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Information Society Technologies - Priority Thematic Area 2 (PTA2)



Information Society Technologies - Priority Thematic Area 2 (PTA2)

Background & policy context: 

Information society technologies are transforming the economy and society by creating new ways of working and new types of business. They also provide solutions to major societal challenges such as healthcare, environment, safety, mobility and employment, and have far reaching implications on our everyday life.

Although substantial advances have been made, Europe is still far from taking full advantage of the potential of knowledge-based services in real life. Products and services are still hard to use and out of reach for many people, and the 'digital divide' is widening across the world. Research will focus on the future generation of technologies in which computers and networks will be integrated into the everyday environment, rendering accessible a multitude of services and applications through easy-to-use human interfaces. This vision of 'ambient intelligence' places the user at the centre of future developments for an inclusive knowledge-based society for all.

Strategic Objectives: 

The Information Society Technologies (IST) thematic priority aims to increase innovation and competitiveness in European businesses and industry and to help all European citizens so that they can fully benefit from the development of the knowledge-based society.

Programme organisation: 

The Community research activities carried out under Information Society Technologies address the following aspects:

  • Strategic objectives, such as applied IST research addressing major societal and economic challenges, communication, computing and software technologies, components and microsystems, and knowledge and interface technologies; and 
  • Future and emerging technologies (FET), such as a FET open scheme supporting research on new ideas involving high risk, such as embryonic research, proof-of-concept and high quality long-term research of foundational nature, and a FET proactive scheme aiming at focusing resources on visionary and challenging long-term goals that are timely and have strong potential for future impact.
Leading Institutions:

European Commission

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The programme funding was 3984 million euros.

Total Budget: 
3984 million euros
Participating countries: 
Most European countries (EU members and candidate countries)
Number of projects:
Project Profiles:
  1. Adaptive Integrated Driver-vehicle Interface
  2. Advancing Traffic Efficiency and Safety through Software Technology
  3. Airport Network for Mobiles, Surveillance and Alerting
  4. Automotive Controls and Mechatronic Research Center For Actively Safe,Clean and Efficient Road Vehicles- the AUTOCOM Center
  5. Breakthrough Intelligent Maps and Geographic Tools for the Context-aware Delivery of E-safety and Added-value Services
  6. Close Communications for Cooperation between Cybercars
  7. Co-operative Networks for Intelligent Road Safety
  8. Communications for eSafety
  9. Contract-based Air Transportation System
  10. Cooperation between Europe and India on eSafety
  11. Cooperative Communication System to Realise Enhanced Safety and Efficiency in European Road Transport
  12. Cooperative Systems for Road Safety
  13. Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems
  14. Dangerous Goods Transportation Routing and Monitoring
  15. Development of an Innovative Acoustic System for the Improvement of Co-operative Air Traffic Management
  16. Electronic Architechture and System Engineering for Integrated Safety Systems
  17. Enhancement of public transport efficiency through the use of mobile sensor networks
  18. eSafety Observatory
  19. European Ramp Metering Project
  20. Exploratory Study on the Potential Socio-Economic Impact of the Introduction of Intelligent Safety Systems in Road Vehicles
  21. FeedMAP : Technical and Commercial Feasibility Assessment of Map Data Feedback Loops Applied to the ActMAP Framework
  22. Global System for Telematics
  23. GNSS & LORAN-C in Road and Rail Applications
  24. Human Centered Design for Information Societies Technologies
  25. Industrial Stimuli for the Harmonisation of European Research in the area of Location Based Services
  26. Intelligent Cooperative System in Cars for Road Safety
  27. Intelligent MobilityAgents, Advanced Positioning and Mapping Technologies, Integrated Interoperable multimodal location based services
  28. Intelligent Surveillance and Management Functions for Airfield Applications Based on Low Cost Magnetic Field Detectors
  29. On-board Measurement of Friction and Road Slipperiness to Enhance the Performance of Integrated and Cooperative Safety Systems
  30. Preventive and Active Safety Application
  31. Relative Positioning for Collision Avoidance Systems
  32. Safe Electromagnetic Telecommunications on Vehicle
  33. Secure Propulsion using Advanced Redundant Control
  34. SEcure VEhicle COMmunication
  35. Semantic-driven Cooperative Cehicle Infrastructure Systems for Advanced e-Safety Applications
  36. Socio-economic Impact Assessment of Stand-alone and Co-operative Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS) in Europe
  37. Supporting the European effort on eSafety and sustaining the work of the eSafety Forum activities
  38. Technologies for Road Advanced Cooperative Knowledge Sharing Sensors
  39. Traffic Accident Causation in Europe
  40. Training System on New Safety Technologies for Road Transport Addressed to Professional Bodies of the Automotive Sector
  41. Vehicle-to-Vulnerable Road User Cooperative Communication and Sensing Technologies to Improve Transport Safety
Contact Email: 
European Commission, IST Information Desk
 Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO)
Office BU31 01/19
Contact country:
Fax Number: 
+32 2 296 83 88