Iver acquires City Network for Swedish and international enterprises to create a new European cloud alternative

prnewswire | September 28, 2020

Iver is acquiring the Swedish cloud provider City Network. The acquisition creates a new European cloud alternative for Swedish and international enterprises, with a need for a comprehensive, secure, and technical global base for their digital innovation. The complex regulatory situation connected to use of different IT services in Europe, means that familiarity with the local market, its legal and commercial conditions - is an important common base for the joint offer."Combining digital innovation and adherence to regulatory requirements is a hot topic for all major businesses right now.  And that's equally true at the most senior levels of the EU, where the Commission's President, Ursula von der Leyen, recently stressed the creation of a European cloud standard as fundamental to manage the digital transformation.

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The IoT European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI) projects are addressing the topic of Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects and aim to deliver an IoT extended into a web of platforms for connected devices and objects that supports smart environments, businesses, services and persons with dynamic and adaptive configuration capabilities. The specific areas of focus of the research activities are architectures and semantic interoperability, which reliably cover multiple use cases. The goal is to deliver dynamically-configured infrastructure and integration platforms for connected smart objects covering multiple technologies and multiple intelligent artefacts. The IoT-EPI ecosystem has been created with the objective of increasing the impact of the IoT-related European research and innovation, including seven European promising projects on IoT platforms: AGILE, BIG IoT, INTER-IoT, VICINITY, SymbIoTe, bIoTope, and TagItSmart.

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The IoT European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI) projects are addressing the topic of Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects and aim to deliver an IoT extended into a web of platforms for connected devices and objects that supports smart environments, businesses, services and persons with dynamic and adaptive configuration capabilities. The specific areas of focus of the research activities are architectures and semantic interoperability, which reliably cover multiple use cases. The goal is to deliver dynamically-configured infrastructure and integration platforms for connected smart objects covering multiple technologies and multiple intelligent artefacts. The IoT-EPI ecosystem has been created with the objective of increasing the impact of the IoT-related European research and innovation, including seven European promising projects on IoT platforms: AGILE, BIG IoT, INTER-IoT, VICINITY, SymbIoTe, bIoTope, and TagItSmart.

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AtlasEdge | October 10, 2022

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Alphawave IP | October 17, 2022

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