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Challenges & Impact stories
Impact is one of the main ambitions in ITEA. Impact on business, on the market, on society. Without impact, a project
will not be successful in ITEA. This is a key value in ITEA, and impact and potential impact are central during the
project lifecycle: in project evaluation, monitoring, closure and in communication of the results.
Many ITEA projects have achieved incredible results and most of these successes could not have been achieved without
the (financial) support of the national Public Authorities. They have put their trust in these projects and
supported them with public funds, making it possible for the project partners to get the most out of it. In return,
ITEA is now gathering project impact stories to show in what way they solve key societal challenges and have an
impact on business, on the market and on society.
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16 December 2021
Anybody in the industry knows that monitoring applications is important: you want to know how your apps are performing, both from a technical perspective, such as CPU usage, memory, errors, as well as from a user perspective. The problem today is that for many teams, monitoring and analytics is just one of the many things they need to do, with little technical nor methodological
guidance. And collecting, storing, analysing and acting upon data from larger, distributed systems is not that easy. The Flex4Apps partners built reference architectures, providing template solutions for dealing with monitoring and analytics, and they developed the methodological support to help teams leverage these.
18 October 2021
FUSE-IT addressed the need for sustainable, reliable, user-friendly, efficient, safe and secure Building Management Systems in the context of smart critical sites, like hospitals. From a site management perspective, it solves the dilemma of efficiency and security in intelligent buildings. At the user level, a smart unified building management interface enables the daily monitoring and control of a building, while a full security management interface enables the supervision of both physical and logical security throughout the premises. And at the end-user level, this can save both energy and lives.
05 October 2021
The ITEA project ASSUME (Affordable Safe & Secure Mobility Evolution) deals with the demands of multi-core technologies in highly automated systems. It assures safety-relevant, performance-critical functionality and is traceable throughout the development process via the efficient verification of large systems.
01 October 2021
The next step forward for the high-tech systems manufacturing domain is to integrate operational data into a product’s development lifecycle. The Reflexion partners have succeeded in the real-time and continuous conversion of operational user data from industry into information, thereby gaining better control over the production process, the use of the product and the future design. This creates a so-called ‘digital loop’ in which data is fed back to the ecosystem.
31 December 2020
We all know pathology, thinking of the healthcare professional examining a tissue section under a microscope, looking for evidence of cancerous cells. Many years ago, the pathology process was digitalised to provide a high-resolution digital image, facilitating the acquisition, management, sharing and interpretation of pathology information. More recently, these digital images were becoming increasingly more accurate to render 3D shapes of objects. Organs structures and contents were already revealed in 3D distribution, but this was not yet the case for tissues. The project 3DPathology was set out to create a 3D digital pathology solution, based on a combination of multiple existing pathology modalities, for same-day diagnosis and much more personalised treatment of cancer.
11 December 2020
The development of vehicles has become increasingly complex, involving over 50 different suppliers who need to ensure that all components, parts and devices work together. Modelling and simulation represent key methods for a successful development. To facilitate this, the introduction of co-simulation methodologies and the interoperability of simulation tools and infrastructure had already taken root. But there was no standardised way of integrating distributed simulation and test environments back in 2015. In the ACOSAR project was set up to accelerate development steps with new simulation technologies.
23 November 2020
Before the age of social networks, city planners would first hire architects and contractors for new urban developments and improvements and, once the plans had been finalised and a 3D scale model produced, they would consult their voters. Today, the ITEA C³PO project has found ways for city planners and designers to consult citizens throughout the urban transformation process and thereby give citizens a better say in urban developments. The aim of the project was to set up a common digital platform that connects all the tools for collaborative urban development.
30 September 2020
The M2MGrids project aimed at creating enablers for a dynamic cyber-physical information ecosystem that would interoperate in real time with the business processes of companies with real-life objects, people and things. M2MGrids focussed on major disruptions in targeted energy and mobility domains. The disruption in the energy domain was related to operating models and the high cost of peak hours in energy grids. The inability of multiple stakeholder systems to exchange information in dynamic situations (such as in a traffic accident) was leading to disruptions in the mobility domain.
30 September 2020
Most product innovations today are enabled through software components, so it is no surprise that software is the primary means of competitive differentiation. Software plays a key role in the digitalisation of many products that hitherto were completely driven by
electronics, so scaling software in a controlled and efficient way is crucial, and represents a major challenge for organisations. The challenge taken up by the ITEA project SCALARE was how to support and enable organisations in scaling their software capability in a systematic, proactive way.
19 December 2019
Innovation is about much more than creating technology; it must ‘go to market’. Many companies need new ways to rapidly validate the match between the market and their innovative ICT-intensive technology. The ITEA project ACCELERATE took up the challenge of enabling European technology companies to adopt acceleration know-how by focusing on two goals: the transfer of knowledge on a massive scale and the introduction of a new type of product development, the so-called validated learning process that systematically searches for the technology-market match by validating the mechanics of a business model.
