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The Internet of Things: Opportunities and challenges

19-05-2015

PDF Version The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a distributed network connecting physical objects that are capable of sensing or acting on their environment and able to communicate with each other, other machines or computers. The data these devices report can be collected and analysed in order to reveal insights and suggest actions that will produce cost savings, increase efficiency or improve products and services. The IoT is growing rapidly, with an estimated 25 billion connected objects throughout ...

PDF Version The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a distributed network connecting physical objects that are capable of sensing or acting on their environment and able to communicate with each other, other machines or computers. The data these devices report can be collected and analysed in order to reveal insights and suggest actions that will produce cost savings, increase efficiency or improve products and services. The IoT is growing rapidly, with an estimated 25 billion connected objects throughout the world by 2020, and added value from the IoT of US$1.9 trillion by the same year. The IoT can thus be a key contributor to achieving the EU's Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. However the IoT also poses important challenges to society. Open standards and interoperability may need to be encouraged, in order to widen choices for consumers and ensure competition and innovation. Sufficient radio spectrum must be allocated for future needs. With so many interconnected devices, security is a major concern. A balance needs to be achieved between the rights of citizens to keep personal data private and protected, and to consent to its use in other contexts, and the significant benefits that can accrue to enterprises and society from the analysis of such rich data sources. The European Union is supporting the development of the IoT through funding for research as well as competitiveness and innovation. While EU institutions have taken a notable interest in the IoT, the balance between too much and too little regulation may need to be carefully managed if the full benefits of the IoT are to be realised.

Leasing Society

15-11-2012

The vision of a leasing society is characterised by a new relationship between producers and customers. This new relationship is based on innovative and more service-oriented business models to meet customer needs with novel approaches to ownership and responsibility. This study explores the leasing society in four chapters. It (1) examines the basic ideas behind the concept, (2) presents a collection of case studies, (3) summarises strengths and risks, and (4) concludes with policy options that ...

The vision of a leasing society is characterised by a new relationship between producers and customers. This new relationship is based on innovative and more service-oriented business models to meet customer needs with novel approaches to ownership and responsibility. This study explores the leasing society in four chapters. It (1) examines the basic ideas behind the concept, (2) presents a collection of case studies, (3) summarises strengths and risks, and (4) concludes with policy options that could support the transition to a leasing society.

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Susanne Fischer, Sören Steger, Nino David Jordan, Meghan O’Brien and Philipp Schepelmann (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy)

Misleading Packaging Practices

15-12-2011

The briefing note answers the question of whether EU legislation on misleading packaging practices is required. For this purpose, 13 national reports have been analysed, which examined the situation in the respective countries. Available material on consumers’ awareness, attitudes and behaviour has been explored. Consumer organisation enquiries have been conducted. Furthermore, it was analysed whether misleading packaging practices fall foul with existing EU legislation. Possible solutions are also ...

The briefing note answers the question of whether EU legislation on misleading packaging practices is required. For this purpose, 13 national reports have been analysed, which examined the situation in the respective countries. Available material on consumers’ awareness, attitudes and behaviour has been explored. Consumer organisation enquiries have been conducted. Furthermore, it was analysed whether misleading packaging practices fall foul with existing EU legislation. Possible solutions are also discussed.

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Margaretha Lawrynowicz National reports prepared by : Shaun Charlton (France, United Kingdom), Tina Kalouta (Cyprus), Margaretha Lawrynowicz (Germany, Poland), Evangelos Margaritis (Greece), Geo Margi (Italy), Ieva Navickaite-Sakalauskiene (Lithuania), José Carlos de Medeiros Nóbrega (Portugal), Magda Schusterova (Czech Republic), Susan Singleton (Ireland), Dimitar Stoimenov (Bulgaria) and Ferenc Szilágyi (Hungary)

Briefing Notes on Consumer Financial Education

29-05-2008

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Associated Prof. Mrs. Zita Čeponytė (Lithuanian Consumer Institute) Dr. Wilhelm Ruprecht (Senior Economist GDV European Office) Assistant Professor Christos Vl. Gortsos (Panteion University of Athens) Ms Jane Welch, (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) Mr. Manfred Westphal (Head of Financial Services Department,Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, vzbv)

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