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The keys to the digital future come with Connected Europe from innovation and digital services professionals

  • September 28th, 2022
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The Institute of Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies (IRTIC) organised last Thursday 22 September the conference Connected Europe: Keys to digital integration in the Science Park of the University of Valencia (UV). The event brought together professionals from the sector who gave presentations focused on the relationship between public administrations and citizens through digital services, the keys to future innovation projects at European level and the path followed by the success stories in previous Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) calls.

The sessions, moderated by the urban and territorial innovation expert Antonio García, were opened by the director of the Science Park, Pedro Carrasco, who referred to the importance of organising an event that encompasses the administration, companies and researchers. He also hoped that initiatives would emerge during the meeting that would result in new projects for the university and companies.

The director of IRTIC's LISITT group, Juan José Martínez, explained how what was initially conceived as a presentation of project results became "an opportunity to show the existing possibilities for implementing innovation in our local environment and to leave the door open to new collaborations".

Next, the head of the European Programmes Service of the Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness (IVACE), José Vilar, presented the existing European funding lines, as well as the areas concerned, and explained how to make the relevant applications. The director of Inndromeda, Óscar David Sánchez, focused on funding opportunities at the national and regional level, with an emphasis on the digital transformation and the actors concerned, e.g. administration, public services, mobility and energy.

Ernesto Faubel, director of the Smart City Office of Valencia City Council, opened the block on current and future challenges by showing the historical evolution of the implementation of electronic administration in Valencia, as well as smart and sustainable objectives in relation to information and communication technologies.

Regarding digital identity, the chief audit officer of Trust Conformity Assessment Body, Julián Inza, reviewed the history of the eIDAS regulation, its characteristics and shortcomings, as well as its transformation through eIDAS2.

The agenda included the intervention of the director of the Chair of Privacy and Digital Transformation of the UV, Ricard Martínez, who spoke in depth about the privacy of the individual in this European digital context. You can access the details of the presentation through this link.

The success stories section provided an insight into the European projects in which the IRTIC is involved and the benefits of their results for citizens. The head of LMT Group, José Rocha, developed how European legislation has encouraged public institutions to adopt new technologies and standards; among these efforts are the CEF calls for proposals.

The Datause coordinator at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Fernanda Peset, detailed the open road data project between Spain and the Czech Republic LOD-RoadTran18. In turn, the CEO of ValidatedID, Santi Casas, presented the AS4EDI2020 project as an example of AS4 protocol compatibility between different electronic delivery services.

Regarding the eID4Spain2020 project, the representative of the project in Torrent City Council, the IT management technician Teresa Bonet, gave a case study on the benefits of the initiative for European inhabitants registered in the city without a foreigner's identity number. IRTIC senior consultant Ignacio Sánchez described EUROLogin2020, also about electronic identification and, in this case, of international scope, as well as its main challenges.

Finally, the territorial director of the Regional Ministry for Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society in Valencia, Silvia Rueda, emphasised the importance of knowledge transfer and of sharing success stories, as they allow us to learn from both the difficulties that have been faced and the successes.

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