Thursday, May 19, 2011

EU Funded Research Looks for Internet of the Future

The European Commission hosted a "Future Internet week" event in Budapest to review the progress of some 140 "Future Internet" research projects which it supports. These efforts are part of a €600 million "Future Internet" Public-Private Partnership launched earlier this month and aimed at developing new ways of building better services and improving business innovation online.

The partnership will explore eight areas where this data revolution could spur innovation and jobs in the mobile, software and service industries. The European Commission has made available € 300 million in funding over 5 years, with Europe's research organisations, public sector and industry committing an equal.

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

2020 3D MEDIA: creating a 3D value chain in the entertainment industry. This project researches how technology can become interoperable to capture, produce, distribute and display three dimensional (3D) sound and images and create a more cost-efficient value chain as the 3D industry expands.

SENSEI: integrating the physical world into the digital world. SENSEI creates an open business-driven IT architecture that addresses how globally distributed sensing devices (e.g. public transport sensors) deal with the problem of handling increasing data traffic. "Smart places" can be created by connecting the real and the digital worlds. For instance, by connecting to the Internet some wireless sensors placed on buses, car-poolers can receive a text message when there is a bus nearby, which could get them to their destination more quickly.

Internet of Things Architecture: bringing science-fiction into our lives. 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.