Internet of Things Archives

  • Internet of Things creeps into the energy sector

    News | Digital 04-06-2015

    Europe's electricity sector needs to open up to the Internet of Things, where objects are connected to each other via the World Wide Web, policymakers told a Berlin industry event on Tuesday (2 June).

  • Next wave of innovation waits on 5G connectivity

    Special Report | News | Digital 06-03-2015

    SPECIAL REPORT / Disruptive innovations were thin on the ground at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress. But an air of expectation is gathering around 5G technology, which promises to deliver the kind of pervasive connectivity required for the 'Internet of Things'.

  • TTIP can help reap the rewards of the ‘Internet of Things’

    Opinion | Trade & Society 10-02-2015

    The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 - is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices.  TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises, writes John Higgins.

  • Jeremy Rifkin: Digital revolution could bind China to Europe

    Special Report | Interview | Digital 26-11-2014

    SPECIAL REPORT: Europe needs to capitalise on the Internet of Things to pave the way to the zero-marginal cost industrial economy of the future, according to US economist Jeremy Rifkin, who says China is willing to join it on the journey. ?

  • Internet guru: Digital world must have in-built ethical system

    Special Report | Interview | Digital 28-02-2014

    SPECIAL REPORT / As the Barcelona Mobile World Congress ends, EURACTIV explores the ethical aspects of the internet and the move towards ever-more connected objects and devices. Per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia, says machines can and should be adjusted to fit the moral values of individuals and the wider society in which they operate.

  • Smart tags to be tested for privacy breaches

    News | Digital 06-04-2011

    The EU and industry today (6 April) agreed to take a closer look at how electronic identification tags could infringe citizens' privacy by establishing a set of tests to be carried out before the tags are put on the market. 

  • Kroes chooses ‘wait-and-see’ approach on future Internet

    News | Digital 03-06-2010

    Neelie Kroes, the Dutch commissioner in charge of the EU's Digital Agenda, said she has no specific plans to support the so-called 'Internet of Things', which aims to connect everyday objects such as books, fridges or cars to the information superhighway via tiny microchips.

  • EU pushes for smart tag revolution

    News | Digital 12-05-2009

    The use of smart tags, with which people can pay road tolls and access office buildings, should receive a boost thanks to a recommendation to be issued by the European Commission today (12 May), EURACTIV has learned. The objective is to promote RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags while protecting consumers' privacy and security.

  • Hustinx: Tracking people ‘easier’ with RFID

    Interview | Digital 10-10-2008

    The European Commission should clarify the application of existing data protection rules to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies to avoid "big social dangers", European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • ‘Internet of Things’ prompts EU push for privacy rights

    News | Digital 07-10-2008

    European ministers in charge of information technology gathered in southern France yesterday (6 October) to debate privacy and security challenges related to the transition to a 'Web of Things' whereby consumer goods were able to 'talk' to one another.

  • Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID)

    LinksDossier | Digital 06-10-2008

    Minute tags embedded in many different physical devices link up the material world with the information super-highway. Technological obstacles, regulatory issues and privacy concerns must, however, be dealt with before the technology can be implemented to its full potential. 

  • EU to pave way for deployment of smart tags

    News | Digital 06-10-2008

    The French EU Presidency will today (6 October) hold a high-level conference dedicated to building the so-called 'Internet of Things'. The meeting comes as the Commission prepares to present measures aimed at overcoming privacy concerns related to the use of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchips that are expected to lead the technological revolution.

  • No missing mail with RFID tags, says Commission

    News | Digital 19-06-2008

    With full liberalisation of all the EU's national postal services planned for 2013, the likely increase in the number of operators will make improved traceability of sent items a vital necessity to avoid dysfunctions, the European Commission has underlined, calling for the deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to tackle the issue.

  • EU moves to catch up on microchip revolution

    News | Digital 13-03-2008

    The European Union is losing the technological battle for the mass deployment of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips, seen as the driver of the creation of an "Internet of things," the Commission warned. It announced it would put forward new legislation "by the end of the year," including new funds to boost the development of this revolutionary technology.

  • ICT: EU acts on growing privacy concerns

    News | Digital 26-02-2008

    The EU institutions are stepping up their efforts towards stronger protection of personal data on the Internet and in relation to the use of new technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID).

  • EU mulls new measures to protect privacy on the Web

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 07-02-2008

    European institutions have a range of initiatives in store which could lead to the imposition of clearer limits for the conservation of personal information by useful but occasionally privacy-breaching Internet technologies such as search engines.

  • EU to study electronic chips for eHealth

    News | Health 25-07-2007

    The Commission has decided to study the options for using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in healthcare, with applications ranging from the identification of patients in hospitals to tagging pharmaceutical products.

  • EU frees up frequencies for short-range wireless

    News | Digital 15-12-2006

    A Commission decision to harmonise radio frequencies throughout the EU is expected to boost the wireless services and equipment markets in Europe and lower the prices of wireless devices.