Post-symposium Press release - ITEA 2

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    ITEA 2 is a EUREKA strategic ICT cluster programme.

    ITEA 2 Symposium 2009 post-event release Madrid, 29-30 October 2009


    Co-operation drives software-intensive systems & services innovation

    The close partnership between ITEA 2, the EUREKA Cluster on Software-intensive Systems and Services and ARTEMISIA Association on Embedded Systems was reflected in a highly successful joint Co-summit in Madrid on 30 October the second such event. It focused on driving open innovation in Embedded Intelligence and Software-intensive Systems and Services to benefit European industry and society. About 600 industrialists, researchers and public authority members and policy makers from all over Europe participated.

    The Co-summit was part of the ITEA 2 Annual Symposium and the ARTEMIS Annual Autumn Event. The specifically defined theme for the ITEA 2 symposium 2009 focused on business-oriented innovation for economy and society. Key elements included the crucial role that information and communication technology (ICT) has to play in helping Europe recover from the global financial crisis. The theme for the ARTEMIS Autumn Event was Recalibrating the ARTEMIS ETP Strategic Research Agenda.

Keynote presentations to the Co-summit included Ralf Herrtwig of Daimler on the „Interneted‟ vehicle,

    involving vehicle communication eco-systems, and Jean-Francois Lavignon of Bull on applications of massive scalable parallel computers. Special ITEA focus sessions covered standardisation and the digital economy during the first event day (29 Oct.). During the Co-summit (30 Oct.), a series of parallel sessions dealt with multimedia & communications, E-payment, recalibrating the SRA and centres of innovation excellence.

Fast exploitation key to optimising results

    “Fast commercial exploitation of research results is essential,” insisted ITEA 2 Chairman Rudolf

    Haggenmüller, opening the ITEA 2 symposium on 29 October. The EUREKA Clusters ITEA & ITEA 2 have been a major success, with the number of projects and partners continuing to grow. The latest project call for ITEA 2 has been the biggest to date, indicating a clear demand for investment in innovation, and there is broad support for ITEA 3 beyond 2013. Following great interest from Turkey last year, this year saw the emergence of Egypt as an important participant in the latest call.

    While this key European programme deals with pre-competitive research, it is important that project partners are already thinking about how to make commercial use of the outcomes as rapidly as possible. This is demonstrated by the success already found by ITEA award-winning near field communication (NFC) project SmartTouch, with the full scale launch of its platform in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include functional simulation in the MODELISAR project that makes it possible to design new functions

    in cars without having to build expensive prototypes, and the pulmonary embolism identification system emerging from the CANTATA project that is already being installed in hospitals.

    The innovation in ICT resulting from ITEA projects has a key role in helping Europe recover from the global financial crisis, according to Prof. Haggenmüller. Key examples include:

    ; Use-oriented modelling tools for economic and business recovery;

    ; Advances in web-based services, where it is essential that Europe grabs the global initiative; and ; Faster exploitation of cloud computing, while ensuring security and privacy.

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    Post-event Press Release

    ITEA 2 Symposium 2009

    Madrid, 29-30 October 2009

Co-operation between programmes crucial

    Co-operation between ARTEMIS and ITEA 2 is crucial according to ARTEMISIA Association President Klaus Grimm at the start of the co-summit on 30 October. “This joint event has a major impact as it

    brings together all stakeholders to build networks and develop the ecosystems to drive innovation,” he

    emphasised. “We need to bundle our competences in ARTEMIS and ITEA to obtain even more funding,” added Dr Grimm. Rudolf Haggenmüller strongly concurred: "While the two initiatives operate and are funded in different ways, both rely on industrial leadership to establish the future direction for a competitive ICT industry in Europe”. The EU IST advisory group ISTAG backs this in its latest report to the European Commission. “ISTAG believes the Commission should get more involved in the EUREKA ICT Clusters, for example by providing top-up funding, but without changing the governance of the Clusters themselves,” added Prof. Haggenmüller.

    Closer co-operation was endorsed by Tom Clausen of the European Commission, talking on behalf of Thierry van der Pyl, Chair of the ARTEMIS public authorities‟ board and director of components and

    systems at the European Commission. “We need to be ambitious and set tough challenges for the future,” he said. “Industrial strategy should be endorsed at the highest level as industry is in the driving seat.”

Recovering from the financial crisis

    “The current financial crisis offers the opportunity to move to a knowledge-based economy,” said David

    Cierco Jiminez de Parga of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITYC), in his opening address to the co-summit. “This offers hope for citizens in terms of highly qualified jobs across all sectors to drive innovation.”

