The primary mission of the Unit "Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)" (INFSO.D4) of the European Commission's Directorate General Information Society and Media is to support and coordinate research for the development of Internettechnologies, including Internet of Things and new Enterprise Systems, that enable enterprises to interact with other entities in a seamless and effective way while securing citizens' privacy and personal data. The ambition is to coherently address the Internet of Things and Future Internet based Enterprise Systems from a technological, economic, legal and social perspective, in an effort to ensure innovation and economic growth in a society that ensures the protection of privacy and provides security for its citizens.
Over the last 10 years, the unit has gradually moved from eBusiness research, which had taken over the relevant applications research activities of the former ESPRIT programme (1983 – 1998), to the concept of "networked enterprise" and the role of RFID in revisiting the definition and the role of the enterprise. Call 1 of ICT in FP7 (2007) was a transient call bridging the worlds of eBusiness and Internet based technologies. Call 5 (2009) moves the focus forward to the Internet of Things and the Future Internet based systems deemed to empower enterprises to harness the business opportunities offered by the Internet.
To achieve our objectives we work in three directions: - Funding research through the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013). - Stimulating the adoption of RFID and Internet Things technologies through the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme's ICT Policy Support Programme (CIP ICT-PSP). - Policy definition and follow-up in the fields of RFID and Internet of Things. General information on how to prepare, submit and manage a project proposal is available at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/participating/home_en.html.