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Change The Way You Deliver Services In Your City With CEDUS

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Nov 082017
 

Showcasing at the Village at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from 14-16 November is City Enabler for Digital Urban Services (CEDUS). Championed by EIT Digital and led by Engineering, this FIWARE-based software product allows urban service providers (public and private) and the local governments to actively collaborate to exploit urban data.

 

Used for crawling and collecting valuable data at urban scale, supporting decision making processes, and allowing the fast delivery of new digital urban services, the benefits are endless. But that isn’t all. CEDUS is open to other platforms through standard APIs, data duplication is avoided, and it’s compliant with the OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities) principles. No vendor lock-in, no city lock-in.

 

The solution is currently being tested in the Province of Trento (IT), Municipality of Málaga (ES) and Municipality of Rennes (FR) and the future's looking bright. In 2018, the creators of CEDUS plan to reach Technology Readiness Level 9 and launch it onto the market.

 

SCEWC 2016: FIWARE at the center of the Smart City innovation

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Nov 252016
 
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Since 2011, year after year, the Smart City Expo World Congress keeps representing and showcasing the leading edge of the smart urban innovation. The SCEWC 2016 got beyond the notable results of the previous years’ editions, bringing near 17.000 visitors to the event. During three days, the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona gathered more than 600 cities and close to 600 exhibitors, 420 top-level speakers, and offered an expanded program with more than 50 side events and activities.

_o3a7037FIWARE was in the middle of such meeting point, as a Global Partner of the main international summit of discussion about the technological revolution happening in our cities. A process that is steadily putting the people on its center, developing the tools to promote the empowerment of citizens and their involvement and greater participation in the decisions that most directly affects them, the ones taken at a local level.

Our focus, as an Open Source Platform and Community, is to power the advancement of an IoT-enabled Framework, providing the de-facto standards to be used in the new digital solutions and services for the Smart Cities. A collaborative and human-centered approach that will enhance the transformation of our urban communities into engines of growth and well-being.

_o3a6600We were present in the Congress area, with three sessions. Starting on the first day of the event with Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation, presenting our value proposition for the IoT-enabled Smart City framework. On the ‘Real-time open data fueling the next generation of urban services’ parallel session, Hierro insisted in the open APIs being the key for new services & business of the cities of tomorrow. And how “to collaborate and define common standards should be a must for our communities. FIWARE is providing standard sets of Data Models and and market-ready APIs”.

On the Plenary session, named ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’, all the speakers agreed on the urge to keep working together and to achieve the necessary consensus that should enable all the actors of the digital urban development speaking the same language. That pointed again, at a technological level, to de-facto standard APIs an Data Models that are being used by smart cities. A good example would be the OASC initiative –supported now by more than a hundred cities worldwide–, favoring the FIWARE standards.
_o3a6585As our open community is well accustomed to grow by collaborating, Hierro again had the chance to make the accurate remark on how “the success of a partnership should mean the success of each partner. That strengths the commitment for all of them”.

Other idea that was emphasized during that same session was the need for new economic models to emerge, in order to finance the advance of smart communities. FIWARE is also addressing that challenge, enabling the Economy of Data as an innovative business model inherent to the digitalization of cities. A key partner supporting the development of that model would be TM Forum.
The session ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ that took place on the last day of the SCEWC 2016, had Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs of TMForum, as one of its insightful speakers. That same day, a new collaboration agreement between the two partners was announced.

_o3a6576Also in the Congress Area and after the ceremony that recognized the best projects participating in the 2016 World Smart City Awards, the 'CROMA pixel dance performance’, enhanced by FIWARE technologies, caught the eye of the audience. CROMA is a cutting-edge project, developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez. It was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.

At the Exhibiton area, in our booth, we had the chance to be presenting not less than twelve digital products and services powered by FIWARE. The projects demoing their solutions were:

  • Everimpact, with its cities' climate and pollution monitoring, gathering satellite and contextual data to showcase a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France).
  • Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city offering a service that uses context-aware technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app.
  • Kalliópê presenting their massive interaction suite, a live communication and interaction software tools developed for the performing arts –also part of the CROMA project– and ideal for engaging with the citizens.
  • Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution, created for the the home energy automation IoT market, offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage and ready to scale up within the smart city framework.

The four aforementioned projects were labeled as 'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens’. There were also another eight demos focusing on’Improving the management of city services’:

  • _o3a6758Adevice and its water quality management system, one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville (Spain) and operating now also in the Canary Islands. Advice has developed their own devices, available as part of the FIWARE IoT-ready program.
  • WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city, delivering one-to-one feedback and geographic analysis for events and emergencies.
  • Telefónica and Geographica, showing a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance in Guadalajara (Spain), and demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models.
  • Engineering, presenting two real-time monitoring systems: a parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy); and a system watching rain and water levels for the city of Genoa (also Italy).
  • ATOS and CityGO, a solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain) that makes use of already existing infrastructures to create an integrated new smart mobility information system.
  • VM9 Smart Cities Platform, which was part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart development. FIWARE is powering an initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
  • UPM and Telefónica –with TMForum–, showcasing the FIWARE/HERE navigation solution, displaying NGSI real-time open data. This demo also demonstrated how the FIWARE Business Framework, powered by TMForum APIs, can be used jointly with CKAN in order to offer premium services, allowing third parties to monetize their data.
  • And OdinS, presenting an system based on FIWARE in order to monitor and control the different public services of Murcia Council under a single platform, in the frame of RED.Es for Smart Cities.

