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Atos SE is a French multinational IT services corporation headquartered in Bezons, France, that provides managed services, hi-tech transactional services, consulting & technology services and systems integration. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Healthcare, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.Atos Healthcare was part of a serious controversy in the UK over Work Capability Assessment introduced in 2008 to determine who should receive employment and support allowance. Decisions were taken by officials at the DWP using evidence from the assessments carried out by Atos Healthcare. In 2014, the DWP negotiated an early exit from the existing WCA contract with Atos after raising concerns about the quality of its work. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.2 | Award Amount: 10.16M | Year: 2010

With the challenges of service and infrastructure providers as the point of departure, OPTIMIS focuses on open, scalable and dependable service platforms and architectures that allow flexible and dynamic provision of advanced services.\nThe OPTIMIS innovations can be summarized as a combination of technologies to create a dependable ecosystem of providers and consumers that will be the foundation of an efficacious operation of services and infrastructures. This includes innovations for optimizing the whole service lifecycle, starting from service construction. Trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost are all crucial for optimizing deployment and execution, capturing the essence of the optimized cloud ecosystem produced by the trust on consumers and providers and the risk of not accomplishing specific ecological or economical goals. Adaptive self-preservation is key to meet predicted and unforeseen changes in resource requirements. Identification of new market roles and value activities calls for new business models and investigations of legal and regulatory aspects for governing cloud operation.\nPart of the OPTIMIS outcome will be architectures, an open specification, and a software toolkit for provisioning of sustainable IT services capable of satisfying key societal and economical needs. OPTIMIS will support the requirements of a variety of scenarios central to the next generation cloud service ecosystem by providing a toolkit with a set of key tools accompanied by reference architectures illustrating their use in a few scenarios of broad interest. The scenarios in focus are (1) service providers utilizing cloud bursting to complement local capacity for peak loads, (2) service providers making use of multiple clouds, and (3) infrastructure providers subcontracting resources in a cloud federation. A core of the OPTIMS Toolkit is the OPTIMIS Base Toolkit comprising tools for assessing and managing aspects of trust, risk, eco-efficiency, and cost.\nBy addressing the whole service lifecycle, taking into account the multitude of future cloud architectures, and a by taking a holistic approach to sustainable service provisioning, OPTIMIS provides a revolutionizing foundation for a reliable, sustainable, and trustful cloud market.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.2 | Award Amount: 13.39M | Year: 2008

Computer science is entering a new generation. The emerging generation starts by abstracting from software and sees all resources as services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). In a world of services, it is the service that counts for a customer and not the software or hardware components which implement the service. Service-oriented architectures are rapidly becoming the dominant computing paradigm. However, current SOA solutions are still restricted in their application context to being in-house solutions of companies. A service Web will have billions of services. While service orientation is widely acknowledged for its potential to revolutionize the world of computing by abstracting from the underlying hardware and software layers, its success depends on resolving a number of fundamental challenges that SOA does not address today.SOA4All will help to realize a world where billions of parties are exposing and consuming services via advanced Web technology.The outcome of the project will be a comprehensive framework and infrastructure that integrates four complimentary and revolutionary technical advances into a coherent and domain independent service delivery platform: Web principles and technology as the underlying infrastructure for the integration of services at a world wide scale. Web 2.0 as a means to structure human-machine cooperation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Semantic Web technology as a means to abstract from syntax to semantics as required for meaningful service discovery. Context management as a way to process in a machine understandable way user needs that facilitates the customization of existing services for the needs of users.SOA4All is endorsed by the NESSI constituency as an Strategic Project and will contribute significantly to the NESSI Open Framework, which is one of the main challenges of the European Platform on Software and Services.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.3 | Award Amount: 3.83M | Year: 2011

