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Commission welcomes European Parliament support for a safer, healthier, high-tech and more Connected Continent.

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en abril 17, 2014

Commission welcomes European Parliament support for a safer, healthier, high-tech and more Connected Continent.

The Directive tackles four main problem areas:

•. No Expensive duplication of infrastructure by opening access to all technically suitable infrastructure belonging to utilities or telecom operators, such as ducts, conduits, manholes, cabinets, poles, masts, antennae installations, towers and other supporting constructions, to operators who invest to provide high-speed broadband to the public.

From now on, telecom operators will have to build less new poles and ducts before bringing their fibre to remote areas and less new towers for their antennas. They will be able to reuse infrastructure of the utilities, or of other operators at a fair price. This means cheaper and faster deployment.
What national best practice inspired the Directive? In Lithuania, such measures made many NGA deployments economically viable, leading to some of the highest NGA coverage in Europe. Even citizens living in remote, rural areas will have next generation networks reaching them easier, sooner, ensuring access to a wide range of smart services.

•. Better coordination of civil works by cutting all barriers to coordination of civil works and setting minimum obligations for efficient work planning.

No more digging up the road every few months. Telecom companies will know in advance the planning of the civil works and will be able to join in, share the cost and deploy their network. This means less hassle for citizens, through less public works, in short Less digging – more broadband.
What national best practice inspired the Directive? In Malta the National Roads Authority informs all the utility companies about trenching works planned by other utility companies intending to install underground infrastructure in order to allow coordination between themselves. When works are carried out on the strategic road network, coordination is even more extensive so as to minimise their financial impact and traffic disruption.

•. Easier and faster procedures by imposing transparency of permit granting procedures, which must be completed within 4 months, unless national law provides otherwise. Any rejection of the permit will have to be justified objectively.

What national best practice inspired the Directive? Legislation in the Netherlands has made deployment more straightforward and has reduced administrative burdens. This is likely to be a strong contributory factor to the enhanced coverage seen in the Netherlands today.

• Upgrading old and inaccessible in-building infrastructure by mandating the equipment of new buildings & major renovations with high-speed infrastructure and organising access to it.
What national best practice inspired the Directive? In Portugal, all new buildings as well as renovated buildings must incorporate fibre. In Spain constructors of new and renovated multi-dwelling buildings must connect each apartment to a central point. This allows easier access to an NGA network.
This new legislation will help delivering EU goals: by 2020, all European citizens and businesses should have access to the Internet at a speed of at least 30 Mbps and at least 50% of European households should subscribe to Internet connections above 100 Mbps.

The Commission made a legislative proposal in March 2013 after the call of the Heads of State and Government of the 27 EU member states to: “complete the Digital Single Market by 2015 … including by reducing the cost of high-speed broadband infrastructure”.

Research to help Europe’s ageing population demographic change. MEPs showed support for the €175 million Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programme (2014 – 2020) which will address the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population through new ICT-based products and services. Research will be focus around 6 themes: medication adherence, fall prevention, frailty and malnutrition, integrated care, independent living and age-friendly environments.
European Commission Vice-President @NeelieKroes said: “The new AAL Programme will be closer to the market and will ensure that the results respond to actual user needs. It will have SME partners and greater user-involvement in each phase of each project. ALL will help having real products for the real needs.”
European leadership in Electronic Components and Systems

The EP also voted on a new a public-private partnership ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership). ECSEL will lead to a Europe-wide research and development programme in the fields of nanoelectronics, smart and embedded systems with an incentive for industry, Member States and the European Union. It is to provide a major opportunity to cooperate across Europe and leverage investments in this field. The EU contribution to the ECSEL JU will be of €1,185 billion.

European Commission Vice-President @NeelieKroes said: “ECSEL Joint Undertaking is to provide a major opportunity to cooperate across Europe and leverage investments in the field. I welcome the strong emphasis on creating a Europe-wide research and innovation programme with an incentive for industry, Member States and the European Union.”

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The Royal Academy of Engineering Prize

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en marzo 31, 2013

The Royal Academy of Engineering Prize

The Royal Academy of Engineering announced that Tim Berners-Lee, Marc Andreessen, Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, and Louis Pouzin are the recipients of the new Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which recognizes “outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world and benefited humanity.” The award is shared by Berners-Lee for his invention of the Web, Andreessen for his work on the Mosaic browser, and Pouzin, Cerf, and Kahn for their pioneering work on fundamental Internet protocols.

“The prize recognises what has been a roller-coaster ride of wonderful international collaboration,” said Berners-Lee. “Bob and Vint’s work on building the internet was re-enforced by Louis’ work on datagrams and that enabled me to invent the Web. Marc’s determined and perceptive work built on these platforms a product which became widely deployed across nations and computing platforms. I am honoured to receive this accolade and humbled to share it with them. I want the Web to inspire and empower new generations of engineers –boys and, especially, girls– who will build, in turn, their own platforms, to improve our global society. I hope the message behind this award, along with the work we are doing with the World Wide Web Foundation and W3C, will assist in achieving the vision of a web that is open, accessible and of value to all.”

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