EUROPEAN DYNAMICS selected by the European Commission to coordinate the co-design, development and implementation of the Horizon 2020 ONTOCHAIN project, a blockchain-based knowledge management software ecosystem for the Next-Generation Internet.
The ONTOCHAIN research and innovation action is part of the European Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative to re-shape the Internet into a more human-centric network focusing on values of privacy, collaboration and diversity. The Semantic Web and associated services now make it possible for people from all over the world to participate in the generation and use of knowledge like never before. And this knowledge represented in a machine-readable format is now being served to end-users and application developers through simple interfaces. However, the way it is generated, curated and stored raises concerns. In particular, the number of these Internet-based services is so small that they have become increasingly influential in the past decades. This concentration of information into the hands of a few widely used services, makes citizens everywhere at risk of being presented partial or biased information reflecting the viewpoint of their provider.
To face this threat, Semantic Web and blockchain will be combined to provide a trusted knowledge backbone for Internet users. Our trusted knowledge software ecosystem will be built by a large, open body of European stakeholders, supported by the ONTOCHAIN consortium that will follow agile software development methods. European innovators will be invited in the co-creation process via three successive open calls:
- Call #1: Research –Stakeholders from different vertical sectors will be invited to produce functional and technical specifications for the ONTOCHAIN framework.
- Call #2: Foundations –Experts and enthusiasts will be invited to build components of the ONTOCHAIN framework, guided by real use-cases and results produced during the first year.
- Call #3: Application & Experimentation – Building on results from the first two calls, practitioners will be invited to implement real-world technical solutions and business applications contributing to a sustainable and democratic ecosystem.
As a decentralized ontology service, ONTOCHAIN will ensure trust in data and will create novel business models that fairly remunerate information and service providers with a massive impact on various application domain such as finance, energy, social networking and fact-checking, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and many more.
EUROPEAN DYNAMICS was awarded a framework contract by FRONTEX for the provision of software development and maintenance services supporting joint operations with European Union member states at European borders, as well as administrative tasks.
The technological landscape of FRONTEX comprises Microsoft-based information systems (.NET, SharePoint, MS-SQL) in an Azure environment and ESRI (ArcGIS) products. Major information systems under this contract support FRONTEX operations, such as screening, debriefing, identification and fingerprinting of migrants as well as forced returns of people who cannot legitimize their stay within the EU.
The SHOP4CF R&D project is financed by the European Commission under H2020. It aims to find the right balance between cost-effective automation, repetitive tasks and involve the human workers in areas such as adaptability, creativity and agility where they create the biggest added value. Moreover, it also aims to pursue the highly-connected factory model to reap the benefits of all the data generated within the factory. Tapping into those data streams and human capital requires creating favorable technological, economical and societal conditions. SHOP4CF will do so by relying on the following:
- A platform developed on an open architecture encompassing technologies based on RAMI 4.0 and FIWARE Technologies which can support humans in production activities and providing basic implementation as a free, open-source solution. Including 30 components developed within SHOP4CF project by top RTOs from all over Europe.
- Implementing pilots acting as the testing facilities and seeds for adoption of the platform. 4 large scale pilots lead by industrial leaders in Europe and 30 FSTP Pilots selected through 5 competitive open calls that will receive technical, business and access to investment support.
- A marketplace as one-stop-shop for SMEs (developers and end users) to access essential services for digital transformation including business modelling, technical support, access to skills and finance.
- Building a vibrant and growing community around the platform necessary to create the adoption critical mass.
- Leading pre-standardization activities in the areas of collaborative robotics, AGVs and use of IoT devices on the shopfloor. SHOP4CF will continue its operations with a self-sustainable non-profit association with members all over Europe that could be integrated with the one created by DIH2 project. SHOP4CF will demonstrate that public funded research can help SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through adopting advanced robotics solutions in human-centric digitalization.
