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Digital Agenda: European research behind the Future Internet

The European Commission is currently reviewing the progress of some 140 "Future Internet" research projects which it supports.

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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).

Example of EU-funded flagship research projects in the field of the Future Internet include:

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.

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