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Conference in Nice
The venue of the IST Conference was quite uncommon in 2000.
The technological trends of a user-friendly information society were
discussed at the same place where the prime ministers subsequently discussed and
decided on the future of the enlargement of the European Union.
The plenary sessions and sections of the IST Conference were held at 8 locations of
the Congress Palace of Nice for three days in early November from morning to
The participants could foretaste in a huge exhibition area the
infocommunications products and services of the different countries including
Hungary, the innovative solutions of various institutions and the novelties
mentioned during the lectures.
The dynamic programs and multiple locations required the collectors of
intellectual wealth to develop their strategies very carefully.
Practical people discussed with their colleagues, compatriots and foreign
friends who of them would visit the various exhibitions or lectures, then they
shared their experience and eventually returned with much more useful
National Host of Hungary was represented by five experts in Helsinki in 1999.
They reported on their experience to the representatives of other member
organisations many of whom found it important to visit the following conference.
Of course, it was necessary that the travel expenses be covered from the
accumulated membership fees.
Finally, eight active members of the Society could attend the conference
in Nice to collect as much information as possible from multiple locations.
did they find the most unforgettable? It is interesting to browse through the
verbal and written reports.
Both Dr. Zsolt Balassy and Dr. Géza Gordos pointed out the message and
tone of the opening lecture.
Erkki Liikanen, the EU officer in charge of the IST, stressed the
necessity of user-friendly market means for the creation of the information
Regulators should promote the creation and smooth operation of these
And the authorities should provide for consumer protection if there is
scarce supply of products and services.
He regarded the widening practice of frequency auctions as a phenomenon
impeding and adversely affecting development.
The subsequent sections addressed social life, business and technological solutions.
The various aspects of electronic commerce, law, human relationships,
electronic health care, electronic government relations, the social impacts of
increasing bandwidths, the changes in the role of entertainment and the media
industry, the prospects of education and the developing countries, the use and
abuse of copyright and the increasing costs of software were addressed, among
Technical topics included nanotechnology, the problems and possibilities
of circuit production, embedded processing, networking, application and service
platforms, IP as a convergence layer of voice, image and data communication, the
possible achievement of a bit rate of 20 Tbit/s, easily tunable optical filters,
optical amplification, three dimensional optical storage and the close reality
of photonic crystals as a means of further miniaturisation.
Balázs Martos noticed a number of research, development and demonstration
topics to be well made use of by the Host's advanced telecommunications, IT
and studio equipment.
For example, quality of service (QoS) is gaining increasing importance in
connecting different Internet networks.
The joint work of manufacturers and service providers during their
co-operation should be subjected to frequent tests.
The Host can be an ideal forum for qualitative "extranet" experiments
linked to one or more service providers.
The Society's infrastructure can also be used to develop new solutions
for interactive information and entertainment or to increase the efficiency and
quality of content services.
The advanced telecommunications infrastructure and studio equipment
create excellent opportunities for high-quality educational or health
consultations and demonstrations.
Officer Dr. Zsolt Balassy stressed: 2000 was a year of development.
The infrastructure developed so far offers excellent opportunities for
the society and the Host.
To make the best use of it, we need to know the most recent result of the
researchers and developers of the European Union and the trends of the
The members of the delegation unanimously believe that it is well
supported by the information, experience, professional and human relationships
acquired at the IST Conference.
The rate of revenues generated by the utilisation of new information to
the expenses of participation will certainly be positive.
But the Host can benefit from its participation in the annual IST
Conferences not only in financial and professional but in human respects as
Our co-operation abilities will improve both inside and outside the
country because we get to know each other and our foreign colleagues at these
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