We are excited to announce that we had our first Bi-monthly event of 2022!We kicked off the meeting with an open discussion with Francesco Carlucci, policy assistant to the DG of the Recovery and Resilience Task Force. We highly appreciated his contribution and the support of his unit as they provided valuable information on how the Recovery and Resilience Facility Plan works, its functioning, the grants and loans and the assessment criteria. We also talked about the contributions by the Member States, the plans implementation, the links with the digital transition as well as the presence of IoT-related topics in RRPs.
The event continued with an exchange of views with Roberto Cascella, Head of Sector for the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO). Roberto gave us an overview of ECSO and its vision, its ecosystem for collaborations and what they do with the institutions and with organisations like AIOTI. He also presented the work of specific working groups that could be of interest to the members of AIOTI and anticipating the possibility of an event co-hosted by ECSO and AIOTI.
Our Bi-monthly ended with a presentation by Agata Tringale (LINKS Italy) on Replicability and Scalability Initiative, focusing on some highlights from LSPs (Modularity, Interoperability and standards compliance, openness, regulations compliance, acceptance of solutions and attractiveness of the proposal).
Our meeting saw a great response from our community of members, engaging with the speakers and with follow-up afterward.
Looking forward to the next one on 26.04.22 where we plan to continue dialogue with DG Connect and share insights on the exciting topics dealt with within our Distributed Ledger Technologies Group.
Role of IoT in addressing the agroecological focus of the Green Deal
AIOTI WG Agriculture has published a paper on the Role of IoT in addressing the agroecological focus of the Green Deal.
The Green Deal presented in 2019 is one of the largest flagship initiatives launched by the European Commission in recent decades, setting the vision of an efficient, competitive and low-carbon European economy. Agriculture and food systems are key elements to achieve the ambitious objectives of the Green Deal, as clearly reflected by the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, both presented in 2020. The recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is also strongly aligned with the Green Deal targets. Overall, the trend is towards agriculture practices which are more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, pushing the concept of agroecology, yet ensuring fair economic return for the farmers.
ICT technologies, and IoT in particular, play a key role in supporting the transition towards this new model, leveraging on the use of data, analysis and monitoring tools. This paper delves into this relationship. First, the main contextual aspects of the Green Deal, the CAP, and their common objectives, are introduced along with the concept of agroecology. Then, the role of IoT and digital technologies in this new context is highlighted, and several case studies are described to show how practical implementations of IoT-based farming systems are contributing to support sustainable farming practices in line with the Green Deal.
Finally, the paper provides some recommendations to get the most out of IoT-based smart farming. The focus is put on the need of quantifying/benchmarking the impact and full footprint of IoT and digital solutions in farming, as well as the need for reliable monitoring of target parameters and environmental indicators. Data issues (like compatibility and accessibility) and technology adoption are highlighted as transversal barriers that need to be overcome in order to unleash the full potential of digital solutions.
AIOTI is pleased to share with you a voucher for reduced registration to the Privacy Symposium conference in Venice, on April 5-7 2022.
The Privacy Symposium conference aims at supporting international dialogue, cooperation and knowledge sharing on data protection, compliance and innovative technologies. This first edition will have three main focuses:
The latest evolutions in data protection regulations at national, regional and international levels
Data protection compliance with innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, quantum computing, cloud, edge computing, 5G, V2X, metaverse, etc.;
Health and medical data processing compliance with the GDPR.
The conference will offer over 70 sessions with over 150 top level speakers and data protection authorities, including the OECD, Council of Europe, UN rapporteur on the right to privacy, the European Data Protection Board, the EDPS, the data protection authorities of US, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, UK, Switzerland, etc. as well as to researchers on innovative technologies: AI, 5G/XG, DLT, XR/Metaverse, quantum computing, IPv6, IoT and edge computing, etc.
Part of the programme is reserved to European research projects. Sessions are organized to foster dialogue and cooperation among researchers from both sides of the Atlantic. National supervisory authorities will present and share their lessons learned and recommendations on various topics such as: privacy by design, cross-border data transfers, data breaches, and legitimate interest in practice, etc.
We want to give you a chance to book your discounted flights to Ireland and are happy to announce that the Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended until the 1st of March!
And that’s not all! Your day is only going to get better!
Our HQ hotel, the Croke Park Hotel can be also booked together with your IoT Week registration. Special, discounted accommodation rates of €169 B&B single & €189B&B double room are guaranteed only until the 1st of March!
5G, beyond 5G, and 6G Activities Promoted by the Member States
6G-IA Vision and Societal Challenges WG has released the report “5G, beyond 5G, and 6G Activities Promoted by Member States”.The Report is available here.
“The document reports that, as of today, all MSs have developed strategies or roadmaps for 5G deployment and their evolution towards B5G/6G networks in the 2020-2025 timeframe. In some cases, such as in the case of Nordic countries or in Franco-German calls, transnational collaboration is envisaged too. Notably, additional 5G auctions have been conducted in 2021 (e.g., in Norway) or planned for 2022 (in Belgium, Serbia, Poland, Romania, or the Netherlands, among others). Besides, spectrum auctions for private networks have taken place/are being considered for the 3800 MHz and/or 25 GHz bands (e.g., Sweden, Germany, Norway, Turkey). Consultations are also planned in other countries such as Poland. In addition, some frequency bands for trials and tests, non-commercial use, and R&D activities are also made available free-of-charge and on a temporary basis.
Concerning research activities, several R&D programs on 6G/B5G networks have been launched with the support of EU’s Recovery Funds (e.g., UNICO I+D, Spain; Sustainable Growth Program, Finland); or national funds (e.g., 6G Research Hubs, Germany; Turkey). Complementarily, other programs have come into light to strengthen telecom network sovereignty or stimulate Important Projects of Common EU Interest (e.g., in France); or boost deployments in hard-to-reach areas or in publicly owned infrastructure (e.g., UK, Italy). Funding aimed to underpin 5G start-ups and SMEs has also been made available in some countries such as Greece or Spain.
Finally, the report also discusses how 5G open innovation ecosystems, technological clusters, platforms 5G cities and digital innovation hubs are supported by/planned in many countries (e.g., Finland, Spain, France, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, Luxembourg). New initiatives for raising awareness, promoting networking, and know-how exchange such as the Gigabit Academy (Austria), Connecting Tomorrow conference (Luxembourg), the 5GTR Forum (Turkey), or the Strategy for the Promotion of 5G (Spain) are also briefly discussed in the report.”
Internationalization of Industry 4.0 – Taiwan – EU
The second webinar of the series EU-Taiwan, dedicated to Industry 4.0.Three companies from Taiwan and three from the EU will be on the stageThis event is organized by theCluster Sofia Knowledge City together with the Smart City Tech Partnership within the European technologies for sustainability Project (eT4S). Co-organizer is the Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI), one of the world’s leading high-tech research institutions with about $ 1 billion in R&D revenue and among the top 100 global innovators in 2020.
The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for companies from Europe and Taiwan to present their business profiles and R&D strategies in the context of the smart industry. During the webinar, companies will also discuss the challenges of open innovation, including in the context of EU and Taiwan government policies for Industry 4.0. Opportunities for partnerships and joint participation in research and development programs and projects in Asia and the European Union will also be discussed.
According to the preliminary work program, the event will take place held within 2 hours, and the main speakers will be representatives of 6 companies from Europe and Taiwan.