The EPN Consulting Newsletter - 068 - April 2016
Dear Colleague,

Recently the piece of news regarding the Tesla3 electric car launched with an appealing price of US$ 35,000 (£24,700; €31,000) was published in many papers, websites, blogs worldwide.
Certainly it is a commercially disruptive move that could incentivise the purchase of electric cars and change the way we face mobility and perceive travelling autonomy.

As a matter of fact, electric cars in general don't have -yet- the autonomy we are used to and charging stations are not - yet- as numerous as fuel stations are. This has been recognised as a major problem and that's why many scientific studies&implementations are being carried out to make roads themselves able to charge electric cars during their journey. Examples using the piezoelectric effect and solar energy (as in the article mentioned below in this newsletter) are currently being tested.

Charging e-cars batteries at suitable stations generate another aspect we will have to deal with: the charging time. At present the fastest charging operations last for 30 minutes and if we are on the go, what are we going to do in that time? It may happen we will need to charge them when in are in a hurry (it is known that energy consumption of e-cars depends dramatically not only on driving styles but also on weather conditions and traffic conditions). Maybe should charging stations offer side facilities like cafes and newsagents?

Finally, the action of charging requires that these stations are networked to smart (energy supply) grids and this is something that has to involve a number of stakeholders.
In these days charging stations are mainly connected with fleets of e-car sharing schemes when the design of these stations is carried out with definite numbers but what is it going to happen when the use of e-cars become more popular? New charging stations will have to be built in cities and it may happen that in a certain moment, all stations will be in use and with fast-charge option on. In that case, will the energy supply grid be able to provide this service and in the same time maintain the regular energy supply to houses, offices and factories? That's when the Smart Grid concept comes up.

I guess we still have a jeopardised situation in our cities with too many pilot schemes (some of them funded with EU money) and too little long-term vision.

EPN Consulting Ltd.
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Horizon 2020 & other calls close to deadline

28 Apr 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CEF-Energy-2016-1 call (Connecting Europe Facility - Energy)

28 Apr 2016
 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INNOSUP-04-2016 call
(SMEs for Social Innovation - Challenge Platform)
28 Apr 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 call  (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange)

03 May 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020 SME Instrument 2016 - Phase 1
(Future and Emerging Technologies-Open Research and Innovation Actions) 
11 May 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETOPEN-02-2016 call (Future and Emerging Technologies-Open Coordination and Support Actions)
24 May 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ECSEL-2016-2-IA-TWO-STAGE call (Key Applications and Essential Technologies - 1st Stage)

01 June 2016 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FTIPilot-01-2016 call (Fast Track to Innovation Pilot - 2nd cut-off date)

Will we soon be riding on Solar Roads?  

10 Mar 2016 - The sun's rays can hit some roads for up to 90 percent of the daylight hours, so companies in Europe and the U.S. are experimenting with building solar panels along or above roads.

The Netherlands built the first solar road, a bike path, in 2014. France announced a bolder move in January-over the next five years, it plans to install 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of solar roads, designed to supply power to five million people.

The German company Solmove aims to bring solar panels to German roads, and Idaho-based Solar Roadways has received three rounds of U.S. government funding (plus $2 million in venture capital) to test its technology.
Urban Big Data

11 Mar 2016 - For as long as data has been generated about cities various kinds of data-informed urbanism have been occurring.

The data employed is typically sampled, generated on a one-off or occasional basis, limited in scope, and often produced by state agencies such as national statistics offices. Such data includes censuses, household, transport, environment and mapping surveys, and commissioned interviews and focus groups, complemented with various forms of public administration records.

In general, this data is analysed at the aggregate level and provides snapshots of cities at particular moments. Rather than data being derived from a travel survey with a handful of city dwellers during a specific time period, transport big data consists of a continual survey of every traveller: for example, collecting all the tap-ins and tap-outs of Oyster cards on the London Underground, or using automatic number plate recognition-enabled cameras to track all vehicles.

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The EC announced finalists of the European Sustainable Urban Mobility Awards

15 Mar 2016 - The European Commission revealed the names of the cities and towns at the forefront of innovation in Urban Mobility. The winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015 and of the award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning will be announced by Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, at an award ceremony on 20 April in Brussels.

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015 honours the local authorities who promote sustainable urban mobility exceptionally well and who successfully focus their efforts on a shift towards more sustainable means of transport. Shortlisted cities and finalists (in bold) are:
Bacau (Romania), Lįrnaka (Cyprus), Lisbon (Portugal), Miskolc (Hungary), Murcia (Spain), Nottingham (UK), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria), Trķkala (Greece) and Vienna (Austria).
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Inrix 2015 Traffic scorecards

15 Mar 2016 - Urbanisation continues to drive increased congestion in many major cities worldwide. Strong economies, population growth, higher employment rates and declining gas prices have resulted in more drivers on the road - and more time wasted in traffic.

