Frost Reviews European Research into Pervasive Computing

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since 2000, pervasive and ubiquitous computing has gained the interest of academia, industry and policy makers. The European Union (EU) promoted this research in Europe through funding the Disappearing Computer (DC) initiative under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). This commitment continues under the current Seventh Framework Programme with the PERADA initiative and other downstream research projects.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Exploring the European Union Research Policy in Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, details key disappearing computer projects launched under the EU Fifth Framework Programme, during the period 1998–2003, including 2WEAR, ACCORD, FEEL, Interliving, GROCER, Ambient Agoras and E-Gadgets, among others.

"Pervasive and ubiquitous computing is gaining momentum among academia, industry and governments," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Saverio Romeo. "Since 2000, many research initiatives have explored applications and services based on the pervasive paradigm. The EU has promoted many of them, contributing to the diffusion of the pervasive paradigm in Europe."

The DC was the main research initiative launched by the EU during the period 1998-2003. Eighteen research projects were financially supported to investigate the concepts of intelligent spaces, ambient intelligence and applications of wireless technologies in vertical sectors. The DC initiative has created a breeding ground for a European community of researchers and industries in the area of pervasive and ubiquitous computing.

"The European Commission continues to support and develop this community with various initiatives at a research level (PERADA) and at a regulatory level, for instance with current consultations on RFID," remarks Romeo. "This contribution is expected to be significantly empowered leading to new policy frameworks designed around the pervasive and ubiquitous paradigm."

The EU 2010 Policy Framework provides renewed energy to this research stream. PERADA is the new research initiative funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), with a planned investment of nearly €17 million.

PERADA is composed of seven projects started during the period February 2008 and March 2008. While PERADA will continue the upstream research started with the DC initiative, the European Commission has launched downstream research initiatives such as Ambient Assisted Living and Intelligent Transport Initiative. Their aim is to develop marketable solutions and applications.

"Pervasive and ubiquitous computing technologies can offer immense market potential to firms from different industries," states Romeo. "In order to transform this potential into specific products and applications for the mass market, it is important to identify innovation processes to generate ideas and prototypes following the R&D phase, and into products and applications for end users."

RFID and wireless sensor networks are two examples of technologies, which are leaving laboratories and going to market with solutions in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, home automation and security. This is an initial step towards the integration between ICT and other vertical markets. Initiatives like the DC are putting forward ideas, which can become marketable solutions.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the EU research policy in pervasive and ubiquitous computing, then send an e-mail to Joanna Lewandowska, Corporate Communications, at [email protected], with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

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