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Announcing the release of ITEA's Technology Roadmap for Software-intensive Systems, 2nd Edition

Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 May 2004

Note: This press release is also available in a French version.


ITEA Roadmap 2 press release English word-document - 235 kB


ITEA (Information Technology for European Advancement) is today releasing the 2nd edition of its Technology Roadmap for Software-intensive Systems at ICSE 2004, concluding a two-year strategic effort involving more than 70 high-level experts in systems and software-technology from all over Europe and representing both industry and academic research. This updated, enlarged report succeeds the 1st edition, which was hailed as a landmark in the field when it was released in March 2001. As the premier European pre-competitive R&D programme in software-intensive systems, ITEA's prime goal is to boost European competitiveness by strengthening software research.


This comprehensive report - which is intended for both software researchers and policy makers - maps out the future of software-intensive systems in Europe, showing how ITEA will continue to offer leadership in developing embedded and networked software solutions by building strong cooperation between industry and academic institutes.


The many detailed scenarios within the 262-page document sketch a vision of the future in which embedded and networked systems - and related software technologies - play an increasingly important role. Within the report, ITEA maps out five major application domains, all of which are crucial to European competitiveness: Home, Cyber Enterprise, Nomadic, Services & Software Creation and Intermediation Services & Infrastructures. Due to growing convergence, applications from different domains often share certain technologies, so we merged and clustered the results of the scenarios. The four main technology areas selected to cluster several hundred basic technologies are: Content, Infrastructures & Basic Services, Human-System Interaction, and Engineering.


Software-intensive systems bring together products and components that are controlled by, and interact with the world, through software. The software is embedded within the electronics of each product as firmware (read only memory, ROM) or programmable ROMs (PROMS). Examples of products in which functionality is enhanced in this way include digital TV, mobile phones, cars, chip cards, aircraft control systems, and even remote control handsets and washing machines. The importance of this invisible, embedded, software -in which Europe leads in many areas - cannot be overstated.


For European industry, this Roadmap provides an overview of the current state of the art and a baseline for the future development of software-intensive systems. It presents an overview of developments and challenges for software-intensive systems, from timely production to quality control, from standardisation to networking. The detailed chapters and appendices identify opportunities for cross-industry development of common platforms that will help raise overall productivity.


This 2nd edition was formally launched on May 26 at the ICSE 2004 in Edinburgh. Speaking at the event ITEA Vice-Chairman, Jean-Pierre Lacotte, said: "Software opens the door to the knowledge economy. The Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems underscores our experience that an industry-driven multinational strategic programme is one of the best ways to increase European competitiveness." He continued: "we will continue to take the lead in developing software-intensive systems for European industry and we expect that this roadmap will remain valid for years to come."


In a nutshell, software-intensive systems will incorporate four basic features (compared to their current status):

There are two kinds of keys to the development and deployment of these systems. Key drivers for acceptance, such as interoperability of products, systems and applications, security, usability, testability, reliability and safety. Key issues for implementation are twofold: mostly technical, such as mastering size, complexity and adaptiveness, and mostly economic, such as developing middleware business models and managing costs.


During the roadmapping process, several hundreds of technologies were addressed through scenarios, which show that our technological environment will become more networked, more autonomous and increasingly self-organising. Appliances will 'play' together and embedded software agents, which will co-ordinate our calendars and travel plans and make technology in general safer and more user friendly. As the volume of content will rise faster than the bandwidth capacity available for transporting it, there will be a growing need for new compression algorithms, such as MPEG 4 and others. Local networks will increasingly link us, ad-hoc, to global information systems such as the Internet.

About ITEA


Information Technology for European Advancement - ITEA - is Europe's premier cooperative programme for pre-competitive research and development in embedded and distributed software.


Launched in 1999 as an eight-year EUREKA strategic cluster programme, ITEA supports coordinated national funding submissions, issues annual Calls for Projects, evaluates projects and helps bring together research partners. ITEA plays a prominent role in European software development with more than 8,000 person-years and a total of more than € 1 billion of R&D invested in the programme so far.


ITEA-labelled projects build vital middleware and prepare standards, laying the foundations for the next generation of products, systems, appliances and services. ITEA projects are industry-driven, involving complementary R&D from at least two companies in two countries. The programme is open to partners from large industrial companies, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as public research institutes and universities.


The founding companies, which include Alcatel, Barco, Bosch, Bull, DaimlerChrysler, Italtel, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Siemens, Thales, and Thomson, were later joined by the European Federation of high-tech SMEs. These firms are all leaders in their field, whether in automotive, telecommunications, mobile communication, consumer electronics or information technology.


ITEA has established solid links with other national or European programmes that have similar aims within the framework of the European Research Area (ERA), such as the IST programme from the European Commission, and actively collaborates with related programmes, both nationally (such as RĂ©seau National des Technologies Logicielles, RNTL, in France) and on a trans-national basis (such as MEDEA+).


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Anne van der Linden, who is responsible for
PR/Communications at the ITEA Office
Tel: +31 40 247 5590
Fax: +31 40 247 5595
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