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Celtic-plus for a smart connected world

Celtic-plus is considered essential for securing and enhancing the market position of the european telecommunications industry, by continuing the successful work initiated by celtic almost eight years ago.

Celtic-Plus will continue the main target of Celtic as a EUREKA cluster programme to foster European leadership in telecommunications and will stimulate the generation of industrial R&D projects with the focus of the new technological challenges. Since 2003, when Celtic started, the telecommunications technologies, services and applications have changed considerably and a number of new challenges have come into focus, which require a number of new focus adjustments and new actions. The number of Internet users has been multiplied by two in Europe and in the Americas, and by four in Asia. Broadband penetration has increased by a factor of four in the G7 countries, and the number of mobile line subscriptions has doubled in Europe. Individuals and organizations are not dealing any longer only with network connectivity and exchange of information, but more and more with social and business experiences where the frontier between physical and digital progressively becomes more transparent. All human activities and business sectors are evolving towards a “digital era”. Thanks to such innovative concepts that have turned into new economic and societal phenomena, the “system view” promoted by Celtic has continuously expanded its borders. In Celtic-Plus a much stronger focus on the Internet as a whole will be considered. The new programme will take into consideration that the Internet has evolved in parallel and is now on “people” and “things”, and on transporting multimedia “content” and providing “services”. Technologies and solutions are now more and more tackling interdisciplinary domains. Celtic-Plus, as already done in Celtic, will continue to pave the way to promote end-to-end communication solutions, but more expansion e.g. towards services and user-centred solutions, are needed. In addition, Celtic-Plus will focus on new societal challenges that are appearing, with communication technologies likely to play a large role e.g. in environmental awareness. Technologies and solutions at multidisciplinary level are also required, to address such issues as developing new applications to reduce the need for travelling, and new technologies for reducing energy consumption, and moreover, to manage and control the best use of energy in other business or private sectors e.g. health, transport, energy, e-government, urbanisation, knowledge and culture. All of these requirements are taken into consideration and Celtic-Plus will increase its focus on the need for more bandwidth, more reliable networks and more efficient and secure transport protocols and delivery mechanisms. Most new applications are demanding in terms of amount of data exchanged, more especially because they deal with video content. The development of Video on Demand and video streaming, the appearance of HDTV (whose first regular broadcasts had not yet started when Celtic was initiated), which will be more and more conveyed via the Internet, and then 3DTV, will continue and drive the demand for fixed networking. The explosion of smart phones drives users’ requirements for having access to similar services on their mobile terminals, as well as additional specific mobile services (e.g. location based). Portable laptops have been continuously gaining ground against fixed PCs and contribute to the demand for nomadic access and services. Context awareness of applications and networks will become another strong focus of Celtic-Plus. The Internet has become the global hub for information and communication, where different actors, whether businesses, communities or individuals, connect with each other, share their contents, and want to be aware of their context. They are connected to social networks and virtual worlds, sharing knowledge within a given community. They want all those features to be accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device, but they also want to protect their privacy. Celtic-Plus positions itself at the heart of the upcoming digital era with its new “Smart Connected World” concept. Celtic-Plus already envisages a close cooperation and coordination with new upcoming research fora and instruments, like the Future Internet PPP. Details on how Celtic-Plus can cooperate and complement these FI activities will be worked out as soon as these bodies have become fully defined and implemented. A more concise discussion of the rationale for Celtic-Plus is given in the document "Celtic-Plus: why a follow-up of the Celtic programme is needed" These documents are found at the Celtic Web site (http://www.celtic-initiative.org/~pub/Celtic-Plus/).
Acronym: 
CELTIC-PLUS
Project ID: 
5 828
Start date: 
01-01-2011
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.