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TMA-Bridge partners
With the recent successful completion of the TM-Alliance project, the continuation project called TMA-Bridge, which will has been launched in August 2004, will be carried out by the same consortium (ESA, WHO, ITU).

The European Space Agency (ESA)

ESA holds a key position in Europe combining expertise on science and technology with that of telecommunications. Tele-operations and, control and remote monitoring of and interaction with Earth orbiting space crews has over the last 2 decades contributed to building up robust experience in the area of medical monitoring and technology. Moreover, ESA has had long experience coordinating and managing international projects spanning many disciplines in the EU and the technologically advanced countries, quality assurance, functionality and reliability being the requisite ESA trademarks in this work.

Two main research groups at European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC) located in the Netherlands will be involved in this project:

  • ESA Human Space flight directorate’s aim is to implement Europe's participation in the development of space infrastructure, such as the International Space Station. The space environment offers unique possibilities to study health problems related to various diseases, ageing and immobility.
  • ESA Telecom is the department of the European Space Agency (ESA) responsible for co-ordinating, shaping and supporting innovation in satellite communications. Its role as a major facilitator of R&D activity enables European businesses in associated member states to develop world-class products and services, and helps European citizens to benefit from high quality, cost efficient, telecommunications.
The EC Directorate of Information Society Technologies Programme
The Information Society Technologies (IST)Programme, which is part of the EC Information Society Directorate-General, sponsors the Telemedicine Alliance and is also one of the partners.

IST is charged with ensuring that Europe's citizens, governments and businesses continue to play a leading role in shaping and participating in the global information society. It does this by stimulating research into the development and deployment of new information and communication technologies; establishing and maintaining a framework of regulation and standards designed to generate competition; stimulating the development of applications and content, and supporting initiatives to encourage and enable all European citizens to participate in, and benefit from, the information society. The IST office, which is located in Brussels, Belgium, sponsors a number of eHealth project throughout Europe.
The World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the UN specialised agency with primary responsibility for public health and international health matters. It has worldwide experience in matters of health and a special interest in the use of telemedicine for health surveillance, disease control and remote monitoring of health. The European WHO office for integrated health care services, based in Barcelona, Spain, is WHO's representative in the Telemedicine Alliance.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ITU is the UN specialised agency for telecommunications. It brings to the project its expertise in the area of telecommunication networks and applications, standardisation, development trends and data security.

The ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D), with its well-established programme of activities to develop and encourage the use of telecommunications, is the bureau responsible for participating in the TM Alliance. ITU-D is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Last update: 15 December 2004


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