    Spain is currently the biggest contributor to ITEA 2. The Government is continuing to invest heavily in ICT with MITYC supporting both EUREKA and EU projects, investing ?6.5 billion from 2005 to 2009.

    Following the success of the Avanza Plan from 2006 to 2010, the Spanish Government is launching Avanza2 to drive the move to the knowledge society. This will focus on infrastructure, development of the digital sector with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), training for citizens and SMEs, digital public services and building confidence, security and accessibility.

    Walter Mönig, current chair of the EUREKA high level group, sees signs of recovery in the European economy. “For this, Europe needs a new strategy that succeeds Lisbon, a holistic strategy for growth

    where R&D and innovation are given more emphasis, improving the framework conditions for turning new ideas into marketable products and for collaborating with the best in the world,” he said. “This is where EUREKA and its Clusters come into play.” Under the German chair, EUREKA is encouraging

    greater cross-border co-operation within Europe while expanding activities outside Europe.

2009 ITEA Achievement Awards

    The 2009 ITEA Achievement Awards for high-level technical contributions based on real European collaboration that provide significant results while promoting the programme and its goals went to the SmartTouch, EPAS and SODA projects. SmartTouch received the gold award for the simple touch and

    interactive user orientation of the platform and concepts it developed, based on near field communication (NFC) short-range wireless connectivity. The concept has already gone into full-scale use in Taiwan, reflecting the ITEA ambition for fast exploitation.

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Document reference:

    Post-event Press Release

    ITEA 2 Symposium 2009

    Madrid, 29-30 October 2009

    The silver award went to the EPAS card project that has opened up the single European payment area and has resulted in the first standard for payment card protocols as ISO 20022. Such global recognition is essential for worldwide adoption of European innovations. The bronze award went to the SODA

    embedded web devices project which has made a major contribution to the „web of objects‟ and already

    having an important effect in boosting product integration for consortium members.

Major exhibition focus

    An exhibition of nearly 60 projects provided an important focus for the Madrid event, showcasing results and achievements with demonstrations. On show were 47 ITEA/ITEA 2 projects and all 12 projects resulting from the first ARTEMIS call in 2008.

    Additional stands included EUREKA, ITEA 2, ARTEMIS/ARTEMISIA and Cosine2, as well as national competiveness clusters: Aerospace Valley aeronautics, space and embedded systems cluster (FR); BICCNET, the Bavarian information and communication technology cluster (DE); Cap Digital digital content cluster (FR); INES software and services technology platform with its VULCANO and EzWEB strategic initiatives (ES); Minalogic intelligent miniaturised products and solutions cluster (FR); Prometeo embedded systems technology platform (ES); Safetrans embedded systems for transportation cluster (DE); and System@tic software systems cluster (FR).

    Both ITEA and ARTEMIS presented awards for the best and most understandable projects in their specific initiatives, based on votes cast by participants in the Madrid event using NFC voting cards. The ITEA exhibition award went to the D-MINT project, which is developing architecture-driven model-based

    testing that was demonstrated in several different sectors from urban lighting to industrial automation. The ARTEMIS exhibition award went to SOFIA, which aims to make information from the physical world

    available for smart services in embedded and ubiquitous systems such as car infotainment, office environmental control or railway station security.


    ITEA 2 (Information Technology for European Advancement) stimulates and supports innovative pre-competitive R&D projects that contribute research excellence to Europe’s competitive Software-intensive Systems and Services

    (SiSS) sector. SiSS are a vital growth engine for Europe’s economy and a key driver of innovation in its most competitive industries such as automotive, aerospace, communications, healthcare and consumer electronics. ITEA 2 and its predecessor ITEA have a proven track record with major achievements and results in these industries.

    ITEA 2 founding partners are: Airbus, Alcatel-Lucent, Barco, Bosch, Bull, Daimler, European Federation of High Tech SMEs, Italtel, Nokia, Philips, Siemens, Telefonica, Telvent, Thales and Thomson.

    As a EUREKA Cluster programme, our approach is intergovernmental, bottom-up and industry-driven allowing a

    project idea to attract funding from all participating countries. All member countries in the EUREKA framework give financial support to ITEA 2 projects. ITEA 2 is open to partners from large industrial companies and SMEs, as well as research institutes and universities. ITEA 2 establishes ties with many Competitiveness Clusters (PdCs) all over Europe to connect national initiatives at the European level.

    The current set of more than 100 projects (ITEA + ITEA 2), with more than 1000 partners from 26 countries, has established a solid basis for further development. Many of these have led to the creation of completely new products.


    Kay Jeunhomme, ITEA 2 Office, PR & Communications

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