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Itea 2 - european leadership in software-intensive systems

Industry-driven cooperative r & d programme for maintaining european leadership in software-intensive systems (in which software represents a significant segment in system functionality, system development cost & risk, system dev. Time).

ITEA 2 is the successor of the cluster programme ITEA which was launched in 1998 and runs to the end of 2008. The ITEA programme is today the leading trans-national European co-operative R & D programme in software-intensive systems. ITEA is a great European success story, based on the development of a shared vision of the future of Software-intensive Systems (SiS) and underpinned by the ITEA Technology Roadmap (widely recognised as a landmark document). ITEA's portfolio of some hundred strategic projects has involved participation from all over Europe and from all stakeholders (large industry, SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), academia and research institutes). In essence, ITEA has put Europe back on the map in the emerging 'embedded intelligence' revolution. ITEA 2 now offers the crucial next step to maintaining the momentum established by ITEA and building upon the success and lessons from ITEA in a dramatically changing world. Software is the key to the digital revolution which is an integral part of our industrial and societal future. By responding to the revolutionary challenges, ITEA 2 maintains the successful principal vision of ITEA, but updated for the new global context, 'for Europe to maintain leadership in this new era of embedded Software-intensive Systems and Services building on key European strength and industries'. The new global context is based on key competitive issues for Europe: * European R & D intensity is lagging critically behind our main competitors; * There is a need to understand and master the lag between R & D and commercial innovation; * Off-shoring is reaching an unprecedented level; and * The 'European paradox' - great science and technology but poor translation into products. The dramatic shift to embedded systems as the core challenge of ITEA 2 is affecting all aspects of our everyday lives. As the electronics content of modern cars and new generation aircraft grows exponentially, rapid European response to the demands will result in hundreds of thousands of new high-quality jobs in the European automotive and aeronautics industries, with significant multiplier effects. The growing interconnection of consumer electronic devices that provide a host of services in the home is placing a time bomb under the need for software development - a bomb that must be defused rapidly to keep high level work in Europe. The future of healthcare and medical systems is increasingly demanding of software that can help and speed diagnosis and treatment - essential for our well-being and quality of life. Great strides are being made in Europe on the micro-electronics side (MEDEA+ programme). But the big challenge is to devise, create and master the software architectures, technologies and systems, solutions and services for myriad applications including safety-, security-, and time critical functions. Europe must face up to the software requirements gap - already a core issue of ITEA and a continuing challenge for ITEA 2 - while simultaneously ensuring rigid software quality standards, and structuring the total applications design process so as to allow applications to mingle fluently and naturally with everyday life/operation and interactions. Overall Programme architecture: ITEA 2 is defined as a two-phase programme, with projects starting in 2007, and each phase being characterised by its specific work programme (based on ITEA's Roadmap) with four yearly calls. The ambition of ITEA 2 is to mobilise a total of 20,000 person-years over the full eight-year duration, translating into an effort of 2,500 person-years per year - thus requiring a significant increase in investment level. This level of ambition follows from the experience in ITEA, the need to further close the gap in R & D investment (3% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Lisbon objective) and the ever-growing importance of SiS. Keywords: information technology, ICT (Information and Communications Technology).
Acronym: 
ITEA 2
Project ID: 
3 674
Start date: 
01-01-2006
Project Duration: 
96months
Project costs: 
3 000 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
IT and Telematics technology
Market Area: 

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.