Definition: Connectivity refers to the capacity of a system or an entity to establish or support connections with other entities in its environment. More concretely, connectivity can be defined as the capacity for interconnection between two entities, which stems from the creation of one or more networks, the existence of interfaces and the need for codes of communication (protocols).

Key focuses: The Internet of Things and M2M; miniaturized, “smart” and autonomous sensors; telemanagement and telemaintenance, Quality of Service (QOS); network harmonization/heterogeneous networks; integration and low power; authentication; very high-speed.

Challenges: The various objectives to meet in this area require facing up to a number of obstacles and challenges: low power for sensor autonomy (M2M); miniaturization of components and subsystems; the manufacture of components and very high speed compatible packaging; the speed/consumption/heat balance compromise; Interoperability; end-to-end security.

Examples of existing and anticipated technologies:
- Identification/Measurement: Authentification systems, Sensors.
- Connection: IPV6, Cloud computing, Grid computing

Areas of application by key sectors or markets concerned:


Examples of collaborative projects in this area of interest:

By late 2009, the SCS Cluster had certified more than 50 projects related to connectivity. The most noteworthy include:

SkiPACAge: This project consists of combining Mesh and Zigbee communication technologies to improve the security and transmission of data within ski resorts.

FIRE: To develop a low-cost system for remotely detecting forest fires over a wide area then rapidly sounding the alarm and providing information on its development.

SMARTIMMO: Development of an intelligent infrastructure based on communicating sensors to reduce costs related to energy consumption in tertiary buildings. Data back-up will also support the remote maintenance and surveillance of a group of buildings via a shared control center.

SNT (Satellite Network Terminal): The project consists of defining and designing a “box" based on a PC platform to manage internet connectivity (or connection with any IP network).
This project will result in the first device of its kind adapted to satellite, the first adaptive terminal receiver meeting the DVB-S2 standard.

SYMPA (System on chip for software radio): Design of an SOC chip for multi-standard terminals and base stations, reconfigurable, for future mobile networks.

January 2018