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Smart Cities - an ITEA initiative

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 15 September 2015


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The ITEA board decided to strengthen even more the business orientation of the ITEA programme by setting up customer and end-user workshops. The target of these new workshops is to clarify the international customers and end-user needs and to build our future ITEA proposals from these actual urgent demands. 

The theme of the first workshop was Smart City and gathered several cities, industrials and SMEs.

The quality of the job done during this workshop will ensure that we now have the right input to set up ITEA proposals on Smart City with high potential. We forecast several proposals during our next PO Days, taking place on 22-23 September in Brussels.

Pleased to meet you there!

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User in the loop

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 16 June 2015


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The EUREKA Cluster ITEA pushes innovation and targets business impact. We observed in many of our projects how it makes the difference when a project integrates some end users in its core team. To target the market, the first step is that research actually responds to user demand. User demand is rarely expressed in terms of a document that clearly outlines the demand but rather it is a deep interaction between users and engineers.

It is exactly what occurred with the ITEA RECONSURVE project where a team of innovators works directly with the Turkish coast guard to develop a sophisticated system vision crossing different real-time sensor data to allow the operator to analyse a complex situation with hundreds of simultaneous tracks.

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ITEA 3 Call 2 preparation phase: time to accelerate

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 12 May 2015


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The ITEA community as a whole has decided to reduce the time between the idea (PO Preparation Days) and the start of the project. This is important for us as we want to stick to the reality of the market. We can’t afford too many months between the moment we have an idea to transform the market, and the moment of actually getting it to market.

This acceleration has a consequence for you in terms of the time you have to write the proposals. This has been reduced for both the PO and the FPP while the quality is expected to be as high as usual in ITEA. Thus it is essential for you to come to the next PO Days, on 22-23 September in Brussels with ideas as well as with some core consortia to support the idea. It will be the best way to ensure you will be on time to deliver your proposal with the right quality.

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Business acceleration

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 04 March 2015


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The values of our time are innovation and speed. All the markets are under this pressure. New products are emerging more and more quickly and the digitisation of the world is pushing all businesses to reinvent themselves.

To support our industry we need to design new methodologies and tools aligned with this new way of doing business.

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Digital transition

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 17 February 2015


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Do you know any traditional economic domain protected from digital transition? I am afraid none is protected. It means all our European leaders are under this pressure of digital transition. Just as an example, the automotive industry recognises nowadays how important software is to its industry; more than 40% of the added value in a car is in electronics and software. For innovation the share is even more important, with most of the innovation supported by software in a physical product like a car!

ITEA is more than keen to support this digital transition to help our industrials to manage it in a better way.

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Research as business development tool

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 03 February 2015


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The ITEA SoRTS project gathers two worldwide leaders, Philips for the imaging system and Elekta for the therapy tools, supported by few complementary partners. SoRTS’ main innovation is the real-time integration of imaging and therapy tools to increase the productivity and efficiency of treatments. It is easy to understand the impact on our citizens’ health and the level of required innovation to ensure this real-time integration. SoRTS has all the characteristics of a very innovative research project with high impact potential.

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Conference on Smart Cities: EUREKA accompagne les pépites de la French Tech à la conquête des Smart Cities

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 30 January 2015


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The French DGE (Direction Générale des Entreprises), the EUREKA Clusters and the EUREKA Secretariat invite the French Tech (rising) stars that want to conquer the Smart Cities market to a conference from 14-18h on Tuesday 17 February 2015 in Bercy.

This is an opportunity for you to meet a group of innovative SMEs, cities that are at the forefront of the movement towards an even more enjoyable urban life (Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Santander) and international leaders. We will discuss the services and infrastructure as well as the strategic dimensions of the future of our cities.

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Fast exploitation - ITEA 3 speeds up the ideas to the market

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 20 January 2015


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I have read that the economic crisis is coming from an innovation crisis. I am a bit doubtful about that when I observe the amount of new ideas popping up in all our ITEA proposals and projects.

Indeed, we are living in a tremendous time for engineers due to the digitisation of the world (sensors, internet of things, social networks) and ubiquitous communication (NFC, bluetooth, wifi, 4G). You just have to gather few engineers in a brainstorming session, and you can be sure to generate twenty new ideas for business. All of them will not generate profitable business but a few of them surely will. The challenge is not a lack of new ideas but the means to test a lot of ideas of business.

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Best wishes for 2015 - Welcome to the ITEA blog

Posted by Philippe Letellier · 15 January 2015


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Dear ITEA community,
I am pleased to wish you the best for this 2015 New Year, with some good times for you and your families, some exciting new innovations to change the world and a lot of happiness to share in the ITEA community.

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