FIWARE will be present at this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) to elaborate on our recent developments within the realm of Smart Cities. Quite a lot of things have happened since our presence at SCEWC’16:
- FIWARE is gradually becoming adopted by more and more cities: following pioneer cities like Bristol, Porto, Santander or Valencia, cities like Genoa, Gold Coast, Guadalajara, Málaga, Montevideo, Nice, Sevilla, Utrecht, Wellington, and many others have taken the first steps. Indeed, the 100+ cities which have joined the OASC initiative are potential candidates since they have expressed their interest in collaborating towards adoption of common mechanisms enabling portability and interoperability of Smart City solutions, one of them being the FIWARE Core API: FIWARE NGSI.
- FIWARE technologies have been recommended as part of TM Forum’s recommended Reference Architecture for Smart Cities. The FIWARE Context Broker technology, supporting the FIWARE NGSI de-facto standard, as well as additional components for data publication and support of Data Economy concepts have become part of this recommendation.
- ETSI launched a Industry Specification Group for creation of Context Information Management standards in Cities and other sectors, taking FIWARE NGSI as basis for specifications. It is expected that a first version of the specifications, fully compatible with FIWARE NGSI will be published by January 2018.
- Progress have been made towards the selection of the FIWARE Context Broker technology as CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) Building Block. We hope it will be confirmed by end of this year, since it would represent a major step towards adoption of this technology as a de-facto standard in Europe.
- The FIWARE Foundation has launched the FIWARE Marketplace, which aims at bringing visibility to the growing offering of “Powered by FIWARE” solutions and platforms, “FIWARE-ready” technologies as well as training, consultancy, integration or technical support services. We will arrive at the SCEWC with a first set of entries in the FIWARE Marketplace but there are quite more in the pipeline and applications are coming every day as proof of a vibrant ecosystem which is emerging around FIWARE.
All these developments and FIWARE’s vision for Smart Cities will be presented during speeches of FIWARE Foundation CEO, Ulrich Ahle, CTO Juanjo Hierro, and COO Stefano De Panfilis. Juanjo will discuss how FIWARE is leading the creation of open de-facto standards in collaboration with relevant bodies like TM Forum or ETSI, and initiatives like OAS (Open and Agile Smart Cities). In Ulrich’s panel debate, he will explain how open platforms will enable urban leaders to make cities affordable and sustainable for everyone again. Lastly, during his session, Stefano will talk about context information modelling as the missing enabler to make a city really smart. Bottom line: lots to discuss, and lots to learn.
But that isn’t all. Following several preparation workshops along this year, TM Forum and the FIWARE Foundation will jointly launch the “Front-runner Smart Cities” initiative at the SCEWC, targeted to bring a framework under which Cities, together with Smart City platform and application providers, will collaborate towards definition of open standard Common Information Models for Cities (compatible with FIWARE NGSI and therefore adhering to OASC mechanisms) and will materialize the vision of City as a Platform supporting the Data Economy. Work will leverage on results already developed, and cities involved will benefit from high visibility and recognition as leaders of a new Smart Cities era. Don’t miss the “Front-runner Smart Cities and the API Economy” side-event where details on goals, procedures and steps to join this initiative will be explained!
Last but not least, a number of meetups with Spanish and Latam cities already part of the OASC network or willing to join will take place at our stand.
For more information regarding our activities, with TM Forum and otherwise, during the SCEWC – Check out our Digital Flyer.