All the projects, and also the vibrant feeling of being in the center of the urban innovation, are now featured in our video-review of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016. Let’s meet the solutions and listen to the teams. Let’s watch and share it now!

The Next Digital Revolution in Industry: the FIWARE Perspective

 

                         "When I talk about the industrial internet it's really capturing data off of machines and throwing back into valuable insight for our customers. That's going to be worth trillions of dollars in the economy and I think it's going to transform GE. Essentially, GE captures data through sensors that are attached to the various things it manufactures, like trains. The data fundamentally is going to be modeled and turned into performance outcomes”

                                                                                                                                             Jeff Immelt, GE CEO1

 

A new digital revolution is propagating through the Industrial sector. The Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems combine with real-time data processing and analytics to bring insight, automation and intelligence (including learning capabilities) to a new breed of Smart factories that embody the principles of Industry 4.0. Born in the German industrial world and the world of industrial production”, Industry 4.0 promises to completely transform not only manufacturing and production facilities, but also their related business processes and supply chains. It will enable contextual interaction of applications implementing processes across the whole value chain between themselves and with physical and virtual objects, including connected people and their digital personas, through sensors and other devices.

The quote of Jeff Immelt demonstrates that US players have already integrated such a vision in their strategy.

What about Europe at the time we are launching ”Digitising European Industry”(DEI)?


1/ The third digital revolution started in Services and was centered on Business to Consumer interactions.


Digitalization is not merely an evolutionary transformation, it will bring disruption to the very heart of established business models, changing the way goods are produced and how the value of services is perceived. New technology and information driven economic model will emerge, bringing as deep a change as did the advent of electrical power in the 19th century.

Since the advent of the foundational technology driving forces of Social Media, Mobile Communications, Analytics and Cloud, it has taken less than 10 years for digitalization to become a worldwide, cross-generation, collaborative, contextual and data intensive phenomenon – And there is no sign of any slow-down in its reach or impact.

We refer to this current wave of disruptive transformation as “The Third Digital Revolution”2  although there are parallel revolutions both in the way that we represent / use information and in the computing technology that we use to process it. Focusing on Information representation:-

•    The first revolution happened around 3200 years BC with the invention of cuneiform writing as a system of record keeping in Sumerian temples: a few people wrote for a few readers.

•    Then the invention of the Printing Press in the 16th century allowed a few authors to be read by many people.

•    Today we see the third digital revolution where ubiquitous connectivity to social networks enables us all to be Transactors, Creators and Consumers (many to many). What’s more thanks to geo-location and personalization, we leave traces and context of   the transaction we engage in. The growing ubiquity of sensors (both physical and virtual) enables smart machines to truly perceive and contextualize their environments.

The explosive growth in digital transactions has highlighted the importance of data as a key resource for emerging business and economic models. Data is the “gold“ of the 21nd century. Data about who is (and was) doing what and where, i.e., contextual data, can ring valuable insights for service providers that wanted to improve personalization for the services they deliver (respecting customer intimacy). But these insights are also valuable for other providers to identify additional opportunities for products and services. This is the principle behind “Multi-Sided Markets”. The customers of one market may agree to have their data shared with service providers in return for premium service at reduced or even zero cost. These service providers are then able to identify potential new revenue streams based on exchange of data with other players in the market and help subsidize the infrastructure through which data is captured.

Systems capable of this are complex – and complexity comes at a cost and risk. This is where the value of the Digitising European Industry comes in, as the forum to bring together the actors across industries and across the value chain to work on mastering the challenges by leveraging all the know-how and existing systems together with an proactive attitude of forging ahead. Specifically for the platform layer, this will inevitably translates into opening up the service platform layer by using industry-friendly open source standard platform components. This allows new classes of innovative services, built by anyone in industry, eventually moving the value added from the platform layer to the application and market layer. FIWARE has been a vanguard for this approach and should be the starting point for any emerging DEI platform ecosystem.

Open service platforms break down the borders between systems like the DSM (Digital Single Market) initiative by the EC  aims to break down boarder for creating a digital single market.

Eco-systems of markets have been established that work together to fund transaction platforms that feed this new Economy of Data across industries – for example,  transport companies may work with hotels, restaurants and insurance companies to create a spectrum of services with the potential to address the end to end customer journey. Part of this vision might be the creation of transient “business moments” for travelers, by using data and analytics to leverage a deep understanding of customer preferences and their current and imminent situation / context e.g. what services can be offered to ease a consumers’ problems resulting from a late or cancelled flight.