To date implementations of Internet of Things architectures are confined to particular application areas and tailored to meet only the limited requirements of their narrow applications. The ICT workprogramme highlights the importance of interoperability between the silo solutions and different technologies used in these disjointed sectors. Sensors/objects that provide information or perform as actuators implementing actions in the real world are plentiful and the range of communication technologies, networking protocols, information types and data formats used to exchange information or control data is vast.To overcome technology & sector boundaries and therefore dynamically design and integrate new types of services and generate new business opportunities requires a dynamic service creation en-vironment that gathers and exploits data and information from sensors and actuators that use differ-ent communication technologies/formats. To accelerate the introduction of new IoT enabled business services (in short IoT services) an effective dynamic service creation environment architecture needs to provide:1.\tOrchestration, i.e. composition, of business services based on reusable IoT service com-ponents,2.\tSelf-management capable components for automated configuration and testing of services for things,3.\tAbstraction of the heterogeneity of underlying technologies to ensure interoperability.IoT.est will develop a test-driven service creation environment (SCE) for Internet of Things enabled business services. The SCE will enable the acquisition of data and control/actuation of sensors, ob-jects and actuators. The project will provide the means and tools to define and instantiate IoT services that exploit data across domain boundaries and facilitate run-time monitoring which enables autono-mous service adaptation to environment/context and network parameter (e.g. QoS) changes. The pro-ject will prototype its major concepts and will evaluate the results for exploitation towards future IoT service creation, deployment and testing products.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.4 | Award Amount: 15.03M | Year: 2008

The business of the future will be characterized by highly dynamic service-oriented architectures where outsourcing and distributed management constitute the norm rather than the exception with an increasing complexity in security and trust requirements from regulations and business standards. Best-effort security will no longer be accepted and business entities will have to provide certified assurance services to customers and expect assured services from contractors in order to manage the associated business and technology risk. MASTER aims at providing methodologies and infrastructures that facilitate the monitoring, enforcement, and audit of quantifiable indicators on the security of a business process, and that provide manageable assurance of the security levels, trust levels and regulatory compliance of highly dynamic service- oriented architecture in centralized, distributed (multi-domain), and outsourcing contexts. To this extents MASTER will identify new innovation components in terms of key assurance indicators, key security indicators, protection and regulatory models and security model transformations coupled with the methodological and verification tools for the analysis and assessment of business processes. It will further define an overall infrastructure for the monitoring, enforcement, reaction, diagnosis and assessment of these indicators centralized, distributed (multi-domain), and outsourcing contexts. It will show a proof-of-concept implementation in the challenging realms of Banking/Insurance and in the e-Health IT systems. MASTER will thus deliver a strategic component of the security and trust pillar of the European Technology Platform NESSI which makes it a NESSI strategic project.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FI.ICT-2013.1.9 | Award Amount: 36.30M | Year: 2014

FI-WARE has started to materialize as a powerful foundation for the Future Internet. FI-WARE is an innovative, open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of services, at a scale not seen before. FI-WARE is now well under way to successfully achieve its goals of boosting the effectiveness of creating new services of high economic and societal value, reinforcing EU competitiveness and bringing opportunities for high-growth entrepreneurs and SME players.\n\nNow, following an intensive period of research, development and experimentation, the FI-Core Consortium aims to complete the FI-WARE vision and support a truly open innovation ecosystem around FI-Lab, a working instance of FI-WARE that is distributed across multiple datacenters in Europe and is effectively operated using the suite of FI-Ops tools. In this project, the FI-Core consortium will deliver a)Technology extensions, introducing new capabilities to the platform, b) means for platform availability, including the launch of operational FI-Ware nodes across Europe with resources and tools to support them, as well as extensive FI-Ware education and training programs for Web entrepreneurs and SMEs plus c) Processes and tools for platform sustainability, dissemination of current and on-going results, namely FI-WARE, FI-Ops and FI-Lab. These will be a globally competitive foundation for Europes economy.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FI.ICT-2011.1.9 | Award Amount: 17.98M | Year: 2013

