EU Project CIDRE Starts Its 2nd Phase

After a successful review meeting at the European Commission in Brussels the EU project CIDRE has started the second half of its 18 month lasting project period within the eTEN programme “Deploying Trans-European e-Services for All” with an increased focus on the European authorities.

Berlin, Germany, April 27, 2008 --( CIDRE is based on the Berlin project “Mobile Citizen Services” (MoBüD), which aimed at bringing the services of the public authorities closer to the citizens by using mobile equipment and wireless networks.

Based on analyses of the country-specific legal and organizational conditions, CIDRE has already carried out field trials in the Swedish regions Örnsköldsvik and Ragunda, in the Estonian cities Tartu and Rakvere and in the Dutch region Aa en Hunze.

The first field trial evaluations focused mainly on the mobile citizen services' usability and ease of use. It turned out that mobile services gained a high degree of acceptance by citizens and civil servants and that especially information and support services are appropriate for being offered mobile. Also the press in the test regions appreciated the attempt of bringing services of the authorities closer to the citizens.

The Dutch municipality of Aa en Hunze could act as a precursor for the realization of a WLAN within the Dutch administration. In this context a security concept for the mobile citizen services in Aa en Hunze will be developed as a prerequisite.

The next steps will cover the continuation of the existing field trials and the validation of further European test regions. The focus will be on the analysis of the different public administrations and on the communication with them in order to get essential data for the CIDRE business model and deployment plan. In addition, the development of a security handbook with guidelines and checklists for local authorities will start.

Project coordinator of CIDRE is the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (Germany). Further equal partners of the consortium are TimeKontor AG (Germany), Senate of the Interior of Berlin (Germany), Mid Sweden University (Sweden), Apprise (Estonia) and Gemeente Aa en Hunze (Netherlands). Futher information can be found under

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