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ITEA 2 Symposium highlights industrial impact of innovative research

19 October 2006

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More than 400 people attended the ITEA 2 Symposium 2006 in Paris on 5 and 6 October, opened by French industry minister Francois Loos. Software represents major added value in a growing variety of products and systems. It is therefore a priority for support at the industrial research level, particularly through the ITEA 2 programme that has become one of the most important platforms in Europe for innovation in software and services in embedded and distributed systems. “Members of the ITEA 2 community are doing a particularly good job and this initiative should be promoted,” said Loos.


Both the presentations and the accompanying project exhibition highlighted the impact of ITEA 2 research in terms of real product innovation that is boosting European competitiveness in a wide range of industries. ITEA 2 will co-operate with the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) through the new European Technology Platforms (ETPs), particularly ARTEMIS, NESSI, ENIAC and E-Mobility, and new local technology clusters.


Successful and growing programme

“ITEA 2 is highly successful and continuing to grow, based on the strength of its participants in crucial European application domains, such as aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, medical systems and healthcare, and telecommunications,” emphasised ITEA 2 chairman Rudolf Haggenmüller. “The technical challenges for ITEA 2 and the way to get there as expressed in the ITEA 2 Roadmap have been confirmed by several recent studies such as Beyond the Horizon and the AHO Group report on creating an innovative Europe.” “It is crucial that we double our efforts to maintain European leadership in the sectors where software predominates,” added ITEA 2 vice-chairman Gérard Roucairol, as he outlined the main challenges identified in the ITEA 2 Roadmap.


Increases in the number of participants was also highlighted by ITEA Office manager Kees van Mourik: “The continuous growth of ITEA 2 shows we have the possibility to contribute to close the gaps with the USA and Japan, and to cope with fast growing economies such as China and India. The main areas for improvement in the coming years are to cut the time to initiate a project from idea to project start – around 1.5 to 2 years now – and to reduce further programme overheads.”


National and sector importance

Software research is equally important nationally. Dominque Potier of Thales Defence & Security highlighted the role of competitiveness clusters in France, created to boost research and innovation. These involve government, local authorities, industry and research communities working together to achieve major improvements in specific technological and application domains. Dr Manfred Dietrich of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the new German information and communication technology (ICT) strategy, the IKT2020 programme to be announced at CEBIT 2007 and the role that ITEA 2 will play.

Industry-specific presentations came from Sylvain Prudhomme of Airbus on current achievements and challenges for aerospace in Europe, Alain Gilberg of Peugeot-Citroen on the results of AUTOSAR, an automotive industry initiative derived from the successful EAST-EEA project that won the ITEA 2004 Achievement Award, and Prof. dr. Emile Aarts of Philips on changes to daily life due to ambient intelligence.


Outstanding real products

Presentations from the candidates for the ITEA achievement award were highlights of the event. All three projects achieved outstanding results and demonstrated the power of the ITEA 2 community, its culture, processes and research attitude:

  1. SIRENA delivered the first implementation of the device profiles for web services (DPWS) standard, moving web-services technology from business-to-business down to the machine-to-machine level. This outstanding result is a breakthrough that opens the door to a wide area of industrial applications and made SIRENA the winner of this year's ITEA Achievement Award.
  2. MOBILIZING THE INTERNET delivered a variety of results for mobilising the Internet, the most concrete of which allows Internet access when flying. This outcome was already exploitable during the life of the project; a member of the MOBI consortium has since signed a contract with a major US-based plane maker.
  3. MAGELLAN delivered an implementation of MPEG4 video compression, again a concrete outcome. Its commercial and technological potential was demonstrated by successor project HD4U in the exhibition: a complete supply chain based on MPEG4 compression, from TV broadcaster over a wideband network to the high definition television (HDTV) terminal in the consumer's home.

All three demonstrated convincingly that successful ITEA projects combine research excellence with innovation, delivering tangible results of high industrial relevance. This combination makes ITEA 2 the premier European software research programme, contributing research excellence and innovation to the most competitive European industries, whose success is based on mission-critical, software-intensive systems and services.


Improving collaboration and communication

The more than 40 stands in the 600 m² project exhibition area in Paris included for the first time six projects from the EU Information Society Technologies research programme – emphasising future co-operation between the EU Framework Programmes and ITEA 2. Other future collaboration was shown by a common stand for two competitiveness clusters: the Dutch PointOne and the French [email protected] Paris-Region.


An important innovation was the Exhibition Award for the best project communications in the exhibition as judged by the visitors. The Gold award went to the ITEA PASSEPARTOUTproject for a realistic demonstration of the future of ambient computing in the home and various modalities of interaction with our future digitised environment. MAGELLAN and HD4U won the Silver and Bronze awards for their work on HDTV. All three demonstrated very convincingly the technical innovations possible with ITEA research results.


There was also a special demonstration of HDTV to which several ITEA projects have contributed. This presented both European state of the art, with simultaneous viewing of the 23 existing European channels broadcasting HDTV, and new ITEA projects showing evolutions of the current generation of HDTV.


For more press information, please contact:
Anne van der Linden

ITEA Office
Tel: +31 (0)40 247 5590
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Email: Anne van der Linden