The INRIX 2015 Traffic Scorecard analyzes and compares the state of traffic congestion in countries and 100 major metropolitan areas worldwide. The report reveals the cities most impacted by worsened traffic conditions are those that experienced the most economic improvement during the past year.    The UK situation can be read here.

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Who pays the most tax in the EU?

16 Mar 2016 - The data, from between 2012 and 2015, shows several interesting trends across the EU.
As a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Denmark collects the most tax - at nearly 50%. Interestingly, compared to other countries, a much larger proportion of this was from indirect taxes. The Nordic nations all return high levels of tax revenue as a percentage of GDP. 

Sweden and Finland both have figures of around 44%. Europe's biggest economies also return high tax revenues as a percentage of GDP - generally 40% or more - with the exception of the UK.

An East/West split emerges when it comes to the importance of indirect versus direct taxes. Western European nations broadly see higher revenues from indirect taxes, while in the east of the continent the opposite is true.

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10 years of .eu  

04 Apr 2016 - Since 7 April 2006 .eu has provided a unique European domain for people and organisations in the European Union.

At the end of 2015 .eu was the eleventh largest top level domain in the world, with almost 4 million registrants. Compared to the largest country extensions - .de, .cn, .uk, .nl and .ru - the .eu domain ranks sixth in the world.

".eu" is catching up both with the top level domains that have existed since the late nineties, such as .com, .info, .net and .org and is competing with new top-level domains introduced in 2014 such as .guru, .expert, .book or .london.

The ".eu" domain connects more than 500 million people across 31 countries to one Internet identity. Many companies and organisations use a .eu website to convey a clear European identity and reach their cross-border business ambitions and audience.

EPN Consulting, with its main focus on EU affairs, policies and funding schemes, decided to register the ".eu" domain for its corporate website since its incorporation in 2009.

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EPN Consulting News  

On 18 March 2016 in Turin (Italy), EPN Consulting attended a conference on the Future of Sustainable Mobility.
During that event it was launched the 100% electric car sharing facility named BlueTorino.
The Blue Solutions system is designed by the French Bollorč Group that already launched this service in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France and Indianapolis in the USA.

To celebrate this new e-car sharing scheme there was the Mayor of Turin Mr Piero Fassino and the Italian Ministry of Transport Mr Graziano Del Rio. 

The citycar has four seats and an innovative batteries system named LMP® (Lithium-Metal-Polimers) developed by the Bollorč Group. It supplies 30-kw/h energy that assures 250-km autonomy in urban environment. 

News in Italian and in French.

In March 2016 EPN Consulting became member of AIOTI, the Alliance for Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation, launched by the European Commission and various IoT players in 2015.

The overall goal of the AlOTI is the creation of a dynamic European IoT ecosystem to unleash the potentials of the IoT. This ecosystem is going to build on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC) and spill over innovation across industries and business sectors of IoT transforming ideas into solutions and business models.

The Alliance will also assist the European Commission in the preparation of future IoT research as well as innovation and standardisation policies.
EPN Consulting, always looking to the future, recognises the high impact IoT is going to have on our lives and it is committed to provide its contribution. 
Upcoming Professional Events in Europe

18-20 Apr 2016 - London (UK) - ICT - WTS 2016 - Wireless Telecommunications Symposium 
18-21 Apr 2016 - Warsaw (PL) - TRA - 
19 Apr 2016 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+ITS+TRA - 2016 ROAD TRANSPORT CONFERENCE 
19-20 Apr 2016 - Amsterdam (NL) - ICT+TRA - 
20-21 Apr 2016 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+ICT - NET FUTURE 2016 
25-26 Apr 2016 - Budapest (HU) - EUP+INN - INNOVEIT 2016 - EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) Innovation Forum
 26-27 Apr 2016 - London (UK) - ENE+ICT+ITS+TRA - SMART TO FUTURE CITIES 2016
26-28 Apr 2016 - Stockholm (SE) - ENE+EUP+ICT+ITS+TRA - 
27-29 Apr 2016 - Bilbao (ES) - ENV+TRA - 8th European Conference on SUSTAINABLE CITIES & TOWNS

04-05 May 2016 - Amsterdam (NL) - TEC+TRA - SMARTRAIL EUROPE 2016 
10-12 May 2016 - Birmingham (UK) - TEC+TRA - MULTIMODAL 2016

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Going beyond the harvesting of metadata, the strategic objective of the European Data Portal is to improve accessibility and increase the value of Open Data:
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The European Data Portal addresses the whole data value chain: from data publishing to data re-use. 
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