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Event: ICT 2018 will be held in Vienna in December

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ICT 2018, which will be held in Vienna from December 4th to 6th, is the key event in the research and innovation of Information Technology (ICT) fields in the European Union.

This year, the conference will focus on the priorities of the European Union in the digital transformation of society and industry in the medium and long term. Over the course of three days, professionals in the sector, and especially those who carry out digital transformation activities, will be able to share their experience and vision of the EU in the digital era.

ICT 2018, jointly organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, will take place at the Austria Center Vienna (for more information, click here). The event will also be open to European citizens, who will be able to attend conferences and talks with scientists, political actors and other professionals.
In this edition, the following actions will be highlighted:
  • A conference on digital research and innovation policies
  • An exhibition on innovative projects financed with European funds in the field of IT
  • Various networking activities
  • A “village” of innovation and stat-ups to raise awareness of European entrepreneurship.
 If you would like more information about the evolution of the event, you have at your disposal the Twitter account #ICT 2018.

 ICT 2018 conference program

This edition’s program places value on influential lecturers and debates on the EU’s digital policy.

Among others, the following topics will be covered in ICT 2018:

  • Artificial intelligence and industry transformation
  • European data economy: Big Data potential in the Digital Single Market High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • The importance of digital skills in education
  • eGovernment

 About ICT

The European Commission has been organizing ICT events since 1998 and they have become one of the most relevant ICT innovation forums at an international level that annually brings together the most outstanding professionals of ICT research and innovation.

Event on High Performance Computing will take place in Bulgaria

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On April 19th, 2019, an event on High Performance Computing (HPC) will take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) in order to raise awareness of the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) as a transforming element of the European Union.

In addition, the European HPC strategy will be presented and the impact of the European Commission’s proposal on European scientific, economic and social advances, including the digital skills that the HPC has produced, will be analyzed.

The event, which has been jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission, will be attended by some 250 professionals from both the private sector and the public sector. Registration can be made until April 9th (see here).

To see the agenda of the event, click here.

Video Onboarding is fully operative in the Banking Sector in Spain

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On January 4th 2018, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo published in its “Innovadores” section an interesting article about the recent adoption of the customers Video Onboarding system in the banking sector in Spain.

The non-presential videoconference identification system was authorized by the SEPBLAC (Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Infractions) last May 2017.

This fact marked a turning point in the banking sector in Spain, since previously the operation had to be confirmed with a telephone call or with the signature of different documentation, which caused that approximately 40% of the clients would not finish the registration process.

Spain has been slow in adopting a remote identification system that has already been working for some time in other European countries (such as Italy or France) and which technology is already fully developed.

Mostly, financial entities have made the effort to manage the approval of a regulation that would permit them adopt the video-identification, since it is a highly regulated sector that does not allow the adoption of new procedures without previous approval.

The future of the banking sector with video Onboarding

Certainly, the approval of SEPBLAC Regulation has meant a real revolution in the Spanish banking sector.

From now on, financial institutions will live an adaptation period to the new technology,which will mainly benefit customers in the financial institutions. These will no longer have to complete their bank accounts opening via telephone or sending by post the required documents to the bank.

The technology used in the remote identification process is divided in two procedures. On the one hand, banks have a facial recognition platform to compare our face with the ID in front of the camera. They must also have an OCR tool that reads all the data of the same ID.


Video Onboarding process