XIFI will establish a sustainable marketplace for trial infrastructures and Future Internet services.XIFI will achieve this vision by integrating and federating a multiplicity of heterogeneous environments starting from the generic and specific enablers provided by the FI-WARE core platform and the FI-PPP use cases and early trials.Through this approach XIFI will demonstrate and validate the potential and capabilities of a unified market for Future Internet facilities overcoming a number of existing limitations to the current set of Future Internet experimental infrastructures available across Europe, such as fragmentation, interoperability and scalability. XIFI will also extend its efforts to include the results of other Future Internet services and R&D work.Initially the federation of infrastructures will consist of a core backbone five nodes located in five different European countries enabled with the Technology Foundation services (from the FI-PPP project FI-WARE) to be ready before the start of FI-PPP phase 3 (at month 12 of XIFI). This initial set will be enlarged during the second year with new use cases and collaborating local and regional infrastructures.XIFI will provide significant added value to Future Internet service and application developers. Specifically XIFI will: facilitate unified access to large-scale infrastructures by providing a single entry point for users provide access to generic enablers with assured QoS and reliability that go beyond best effort offer a federation service through which the infrastructures can offer their capabilities using new and existing business models enable infrastructures to be shared across different use casesXIFI will provide training, support and assistance including integration guidelines and the promotion of best practice between large-scale trials and infrastructure nodes. These activities aim at facilitating the uptake and continued use of the FI-PPP results.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EO-2-2015 | Award Amount: 2.67M | Year: 2016

EO4wildlife main objective is to bring large number of multidisciplinary scientists such as biologists, ecologists and ornithologists around the world to collaborate closely together while using European Sentinel Copernicus Earth Observation more heavily and efficiently. In order to reach such important objective, an open service platform and interoperable toolbox will be designed and developed. It will offer high level services that can be accessed by scientists to perform their respective research. The platform front end will be easy-to-use, access and offer dedicated services that will enable them process their geospatial environmental stimulations using Sentinel Earth Observation data that are intelligently combined with other observation sources. Specifically, the EO4wildlife platform will enable the integration of Sentinel data, ARGOS archive databases and real time thematic databank portals, including Wildlifetracking.org, Seabirdtracking.org, and other Earth Observation and MetOcean databases; locally or remotely, and simultaneously. EO4wildlife research specialises in the intelligent management big data, processing, advanced analytics and a Knowledge Base for wildlife migratory behaviour and trends forecast. The research will lead to the development of web-enabled open services using OGC standards for sensor observation and measurements and data processing of heterogeneous geospatial observation data and uncertainties. EO4wildlife will design, implement and validate various scenarios based on real operational use case requirements in the field of wildlife migrations, habitats and behaviour. These include: (1) Management tools for regulatory authorities to achieve real-time advanced decision-making on the protection of protect seabird species; (2) Enhancing scientific knowledge of pelagic fish migrations routes, reproduction and feeding behaviours for better species management; and (3) Setting up tools to assist marine protected areas and management.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: Fission-2007-6.0.04;Fission-2007-2.1-04 | Award Amount: 2.25M | Year: 2009

MMOTION is a support action answering the call EURATOM-Fission-2007-2.1.4 targeting a better understanding of Man-Machine-Organization in the operation of nuclear installations. The objective of MMOTION is to analyse the current situation and the future trends concerning MMO and safety related aspects, and to propose an European research road map for the period 2010-2015 to comprehensively address the recognised issues. MMOTION scientific approach will cover all the aspects of human factors. MMOTION will investigate three major themes: Human-System-Interface Design and Automation, Organizational and Cultural factors, and MMO qualitative and quantitative evaluation. Thus, the ten partners have been selected for their expertise and their representativeness of the nuclear industry. MMOTION is featuring a 2-year program with activities such as discussion panels, focussed studies, analysis, a pilot exercise, roadmapping and dissemination. During the first 8 months, MMOTION partners will work on the identification of actual issues related to MMO. Based on the results, the work will be split into three consistent themes in order to identify R&D topics to be addressed in the future. In parallel, a pilot exercise aiming to assess the feasibility of proposed new R&D approaches will be performed. During the last months, a single consolidated roadmap will constitute the main deliverable of the project. A specific management activity will ensure the coordination: methodology, consistency, overlaps between themes. Results of MMOTION will be widely disseminated thanks to a proactive communication strategy initiated early in the project. The main impacts of MMOTION will be support to European common vision in the field of MMO for nuclear, and contribution to the development and the spread of a MMO related safety culture that could, for example, facilitate new suppliers to provide appropriate products for the nuclear market.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.2 | Award Amount: 9.69M | Year: 2012

