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Future Applications

Panel Chair:

Roberto Saracco
Director of the Italian Node, EIT ICT Labs, Italy

By 2020 will it be business as usual? Sure we will have faster connectivity, both wireless and wireline, we will be using cell phones and other devices, we will be living in a world with seamless ubiquitous access to information and services. 8 years is not a long time span, so that may be it. Or, conversely, we might pass through a thresholds that will force a major shift in the market and a major reshuffling of players. This panel is for exploring the range of possibility, and why not, the range of opportunities.


Date Time Location
Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:30 – 12:30 Salon Rotterdam


Roberto Minerva
Head of Innovative Architectures, Future Centre Telecom Italia, Italy

Title: Towards 2020: some revolutionary paths for Telcos
Abstract: Nowadays Telcos are facing a radical change in technologies, business models and ecosystems of the communications domain. These changes can be dealt with in a traditional manner, i.e., pursuing a smooth technical evolution (e.g., moving from 3G to 4G architectures) or in a radical manner by introducing disruption at the platform level and to propose new technical and business approaches. In this talk, a user centered approach is advocated. User requirements, needs and rights could easily lead to novel technical solutions and platforms as well as to new business approaches. Examples of this new course are related to user owned identity, property of personal data, active user participation in the delivery of services and in the dynamic setting up of platforms and networks. Users and their resources and capabilities can become more and more an essential feature of any network that Telcos can leverage to create new platforms and new opportunities. The talk will provide some hints and examples of some disruptive possibilities driven by a user centered approach.


Franco Accordino
Head of Task Force ‘Digital Futures’, European Commission, Belgium

Title: Digital Futures: thinking 2050's visions to inspire 2020's policies
Abstract: : In about two years EU Member States and Institutions will embark on a reflection for the preparation of the next policy framework beyond the Europe 2020. What kind of ICT application contexts could be envisaged that could inspire that reflection?
As more ambitious policy targets will be set, for instance to further improve quality of life or face new sustainability challenges, new demands for advanced ICTs will emerge downstream the enabling chain. Conversely, progress in ICT driven by the cross-fertilisation of ICT itself with bio-nano-quantum sciences and technologies will continue to drive major societal transformations and the emergence of new and more sustainable perspectives of growth.
This talk will introduce Digital Futures, an internal project of the European Commission aiming to inspire future European strategic choices related to ICT by thinking at 2050's visions and deriving from them the possible policies that are needed for Europe to lead the next socio-technological transformations.


Thomas Magedanz
Director of Competence Center, Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, Germany

Title: M2M Control Platform Convergence - A déja vù of NGN control platform convergence?
Abstract: In the last two decades the telecommunications and entertainment industries have undergone major changes due to the impacts of internet technologies and the resulting convergence can be witnessed by Next Generation Networks and corresponding triple and quadruple play service offers. But today Future Internet research, and in particular the Internet of Things, sparks a new inferno of changes in various still isolated application domains. With the rise of Smart Cities we will soon recognise, that real convergence is just about to start and will create lots of challenges and opportunities.


Pasi Hurri
CEO, BaseN, Finland

Title: Firmware is dead - The Ephemeral Soul of All Things Computing
Abstract: Like energy and telecom capacity before, computing power has also become a commodity that can not only be bought, but sold and traded. This has opened a way to a completely new world, where nearly everything can be virtual. This trend can be observed in the virtualization of computers, phones and cameras increasingly using software to perform tasks previously limited to the hardware domain, and will soon explode with the Internet of Things, all white label goods possessing communications and thus computing capability.
Combined with the commercialization of 3D printing, we will also see a countertrend - concretization of the virtual in as diverse domains as production of cars and buildings to the Smart Grid. In the virtualized world software and hardware, simulations, measurements and actuations converge. This is the Grand Unifying Theory of the Internet of Things.


Roberto Saracco
Director of the Italian Node, EIT ICT Labs, Italy

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