For the most part, the digital revolution in business has up to now had its greatest impact on the way that end consumers (or citizens) engage with service providers (B-to-C). The focus has been on customer intimacy and satisfaction driven by service personalization, availability and immediacy – In this connected living world, we can consume or initiate services anytime, anywhere. But the disruption from the earthquake of the B-to-C revolution will be followed by shockwaves hitting the B-to-B world as digitalization impacts end to end supply chains. This will not only include human system interactions but will extend the data analytics domain to autonomous devices; handling distributed algorithms using a pre-defined set of business rules without necessarily requiring human intervention.

This strong B-to-B impact is anticipated to hit as a series of Digital Shockwaves over the next 5 years, as businesses are forced into radical transformations to deliver the flexibility, agility and customization demanded by their customers and their customers’ customers. This will drive new levels of automation, optimization, interconnection and even artificial intelligence that will propagate through businesses’ operational processes and out into their extended supply eco-system.

2/ The Next (Fourth) Digital Revolution will significantly disrupt Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems, combined with recent technologies supporting real-time context information processing and analysis at large scale, is bringing a new breed of Smart Applications in multiple sectors.  Context information was already playing a key role in personalization of services during the Third Digital Revolution (see previous section). However, the Internet of Things works as a powerful mean for enriching context information as never before.
The Industry sectors will be part of the next wave in this Digital Revolution, with the Industry 4.0 vision embodying many of the principles that we can expect to see:

•    Shorter Time to Market
•    Increased flexibility and agility
•    Improved Efficiency
•    New service-oriented “products”

Whilst it could be argued that some of these principles are essentially addressed by earlier revolutions in production automation, the combination and extended reach of all four require fundamental changes to many aspects of the way goods and services are designed, produced, delivered and supported. Those organizations that are unable to adapt and transform will struggle to keep pace with the ever-growing expectations of the digitally transformed consumers.

Product design processes, component-sourcing processes, manufacturing processes, product delivery processes and the supporting business processes will no longer operate as isolated activities.

Products and processes will become more connected, generating and exchanging context data about status, usage, relevant situations and problems. This context data will be combined with further context information to give vital feedback to design and manufacturing processes, leading to a new generation of products and services.  As an example, further context data may be related to customer experiences (collected through social and e-commerce networks, search engines, other applications, etc.) or context information about what is going on in the surroundings of fabrics or in the cities where products are delivered (e.g., environmental or traffic data provided by the city, retail data provided by shops, etc). The result will be shorter and more cost-efficient product manufacturing and delivery lifecycles, greater levels of innovation and more market relevance. But such levels of responsiveness demand end to end supply-chain processes that are able to interoperate at optimal efficiency if smaller production runs and more localized manufacturing and production are to deliver the necessary returns on investment.  Definition of a common standard for context information management and access would be instrumental to achieve the necessary interoperability and enable portability of solutions.

Industry 4.0 principles will deliver these operational efficiencies through flexible and smart manufacturing facilities that will self-optimize, self-configure and self-correct based on available context information, to ensure more efficiency (e.g. energy consumption, output of waste) and quality improvement, yet with an increased potential for customization.  Ultimately this means a shortening of time to market for new products and related services – The Automotive Industry, for instance, plans to reduce the creation of new, fully customized models from 3 to 2 years. Furthermore, with energy, transportation and inventory costs rising, the cost of manufacturing labor costs is reducing in significance, leading to an increasing tendency to move production as close as possible to the end consumer. This will have knock on benefits through faster time-to-market and shorter supply chains. Such a shift is already occurring in industries like cement production, tile making, construction materials etc.

But unlike in the B-to-C market where vendors seek exclusive customer loyalty for their products and are able to leverage direct data driven insights into their customers’ demands and behaviors, Industrial companies have more complex supply eco-systems to consider. Historically they had little means of direct access to the end customer and therefore product and service feedback loops were not very responsive.

The hyper connected vision for Industry 4.0 means that now it is possible for Industrial Companies to create shared open platforms with their major customers and partners, to bring together context data that reflects the entire end to end supply chain. This will for the first time link design, performance, usage and satisfaction information, enabling much more responsive and targeted innovation to be realized.

As an example, we can anticipate a time when such platforms will aggregate design data from Airbus, operational data from British Airports Authority and customer data from Lufthansa to help create the next generation of aircrafts and airline services. These platforms will become the foundation and enabler for further Multi-Sided Markets similar to those already at the heart of the digital revolution in B-to-C, but with a much richer eco-system potential.

The co-creation of new products and services will make heavy use of these platforms organized around shared context data while Enterprise Social Networks and other “virtual sensor data” (e-commerce, search engines, third party applications, etc.) open to the whole Eco-System will help co-operation between partners.

Just as the Economy of Data has driven much of the digital revolution in B-to-C markets, it will be even more significant in the B-to-B world since the investments required to deliver the Industry 4.0 vision will be considerable. The challenge is to extend the scope and outworking of the Economy of Data beyond customer engagements to the heart of Industrial Enterprises – So that such investments can be justified.

