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					           ISTAG (IST Advisory Group)

                      Role and Results


                                 Angelo Airaghi
           Finmeccanica - Senior Vice President Business Development


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                    ISTAG Organisation
     • ISTAG (Information Society Technology Advisory
       Group) is and independent Group appointed by the
       European Commission
     • ISTAG counts 25 members coming from leading
       Institutions (industry, services, R&D centers,
       universities) involved in Information and
       Communication Technology
     • ISTAG has started its activities in January 1999
     • ISTAG meeting are both physical and virtual
       (total 5-6 per year)


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                           ISTAG Role


     • Provide the Commission with independent advice
       concerning the content and direction of research
       work to be carried out under the IST Programme

     • Provide a longer-term-view on related policies
       and regulations




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                   ISTAG: the first advice

     • Workprogramme’99 is broad

     • Focussing needed for WP2000 and beyond:
         – to avoid fragmentation of effort and ensure necessary
           coverage of important promising areas
         – to mobilise a critical mass of key players
         – For Europe to be in leading positions to seize opportunities
           offered by the convergence of IST

     • Identification and selection of “hot topics”, setup of
       working groups leading to a consolidated report



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   Driving Forces, Markets and Opportunities
   • Technological:
       – Computing power doubles every 18 months, transmission
         capacity every 12 months, IP every 6 months. 30 Million Chips per
         year are produced for PC’s, > 250 Million go to other devices

   • Economic:
       – The rapid growth in the mobile communications market is
         reinforcing the EU leadership in this area. Half of EU companies
         are expected to have Internet e-commerce activities in 1999.

   • Social and Personal:
       – Widen access to the general and also the disadvantaged citizen



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               ISTAG Vision Statement

        ”Create an ambient intelligence landscape
         (for seamless delivery of services and
         applications) in Europe relying also upon
         testbeds and open source software, develop
         user-friendliness, and develop and
         converge the networking infrastructure in
         Europe to world-class"



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        The notion of “Ambient Intelligence”

                          the convergence of

          Ubiquitous computing and communication
                                +
              Intelligent user-friendly interfaces

           The resulting Ambient Intelligence landscape is
      Embedded, Personalised, Adaptive, and Anticipatory.
        It is presponsive instead of being simply responsive



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                                       ISTAG vision:
                                   Technology perspective

                                   The technology is all around us but almost invisible



                             Ubiquity                                                            Dialogue
     Commonplace appliances-seamless services,...                                    laid-back mode, enjoyable,...




      Networking             Distribution          Embedded                 Interfaces         Content            Trust generation

•Fixed/mobile integration   •Interworking/interrupt. •Embedded internet   •Multi-modality     •Multi-linguality       •Security
•Broadband/all-optical      •Mobile processes        •Light weight OS’s   •Learning systems   •converging media       •Privacy
•Mobile IP                  •Scalability                                  •next generation                            •Dependability
                                                                           interfaces




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                     ISTAG vision:
           Applications / services perspective

                Seamless access to services/applications


     At home      At work           ...      Commuting     Special needs




               Ubiquity                         Dialogue



                World class converging infrastructure


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                 Benefits of the Vision

     • The benefit of the vision to the citizen is to enhance
       the quality of our life by providing universal access to
       services : based on interaction that is relaxing and
       enjoyable: otherwise stated…

         – the dominant mode of interaction is:
             • laid-back      (relaxed, enjoyable)

         – rather than:
             • lean-forward   (tense, concentrated).




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           Benefits of the Vision (cont.)

     • For industry,
         – The vision highlights a path to the next generation of
           computing, communication and media products & services.

         – Builds on Europe strength in:
             • Mobile communications, infrastructures, consumer electronics,
               electronic appliances, software integration, ..

         – Places Europe in a competing position in core businesses:
             • For the delivery of, and access to applications and services
             • For the development and provision of applications and services




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                             Conclusion
     • For 2000 workprogramme
         – ISTAG Report published in September 1999
            “Orientations for WP2000 and beyond” (the Vision)
                     www.cordis.lu/ist/istag
     • For 2001 workprogramme and beyond
         – Keep alive the “vision” (maintenance)
         – Identify and address the crucial weaknesses between the on-going
           RTD activities and the needs of the “vision” (roadmap)
         – Prevent major potential pitfalls and obstacles
         – Evaluate the competitiveness of the European IT industry in the
           perspectives of a full accomplishment of the “vision”
         – Activate a dialogue with the comparable exercises done worldwide
         – Propose a Europewide strategic initiative for the years to come



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