As a part of the EPAnEK 2014-2020 Operational Programme (Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, Innovation), BiDaCUs is a 28-month research project launched in March 2018.
The Kaduna State of Nigeria, acting as Lead Purchaser of the all Nigerian States, has awarded to EUROPEAN DYNAMICS (ED) a World Bank sponsored framework agreement for the gradual implementation of ED’ e-PPS Electronic Procurement platform throughout 35 States of Nigeria. Each State shall enter into a separate contract with ED and will implement a dedicated instance of e-PPS for all its public procurement procedures.
The States, through the deliberations at the Nigeria Governor Forum (NGF), have decided to embark on the deployment of a centralized Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-Procurement solution across the states and for this reason they have selected ED and its line of Electronic Public Procurement products and services.
The Framework Agreement is an important element of the World Bank’s States Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Program for Results (PforR) initiative and in particular towards “improved procurement practices for increased transparency and value for money”.
As a part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, RESIST is a three-year research project launched in September 2018, consisting of 17 partners from 9 countries.
The iProduce R&D project is financed by the European Commission under H2020. Democratized innovation holds undeniable promise for European producers, but the integration with corporate innovation practices is in its infancy. While the interest is real, it is still neither easy nor efficient for producers –especially SMEs to benefit from collaborative production. The iPRODUCE project takes well proven concepts and approaches (from DIY manufacturing, FabLabs, Makerspace), and aims to upscale them through innovative technology solutions and to install them in well-connected multi-stakeholder ecosystems under an umbrella concept of collaborative Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (cMDF)”.
A social-manufacturing platform enables multi-stakeholder interactions and collaborations to support user-driven open-innovation and co-creation. At the heart of the iPRODUCE platform is an open digital space supported by a set of innovative tools that cover matchmaking, secure interactions, generative product design, process orchestration, agile prototyping, usability evaluations and lifecycle management. These technical tools are complemented with a strong social component that aims at easing the notorious hardship of engagement with makers and aim to open up to new maker segments, while we improve on SoA tools for Lead User Innovation identification.
EUROPEAN DYNAMICS was awarded by the Publications Office of the EU a contract for the support, maintenance and evolution of the EUR-Lex IT system and portal (https://eur-lex.europa.eu), containing the entire European Union legislation, European treaties and case law related to the application of EU law. EUR-Lex is one of the most visited European Commission portals, containing more than 1 million documents in all the official EU languages and with about 5 million visits monthly. A search engine in all the European languages is available.
EUROPEAN DYNAMICS developed the first EUR-Lex service in the year 1997. This is a continuation of a previous contract, also delivered by EUROPEAN DYNAMICS.
The FARCROSS is an R&D project financed by the European Commission under H2020. To achieve its energy goals, EU needs to establish a geographically large market by initially improving its cross-border electricity interconnections. A geographically large market, based on imports and exports of electricity, could increase the level of competition, boost the EU’s security of electricity supply and integrate more renewables into energy markets.
Electricity should, as far as possible, flow between Member States as easily as it currently flows within Member States, so as to increase sustainability potential and real competition as well as to drive economic efficiency of the energy system. To this end, FARCROSS aims to address this challenge by connecting major stakeholders of the energy value chain and demonstrating integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the crossborder electricity flows and regional cooperation. The project will promote state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the exploitation/capacity/efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level. The hardware and software solutions will increase grid observability to facilitate system operations at a regional level, exploit the full potential of transmission corridors for increased electricity flows that will facilitate transition to flow-based regional market coupling, consider cross-border connections and their specific ICT and grid infrastructure, planning to use a wide-area protection approach to ensure the safe integration of renewable energy sources into the grid, mitigate disturbances, increase power system stability. An innovative regional forecasting platform will be demonstrated for improved prognosis of renewable generation and demand response and a capacity reserves optimization tool will be tested to maximize cross-border flows. The non-harmonization of national regulation will be studied and measures will be recommended to avoid distortion of the technology benefits.