The European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA)
The European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA) follows the innovation policy frame set by the European Commission’s EInnovation Union flagship and is a strategic initiative bringing together policy makers and industry representatives as announced in An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era flagship.
Galileo and EGNOS, European own Global Navigation Satellite Systems which are currently European biggest joint technology projects – the one is planned to be operable in 2014 and the other is already operable and certified – will help to support the accuracy, the reliability and variety of location-based services offered worldwide, services that are at the centre of the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance.
The European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA) brings together regional and national policy makers and practitioners at European level with the aim of developing more sustainable solutions in the field of mobility supported by mobile services, through better use of current and planned initiatives and enhancing transnational cooperation in this field. The Alliance comprises a Policy Learning Platform and 5 pilot actions in the areas of large-scale demonstrators in support of sustainable tourism in rural areas and access to finance as well as an action to improve the interoperability of mobile services. It is expected to mobilise additional public and private funding of €30 Mio in support of mobile and mobility industries. Altogether, 31 organisations from 14 European countries and 4 European organisations form the core actors of this initiative.
All three action lines – the Policy Learning Platform, the large-scale demonstrators and the access to finance actions – will work closely together exchanging and sharing information, as well as communicating their progress and findings in workshops and conferences and via this web portal.
The web portal will also provide an information and guidance service on funding and support measures for mobile and mobility industries in Europe.
Definition of Mobile and Mobility
The term “mobile services” is used for those services that are focusing on mobile and wireless technologies embedded into mobile or fixed IT devices.
“Mobile and mobility services” refer to those mobile services that provide solutions directly or indirectly supporting the mobility of goods, machinery, livestock and persons. Such services might be designed to support directly mobility, such as transports and logistics services, or to provide indirect support via services connected to needs arising from location of goods, machinery, livestock and persons.
Similar to the information technology industry, mobility is both an industry with unique products and services in itself, and an enabler of other industries through new technologies and services.