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RURAL WINGS

Objective

In recent years there have been several initiatives in the field of satellite telecommunications applications, in order to address the needs of rural communities. This indicates the unique advantages of satellite technologies for providing high quality wireless broadband connection to any type of population within large geographical areas. Rural Wings is an ambitious project that proposes to develop an advanced learning platform through satellite DVB-RCS access technologies, promoting a user-centred methodological approach, which constitutes its major innovation.

The main aim of the proposed approach is to support the creation of a new culture in rural communities promoting digital literacy and reducing resistance to the use of new technologies. It will go a step further, encouraging users to add their significant contribution to the emerging applications by involving them in meaningful activities, tailored to address the needs of different user groups. Thus, Rural Wings aims to offer stimulating and creative learning environments to support vibrant user communities and will attempt an extended implementation in dozens of pilot sites in 18 countries worldwide.

It is expected that Rural Wings project will help to catalyse the satellite broadband take up in Europe and beyond. The Rural Wings project will be based on innovation practices and techniques deployed in industrial environments, aiming to the optimisation of the new products' development process. The ultimate goal is the transfer of knowledge and the adjustment of these practices in different knowledge spaces (at school, at work, at home) as a mean for interaction between user needs and technological developments: The needs of users in rural areas feed the integration of the educational environment with dynamic requirements for new services or for the adaptation of existing ones. In this way the users' perception of their problems/needs leads the development of technology and of learning practices.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SPACE-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Address
42, Patission Street
Athens
Greece

Participants (24)

ALFA-OMEGA COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
Estonia
Address
Pikk Str. 38
Tallinn
AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
74 Rivington Street
London
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Address
Main Campus
Beer Sheva
DBC GMBH
Switzerland
Address
Rebberg 27
Mariastein/basel
EADS ASTRIUM SAS
France
Address
31 Avenue Des Cosmonautes
31402 Toulouse
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI S.A.
Greece
Address
Doukissis Plakentias Str. 25
Chalandri
EUROPEAN DISTANCE AND E-LEARNING NETWORK
United Kingdom
Address
Moorgate House, 201 Silbury Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
EUROPEAN RESUSCITATION COUNCIL
Belgium
Address
Universiteitsplein 1
Antwerp
EUTELSAT S.A.
France
Address
70 Rue Balard
Paris
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Greece
Address
Science And Technology Park Of Crete, Vassilika Vouton
Heraklion, Crete
FOURIER SYSTEMS (1989) LTD.
Israel
Address
16 Hamelacha St. Afek Industrial Park
Rosh Ha'ayin'
HELLAS SAT CONSORTIUM LTD.
Cyprus
Address
5 Limassol Avenue, Aglantzia
Nicosia
HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TELEMATICS APPLICATIONS COMPANY
Greece
Address
Science And Technology Park Of Crete , Vassilika Vouton , Research And Development Department
Heraklion, Crete
INSTITUT EUROPEEN D'ADMINISTRATION DES AFFAIRES
France
Address
Boulevard De Constance
Fontainebleau
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY SERVICES S.A.
Greece
Address
15 Messogeion Avenenue
Athens
IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY
Georgia
Address
1 Chavchavadze Avenue
Tbilisi
PROGRESS AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
Poland
Address
Miechowska 5 B
Krakow
STATE ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA
Armenia
Address
Teryan Str. 105
Yerevan
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
Stockholm
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN
Germany
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
Dresden
TELEMEDICINE TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
France
Address
88 Rue Du Dome
Boulogne-billancourt
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes, 585 (Vicerectorat De Recerca; Oper)
Barcelona
UNIVERSITATEA "POLITEHNICA" DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Spl. Independentei Nr. 313
Bucharest
UNIVERSITY OF AEGEAN
Greece
Address
Dimokratias 1
Rhodes