The symposium is organised by the FP7 project AMPLIFIRE which is funded in the framework of the EU's FIRE Initiative (Future Internet Research and Experimentation). A FIRE Forum is taking place just the day before so that participants who participate in the FIRE Forum are most likely to take this opportunity as well.
Security and privacy certifications have been identified as one of the most effective means to increase the level of trust in cloud services and stimulate their adoption. Based on this assumption, it was critical to focus on the appropriate standards and their interoperability. Therefore, a number of efforts have started in Europe, mainly led by the European Commission, in collaboration with ENISA and the Cloud Standards Coordination ETSI effort, as well as in the USA and other regions of the world.
The Digital Action Day 2014 (DAD 2014) is organised by the European Commission in the context of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The event will focus on how to bring better digital aspects into traditional EU industries and other policy areas (such as transport, energy, education, health, etc.), but also to show how the EU can succeed in digital transformation. It will be a unique opportunity to influence future policy regarding the digital economy and its evolution.
A convergence of rapidly maturing technologies and markets is driving the development of the Internet of Things, which is finally moving from the “visionary” phase to real applications and services. According to IDC, the number of IoT connections within the EU will increase from approximately 1.8 million in 2013 to almost 6 billion in 2020, with revenues over 1,100 €billion at the same date.