12 December 2019
The BENEFIT project tackled three main challenges: the societal aspect of coping with the increasing number of minimally invasive image-guided interventions; the economic dimension of delivering care with quantified targets in terms of quantity, price and quality of care; demonstrating the technical feasibility of an integrated infrastructure that includes all relevant imaging and data
sources, the modelling, analysis and presentation of these data and the integration into a Clinical Decision Support System. Current diagnostic and therapeutic solutions do not offer the flexibility, quality and integration to automatically extract all the relevant quantified data and process flows. The ITEA project BENEFIT aimed to support clinicians in selecting the optimal diagnostic and treatment pathway for patients.
12 December 2019
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are very large systems that not only involve a large number of stakeholders but are safety critical and have significant impact on the economy and the environment as well. This makes tools for the safe and efficient design and operation of such systems imperative. The ITEA project MODRIO, which ran from 2012 to 2016, was set up to extend modelling and simulation tools based on open standards (Modelica and FMI) from system design to system operation. The main technological ambition of the project was to provide an integrated modelling and simulation framework able to efficiently specify, design and operate CPS. To that end, new ideas were developed to address the complete engineering lifecycle, from preliminary design to operation and maintenance.
04 December 2018
Ever more functionality is demanded by end-customers from the software-intensive systems they use. At the same time their expectations with respect to the correct operation, safety and security of these systems have become higher than ever. Severe system failures can lead to significant damage or even loss of life, while successful cyber intrusions can destroy their reputation. As such, breaches in both safety and security can have a significant adverse impact on business and reputation. Due to the dramatic increase in the complexity of the software itself, the intricate interaction modes between the software and the external world, and the sheer magnitude of the customisability of the software, these systems have become increasingly difficult to develop and verify by traditional development processes and testing methods. The ATAC project took on the gauntlet to resolve such challenges by researching, evaluating and rolling out a number of methodologies, associated processes and tools to efficiently and automatically verify complex and highly configurable software-intensive systems.
04 December 2018
There is a dramatic increase in the number of persons worldwide experiencing chronic disease like diabetes, which affects approximately 350 million people and is projected to become one of the world’s main disablers and killers within the next 25 years. The impact of chronic diseases is evident: it has been estimated that over the next 20 years the cost of five of the major chronic illnesses could reach $47 trillion and in 10 years claim almost 400 million lives. The ITEA 2 MoSHCA project was geared to improving patient-doctor interaction and controlling chronic diseases, developing technological set-ups that significantly improve the self-management of chronic illnesses, promote communication between the patient and the health provider, and support health staff in providing better clinical follow-up.
03 December 2018
The ITEA 2 projects AMALTHEA and AMALTHEA4public are part of a 'string of pearls' in the automotive domain; successes that have pushed this domain into the next phase of its development. AUTOSAR, a result from the former ITEA project EAST-EEA, defined a methodology for component-based development of automotive software and a standardised software architecture for automotive electronic control units. However, AUTOSAR offered only limited support for detailed behaviour descriptions, which are indispensable for developing much more complex multi-core systems of high quality. Those require an increased exchange between tools. Multi-core optimisation especially relies on additional information like detailed timing behaviour. AMALTHEA set about adapting existing development methods and tools and creating a common model that offers the required description capabilities on different abstraction levels. The follow-up project AMALTHEA4public was set up to foster the transfer into application and to create a sustainable open (“public”) platform and a vibrant community of users and contributors.
02 December 2018
The ITEA 2 OPEES project was created to develop an open source platform for software tools to support
engineering technologies for embedded systems and to secure the competitiveness and development of the
European software industry. One key requirement, brought in by Airbus, was to be able to use tools for more
than 50 years, during the complete lifetime and duration of support of an aircraft programme. During the
project that ended in 2012, the 28 partners not only developed and significantly improved existing open
source projects such as Frama-C, Eclipse Papyrus and others, but also defined the governance and the
structure for a sustainable organisation to gather an ecosystem of both developers and users.
03 September 2018
While there have been considerable advances in recent
years in the oncological and radiotherapy treatment of
cancer, a major challenge still faced by image-guided
intervention and treatment is the availability of coupled
real-time feedback of the imaging and therapy systems
during interventions. The goal of the SoRTS project was
to develop a System of Real-Time Systems to support
healthcare professionals in the transition from invasive,
open surgery to minimally invasive, image-guided
intervention and treatment (IGIT). The outcome not only
significantly lowers healthcare costs through shorter
hospital stays and higher throughput, but it also boosts
the productivity and effectiveness of cancer treatment
and reduces patient risk.
03 September 2018
Smart buildings of the future need comprehensive and
extendible cross-domain management and control
functionality that today’s building automation and
management systems (BAS) do not adequately provide.
