The European Commission (EC) has set out plans to invest €500 million in a new network of digital centres of excellence in tech in order to promote a set of standards for the next-generation of mobile, 5G and cybersecurity.
The latest move is part of the EC’s drive to bring together individual national initiatives to aid the digitisation of industry across the continent. The pan-EU network of digital innovation hubs will enable enterprises to get the best advice and test new, innovative tech such as 5G.
The project will be firmly rooted in research and development endeavours, which will see the EC creating a European Cloud. This will allow the 70 million science and tech professionals and 1.7 million researchers across 28 member nations to access, store, manage, analyse and make use of research data in a virtual environment.
"The industrial revolution of our time is digital,” EC Vice-President for the Digital Market Andrus Ansip said. “We need the right scale for technologies such as cloud computing, data-driven science and the Internet of Things to reach their full potential."
While several member states have already outlined strategies aimed at supporting the digitisation of industry, the EC is hoping the new project will lead to the development of a comprehensive approach across Europe. It also wants to introduce legislation that will offer clarity of ownership and support the free exchange of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT).
Ansip concluded: “As companies aim to scale up across the single market, public e-services should also meet today's needs: be digital, open and cross-border by design. The EU is the right scale for the digital times."
The EC is also aiming to boost digital innovation by focusing on five key areas: 5G, cybersecurity, data technologies, IoT and cloud computing.
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