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4th Usage Areas Workshop of the Networked Society (NetSoc) Project

20 March 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Following the successful 2nd and 3rd Future Internet Usage Areas workshops in Brussels, organised by the EX-FI project in 2010 and 2011,the Networked Society (NetSoc) project (undefined the 4th Usage Areas Workshop, was held in Brussels on 20 March 2013 . This workshop aims was at cultivating a common discussion between the stakeholders from ICT and vertical sectors using, and planning to use, the services and facilities of the future communications network infrastructures.

A key theme of the workshop was to identify the opportunities for supported ICT cross sector collaborative research in the FI-PPP Phase 3, H2020 and CELTIC-Plus.

Agenda and Presentations

Session 1 – Usage Area impact to date

NETSOC PROJECT: Overview and challenges (David Kennedy, Eurescom)
ICT ETPs – consolidating for the future (Werner Mohr, NSN)
APPLICATION DOMAIN ETPS: new roles for ICT: Internet of Things (Alessandro Bassi, Bassi Consulting)

Session 2 – Experiences and opportunities

Future Internet for Smart Energy, FINSENY FI-PPP project (Roger Duck, European Utilities Telecom Council)
CONCORD PROJECT: FI-PPP Phase 2 (Hans Schaffers, Aalto University)
FI-STAR (FI-PPP) Project (Christoph Thuemmler, Edinburgh Napier University)
EUROPEAN COMMISSION: FI-PPP phase 3- new opportunities (Maria Anton Garcia, EC)

New use case presentations from Call for Participation

Session 3 – Other perspectives


CELTIC-PLUS – a use case factory (Jacques Magen, Celtic-Plus Chairman

Horizion2020 – a new approach – doing things better (Pierre Chastanet, EC)

Closing statements, follow on actions, and conclusions

All relevant stakeholders were invited to participate in the event and register free of charge. Furthermore, interested stakeholders were invited to actively contribute to the workshop.


The strategic objective of the Networked Society Project is to assemble the requirements for future networks that can seamlessly support the Networked Society of 2020 by enabling an informed dialogue and policy debate between the terrestrial, satellite and content delivery communities with the industrial and social application sectors. The project also wants to ensure the correct positioning of the networks and ICT issues in Horizon 2020.

Network infrastructure technologies have to continuously evolve to support the rapidly growing demand for communications support during the current decade and to pave the way for the upcoming network society in the next decade. By 2020 advanced communications capabilities will be an integral part of everything we do and it will be provided and operated through a pervasive high capacity seamless infrastructure. Building this fully interconnected Networked Society will require a drastic change in the traditional boundaries between industry sectors and their vertical business models. It also requires that research efforts and resources are focused on the critical issues and cross sector ICT synergies are maximised.

Themes to be addressed

The themes and open questions to be addressed during the Workshop include:

  1. In light of the use cases already underway in various sectors, what additional use cases and scenarios do you consider to be appropriate and representative for large-scale experimentation in close association with the Future Internet PPP, in particular its third phase calling for projects to develop innovative applications on the top of the Future Internet infrastructure, and how could this be achieved?
  2. How can we determine the interoperability and synergy between use cases and industry sectors to stimulate fewer, but larger and stronger, use case trials?
  3. How can we prioritise use cases with significant societal and economic impact?
  4. What sort of pan European experimentation environment do you consider necessary for large scale service trials in your use area? How can we get to this ideal scenario?
  5. What can we expect from the Horizon 2020 programme in terms of supporting 3rd party innovation and larger collaboration among ICT and other industry sectors?
  6. How can the Eureka CELTIC calls, other Eureka clusters, and further national and regional R&D programmes assist with this initiative?
  7. How should the discussion and community be organised to ensure involvement, influence and active contribution from stakeholders belonging to various industry sectors?

Workshop Format

The workshop will be organized as a sequential discussion as all participants should hear the opinions of the different sectors, participate in the discussions and the resulting proposals should be as inclusive as possible. Participation is actively encouraged from the diverse Usage Areas representatives and national infrastructure owners who wish to maximise the opportunities for their sectors or regions in the coming period.

20 March 2013