Intune Networks attended the European Commission’s ICT 2010 conference in Brussels this September. Intune had a stand at the conference and presented the Exemplar Network in the Future Internet – a transformational Technology workshop. The conference was attended by over fifty-five thousand of Europe’s top ICT experts from industry and academia.
Fergal Ward, pictured below speaking to European commissioners, said “Intune are delighted to be nominated as one the EC’s top success stories. The ICT strand is a very competitive program with 1000’s of pioneering projects and for Intune to be nominated as one of the EC’s key successes is tremendous for Intune and a testament to the teams in Dublin and Belfast. Intune have worked in many EC projects since its inception in 1999 and have enjoyed building core Verisma technologies with European partners and lead customers. Our most recent project is called MAINS which studies the substantial benefits of optical burst switching architectures in next-generation networks. Intune have had many very positive experiences working in the EC’s framework program and look forward to participating in many more projects in years to come.”
With a total budget of €51B, the European Commission’s framework program is one of the world’s largest R&D budgets. With a budget of €14B, the ICT section is largest strand with 28% of the total budget. Knowledge lies at the heart of the European Union's Lisbon Strategy to become the most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world. The 'knowledge triangle' - research, education and innovation - is a core factor in European efforts to meet the ambitious Lisbon goals. The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) is the European Union's chief instrument for funding research. It brings together all research-related EU initiatives under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment.