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Taking into account that the EPoSS SRA analyses Smart Systems in the domain of Communications, and this is only a part of the issues considered in the diverse ETPs classified as ICT platforms, we have come to the following conclusions:
The main drivers and barriers identified in the EPoSS SRA are also addressed in the analysed documents.

  • Drivers: “Increased functionality” is addressed in the EPoSS SRA as the main driver for Smart Systems. This corresponds with the identified advances on performance improvements such as: energy efficiency, dependability, connectivity, manageability, and so on. Additionally, smartness is also envisaged as a key feature of future services.
  • Barriers: in the EPoSS SRA, “Fragmented supply chain” appears to be the most obstructive difficulty closely followed by “Skills shortage”. This corresponds with what was found in the analysed documents, showing that further actions are required on collaboration, standards, and education and training.


This reinforces the actions claimed in the EPoSS SRA: match research with commercial needs, and address skill shortages. That should be complemented with additional actions on:

  • Building collaboration streams between research resources, creating new industrial eco-systems, and promote industry-academia collaboration.
  • Fostering the urgent action on open standards, regulations, and certification issues.


There is a match between the technology challenges derived from the links regarding communications identified in the analysed documentation and the resulting benefits that can be obtained by meeting them.
The main benefit of Smart Systems for communications identified in the EPoSS SRA is that they act as key enablers to improve the quality of life for citizens through:

  • Energy efficient ubiquitous interoperability
  • Secure access to various services in different domains (digital economy, health systems, sustained energy and the protection of the environment, security and safety, life at home, in the cities, and in transportation systems)


This corresponds with the following technology challenges derived from links:

  • Reduced energy consumption at component level and energy management for overall system energy efficiency
  • Adaptability/Dependability technologies for more robust, reliable, secure, modular, configurable, usable, easy to integrate, tamper resistant and adaptive systems.
  • Interfaces and Communication technologies looking for security and trust, interface standardisation and easy data exchange and interaction, grid awareness, turning devices as ubiquitous service enablers, system of systems, adaptive HMI, connectivity and protocols for SatCom, and remote operation functionalities


Regarding research priorities, both, priority and long term actions identified in the EPoSS SRA match with some of those identified in the links. So they are considered valid.
Obviously, as the spectrum of analysed ETPs was wider than the domain of communications, additional technology challenges were identified:

  • Cognition related challenges oriented to:
  • Implement specific functionality like ‘In vitro’ analysis or ‘in-vivo’ monitoring of biological samples (blood, saliva, sweat, etc.) and parameters. New functions integrated in optical fibres.
  • Systems autonomy: self organising for automation and self- diagnosis.
  • Self-X (learning-monitoring-protecting) to perform complex tasks.
  • Content generation from gathered information and intelligent data aggregation techniques.
  • Interaction with users and services.
  • Cognitive networks: Ubiquitous and cloud based intelligence.
  • Micro-nano technologies looking for miniaturisation and reliability allowing both: higher integration level, and high performance computing Smart Systems.
  • Modelling, simulation and design tools for Smart Systems engineering and co-design.


This requires addressing collaboration as suggested in “Drivers and barriers”.


Augmented Information


The following table highlights (yello) the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) involved in this sector and for which the integration of Smart Systems does represent a potential benefit and competitive advantage. It provides also access to the results of analysis of opportunities, drivers & barriers as well as technical/research challenges for the specific sector.


Bio-based economyEnergyEnvironmentICTProduction and processesTransport

(European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform)

(European Biofuels Technology Platform)

(Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform)

(Embedded Intelligent Systems)

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(European Construction Technology Platform)

(Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe)

(Global Animal Health)

(European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics)

(Joint Technology Initiative on nanoelectronics)

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(European Steel Technology Platform)

(Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe)

(Farm Animal Breeding & reproduction Technology Platform)

(European technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy)

(European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration)

(European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies)

(European Rail Research Advisory Council)

Food for Life ETP

(European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling)

(European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing)

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(Future of Textiles and Clothing)

(European Road Transport Research Advisory Council)

(Forest-based Sector Technology Platform)

(European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future)


(European manufacturing industry)

(Maritime Industries)

(Plants for the Future)

(Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform)

(New European Media Initiative)

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TP Organics
(organic food and farming)

(European Technology Platform for Wind Energy)

(Networked European Software and Services Initiative)

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(Sustainable Mineral Resources)

(European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants)

Networld 2020
(European Technology Platform for communications networks and services)

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(Sustainable Chemistry)

Photonics 21

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Cross-cutting ETP Initiatives

(European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies)

Industrial Safety
(Cross-ETP initiative on industrial safety)

(Consumer Goods Cross-ETP)