Eurescom is a leading international project management company in the area of collaborative R&D in ICT. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, Eurescom provides comprehensive services for initiating, managing and supporting collaborative research projects, initiatives and programmes in the ICT sector. Since 1991, Eurescom has managed international collaborative projects for network operators, service providers, and suppliers in the telecoms sector, using a dynamic network of experts.
ATOS is an international information technology services company with annual 2010 pro forma revenues of EUR 8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries at the end of September 2011. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transport; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the research, development and innovation hub of ATOS and it is a key reference for the whole ATOS group, delivering technology innovation to our customers. With presence in Spain and Turkey, ARI is organized around technology laboratories dealing with social networking, trust, security, identity, semantics, media, services, GIS and smart objects.
Siemens AG (headquartered in Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare and providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. The company has around 360,000 employees –116,000 in Germany. In fiscal 2011, Siemens had a revenue with business in 190 countries of €73.515 billion, and invested €3.925 billion – 5.3% of the revenue – in research and development (R&D) to stay at the forefront of technological progress. Today the company employs some 27,800 researchers and developers. The degree of innovation and the market success is significantly driven by software being an inherent element of most of our products. This makes Siemens one of the world´s largest software houses. Siemens is also strongly engaging in sustainable solutions: In fiscal 2011, Siemens’ revenue from its’ Environmental Portfolio represented €29.9 billion and well over 40% of total revenue. With nearly 6,500 employees worldwide, Corporate Technology (CT) plays a key role in R&D at Siemens. Corporate Technology works closely with the R&D teams in the Siemens´ Sectors and Divisions. In response to the global megatrends – climate change, urbanization, globalization, and demographic change – CT focuses on innovations that have the potential to change the rules of the game over the long term in business areas that are of interest to Siemens.
The University of Bristol is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. It is a thriving international community combining excellence in research and innovation with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Research is at the heart of the University’s mission and accounts for its international reputation. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), nearly 93% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. Over 60% of the research assessed was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as ‘world leading’, or the 3* rating, defined as ‘internationally excellent’. As a result, in 2009-10 the University was allocated the 8th highest share of government research funding in the UK.
Linköping University (LiU) is one of the major Swedish Universities with a strong international profile. LiU is one of the two poles of the Swedish Excellence Centre eLLIIT in ICT, funded by a Swedish Strategic Research Support with an annual budget of over €5.0 million. The Department of Science and Technology (ITN) is a multi-disciplinary ICT site founded in 1998. It has over 160 members (including 15 professors) with a broad range of competence in electronics, communication systems, computer vision, and scientific visualization, with external research grants from governmental agencies, industry, and the EC. From LiU, the Mobile Telecommunications (MT) group of the Division of Communication and Transport Systems (CTS), will be active in the RERUM project. The group has two full professors, one guest professor, two senior lecturers, one lecturer, one research fellow, and five PhD candidates.
The University of Passau, a unique campus university in Bavaria, Germany, was founded in 1978 with faculties of Catholic Theology, Law, Humanities, and Economics. Soon after, the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics was founded and accepted its first students. Since then, it has developed into one of the premier academic addresses in Germany, as regularly confirmed in rankings (CHE Ranking 2009 and 2011 among the top four computer science departments and among the top three faculties of law). The IT Security group participates in the university’s interdisciplinary Institute of IT-Security and Security Law (ISL). Its interdisciplinary approach to computer science, law, and economics unites five professors spreading over two faculties. This synergy is unique in Germany.
Zolertia is a Spanish SME based in Barcelona and specialized in the design and development of electronic devices and solutions based on the wireless sensor (and actuator) networks (WSN). The company started in 2003 as an electronic engineering company specialized in medical sensors but since 2007 it has a deep specialization on wireless solutions as a transversal knowledge, applying them to a variety of sectors such as Smart Cities, security, industry, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, logistics and domestics, and always keeping in the context the Internet of Things.
The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is one of the largest research centers of Greece with well – organised facilities and a highly qualified staff. It functions under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. FORTH has been ranked the 12th place in the Fourth FP7 Monitoring Report of the 20 research organizations with the highest numbers of participations in FP7 signed grant agreements during the period 2007-2010. The Institute of Computer Science (ICS), one of the seven institutes of FORTH, has a relatively long history and recognized tradition, since its establishment in 1983, in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of ICT. Continuing its efforts towards the exploitation of its research activities and results, the Institute contributes significantly to the diffusion of modern Information and Communications Technologies in the public and private sectors.
Cyta Hellas is an alternative fixed telecommunications services provider in Greece. It is a 100% subsidiary of Cyta (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority), the National Telecommunications Provider of Cyprus. Cyta Hellas has attached significant importance in the development of new services and new business opportunities. Making use also of the know-how of the mother company, it introduced commercial 2play VDSL services, IP Centrex and SIP trunking as commercial services well ahead of its competition. Now reaching maturity, the company aims at accelerating and diversifying the offer of innovative solutions to its customers through its participation in research projects, making use of its highly skilled and trained technical personnel, who also have significant hands-on experience in the development of services appealing to the relevant market, home, general business or niche.
Tarragona is a Mediterranean city located in Catalonia, Spain, 50 minutes south from Barcelona. The city has 134,000 inhabitants and is the centre of the second economic development area of Catalonia, and capital of province with a population over 800,000. The Labour and Economic Department at the City Council is responsible for local public policy focused on economic activity and entrepreneurship, but also training actions oriented towards social cohesion and professional empowerment. Among other ambitious projects, the Department is in charge of Smart City activities organized under the umbrella of the Tarragona Smart Mediterranean City Initiative.
Heraklion is the administrative capital of region of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region’s most vibrant and lively cities. A strategic goal of the Municipality of Heraklion is to attract international interest and turn this region into a center for creativity and development. For this reason, the city council has been establishing communication with other European cities and at the same time, participates in activities concerning education, rural planning, economy, foreign affairs, policies etc. The Municipality gives priority to sustainable energy management and the promotion of sustainable energy in buildings. The municipality, in cooperation with the regional energy agency of Crete, has implemented the integration of the new expanded municipality in the Covenant of Mayors committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources. By this commitment, the Municipality aims to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020. Heraklion has been selected in the Smart21 Communities of 2012 and 2013 by the Intelligent Community Forum.
The company SIEMENS SRL is the Romanian of the SIEMENS Group, hosting research activities inside the Corporate Technology department. Siemens SRL offers hardware and software solutions and a broad range of services for the entire field of information and communication technologies both to the internal market of as well for the external market. Siemens has an extensive expertise and experience in all areas of software development, working for a large variety of sectors like communications, energy, automotive and industrial manufacturing or services to mention but a few. Current research capacity and expertise of the department encompasses fields like Constraint Based Configurators, Complex Event Processing, Digital Signal Processing, Medical Informatics and Electronics, Internet of Things, Sensor Networks, Data Acquisition Architectures and Service Oriented Architectures.