ICT technical specifications (like XML and IPv6) can now be used by public procurers across Europe, according to a Commission decision adopted today.



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2014 Report on e-communications and information society in Enlargement countries

This is the final monitoring report in a series of four on the electronic communications and information society sectors in the nine countries that have been taking part in an ongoing process of the enlargement of the EU: Croatia, Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo*. The report covers the key market and regulatory developments between May 2013 and January 2014. It also assesses progress in these countries in aligning national ICT policies with the goals and priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). The main analytical report is complemented by an annex on the cross-country data.



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Idea Challenge for EU entrepreneurs

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) ICT Labs' Idea Challenge is a European innovation contest with eight different categories – organized in two waves. A call has been launched for European innovators to submit their ideas on the following topics: Health & Wellbeing, Smart Spaces, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Future Cloud



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New European project for wide deployment of Integrated Care now launched

INCA has as a final aim to coordinate the socio-sanitary services of the different administrations, aiming to reduce costs, improve patient experience and achieve greater efficiency and value from health delivery systems. The inclusive approach of INCA can help to remove technological barriers for patients’ engagement and to leverage the “Contribution towards first-time introduction of integrated care programmes” in Member States leading to operational deployment of novel organisational models and care pathways for integrated care. The initiative, supported by the European Commission through the ICT-PSP Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), contributes with innovative solutions to the current state of art in the management of Chronic Disease Management, aspiring to integrate or facilitate the integration of social programs beyond the clinical vision of the care chain provision, with a progressive and flexible implementation according to each customer priority. INCA puts the patient in the center with a personalized network of stakeholders (Social Services, Service providers, GPs, Specialists, Caregivers, Volunteers…), empowering patients that will be able to communicate directly with their circle of care.



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Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme Call 2014: Info Day and Consortium Building

The AAL Association organizes this info day and consortium building seminar to inform the European community about the next call topic of the AAL Joint Programme: “Care for the future” The topic of this call will be explained as well as the procedures for applying and for searching a partner.



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2014 Call for Proposals of the AAL Programme

The 2014 Call for Proposals of the AAL Programme with the topic “Care for the future" has been launched. Ageing demographics and declining health in older adults are predicted to put unaffordable pressures on care systems and society, so change and innovation is required to better cope with these challenges. The 2014 Call Challenge of the AAL Programme aims at funding the development and testing of ICT-based solutions in real life situations which enable and support sustainable care models for older adults. The scope and the application modalities will be presented during the Info and consortium building Days of the Call, which will take place on 16 and 17 April in Brussels. The call closes 26 June 2014, 17 h 00 Central European Time (CET).



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Caring robots get the green light

The International Organisation of Standards has released the latest standards for care robotics in February. The standards define the requirements for safe design of personal care robots with an emphasis on mobile servant robots, physical assistant robots and person carrier robots that aim to improve quality of life of the user, irrespective of age or capabilities. The standards outline hazards with the use of these types of bots, with the requirements and guidelines attempting to reduce risk and hazards at least to an acceptable level.



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Tecnalia presents a smart home able to detect symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases - Rubicon project

The world population is rapidly ageing, which means the number of disabled and dependent people is increasing since these rates increase with age, particularly after the age of 80. This is the context in which the Tecnalia centre for applied research has designed a system of sensors which when fitted in a home, allows a person's habits and activities to be monitored and any changes in his/her habits and activities that could be a symptom of disorders relating to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's to be detected.



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