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Second ITEA Achievement Award

Amsterdam, 10 October 2002

2002 ITEA Achievement award press release word-document - 216 kB


Information Technology for European Advancement - ITEA - is Europe's premier cooperative programme for pre-competitive R&D, aiming at strengthening European industry by establishing leadership in embedded and distributed software.


The major companies that participate in ITEA share a vision of how to spread the use of digital software technology in the home, in businesses, on the move, in services and in software creation itself. This vision is embodied in ITEA projects, which further the fortunes of European industry by helping to develop the technology behind crucial applications.


The projects focus on building platforms and/or APIs, proposing new architectures, and producing de facto or de jure standards. They provide the basis for the next generation of products, systems, appliances and services that will be produced and sold worldwide by European companies.


This huge effort can only succeed with full European cooperation at all levels. Besides the ITEA founding companies, many others are involved, in particular SME start-ups backed by European National Public Authorities. Start-up companies and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are also key partners in this innovation challenge, as are universities and research institutes.


The ITEA Board has set up the ITEA Achievement Award to highlight outstanding examples of the ITEA programme. These are high-level technical contributions based on true European collaboration that lead to significant results and thus further promote the programme and its goals.


The 2002 ITEA Achievement Award
Each year this prestigious honour highlights a concrete example of best practice by acknowledging a highly successful project. A major factor in deciding this year's award was exploitation. As ITEA aims to make Europe's industry more competitive by developing software-intensive systems, effective industrial exploitation of the results of projects is clearly crucial. These results can be used in various ways, for example via:

All ITEA projects completed since the last symposium were found to be good according to these criteria and three were found to be excellent. The Board finally selected PEPiTA (Platform for Enhanced Provisioning of Terminal Independent Applications) as an outstanding example of effective exploitation. PEPiTA was created by a consortium of Irish, Czech and Belgium participants, led by a French company, who together developed essential middleware resulting in a generic platform for providing application services to a broad range of terminals including mobile phones, smart cards and computers. It includes an Application Programming Interface (API) for virtual services and an Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) platform for application services. This middleware helps companies connect their applications to a range of terminals, thus reducing the complexity of target applications and speeding up time to market. Highlights of PEPiTA are:


For more information, please contact:


Anne van der Linden
ITEA Office
Tel: +31 (0)40 247 5590
Fax: +31 (0)40 247 5595
Email: [email protected]