The inherent value of the data exchanges, made possible through collaboration networks and platforms, must be fully understood and fully exploited.

3/ Industry 4.0 describing the trends seen for the 4th industrial revolution.

The fourth industrial revolution is completing a long cycle, which illustrates a new production paradigm where highly customized products can be produced with an increased efficiency and productivity. This next generation Product Life Cycle will take the best advantage of combining: production data, usage data, customer experience data and third-party data (e.g., context data published by smart cities) generated by the whole eco-system of the company, its partners and sub-contractors, its customers and other third parties.

4/ The enabling technologies for the next Digital Revolution in Industry

The Digital Revolution in the B-to-C world has been possible because of the convergence of Cloud, Mobility, Social (and other virtual exchange networks), sensors and intelligent analytics and algorithms, enabling cloud hosted analysis of data that is collected through mobile apps and virtual sensor networks.

In combination with merging of digital and physical world, with CPS, with dynamic production networks based a seamless connectivity and the trends mentioned above an enormous impact on manufacturing will happen.

Concerted data collection (especially by the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook, Linked-In, Alibaba, etc) has facilitated the analytics (primarily predictive) and valorization of data. Webscale Computing has given the scalability of computing, networking and storage resources that enable platforms to maintain the same architecture as their use grows from a few thousand users to millions or tens of millions of users. At the same time more localized implementations of scalable architectures will be needed to process data within specified locations to address local regulatory constraints.

Today in Industry, we already use data generated by equipment (sensors, usage data, resource consumption etc.) to deliver predictive maintenance and resource optimization. The Internet of Objects is already connecting millions of sensors to enable operational decisions driven by predictive analytics.

But the ambitions of Industry 4.0 will demand and drive additional technology disruptions:

•    Improvement of production and processes mixing product and production and merging real and virtual world.

•    Processing and Analytics must move from Predictive to Prescriptive, enabling automated responses to quasi real time decisions which, depending on the nature of the change, could be actuator driven at an equipment level or could involve human operator guided interaction.

•    The Internet of Objects (which is still seen as hierarchical in nature) must transform into an enabling infrastructure in which millions of smart connected objects can be allocated a role of sensor, actuator or gateway. These smart objects will be able to self-interface with each other as well as with cloud-based applications implementing operational processes and will be able to reconfigure their roles according to operational changes. The customer has the decision where deploy which functionality.

•    Context Information Management requires a common standard so that multiple connected smart objects, smart applications and end users can be connected and be  integrated as sources of shared context information, fueling processing and analytics.  This common standard will be key to enable interoperability among players in multi-side markets as well as portability of applications/solutions. In addition, this common standard will be instrumental in reconciling the wide variety of competing sectorial standards associated to Internet of Things. Standardization of Context Information Management should capitalize on pre-standardization efforts done around   the FIWARE NGSI API which is already supported by many industrial actors.

  •    A robust connectivity forms the backbone of a digital industry. Devices, plant and machinery must be connected as extensively and securely as possible in order to avoid disruptions and downtime costs in fully automated processes. Ubiquitous, available and reliable high speed networks are a key to enabling technology for the full realization of an ‘Industrial Internet’. So will be the capabilities associated with new generation networks such as capacity, flexibility and versatility, high speed transmission and low power consumption or differential quality of service3 , for the development of innovative connected services. Strong incentives for continued investment in the EU on broadband infrastructure will be essential to meet the exponential connectivity demands associated to an Industrial Internet.

•    Security is a fundamental prerequisite for prescriptive, analytics driven, automated control – no industry can risk having its production equipment commandeered and controlled by hackers. Recent work carried out jointly with Siemens leads us to think that prescriptive analytics will be part of the solution as well as part of the problem of Security for Industry 4.0. Real time data driven analytics will allow the early detection of abnormal system behavior and security breaches; and will support quick and targeted remediation. Gathering of data for processing and analysis on the cloud may, on the other hand if no measures are in place, open the door for cyber attacks.

5/The central role of Context Information management and FIWARE

Back in 2011, the European Commission and the main players of the ICT Industry built a partnership to develop an open initiative targeted to create a sustainable ecosystem that will allow Europe and other regions who wish to join to capture the opportunities that will emerge with the next digital revolution.  This resulted in the FIWARE initiative4 , which is built around four major pillars.

•    The FIWARE Platform5

The FIWARE platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors. It integrates Cloud, the Internet of Objects as well as technologies for Big Data processing and analysis based on a common standard for context information management. FIWARE is based upon elements (hereunder called Generic Enablers) that offer reusable and commonly shared functions serving a multiplicity of Usage Areas across various sectors. The specifications of FIWARE GE APIs are public and royalty-free.  Besides, an open source reference implementation of FIWARE components as well as alternative implementations is publicly available in the so called FIWARE Catalogue6 , allowing multiple FIWARE providers to emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition.