Successful software has to evolve to keep it compatible and up to date. Up to 90% of software cost is spent on maintenance and of this 75% is spent on the development of new features for staying competitive. The industry progresses through periods of incremental development interlaced with true paradigm shifts.\n\nWe are currently experiencing one of these paradigm shifts, as remarked by the European Commission: The speed of change in Internet technologies continues to be impressive. Software is becoming more and more pervasive: it runs on the devices that we use every day ...[opening] a new world of possible applications cf. Cloud computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering, European Union, 2011 (doi:10.2759/47598).\n\nAccordingly, more and more traditional software vendors notice the need to transform their current business and technology model in order to remain competitive. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is seen as the most promising way to achieve this change. However, this transition from Software-off-the-shelf (often residing as legacy applications) to SaaS is a tremendous challenge comprising business, application and technical issues.\n\nHaving an automated, vendor, technology and hardware independent way to migrate an application would permit the software to evolve easily even in case of transition to new paradigms.\n\nARTIST proposes a software migration approach covering the premigration and postmigration phases. The premigration phase analyzes the technical and non-technical consequences of migrations, supporting the decision-making process on how a migration should be done. The migration phase itself is based on Model Driven Engineering techniques to automate the reverse engineering of the legacy applications to platform independent models. These models are the input for the forward engineering process to generate and deploy modernized applications and to support future migrations. In the postmigration phase, the modernized applications are certified with respect to the stated goals of the premigration phase.\n\nARTIST will reduce the risk, time and cost of migrating legacy software. It will lower the barriers for companies (with existing software) wanting to take advantage of the latest technologies and business models, particularly when considering the current benefits of Cloud Computing and SaaS.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CS2-RIA | Phase: JTI-CS2-2014-CFP01-LPA-03-03 | Award Amount: 5.19M | Year: 2015

The AIRMES project focusses on optimising end-to-end maintenance activities within an operators environment. It will develop and validate an innovative, state-of-the-art, integrated maintenance service architecture that will be a key step in achieving the goal of no technically-induced aircraft operational disruptions in European air traffic. The AIRMES consortium is led by an airline / MRO that has a clear vision, and is keen to exploit radically new and challenging ways to achieve their objectives. They are supported by expertise in systems health monitoring, semantics, knowledge based engineering, architecture, diagnostics, prognostics, maintenance planning and optimisation, and mobile tools for remote support of maintenance activities. Truly a unique consortium. The service architecture will be structured around an operationally focused collaborative environment IT platform, integrating multiple functionalities and it will accelerate the shift in European aviation, from scheduled maintenance to condition-based maintenance. By blending this knowledge based environment with mobile tools for remote support, using augmented reality technologies and two way communication solutions, the resulting service architecture will provide contextualised, updated and integrated information to all members of the maintenance value chain. The impact of this project on European Air Traffic will be significant. In Europe, 5.8% of all flights are delayed due to direct aircraft technical causes and consequential delays on subsequent flights; the cost of this disruption is estimated at 2.8 B. By reducing operational disruptions, reducing the average delay time and improving aircraft utilisation, through a grant value of 4.6 M, the impact of this 48 month, 12 partner AIRMES project will be significant and assessed to around 1B per year.

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