Ubiquitous Computing in Czech Republic

Czech government doesn’t support development of ubiquitous computing a lot. It focuses more on e-Government and implementation of ICT into public administration. There is held a huge conference on e-Government every year, where suppliers and companies connected to used technologies discuss particular issues – electronic ID cards and other documents, digitalization in justice, health care, land offices, service in tourism or communication infrastructure and its safety. There are also panels on LORIS/V4DIS – collaboration projects and experience exchange within Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic). Link.

Government and government related grants are usually given to projects which develop system solutions and facilities useful for public administration. Although it is not directly connected to ubiquitous computing, many of these technologies are or will be used in commercial sphere and product which should make people´s life easier through technology - information security and cryptography, information systems, database management and info retrieval, user interface or ergonomics.

For the research in the field of ubiquitous computing is mostly responsible scholar and academic environment. Czech Academy of science and technical universities offer many grants both for academic and non-commercial projects. Unfortunately, any support of commercial sphere is missing; companies have to rely on cooperation with aforesaid institutions or apply for European or similar grant on their project.

However, Czech Republic is an active member of Artemis Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, giving 3 million Euro to common budget, so it is possible the situation get better and there will be some direct support of commercial sphere and implementation ICT into ordinary products for people, according to ubiquitous computing idea.



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