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ITEA Achievement Award 2004

Seville, 7 October 2004

2004 ITEA Achievement award press release word-document - 217 kB


The Board of ITEA – Information Technology for European Advancement – has selected the recipient of the 2004 Achievement Award. The winner , chosen from the category ‘preparing for the future' , is the EAST-EEA project (Electronics Architecture and Software Technology - Embedded Electronic Architecture).


This project has shown a major step forward for the European automotive industry. The costs associated with software development for new vehicle functions are increasing dramatically. One major factor for this cost explosion is that every manufacturer develops its own integration frameworks for communication and software interfaces, for tool environments, and for composition rules. The project EAST-EEA addresses the need for hardware and software interoperability through the development of an integration platform for automotive electronics, based on the definition of an open systems architecture. By enabling re-use of hardware and software, the project offers opportunities for dramatic cost reduction s and ensures the leading position of European car manufacturers and suppliers into the future.


ITEA is Europe's premier cooperative programme for pre-competitive R&D, set up to strengthen European industry by establishing leadership in embedded and distributed software (the technology behind crucial applications).


The 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. 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.


This huge effort is based on close cooperation between Europe 's an national public authorities, the ITEA founding companies, a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-up companies, universities and research institutes.


The ITEA Board instituted the ITEA Achievement Award to reward high-level technical contributions based on true European collaboration that lead to significant results and thus further promote the programme and its goals.


The 2004 ITEA Achievement Award


Each year this prestigious honour highlights a highly successful project that represents best practice. Major factors in deciding this year's award – which was presented by Mr Francisco Vallejo Serrano, Regional Minister of Innovation, Science and Enterprise, during the symposium dinner – were innovation, exploitation and dissemination. As ITEA aims to make Europe's industry more competitive, effective industrial exploitation of the results of projects is crucial. Such results can be used in various ways, for example via:

The EAST-EEA project had a volume of 250 person years and a budget of 40 Million Euros. It teamed up 23 partners from 4 European countries, including car manufacturers, equipment suppliers, academia and research centers centres working in the automotive research domain.

EAST-EEA resulted in a new software architecture, which allows enables for the easier integration of electronic control units of European suppliers in vehicles of European manufacturers. This will lead to a faster time-to-market and an improvement of quality. Newly developed processes and tools support the interface design of the electronic control units based on the new software architecture under automotive cost, delay and quality constraints. The concepts and the software were validated in all car domains: body electronics, powertrain, telematics, human machine interfaces and chassis.


For more press information, please contact:


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