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Welcome to the March 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.
As you know EPN Consulting is very focused on European Affairs, European Projects and Sustainable Transport. That's why we are happy to remind you the 13th edition of the CIVITAS FORUM will be held in Ljubljana (SLO) from 07 to 09 Oct 2015.
The CIVITAS FORUM Conference is the annual flagship event of the CIVITAS Forum Network of cities and a very important event in the field of mobility
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We also remind you the close deadline of the SME Instrument phase 1 & 2 cut-off date (18 March).
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ICT+EUP - New Maps quantifies Urbanisation in Europe
06 Feb 2015 - Covering all rural and urban areas in the EU, the new European settlement map created by the JRC (Joint Research Centre) provides the first comprehensive overview of all built-up areas in Europe.
More accurate, complete and consistent than any other existing map, it constitutes a valuable tool for modellers and scientists.
A huge amount of satellite images and data were used for this map that was produced using a new state-of-the-art technology and a method developed by the JRC - the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL), which is able to automatically analyse a large amount of data coming from different satellite sensors, at different resolutions, from anywhere in the world and taken at different moments in time. More information available here.
BIZ - How to measure trade with China
09 Feb 2015 - China's production of one globally-recognized product, the iPhone, provides a good example of how vertical trade challenges standard measures of trade.
According to estimates by Yuqing Xing and Neal Detert, two economists from the Asian Development Bank, iPhones exported from China to the United States in 2009 were composed of 96% foreign intermediate goods -with the largest portions coming from Japan, Germany, Korea, and the United States- and 4% domestic Chinese content.
Although produced almost entirely with foreign content, in gross terms, 100% of the export value of iPhone exports from China to the United States was recorded in China's trade surplus with the United States. In value-added terms, an alternative method which does not double-count intermediate goods, only 4% of the export value of the same iPhone exports would be recorded in China's trade surplus with the United States.
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EUP - InterReg Scoping Study
09 Feb 2015 - The purpose of the Scoping Study was two-fold.
First, experts assessed what role can cross-border, transnational and InterRegional cooperation play to deliver each Thematic Objective and Investment Priority of the 2014-2020 ESIF (European Structural & Investment Funds) framework.
Second, experts looked at the Environment, Climate Change, Accessibility and Sustainable Transport trends on a European level over a longer time period (1990-2020) and compared them with the Interreg activity
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ENE+ENV+TRA - London's first Electric Black Taxi
17 Feb 2015 - A "zero-emission" electric black taxi design has been approved to operate on London's roads and could replace the city's famous diesel-fuelled taxis.
Designed and engineered to help London meet its air quality targets, the Metrocab is electric-powered and emits 75% less carbon dioxide than a comparable London taxi. Breaking from the styling of London's current black taxis, the Metrocab features an elongated chassis and roofline to provide extra interior space, while a panoramic roof offers uninterrupted views of the city.
Developed by Surrey-based Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive, Metrocab is driven by two electric motors and a small petrol engine coupled with a generator - called the 'Range Extender' - which acts to recharge the vehicle's battery pack.
More information available here
ICT+TRA - Space technology cools Paris commute
24 Feb 2015 - The Paris Metro is one of the world's great underground railways and not the sort of place you'd expect to find cutting edge satellite technology at work. But for the last year and a half a cooling system developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its satellites has been making trains on Metro Line One more comfortable.
The new cooling system works without moving parts and frees up more space to be enjoyed by passengers while saving costs.
More information available here
BIZ+FIN - What will lower Oil Prices mean for Europe and Central Asia?
27 Feb 2015 - The collapse in global oil prices is good news for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, as a large majority of the region's countries are net fuel importers.
Analysis contained in the latest Global Economic Prospects (GEP) suggests that a 45% decline in crude oil prices (as projected in the Commodity Markets Outlook) would improve the trade balance of these net oil importers in the region by some 1.8% of GDP on average, and by much more for large net importers.