These buildings should not only create an environment
that optimises the conditions in which people can
work and live in comfort and with security but should
also ensure that management and maintenance are
performed effectively and efficiently. The BaaS (Building
as a Service) project set out to tackle these challenges by
introducing a novel semantic IoT service framework for
commercial buildings along with a reference architecture
and corresponding software platform as a basis for
current and future commercial building automation and
03 September 2018
While the arrival of enabling technologies has made a
wealth of public and organisational data available for
analytic processing, access to the data and to efficient
analytic tools is often difficult. Furthermore, combining
such sources of massive data can yield much richer
applications and greater insights into intelligence
reporting. This requires a collaborative platform, which
makes it easy for the participants to share data securely
and to easily gain access to the latest technology tools.
By positioning the target open-source architecture to
support Big Data, ecosystems and value chains, the ITEA
CAP (Collaborative Analytic Platform) project contributed
to the development of new but sustainable business
models and laid the foundation for a market value
proposition of ‘Big Data as a Service’.
03 September 2018
The challenge posed at the beginning of the new
millennium in the evolution of vehicles was the
implementation of integral electronic control of in-vehicle
and extra-vehicle functions in order to improve safety and
comfort in all areas of the vehicle – from engine, steering
and braking systems to communications, entertainment
and human-machine interfaces. The problem was that,
when a new component is introduced, not only must it be
tested thoroughly but so must all existing components
to ensure none has been adversely affected. As a result,
introducing new electronics puts development costs
and cycle times under enormous pressure. The ITEA
project EAST-EEA successfully addressed the need for
software and hardware interoperability by developing an
integrated platform based on open-systems architecture.
03 September 2018
Several years ago, the European card payment industry,
terminal manufacturers, processors and payment
system providers worked together - in line with the
preference given by the European Central Bank and
the European Commission for ISO 20022 standards - to
implement SEPA, the Single Euro Payments Area. SEPA
aimed at facilitating payments in Europe beyond national
borders in order to achieve a single domestic market of
payments. However, this requires the full harmonisation
of payment-card use – a necessary step to ensure the
complete interoperability of national card payment
schemes. The ITEA EPAS project (2006-2008) aimed to
involve the main actors of the card payment industry
to deliver global standards that would enable European
retailers to rely on common specifications for their
card acquiring operations. The EPAS project gathered
together various actors belonging to the European
card payment industry such as Groupement des Cartes
Bancaires, Ingenico, ATOS Worldline, Verifone, Wincor-
Nixdorf, Total, Equens and many others.
03 September 2018
High-performance computing (HPC) is essential in meeting the demand for increased processing power for future research and development in many domains, such as aircraft and automotive design or multimedia. The goal of the ITEA project H4H (Hybrid for HPC) was to provide a highly efficient, hybrid programming environment for heterogeneous computing clusters to enable easier development of HPC applications and optimise application performance. The project also aimed at providing a new infrastructure for HPC cloud computing and a new cooling technology to reduce energy needed to operate the HPC system. The H4H project assembled a consortium of Supercomputing Centres and HPC Research Labs, the European HPC manufacturer, HPC software tools editors and a range of HPC users to validate the proposed technology in real applications from various domains.
03 September 2018
The paradigm shift in the film industry to enable digital
distribution was a major and risky step to produce change
in a century-old industry that required a universal, longterm
digital cinema standard that meets the needs
of exhibitors, studios, equipment manufacturers and
others involved in this effort. The ITEA Digital Cinema
project developed the key components for this transition
of the movie industry from analogue 35mm film to
digital technology. Within the project, a system solution
was developed, covering all elements of film production,
distribution, storage and replay, including alternative
uses for digital infrastructure.
Safety and Security
04 December 2017
Cybersecurity is vital to any person or entity, from
consumer to government, involved in conveying
information. The key lies in being able to detect attacks
and react quickly and efficiently by launching appropriate
countermeasures. While a number of commercial off-the-shelf cyberdefence tools exist, there is a clear need
in today's market for detection to be extended with
reaction capabilities and support mechanisms to enable
security operators to make informed decisions in a
dynamic situation. The ITEA 2 project ADAX has delivered
a set of key innovations improving prevention, detection,
decision support, countermeasure enforcement and
knowledge management to support security operation
on complex and critical IT infrastructures.
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04 December 2017
The costs of sustaining healthcare for the world's ageing
population are rising constantly and have become
a significant component of global GDP. Healthcare
is a major and growing market, with diagnostic and
interventional medical imaging alone is worth almost
€20 billion globally and growing. The significance of the
market is reflected in the significance of the challenge
that the MEDIATE project took up: to reduce costs and
to improve the predictability of patient outcomes. The
key lies in integrating medical imaging systems fully into
surgical procedures and hospital workflow systems.
MEDIATE focused on three medical fields: cardiology,
oncology and orthopaedics, where planned minimally
invasive procedures follow a pre-programmed workflow
procedure, namely medical imaging to aid diagnosis,
intervention planning, image-guided navigation during
the intervention, execution of the therapy and therapy