•    The FIWARE Lab7

The FIWARE Lab, launched on 6 September 2013, is a non-commercial sandbox environment where innovation and experimentation based on FIWARE technologies takes place. Entrepreneurs and individuals can use “hands on” the technology as well as test and showcase their applications on The FIWARE Lab, exploiting open data published by cities and other organizations.  Several cities are already connected or are currently working on setting up a connection to the FIWARE Lab in order to export their open data in this environment. The FIWARE Lab is deployed over a geographically distributed nodes across Europe – with commercial nodes emerging now.

•    The FIWARE Acceleration programme8

The FIWARE Acceleration programme promotes the take up of FIWARE technologies among solution integrators and application developers, with special focus on SMEs and start-ups. As part of this programme, the EU launched an ambitious campaign in September 2014 mobilizing 100M€ to support 1000 entrepreneurs,SMEs and startups to develop innovative applications based on FIWARE9 10.

•    The FIWARE Mundus programme11

Despite born in Europe, FIWARE was designed with a global ambition.  The FIWARE mundus programme is aiming at expanding FIWARE to other regions, engaging local ICT players as well as domain stakeholders and eventually liaising with local governments.  As a first achievement, partners in several countries of Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Chile) with support of their local government are embracing FIWARE, working on the setup of FIWARE Lab nodes in their countries and promoting FIWARE locally. Opportunities also clearly exist in other regions like North America, Asia and Africa.

    The FIWARE iHubs programme12

FIWARE was designed to be a global initiative but capable to be supported at local level. The network of FIWARE iHubs will play a fundamental role in building the community of adopters as well as contributors at local level.

In addition, with FIWARE NGSI, FIWARE has defined a pre-standard for context information management (an area where no standard has emerged yet although it is key for next generation smart applications in multiple sectors) and paved the way towards more interoperability and openness. In this line, the OASC (Open and Agile Smart Cities) initiative13  – which has been joined by 75 cities in 15 different countries across and beyond Europe  in less than one year – has embraced the FIWARE NGSI standard for getting access to near real-time information about what is going on in cities. Adopting the same standard in Industry will be instrumental in connecting industry processes with data made available by cities and the other way around.  Similar initiatives may likely emerge in sectors like Smart Agrifood.  This is the kind multi-side market effects which will pave the way for creation of disruptive digital services.

Initially organized as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in order to stimulate the adoption of open standards , the access of data while also activating the necessary funds, FIWARE is now supported by an open FIWARE community backed by the strategic investment from the FIWARE Core Industry Group grouping two European Telecom operators: Orange and Telefonica, as well as two European  IT Service Companies: Atos and Engineering. Together they have jointly addressed the market initially for Smart Cities and they will now also address the Industry sector at large: Manufacturing and Smart Agrifood in addition to Smart Cities. Those three domains have been prioritized because of a common need for an open source ecosystem that will foster collaboration between players and trigger value creation at marginal cost. FIWARE will be an instrumental enabler of the business acceleration.

The FIWARE Industry Group announced in Barcelona in 2015 that it will support the uptake of FIWARE technologies in the market through open source community which will drive the evolution of FIWARE API specifications and the development of open source reference implementations of those specifications.

The current FIWARE Industry group is seeking for the incorporation of new members who share the same vision and ambition and will announce in Barcelona in February 2016 the creation of a FIWARE Foundation to give a longer term perspective similar to the ones of Industrial Internet Consortium in the USA.

6/ The next Digital Revolution: An Opportunity for Europe

The replica of the Digital Revolution in the B-to-B world will be the major challenge for Industry in the next 5 years. Paradoxically, it will put the customer at the center of the B-to-B market, facilitating the production of customized products and services without impacting production efficiency. Even more significant for Europe, it will catalyze a concerted move to “on-shoring” in the manufacturing sector.

One of the most significant impacts will be the reduction in time to market cycles. Combining data from customer feedback, product operations and production processes together with efficient and open service platforms, the highest performing entrepreneurs and industry leaders will be able to respond to demands and constraints more quickly and efficiently. An environment supporting continuous innovation and customer focus is born.

For the Commission's Digitising European Industry initiative and notably its line of actions on platforms, this industry group suggests that FIWARE becomes the point of departure. This will accelerate the conversation across industry by remaining open on base technologies and rather quickly focus on real value added platform implementations within factories and across business value chains.

Forging ahead with approaches we know are proven is better than starting from scratch!

Europe must not miss the opportunity to be a key player in the establishing of connected collaboration platforms implementing context information management standards and enabling the new Economy of Data. Already on the worldwide stage we see the emergence of few large eco-system platforms centered on global industrial players e.g. GE in the USA and Siemens in Europe. We expect to have other US and European players, as well as large Japanese and Chinese players in this mix within 3 years.

A significant R&D effort is underway in Europe, but no mistake should be made about the order of magnitude of the necessary investments – these can only be justified by adopting the appropriate governance around few strong industrial alliances and the implementation of a platform that supports the applications necessary to bring the expected value to businesses and their customers.