However, as the GEP goes on to explain, benefits to net importers are likely to be more nuanced than the pure terms of trade effects. The ultimate effects are harder to estimate and vary across countries.
More information available here
EUP+ICT - Mobile World Congress 2015: EU unveils its vision for 5G
03 Mar 2015 - The EU's 5G vision in details:
- Key drivers: 5G should not only be an evolution of mobile broadband networks.
It should allow completely new network and service capabilities. For example, it might keep users continuously connected in challenging situations like train journeys, very dense or sparsely populated areas. This is possible thanks to larger capacities. And it would really boost the Internet of Things, connecting a massive number of sensors
- Design principles. 5G infrastructure should be flexible and rapidly adapt to a broad range of requirements. It should be designed to be a sustainable and scalable technology
- Key technological components: 5G networks should encompass optical, cellular and satellite solutions. It will heavily rely on emerging technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Fog Computing (FC)
- Spectrum considerations: 5G access networks will require hundreds of MHz up to several GHz to be provided at a very high overall system capacity. Higher carrier frequencies above 6 GHz need to be considered. Maintaining a stable and predictable regulatory and spectrum management environment is critical for long term investments
- Timeline: Many European operators predict 5G commercial availability in 2020-2025
More information available here
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The Article - A new frontier for Air Transport
We are happy to publish this article on "A new frontier for Air Transport" written by Ing Roberto Nenzi, EPN Consulting International Projects Senior Expert.
In the transport world, a lot of attention is dedicated to connected vehicles, high-speed trains, and wide body aircrafts. But what about airplanes that can fly using solar energy and do not use gasoline?
A project for a solar powered airplane has existed for more than ten years and is named Solar Impulse. In 1999, Solvay and other Swiss companies launched the idea of an aircraft with electric motors powered by solar cells. The design phase started in 2003 and it was long and difficult. Beyond Solvay other sponsors, as Omega, Schindler, ABB, Deutsche Bank, have joined the project.
The first aircraft was unveiled on 26 June 2009 and started flying. It is a machine with one pilot, four electric engines, sophisticated equipment, and 200 square meters of solar cells. The structure is made of carbon fiber. It looks like a glider but it can fly independently of air currents, at night, at heights, over long distances.
Since its first flight, the Solar Impulse aircraft has performed a lot of flights, in Switzerland, Belgium and France. In 2012 it made a long flight from Switzerland to Morocco; in 2013 crossed the USA from coast-to-coast. Each of these flights required stop-overs, not for recharging batteries but for weather conditions and avoiding stress to the pilot.
In 2015, the third version of the Solar Impulse is aimed to a flight around the world. The aircraft is in Abu Dhabi, starting place.
The flight is scheduled to start on 09 March 2015 and the aircraft is planned return in August 2015 (the most difficult part is the Pacific Ocean crossing). We understand that this is an experimental machine but, as we have seen in ITS, cars, trains and even aircrafts, the technological fall-out is many times unpredictable. We will see!
Notice: you can follow the Solar Impulse flight on Twitter: @solarimpulse
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The Website of the Month: 5G PPP
In relation to what published above in this newsletter this month we are happy to look to the (close?) future and focus on the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership. Visiting their website is very informative.
The 5G PPP has been initiated by the EU Commission and Industry manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researchers. The 5G PPP will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the ubiquitous next generation communication infrastructures of the coming decade.
The key challenges for the 5G Infrastructure PPP consist of:
- Providing 1000 times higher wireless area capacity and more varied service capabilities compared to 2010
- Saving up to 90% of energy per service provided. The main focus will be in mobile communication networks where the dominating energy consumption comes from the radio access network
- Reducing the average service creation time cycle from 90 hours to 90 minutes
- Creating a secure, reliable and dependable Internet with a "zero perceived" downtime for services provision
- Facilitating very dense deployments of wireless communication links to connect over 7 trillion wireless devices serving over 7 billion people
- Ensuring for everyone and everywhere the access to a wider panel of services and applications at lower cost
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