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Welcome to the September 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,300 selected professionals in Europe.
First of all, Happy New (Business) Year!
After summer holidays many of us recognise the actual new year starts on 01 Sept (rather than on 01 Jan) with new plans, new personal and professional goals, new school terms, new academic year and new exams, etc.
We are happy to remind you of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2014
starting as usual on 16 Sept 2014 and ongoing until 22 Sept 2014.
This year's theme is "Our Streets, Our Choice".
EPN Consulting is firmly convinced of the effectiveness of this event designed to raise awareness on green mobility and on how this could be obtained (i.e. disseminating information to change habits). That's why the EMW logo is on our website homepage all year long.
In this editorial we would like to inform you on a couple on EC consultations currently open.
"Science 2.0" describes the on-going evolution in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science. These changes in the dynamics of science and research are enabled by digital technologies and driven by the globalisation of the scientific community, as well as the need to address the Grand Challenges of our times. They have an impact on the entire research cycle, from the inception of research to its publication, as well as on the way in which this cycle is organised.
The goal of the consultation is to better understand the full societal potential of 'Science 2.0' as well as the desirability of any possible policy action.
The European Union (EU) and the US are currently negotiating a trade agreement whose aim is to boost both economies by making it easier to sell products and services across the Atlantic - especially for small and medium sized enterprises, while keeping - of course - our high level of protection of consumers, the environment etc.
For your business, this could mean eliminating the customs duties that your customers - or potential customers - in the US have to pay on the products you export.
It will be available until 15 Dec 2014.
Finally, because doing business is important but doing it properly is crucial, we suggest you should read the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 recently published by the World Economic Forum.
By reading it, you will find that the 10 most competitive economies in Europe
are: Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Luxembourg. The full report is available as PDF here.
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ARD - Architecture & Design, BIO - Biology & Chemistry, BIZ - Business & Commercial, CIV - Civil Engineering, ENE - Energy, ENV - Environment, EUP - European Projects and affairs, FIN - Economics & Finance, ICT - ICT & Communications, INN - Research & Innovation, ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems, LEG - Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, PRO - Professional services, Consultancy, Training Courses, TEC - Technology and Mechanics, TRA - Transport & Planning
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TRA - Sainsbury's launched London Lorry designed for Cycle Safety
01 Aug 2014 - One of the UK's most recognisable supermarket chains Sainsbury's recently launched a lorry designed specifically for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
The vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz Antos 1824L - which was unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall - features 360 degree monitors, extra side lighting for road users at night and low side guards for cyclist safety. It was designed in collaboration with Solomon and Mercedes.
Retail & Operations Director Roger Burnley said: "This is an important step in our work to make London's roads safer. We've put an enormous amount of thought and research into creating a truck that we hope will be the safest on the road - for all road users".
The truck has been fitted with an array of safety features including:
- New video technology in the cab giving 360 degree vision of the surrounding road
- New proximity sensors down the sides of the lorry that beep to alert the driver to other road users
- Side guard extensions and reflective infills to help stop cyclists from falling under the vehicle
- More downlights along the sides that glow at night, giving the driver more visibility of road users in the dark
- A warning sticker to alert road users that they are in the driver's blind spot
- A tail lift operation warning - so that there will be an audible sound when the tail lift is being lowered - that's for anyone behind the vehicle
- Further driver training on higher safety standards in the truck
More info available here
ENV+EUP - EU Project helps monitor the Environment around You
07 Aug 2014 - If you want to track how much ozone, black carbon and other pollutants you are exposed to when out cycling or walking, this is now possible with an app - AirProbe - combined with a small sensor box.
Partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK have developed this system to increase people's awareness of their environment. More than 300 people in Antwerp, Kassel, Turin and London participated in the first tests. A similar app related to noise pollution - WideNoise - has already been used by more than 10,000 people and was at the centre of a study around Heathrow airport. Data collected is available to all, citizens, authorities and scientists so that they get a better picture of our environment.