Europe has the opportunity to leverage on the achievements of the FIWARE initiative, thereby generating the necessary scale, encouraging the creation of open ecosystems, fostering local innovation and digitising all sectors, in particular Industry.

The FIWARE Industry Group is recruiting relevant ICT players who can join Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica in order to push the FIWARE initiative on the market and further develop the FIWARE platform as a cornerstone enabler for Digitizing the European Industry.


1 Business Insider’s Ignition 2015 conference on Wednesday , December 9,2015
2 Ascent Journey 2018 –The 3rd digital revolution: Agility and Fragility- Report from Atos Scientific Community. January 2015
3 Alliance of Internet of Things (AIOTI) has provided a number of case studies to help inform the activities of National Regulatory Authorities across Member States in light of the finalised text on net neutrality as set out in Telecoms Single Market package: www.ec.europa.eu/digital-agend/en/news/aioti-recommendations-future-collaborative-work-context-internet-things-focus-area-horizon-2020

4 www.fiware.org
5 www.developer.fiware.org 
6 www.catalogue.fiware.org
7 www.lab.fiware.org
8 www.fiware.org/fiware-accelerator-programme
9 www.map.fiware.org
10 www.fiware.org/success_stories
11 www.fiware.org/mundus
12 www.fiware.org/ihubs
13 www.oascities.org

Smart City Expo World Congress

 
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The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development.

This year’s event will take place in Barcelona, November 15-17th (Fira Barcelona).
FIWARE, as Global Partner of the Congress, will be present at SCEWC 2016, Stand 324 (Hall P2, Level 0, Street C).

Nine demos powered by FIWARE are already confirmed. Distributed in two categories –'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens' and ‘Improving management of city services’ – the companies and projects will be collaborating at our stand, engaging with the visitors and showcasing their solutions:

Enabling new innovative services for the citizens:

Ever Impact, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions.

Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city.

· Kalliope presenting  their live communication and massive interaction software tools.

· Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution for the home energy automation.

Improving management of city services:

. Adevice and its water quality management system.

. Wise Town suite, able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city.

· Telefónica and Geographica, demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models.

· Engineering, showing a real-time parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy).

· ATOS and City Go, a smart mobility solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain).

FIWARE will be also present in three special Parallel and Plenary sessions:

· ‘Real-time open data fuelling the next generation of urban services’ (DT 01) –parallel session: Tuesday 15, 11:30-12:30 hrs. Given by Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation.

· ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ (DT 06) – Parallel Session. Thursday 17, 10:00- 11:00 hrs. Given by a member of the Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative (OASC).

· ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’ (PL 05) – Plenary session. Wednesday. 16, 17:15-18:15 hrs. Conducted by Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the  FIWARE Foundation.

Follow our activities through the FIWARE owned media channels (fiware.org, @FIware on Twitter and our Facebook and LinkedIn profiles). Please, use #SCEWC16 and #FIWARE when commenting about our highlights for this Smart City Expo World Congress and our activities during the event.

More information:
http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/

Link to registration:
https://registration.firabarcelona.com/#/tickets/selection

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FIWARE in 2015: A Year of Products, Partnerships and Platforms

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Dec 302015
 
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As the sun sets on the 2015 year, we celebrate and give thanks to everyone who has contributed to making the FIWARE community what it is today. This year has been about building products, forging new partnerships and stabilizing our platform, and we are excited to enter into 2016 with a string ecosystem and a new generation of smart city apps built using FIWARE technologies and support structures.

PRODUCTS
2015 has been a turning point in the growth of the FIWARE platform. 2013 and 2014 (and even the start of 2015) were often about mentoring startups, funding accelerator and incubator programs, running hackathons, and building a suite of robust and fully-functional open APIs and generic enablers. But more than ever before, the real vision of FIWARE began to take shape this year, as production-ready apps started becoming available, all built on the FIWARE platform.

Companies like 3D internet-focused startup Cyberlightning is using FIWARE’s generic enablers to enable a self-learning industrial Internet of Things network.

Cities like Porto are using FIWARE technologies to enable a new generation of context-aware, smart mapping and mobility apps: app that let you reduce your contribution to air pollution and that guide you around traffic congestion all the way to a vacant car parking space.

Apps like Outbarriers that bring a TripAdvisor-like experience to travelers with visual impairment.

Apps like MejoraTuCuidad that bring city governments closer to their residents and enable a single, seamless process flow from citizen engagement around an amenity issue (like a pothole or graffiti) through to asset maintenance (like the city’s roadworks or graffiti removal departments) and back to the citizen (to inform them of the outcome). Using technology to enable a new communication and engagement with local residents builds trust in our city governments and uses the best of tech business’ user experience focused approach to how we manage our civic society.

There are now a wave of new apps emerging that make use of FIWARE, and it can be easy to miss out on everything that is happening. So in 2015, we launched myFIWAREstory to share those apps and experiences with you and between our community members.

