The EU-China project involved seven partners from Europe and China, offering a unique combination of European and Chinese practitioners both in the technical domain (ICT and technologies in general) and professional consultancy (industrial needs analysis, innovation process expertise, standardisation aspects, technology offers, trans-national partnership in the field of R&D). The EU-China FIRE consortium was a balanced mix of highly experienced project managers, with extensive experience in FP7 (FIRE) projects, and partners with significant know-how in the sphere of ICT technologies.
All EU-China FIRE project partners had been working together in the framework of the EU-China Future Internet, IPv6 and IoT Expert Group, created in 2010 to support the EU-China Information Society dialogue, as well as in many projects within Europe and between EU and China.
Thanks to its unique team, the EU-China FIRE project contributed substantially to establishing an efficient bridge between EU and China stakeholders to make the Future Internet a truly global success.
|EU-China FIRE project coordinator Martel GMBH is a consultancy company, specialized since 1989 in participating in international collaborative projects, and particularly in EU telecommunications-related projects. Martel has technical competence in a broad range of technologies: IPv6, Mobile IP, WLAN, agent technologies, IP-over-optics. Of particular relevance for the EU-China FIRE project is Martel´s strong participation in the FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) activities, including previous projects such as HAGGLE, NANODATACENTERS and FEDERICA, the current projects SCAMPI, NOVI and FIRESTATION and the future Support Action projects AmpliFIRE and FUSION. Martel is also the coordinator of the IPv6 training and deployment project 6DEPLOY-2, and in September 2012, Martel was the rapporteur of the “FIRE in Horizon 2020” public consultation.|
|Easy Global Market (Eglobalmark - EGM) helps ICT companies willing to take full profit of the global market in a cost effective and timely manner. This is done in providing services and solutions to cope with global challenges related to complexity of different markets regulations, worldwide quality and interoperability issues as well as on local market acceptance and users customisation needs of global products. Eglobalmark is specialized in helping for lawfully placing products into market (e.g. regulations), ensuring quality and interoperability (e.g. world wide testing & interoperability programmes), as well as product market acceptance. Experience from its CEO Philippe Cousin gives Eglobalmark 25 years’ experience in regulations, standardization and worldwide interoperability and cooperation programmes including working in 18 EU R&D projects since FP5.|
|Launched in 2009, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg (UL) brings together researchers from partners and UL faculties to carry out research and PhD education in Security, Reliability and Trust. The Centre aims to achieve high impact and excellence well beyond the academic community by collaborating with external partners such as industries, government bodies, institutions, and international actors. The EU-China FIRE project will more specifically take place in the Networking Research Group (NetLab), headed by Professor Thomas Engel, who has been professor for Computer Networks and Telecommunications at the University of Luxembourg since 2003. NetLab addresses both fundamental and applied research activities in computer networking and security. The group’s main research activities cover the security issues of the Future Internet and, in particular, address topics related to trust management for the Internet of Things, emerging protocols for space and satellite communications, in addition to current security threats in the Internet.|
|Sigma Orionis (SIGMA), founded in 1984 and established in the Sophia Antipolis science park in France (close to Nice international airport), specializes in services supporting collaborative research and global innovation in ICT. The company is mainly involved in international projects, providing institutions, companies, research laboratories, and universities active in the ICT domain worldwide with services such as technology and market research reports, the organization of business and cooperation events, marketing and dissemination activities, and the secretariat of associations, alliances, and working groups. The company benefits from a 20-year experience of participation in EU-funded projects, and has been or still is a coordinator or partner of 36 projects launched in the ICT theme of the European 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). Sigma Orionis can count today on a longstanding experience combined with in-depth expertise, an extensive network of contacts in Europe and worldwide, and is proud to have gained a solid reputation of high quality of service and true professional values. Sigma Orionis has also been involved in FIRE activities since 2007, namely through the coordination of the PARADISO FIRE project (2008-2009) and its follow-up project PARADISO2 (2010-2011), the participation in the EINS (2011-2015) and the SMARTFIRE (2013-2015) projects. Since 2009 Sigma Orionis has coordinated successive EU-funded projects aiming at supporting policy dialogues and at strengthening cooperation in ICT between Europe and China (ECCITE, FACTS, ECOSPLAN, CHINACOOP, OpenChina-ICT) and is today project partner in the CHOICE project. Sigma Orionis is also an active member of leading Technology Platforms in the ICT area (ISI, NEM, NESSI, and Net!Works) and of the Future Internet Assembly (FIA).|
|The China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT (CATR) is a think tank of Chinese government in the ICT sector，CATR integrates the functions of research, test, certification and consultancy. It mainly performs decision-making support for the central government (including MIIT, MOST, NDRC, etc.) and the local authorities in such areas as strategy and planning development, policies and regulations, standardization. CATR has been involved in the enactment and implementations of main strategies and policies in ICT sector of China. CATR also provides services for the industry, such as quality system certification, telecom metrology and product test/certification, network planning/design and consultancy for enterprises. CATR is a leader of telecommunication standards studying in China. Many experts from CATR are chairmen and speakers in CCSA, and they are active in its every study groups. Many experts from CATR are chairmen and speakers in ITU study groups and working groups, and play important roles in the fields of Future Network, 3G, mobile data service, IP and optical communications. Especially CATR put PTDN (Packet Telecom Data Network) forward in ITU-T as one of FPBN (Future Packet Based Network) technologies and has built a testbed in Beijing. CATR has built up long-term cooperation with NGO, such as ITU, World Bank, EU Commission etc. and international telecom manufacturers and operators. CATR has established the long-term cooperation in EU Commission since 2005 and signed a MoU with DG INFSO in January 2011. CATR, together with the EU Commission and experts, has built up the “EU-China FI/IPv6 and IoT working group” in 2010.|
|Founded in 2000, Ruijie Networks is a leading IP solution and product supplier in China market. Its product line covers routers, switches, data centres, wireless, security gateways and application software, which are widely deployed in government, financial service, education, healthcare, enterprises and telecom carriers. Ruijie Networks has 37 branches over the world with 3 000 employees, 4 R&D centres with 1 600 R&D engineers, and was awarded as the National Innovative Enterprise in 2008. According to China Computer World (CCW) Research survey in 2010, Ruijie Networks was ranked 1st in education sector of network market of China. Ruijie Networks has been committed to IPv6 and Future Internet technology for many years, and all products provided by Ruijie are IPv6 fully supported. As one of the main vendors in the China Next Generation Internet (CNGI) project, Ruijie provided the main share of network equipment for the infrastructure construction of CERNET and CERNET2. For Future Internet research, Ruijie has been cooperated with Tsinghua University in developing the infrastructure platform for Internet Innovation Union (IIU), which is the largest federation of testbeds in Chinese academia. Now, IIU is under the direct leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education. In FP7 MyFIRE Project, IIU and Ruijie’s role was comprehensively introduced in the MyFIRE report.|
|The Beijing Internet Institute (BII) was founded in 1995, supported by the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), and it was registered as a company in 1999. BII focuses on new information technology development, providing service and integration solutions for the China Next Generation Internet (CNGI). BII holds many intellectual properties both at home and abroad, and has participated in the establishment of many technical standards involving product development, test service and other areas. BII undertakes the director of Global IPv6 Forum, and at the same time, it also holds the chair unit of China Commission. BII is also member of the Work Council for CNGI project, founding member and director of the Internet Society of China, chairman unit of the Mobile Internet and Wireless City Professional Committee, and director-general of the Zhongguancun Next generation Internet Industry Association. BII has established a joint laboratory with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, the Beijing Jiaotong University, the Tsinghua University and other scientific research and academic institutions.|