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The principle is based on system which alerts us to the fact, that there is not enough food in our fridge. Another application in the kitchen area could be for cooking. We set a recipe which we want to prepare and the smart fridge will tell us if we have all needed ingredients. The example with the fridge is one of many possibilities. IoT is so far mostly used in households and in cities, where IoT can take care about the quality of air or fluency of traffic. Those examples show us how important an IoT could become in the future. Many people imagine flying cars etc., when the term smart city is mentioned. In fact, the main concept of smart cities is in smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities, and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings. The importance of smart cities can be shown by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities organised by European Commission which was launched in 2011. One of the main questions remains the safety of this system. IoT may become a playground for hackers who could direct the wrong routes for cars and planes. It implies that it`s not just a matter of technology but also matter of one of the most problematic questions in today`s world, which security certainly is. As long as security is not at a level which gives us assurance in this system, I wouldn`t introduce IoT into important areas as a public transportation. The risk that it could cause a huge destruction if terrorists or other groups hacked to the system remains too high.

István Csáka, Hungary Programming shouldn’t be considered merely as a tool or platform of software creation, but rather a way of self-expression in a different language… I am confident that as an ambassador of e-skills in my home, I will be able to broadcast the concepts to a wider audience, especially schools, city council members and entrepreneurs. Since a young age, I shared a great enthusiasm for the EU. I just loved the idea that Member States though having different cultural backgrounds and values may still help one another by sharing good case practices with each other. This observation proved to be true on an individual level.

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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