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Connectivity for sustainable agriculture

Innovative digital technologies are increasingly fundamental to agricultural production and sustainability. From a food supply perspective alone, there is an urgent need to optimise farming practices. According to the FAO, the world’s population will grow over a third by 2050. These people will need homes and space to live, so while farms will need to produce 60% more food, they will not be able to expand outwards to do so. Further to this, climate change will add to the strain on other important resources. In essence, farmers will need to produce more, using less: through precision farming.

Rural Smart Communities: boosting rural economies through large-scale pilots

The EU is launching a new €30 million initiative, with rural digital service platforms, innovation ecosystems, the smart village approach, and standards at the forefront. Entering Europe’s Digital Decade, the European way of digital transformation Living-in.EU provides minimal – but sufficient – interoperability of data, systems and services between smart cities and their suppliers. The two new large-scale pilot projects offer the opportunity to extend these Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms to rural smart communities.

ENISA: Addressing security risks in 5G networks

As “5G’s great potential brings some security challenges”, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity – ENISA – has published a study on the “Threat landscape for 5G networks” as well as contributed to the “EU 5G Toolbox”. In this video interview, Dr. Louis Marinos, ENISA Senior Risk Management Expert, explains the key measures and recommendations for creating and running secure 5G networks.

Land mapping in East Africa with European geospatial technology

In sub-Saharan Africa, many of the traditional approaches to land recording have proven ineffective. Disputes are a common occurrence, investment is scarce and the communities’ poorest are directly affected. In order to resolve this issue, an EU initiative was put in place to deliver an array of land tenure-recording tools, so as to address the region’s ongoing challenge of mapping millions of unrecognised land rights in a quick and cost-effective way.

Building an ecosystem where IoT, edge and cloud converge towards a computing continuum

The 11 September 2020 workshop on Internet of Things and Edge Computing covered the opportunities of edge and provided insights into the requirement for orchestration with cloud services, the importance of integrating connectivity and computing with AI-based reasoning and automation. It highlighted the need for an Open Industrial Platform for Cloud-Edge Orchestration addressing the technology challenges and competitive impact for European stakeholders in light of their role in a data economy.

Study and survey on the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware in the EU economy

Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe are conducting a study for the European Commission which shall investigate in detail the economic impact of Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Source Hardware (OSH) on the European economy. The study should identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of open source in relevant ICT policies.