It goes without saying that we are very content to publish this Clusterbook and to leave it today to your hands. The Cluster of European Research projects on the Internet of Things CERP-IoT – comprises around 30 major researchinitiatives, platforms and networks work-ing in the field of identification technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification and in what could become tomorrow an Internet-connected and inter-connected world of objects.The book in front of you reports to you about the research and innovation issues at stake and demonstrates approaches and examples of possible solutions.
If you take a closer look you will realise that the Cluster reflects exactly the ongoing develop-ments towards a future Internet of Things – growing use of Identification technologies, mas-sive deployment of simple and smart devices, increasing connection between objects and systems. Of course, many developments are less directly derived from the core research area
but contribute significantly in creating the “big picture” and the paradigm change.
We are also conscious to maintain Europe’s strong position in these fields and the result be-ing achieved, but at the same time to understand the challenges ahead as a global endeavour with our international partners. As it regards international co-operation, the cluster is com-mitted to increasing the number of common activities with the existing international partners and to looking for various stakeholders in other countries.
However, we are just at the beginning and, following the prognostics which predict 50 to 100 billion devices to be connected by 2020, the true research work starts now. The European
Commission is decided to implement its Internet of Things policy for supporting an economic revival and providing better life to its citizens, and it has just selected from the last call for
proposals several new Internet of Things research projects as part of the 7thFramework Pro-gramme on European Research.
We wish you now a pleasant and enjoyable reading and would ask you to stay connected with us for the future. Special thanks are expressed to Harald Sundmaeker and his team who did a
remarkable effort in assembling this Clusterbook.