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Billions of euros for Future and Emerging Technologies, thousands of remotely monitored patients and several hundred million smartphones make up the figures this month.

€2bn

Research into graphene and into modelling the human brain are each to receive a billion euros of EU funding. Both will be supported over ten years as Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) ‘flagships’. The mission of the Graphene flagship is described as to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to applications and commercial products, revolutionise multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe. It will be coordinated by Sweden’s Chalmers University.

The Human Brain Project, led by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, will develop the most detailed model of the brain to study how it works and ultimately to develop personalised treatment of neurological and related diseases.

100,000

A new partnership between the IET, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers aims to achieve 100,000 registered engineering technicians (EngTech) by 2018 and create a sustainable model for the longer term.

Supported by funding from the Gatsby Foundation, the three institutions will promote Engineering Council registration to technician apprentices and students as well as those in the workplace.

700m

Global smartphone shipments grew 43 per cent in a year to reach 700 million units in 2012, according to research by Strategy Analytics. Samsung and Apple accounted for half the market, with shares of 30.4 per cent and 19.4 per cent respectively. Nokia trailed in third, holding just 5 per cent of the market.

8/10

The government has released details of its preferred line of route and station locations for the second phase of HS2, with high-speed rail lines running from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds six years after the first London-Birmingham phase is completed (currently scheduled for 2026).

At that point, eight of Britain’s ten largest cities will be linked by HS2, taking account of through services running partly on conventional lines.

308K

An estimated 308,000 patients around the world were remotely monitored by their healthcare provider in 2012, principally for congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions. Most had been in hospital and subsequently discharged.

InMedica’s ‘World Market for Telehealth’ report predicts that the technology will reach 1.8 million patients by 2017 as healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track the progress of diseases.

The report cites successful results of the Whole System Demonstrator programme in the UK as strong evidence for the benefits of telehealth for COPD patients.

124

Philips achieved a total of 124 design awards around the world in 2012.

More than 60 products and projects picked up accolades in areas of consumer lifestyle, lighting and healthcare, including the group’s Philanthropy by Design programme.

Healthcare workers in developing countries measure the mid-upper arm circumference of young children as a check for possible malnutrition. Trunky and Monkey measuring straps were specifically designed to appeal to children, to encourage their cooperation.

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