#myFIWAREstory is a story made up of stories: start-ups, small to large companies, public and private organizations, end users and other stakeholders. All together they are building relationships within a sustainable, open and innovative system. All those voices are important and will be heard as MyFIWAREstory grows. It is a story of community openness, full of opportunities, not locked into any vendor. It is a story of context-aware behavior, of sustainable efforts and infrastructure, of providing an enhanced user experience. A story of market-building with straightforward and simple standards, of growing a sizable market based on the development of portable and interoperable applications, a market that attracts investors and users. It is a story of innovation and support towards our shared goals. It is your story. It is MyFIWAREstory.

PARTNERSHIPS
Throughout 2015, we welcomed new partnerships into the FIWARE ecosystem and created a map to visualize the growing community of SMEs, iHubs, and accelerators that make up FIWARE in action.

One of our key partnerships with the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative saw rapid growth this year, now reaching 75 cities from 15 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with cities participating in OASC. Together, we use a bottom-up, real world problem-solving approach with participating cities. First we focus on solving urban challenges and offering the FIWARE platform to cities to build tech solutions. Once those solutions are being built, we look at how that can scale to other member cities, and where standards might be able to help speed up the replication of successful initiatives. We believe this model, based on lean business methodologies and recognizing the pace of change of technology today, is the most appropriate way to ensure a citizen and community-centric design of our new city technologies.

A range of our other key partnerships this year included:
●    Working with the U.S. Global City Team Challenge and began working on a new round of projects for launch in mid June 2016
●    Partnering with TM Forum, a global IT business association, to bring a new range of APIs to FIWARE that will enable developers to create new business models for their civi technologies
●    Collaborated with the European Data Portal to make open data available to FIWARE developers
●    Participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
●    Partnering with Civity, Deloitte, Elba-Rec, Onetrail and Xcellent to create the first FIWARE Lab node in The Netherlands
●    Partnering with Infotec in Mexico to create the second FIWARE Lab node and bring smart city technologies to Mexican cities
●    Participating in The Mobile World Congress’ 4YFN event.

Perhaps most significantly, as 2015 concludes, we have announced a Core Industry Group initiative with Telefonica, Orange and Atos aimed at creating agreement to push common standards in designing smart cities solutions using the FIWARE platform. This industry-wide collaboration sends a message to startups and businesses of all sizes that they can trust in building on the FIWARE platform. It allows developers and cities themselves to be confident that the tech solutions they build on FIWARE will be replicable and can be scalable as potential businesses and community solutions.

PLATFORM
Throughout 2015, the FIWARE platform continued to expand, empowering more use cases and enabling integration with a wider range of services. In July, we introduced a Governance model for the FIWARE community, enabling greater transparency and a clearer, community-driven roadmap for our work. We have also continued to partner with challenges and accelerators to enable new apps and tech solutions for urban agriculture, quality of life, tourism and cultural heritage (amongst other themes) to be built in faster time and with more scalable opportunity, as apps can be replicated in a variety of city locations using the same platform infrastructure each time.

The FIWARE platform has also been able to integrate with more external services this year. SigFox Internet of Things devices, for example, are now easily able to be connected to the FIWARE platform. GIS and mapping leader ESRI has built a connector to enable integrating ESRI map products to the FIWARE platform.

2016 will see many more new connectors and integrators built that extend the use cases for the FIWARE platform and more easily enable developers to build value chains for their city and IoT solutions that bring new solutions to the lives of residents around the world.

WHAT WILL BE COMING IN 2016?

One of the major pieces of groundwork completed in 2015 was our consultation process around a governance model for the FIWARE community. This was an important stepping stone for building a truly open source project basis for FIWARE. The FIWARE Community is an independent open community whose members are committed to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors”.

Early in 2016, this work will take the next step: the launch of the FIWARE Foundation which will be the open source organization that oversees the FIWARE project. To date, we have bootstrapped an organizing body, and in early 2016 will be announcing the initial members of the Foundation that will help steer our FIWARE open source community.

In addition to this organizational work,  if 2015 has been about building products, extending partnerships and consolidating our platform, we hope a major theme of 2016 will be about bringing an equity dimension to how FIWARE is used around the globe. This has been a part of our core mission from the very start, and as we continue to grow, we do not want to lose sight of this focus and opportunity.

Already, the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative meeting on January 21 during European Smart City Week in Brussels will have the theme of “empowering the change makers within cities”, and from February 16 – 18 in Puebla, Mexico, FIWARE will participate in the Smart City Expo with a focus on leveraging innovation to create equitable solutions across the Latin American region.

We will be working in 2016 to not only extend the FIWARE platform and to support our partnerships around the globe, but also to incorporate an equity dimension into the way we all work to build the next generation of smart city technologies.

FIWARE provides the open standard backbone for 75 Smart Cities worldwide

 
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BARCELONA, 25th November 2015.- Last week, at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative (http://oascities.org) announced the third wave of cities adopting de-facto standards that will give a boost to the use of real-time open data and the creation of a sustainable marketplace in which smart cities can collaborate and share actionable plans, experience and technology to transform cities into engines of growth and well-being of citizens. OASC announced today the addition of 14 more cities since March, making a total of 75 cities in 13 European countries, Brazil and Australia, each committing to eventual, implemented outcomes within a year.