"The EVERYAWARE project really aimed to empower people, to give them easy but accurate tools to measure air quality and noise. And then we analysed their use of the system as well as the data they had collected", explained project coordinator Vittorio Loreto, a research leader at ISI Foundation in Turin and a physics professor at Sapienza University of Rome.
Five partners joined their expertise, from social sciences to computer and environmental sciences. €2 million of EU funding was invested in the project to create the tools and organise various case studies.
More information available here.
LEG+TRA - Driverless Cars to hit the UK Roads in 2015
30 July 2014 - The Business Secretary Vince Cable announced 2 new measures that give the green light for driverless cars to take to UK roads from January 2015.
UK cities can now bid for a share of a £10 million (about 12.5 million EUR) competition to host a driverless cars trial. The government is calling on cities to join together with businesses and research organisations to put forward proposals to become a test location.
Up to 3 cities will be selected to host the trials from next year (2015) - and each project is expected to last between 18 and 36 months and start in January 2015.
Ministers have also launched a review to look at current road regulations to establish how the UK can remain at the forefront of driverless car technology and ensure there is an appropriate regime for testing driverless cars in the UK.
Two areas of driverless technology will be covered in the review: cars with a qualified driver who can take over control of the driverless car and fully autonomous vehicles where there is no driver.
More information available here.
ICT+INN - Robots use Wi-Fi to "see" through the walls
07 Aug 2014 - Robots created by a team working at the University of California, Santa Barbara are able to look through solid walls using just Wi-Fi signals. With potential applications in search and rescue, surveillance, detection and archeology, these robots have the capability to identify the position and outline of unseen objects within a scanned structure, and then categorize their composition as metal, timber, or flesh.
Working in pairs, the robots traverse the perimeter of an object or structure and alternately transmit and receive Wi-Fi radio signals between each other through the object being scanned. Exploiting the differences in transmitted and received Wi-Fi signal strengths to show the presence of hidden objects, the system uses a wave-propagation model with a target resolution of around 2 cm.
By measuring the received field strengths of these wireless transmissions, the robots are able to produce an accurate map of the structure detailing where solid objects and spaces are located.
More information available here
ICT+INN - Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps
11 Aug 2014 - The journey to digital business is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2014." As the Gartner Hype Cycle celebrates its 20th year, Gartner said that as enterprises set out on the journey to becoming digital businesses, identifying and employing the right technologies at the right time will be critical.
Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle Special Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies, grouped into 119 areas. New Hype Cycles this year include Digital Workplace, Connected Homes, Enterprise Mobile Security, 3D Printing and Smart Machines.
"Enterprises should use this Hype Cycle to identify which technologies are emerging and use the concept of digital business transformation to identify which business trends may result", said Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow.
"The central theme for this year's Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business. As enterprises embark on the journey to becoming digital businesses, they will leverage technologies that today are considered to be "emerging", said Hung LeHong, vice president and Gartner fellow.
"Understanding where your enterprise is on this journey and where you need to go will not only determine the amount of change expected for your enterprise, but also map out which combination of technologies support your progression".
More information available here
INN - EU-funded Researchers create World-first Graphene-rubber sensors
20 Aug 2014 - European researchers have discovered a method of creating wearable sensors by adding graphene to shop-bought rubber bands. Graphene makes the rubber electrically conductive, opening up a host of possibilities. The sensors could be used in medicine (to monitor blood pressure/glucose, respiration), in the automotive industry (sensitive airbags), in robotics, etc.
More information available here
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The Website of the Month: NATO / OTAN
Following the NATO Summit being held in Wales (UK) in these hours and to remind ourselves what this organisation is like, this month we have chosen the NATO portal.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) / Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique Nord (OTAN) was signed on 4th Apr 1949.
The NATO's essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
POLITICAL - NATO promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defence and security issues to build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.
MILITARY - NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty - NATO's founding treaty - or under a UN mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
The NATO member countries are listed here
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