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Celtic-next: next generation telecommunications for the digital society

Next generation com technologies for future digital society with emphasis on the vertical sectors supported by ict. This includes network & cloud infrastructure and its management, ict-technologies incl. Big data, ai & services.

Partners of Celtic-Plus Cluster will continue in Celtic-Next. The success of the Celtic and Celtic-Plus programmes, with 1 B€ invested in R&D and innovation by public authorities and industry, 150+ projects performed with up 40% SMEs involved, has led to 900+ products commercialised and 900+ PhD and Master Thesis. This success has increased the European societal and industrial demand for advanced services over high performant networks by showing what is possible. Now we are facing the challenge of scaling up the digitisation of every industrial process and providing secure, reliable and user-friendly communications that can be integrated into every aspect of our lives. This must be done while achieving significant improvements in the equipment performance and security matched by equally impressive reductions in energy consumption and environmental impact of all those new services and infrastructures. Applications and services available to businesses and citizens have become increasingly accessible anywhere and anytime, thanks to broader mobility and to the deployment of cloud technology. At the same time, security and privacy issues have become primary concerns. Those critical technological and societal issues need to be addressed in the coming years. They are not addressed by other EUREKA instruments, and only partially by other instruments in Europe. In an increasingly digital society, CELTIC-NEXT is the key to the development of the next generations of enabling telecommunications technologies and services, that will reflect the evolving needs of businesses in all sectors and citizens in Europe and beyond, for a broad range of applications and solutions. CELTIC-NEXT will be based on the core values that have been supporting the Celtic community for 15 years, i.e. a bottom-up industry-driven approach, along with large “flagship” projects aimed at solving issues of strategic importance through a combined eff ort and coordinated approach of public authorities and industry. Celtic and Celtic-Plus have established a strong global research & innovation community, targeting technological and business areas that are not addressed or addressed only partially by other European initiatives. The Celtic community includes European players as well as organisations from outside Europe e.g. from South Korea and Canada. CELTIC-NEXT will continue to expand the Celtic community within and outside Europe, in line with the EUREKA globalisation strategy. CELTIC-NEXT will dedicate more effort to supporting start-ups, spin-offs and SMEs that have been initiated or have grown thanks to projects. Celtic-Plus has enabled industry to initiate projects addressing the relevant technical and business topics at the time of their choice and has promoted “flagship projects” to solve issues of strategic importance at European level. The flagship approach allows European countries to team up together and to strategically advance on key challenges and key technologies. CELTIC-NEXT will further strengthen its ties with the national Public Authorities, as well as with Clusters and Competitiveness Poles that address similar thematic domains at national or regional level. This will help to ensure that innovative ideas developed and tested locally can eventually become global, and that projects addressing similar issues with different solutions, or developing technological and business pieces that could together form a broader solution, can benefit from each other’s findings. CELTIC-NEXT will regularly look at improving the processes and tools in a similar manner as in Celtic-Plus so that they timely match the evolving demands of the overall landscape. It will also refi ne periodically its scope and orientations, to further strengthen the initiative. Providing more support to newly created start-ups and to growing SMEs, as well as improving the partnering tool, shall help broaden and expand the community. Increasing the flexibility of the programme to cope with the quicker pace of technological and market developments, as well as allowing projects that are closer to the market, up to high technology readiness levels, will increase the impact of the projects and of the programme on economy and society. Providing the opportunity for students and researchers to contribute with innovative ideas shall remain a key asset of the CELTIC-NEXT community. The “CELTIC-NEXT White Paper” is available at https://www.celticplus.eu/celtic-next. CLUSTER IDENTIFICATION CODES/KEYWORDS: Communication technologies, ICT, vertical sectors supported by ICT, network and cloud infrastructure and the management of these, ICT-technologies including big data, artificial intelligence, services, communication hungry applications such as multimedia, automotive-telecom, smart industry, IoT and smart from A to Z: smart agriculture to smart workflows. CLUSTER RELATED TO REGIONAL PROGRAMME: CELTIC-NEXT is planning to further strengthen its ties with Clusters and Competitiveness Poles that address similar issues at regional level. This will help to ensure that innovative ideas developed and tested locally can eventually become global, and that projects addressing similar issues with different solutions, or developing technological and business pieces that could together form a broader solution, can benefit from each other’s findings. CELTIC-NEXT, as well as Celtic and Celtic-Plus, may use public funding from regional programmes for some projects or partners that would be eligible to such funding. CLUSTER RELATED TO NATIONAL PROGRAMME: CELTIC-NEXT is planning to further strengthen its ties with Clusters and Competitiveness Poles that address similar issues at national level. This will help to ensure that innovative ideas developed and tested locally can eventually become global, and that projects addressing similar issues with different solutions, or developing technological and business pieces that could together form a broader solution, can benefit from each other’s findings. CELTIC-NEXT, as well as Celtic-Plus, may use public funding from national programmes for some projects or partners that would be eligible to such funding. CLUSTER RELATED TO ANY OTHER EUROPEAN PROGRAMME(S), SUCH AS COST, EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS, JTI, etc.: Celtic-Plus is a founding member of the “Inter-Cluster Committee”, that is facilitating the work on objectives common to all running EUREKA Clusters, and is making sure that the contributions of the Clusters to EUREKA and to the European Research Area are effective. CELTIC-NEXT will continue to contribute actively to the Committee and ensure together with the other Clusters that activities performed by each Cluster allow an effective complementary coverage of the technological and business areas, that will continue to strengthen the European economy. It will also continue to interact whenever relevant with the telecommunications activities supported by the European Commission. This has already been done in the past, e.g. when participating in the “Future Network & Mobile Summit” and the “European Conference on Networks and Communications”, and when Interacting with the “Future Internet Public-Private Partnership” and the “5G Public-Private Partnership”. The NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform is currently working on a new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda that will without a doubt become a reference for CELTIC-NEXT.
Acronym: 
CELTIC-NEXT
Project ID: 
12 648
Start date: 
01-01-2019
Project Duration: 
96months
Project costs: 
800 000 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.