Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions (Be Wiser) examines the organisation and technical research challenges in some of Europe’s best known RTD regions.
With the rapid expansion in wireless based devices, many undertaking complex and often highly confidential transactions, the security of data transmission is increasingly important as trillions of objects are connected via the Internet of Things.
The need for fully secure systems cannot be overstated in retaining the confidence of all users and to balance the requirements of Citizens, Government and Enterprises in terms of their privacy and security needs. Failure to do so risks Europe not fully exploiting new opportunities and falling behind in terms of technology rollout, innovation and job creation at the global level.
Irish Local Government comprises of 31 Local Authorities and represent the closest and most accessible form of Government to people in their local community. The Local Authorities are responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services in their local area with a focus on making towns and cities attractive places to live, work and invest. These services generally include housing; planning; roads; water supply; environmental protection; provision of recreation and amenities and community infrastructure. The Local Authorities also play a key role in supporting economic development and enterprise at a local level.
County Cork covers an area of 7,459 square kilometres which is 11% of the Irish State and is the largest of the 26 counties in Ireland. The population is 518,128 (census 2012) making it the second most populous county in the country.
There are two local authorities in the county whose remit collectively encompasses the geographic area of the county and city of Cork. The county, excluding Cork city, is administered by Cork County Council, while the city is administered separately by Cork City Council. Both the City Council and the County Council are part of the NUTS III South-West Region.
The population of the county is 399,216 and they are represented by 55 councillors, from eight Municipal Districts. Cork County Council employs 2,146 staff and in 2013 annual turnover (revenue and capital) was approximately €416 million.
The Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is one of the largest Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The institute which is located across three campuses in cork city has a total student population of 14,000 and a staff complement of 1,500. CIT delivers courses which range from 2-year Higher Certificates to PhDs. CIT is comprised of two constituent Faculties and three constituent Colleges. The Faculty of Engineering and Science incorporates a significant computer science component and is one of the world’s first such entities to offer specific degrees and post graduate qualifications in cloud computing. An important part of the Faculty is the NIMBUS Centre. NIMBUS is Ireland’s only research centre devoted to the field of embedded electronic systems.
CyberForum is one of the biggest and fastest growing IT-networks in Germany and part of the biggest Software-Cluster in Europe. As a non-profit association founded in 1997 it is a support organization for start-ups and young entrepreneurs in the Region of Karlsruhe. Its rich set of key stakeholders largely exceeds 1.000 members, including State/Regional public authorities, SMEs and large enterprises.
The Cyprus Computer Society was established in 1984 and numbers more than 1000 members. It functions as a non-profit organisation seeking to improve and promote high standards amongst ICT professionals in recognition of the impact that ICT has on employment, business, and society but also on the quality of life of citizens. The CCS plays a key role in linking Academia with Industry through the promotion of key elements of Informatics, in particular in the areas of digital literacy, professional skills, professionalism, education, training and research.
The Technology Centre of Catalonia
A multidisciplinary and international team made up of scientists and technologists from the industrial and digital fields are currently working on more than 160 highly strategic applied R & D projects. All of those projects aim to acquire new knowledge that is transferred to specific applications and solutions, to cover the needs of our most immediate industrial fabric, as well as to improve already existing products, processes and services.
ICT Technology Network (ICT TN) was established in 2003 as a consortium of leading Slovenian companies and research institutions in the field of ICT, supported by the national government. Today, ICT Technology Network brings together app. 50 partners, its activities are coordinated by the ICT TN Institute.
inno was founded in 1991 in Karlsruhe, Germany’s most research-intensive region and home of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). From the start, inno has worked internationally in the field of assisting and partnering in processes which turn knowledge into value. inno supports municipalities, regions and researchers in defining and implementing strategies to develop their economic competitiveness and innovation success.
Invest Northern Ireland (INI) is Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency. It is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), one of 12 Northern Ireland government departments in the devolved Northern Ireland Executive within the United Kingdom (UK). DETI has the crucial role in formulating and delivering economic development policy in terms of Enterprise, Social Economy, Innovation, Energy, Telecoms, and Tourism in Northern Ireland and, in addition, has responsibility for ensuring a modern regulatory framework to support business and protect consumers.
IT@Cork Association Limited (IT@Cork), a leading not‐for‐profit independent business organization, representing the interests of the IT industry in the region It is a unique blend of SME executives, multinational representatives, government leaders, public sector representatives, academia, entrepreneurs, legal community representatives and consultants joining together to drive thought leadership, collaboration and global strategic alliances with a view to strengthening its region as a key player in terms of the European economy and ICTS.
Momentum is the voice of the Digital Sector in Northern Ireland, representing our common interest in promoting and developing the sector both locally and internationally. The direction of Momentum is shaped by our voluntary board which is made up of elected representatives from our membership organisations.
We aim to support our membership so they can prosper and grow their businesses. Networking and collaboration underpin everything we do and we are working with stakeholders in the region and throughout Europe to achieve results that will benefit our member organisations.
The Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) was established in 1845 and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading universities in the UK. The main group at QUB participating in the project will be the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). Part of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS), ECIT was established in 2003 to commercialise world-class expertise in a variety of enabling digital communications technologies. QUB is staffed by 120 academics, senior research staff, post-doctoral fellows, research students and administrators. Among them are 40 highly qualified industrial and academic researchers recruited from around the globe.
Systematic Paris-Region is an innovation and technology cluster dedicated to digital and software with more than 800 key players from industry, SMEs and science. Through its nine Technology Groups, Systematic Paris-Region manages a whole ecosystem to stimulate collaborative innovation and growth at the intersection between 8 technological markets with a strong social dimension (Transport, Energy, Telecoms, Security, Health, Smart Cities, Information Systems and the Factories of the Future) and 2 areas of technology (Free & Open Source Software and Complex Systems).
Through these Technology Groups, Systematic Paris-Region deploys its expertise to encourage collaborative innovation, increase the attractiveness of the region, and support export initiatives. To date, Systematic Paris-Region has facilitated the development of nearly 510 R&D projects, representing an overall R&D investment of approximately 2.6 billion € and a total of 950 million € in subsidies from the French State, development agencies and territorial bodies.