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Porto, a City that Has Become a Real-time Guide

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Nov 202015
 
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Imagine walking or driving through a city and the city itself tells you which trendy spots to check out, where to park your car in that moment, or which areas to avoid because of air quality or traffic congestion. In Porto, Portugal, this vision has become a reality and the city itself is already communicating directly with residents, tourists and even startup businesses using FIWARE standards and the UrbanSense platform.

As one of the first cities that joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative back in March this year, Porto has been a pioneer city adopting FIWARE standards with the support of Ubiwhere, a Portuguese company experienced in the development of middleware and platforms. A key instrument in the development of Porto’s open city platform is the UrbanSense infrastructure, which was developed under the European funded project Future Cities Project. The Future Cities Project is a partnership between the University of Porto and the City Council aiming to create IMG_4696a Competence Centre for Future Cities in the city of Porto. Together, but also with the participation of the Citibrain joint-venture, the city of Porto and Ubiwhere have developed the interfaces bringing access to real-time, contextual environmental data from 75 fixed and mobile units (monitoring stations) located across the city. The data is augmented by scanners installed on the city Council’s 200+ fleet of vehicles, creating a large-scale mobile scanner. External providers like the city’s water supplier, transport data providers, social media data and business startup statistics are all plugged in to the platform to allow the city itself to guide you as you explore, travel, and work. The city of Porto now has plans to leverage the results of this work and expand the FIWARE/OASC-compliant urban platform to become the central point of its new integrated management and control center. Another example of the Porto’s full commitment in the OASC initiative, the city of Porto has just created a competition (www.desafiosporto.pt) to support the development of applications on top of its integrated management and control center platform. With this competition, the city, in partnership with 4 large companies (NOS, CEIIA, EDP and EY) will fund up to 4 solutions with a total of 250 thousands of euros available.

Following the steps taken by Porto, and again with the support of Ubiwhere, several other Portuguese cities (e.g. Águeda, Aveiro, São João da Madeira and Torres Vedras) are starting to provide real-time data on mobility/ transportation and environment.

The key to helping the city communicate effectively is to have partnerships with companies like the location and mapping provider HERE. The HERE platform is behind the navigator system embedded in most of the cars and communication with the city, which would enable the display of real-time open data in navigation maps, improving the overall user experience.

One of the issues for companies like HERE when they are trying to build applications/services for end users is the lack of smart city de-facto standard interfaces, enabling homogeneous access to relevant data. As a result, integrating real-time open data exported by any city requires the development of software adapters which are costly and take time to become ready.

If cities were exporting the data in a standard manner, creating an application that can be developed once and work in cities around the world would be feasible.

Lack of standard interfaces for accessing real-time data of cities becomes a rather huge challenge for SMEs and startups because they cannot afford to repeat the development of adapters in each city. While the benefits for end users can be great, they are too high to be passed on through a low-costing app, which has held back the smart cities, Internet of Things, and civic tech industries so far.

The FIWARE NGSI standard API enabling access to information of what is going on in OASC cities makes plugging a wide range of real-time sensor data into its platform much easier. It allows businesses like HERE to create a solution first tested in the city of Porto, involving citizens and travellers, which can be ported without changes or adaptation to other cities, currently 75, that are signed up to OASC.

“We are able to add another layer of insight into the HERE platform; localizing it more and making it more specific to the user,” said James Marugg, Sr Account Executive at HERE. “The FIWARE Open Platform allows for vast amounts of data to be received and fed into other systems.”

Using the FIWARE standards, the UrbanSense platform is able to support a number of applications that enable the city to talk directly to residents and visitors and can be ported to those cities that will become part of the OASC initiative:

  • HERE’s mapping application that lets travellers map their directions, avoid contributing to areas of high traffic pollution and drive directly to an available car parking space in real time;
  • A travel app that tells visitors which sites are then trending in that moment in travellers recommendations;
  • Applications that help share relevant data and information to help new businesses locate their offices and shopfronts;
  • An application to improve Quality of Life that, among others, monitors levels of UV radiation;
  • A water management app that lets residents compare their water consumption with others’ based on profiles.

The Ubiwhere, Citibrain and HERE demos were showcased at the SCEWC Smart City Plaza and FIWARE booth this week in Barcelona, while more cities also announced they joined the OASC Initiative.

HERE, partner with Telefónica and cities, leveraging on FIWARE standards

 

 

A smart city does not become smart on its own: it’s how data is managed that makes it smart.  Now, “cities meet cities” at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) to help create platforms and applications to enable intelligence.

The Internet of Things (IoT) not only makes smart cities possible; it is also what brings the challenge of connecting diverse end points and solutions and analyzing the resulting data to make sense of cities. HERE and Telefónica are working together to advance applications in the area.

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