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AC114 SMARTS

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SME and Regional Telecom Support

Main Objective
The strategic objective of SMARTS is to increase the participation of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the work and exploitation of results from ACTS. Participation in the framework of this project is defined as:

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Technical Approach
The project will achieve these strategic goals by adopting three strategies aimed at lowering the barriers of remoteness, poor infrastructure and inability to fund the overhead of direct partnership in an ACTS project by:

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Summary of Trial
The objective of the SMARTS Trial is to implement and test the project's "Participation Broker" as a service to demonstrate how to promote, facilitate and manage SME participation in ACTS using advanced communications technologies and services. The "Participation Broker" will offer video-conferencing, joint editing, e-mail, database access, tele-translation, a multimedia catalogue and a multilingual user interface via a European network of 50 points of presence (POPs) involving some 5000 SMEs as users across Europe during the lifetime of the project.

Key Issues

Achievements
Four main results: Expected Impact
The provision of information in and around ACTS customised to the needs of SMEs is expected to increase the participation of SMEs in ACTS. By offering the necessary communication services to SMEs and actors in ACTS, SMARTS will lower the barrier for SMEs to establish and maintain a continuous working relationship with the ACTS community and to utilise advanced communications technologies and services. The SMARTS consortium includes a number of EU SMEs as well as partners from Central and Eastern European countries, thus encouraging and promoting the use of ACTS results in electronic commerce uptake beyond the EU borders.

Contact:

					Cornelia Muhl
TELEPORT Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH
Steinfeldstrasse 3
D-39179 Magdeburg-Barleben
Germany
Tel:    +49 39203 82035
Fax:    +49 39203 82031
					http://www.smarts.org
					E-mail:
					(email removed)
				

List of Domains and Chains
Horizontal Domain
Generic Applications Chains

List of participants

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Teleport Sachsen-Anhalt
F
C.I.C.A. Centre International de Communication Avancée
F
Cote d'Azur Developpement
B
EBN European Business Network
RUS
LETI Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute
GR
NCSR Demokritos
IRL
North West Labs
SF
Otaniemi Science Park
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Parque Tecnologico de Galicia
BG
Marketing Invest Consulting Plovdiv
D
PONTON European Media Art Lab
RUS
Moscow State University REDLAB
A
Techno-Z Salzburg
D
Technologie Centrum Chemnitz
I
University of Trento
UK
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