The paper describes three concrete projects that include
one INCO-DC project under FW4, plus two purely
commercial application which are spinoffs from
EUREKA and the FW4/5 projects with Asian clients,
all in the environmental applications domain,
and all conducted primarily or even exclusively
over the Internet.
The projects include GAIA (http://www.ess.co.at/GAIA)
a FW4 INCO-DC project with participation from China and
Thailand; GAIA dealt with a multi-media information
system for environmental training.
Based on the EUREKA Euroenviron project 487, developing
water resources management system
an ongoing spin-off project in Malaysia involves local
companies as well as the
National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia.
The application is a river basin management system for the
Kelantan river, with emphasis on rice production.
Finally, based on the FW4 Telematics project ECOSIM
that developed an urban environmental
information system with emphasis on air quality, and the
parallel EUREKA project AIDAIR (http://www.ess.co.at/EUREKA),
two related applications for air quality assessment and
management are underway for an industrial client in Japan.
Based on these experiences, an attempt is made
to extract and describe lessons learned in the
research and development collaboration.