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APInf contributes top class API management technologies to FIWARE platform

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Jul 282017
 
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The FIWARE API Management Framework will incorporate significant contributions from the APInf platform in the next release of FIWARE. In turn, APInf will integrate core FIWARE technologies into their platform.  Building on API Umbrella, the APInf platform offers a comprehensive toolset for API management including enhanced user interface features for API managers and consumers alike.

As the initial step, the FIWARE API Management Framework will integrate API Umbrella as base proxy technology for accessing FIWARE APIs and will enhance it integrating existing FIWARE authorization and access control enablers that support OAuth2 and XACML standards.  FIWARE will integrate APInf set of tools for monitoring API usage and capture feedback from API users.

“Members of the APInf team have joined the FIWARE team and are working now as a single unit, to exploit the benefits coming out of APInf technologies” said Chandra Challagonda, CEO of APInf. “Integration of APInf technologies already has helped us to accelerate our roadmap integrating key API management features” explained Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation.

The FIWARE API Management Framework, combined with FIWARE extensions developed for the CKAN data publication platform, bring full support to right-time open data and Economy of Data concepts.  Actually, CKAN portals featuring these extensions enable the publication of right-time datasets linked to FIWARE NGSI API requests served by FIWARE Context Broker instances. Acquisition of access rights and even payment of some price for granting those access rights and/or the effective usage may be required for some of these datasets.  The integration of APInf technologies will allow, in addition, to publish documentation accompanying datasets, monitor access to datasets and bring useful feedback from users and developers regarding access to those datasets.

APInf will bring integration of CKAN with FIWARE extended features, as well as monetization modules from the FIWARE Business Framework into the roadmap of the APInf platform.

“The APInf team is extremely delighted to see the speed at which the FIWARE team has been able to integrate APInf and FIWARE. Results of the collaboration has revealed to us the huge potential of FIWARE regarding right-time open data or Data/API Economy concepts, bringing a full package of benefits for smart cities”, declared Chandra Challagonda, CEO of APInf.  “APInf is a good example of a technology provider which can bring rather interesting contributions to FIWARE while at the same time benefit from FIWARE to enrich their own products/services offering portfolio” explained Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation.

APInf and FICodes, major contributor of API monetization and data publication components in FIWARE, together with the FIWARE Foundation will bring support to cities willing to engage in the “Front-runner Smart Cities” initiative launched jointly by the FIWARE Foundation and TM Forum, looking for Smart Cities willing to adopt API standards and ready to take the necessary steps to transform themselves into enablers for Sustainable Economic Growth by means of supporting Right-time Open Data and Data Economy concepts involving third parties.

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Montevideo Smart Cities Meeting: Innovation True Stories

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Jul 252017
 
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On August 2nd and 3rd, the Montevideo Smart Cities Meeting will take place in the Conference Center of the Montevideo Municipality, with the participation of international, regional, national and departmental authorities; entrepreneurs; representatives of universities and students; and citizens as well.

These Smart Cities meetings began in 2015, with a first one focused on listening to proposals on the topic of smart cities. The second edition was held in 2016 next to the 6th ITU Green Standards Week, so the event took on an international character. Montevideo hosted various experts on innovation, sustainable development and technology applications.

This year the conferences are coordinated and organised by the Department of Sustainable and Intelligent Development under the tagline “Innovation True Stories”, in order to exchange experiences and knowledge, creating spaces for reflection, and inform the citizens about what a smart, sustainable and inclusive city consists of.

FIWARE will participate within this Smart Cities framework, with the talk “Environmental Observatory Project” on day one; and the “Big Data, Science of Data and New Bounds with Citizenry” panel with Miguel Barone, on day two.

However, this will not be only about Smart Cities, other topics linked to the application of technologies in management issues will be considered. Parallel to the conferences, exchange activities will be developed: workshop for kids (they would imagine the Montevideo of the future); a new instance of the Girls in Tech; a female Hackathon; and a Women's Desk, where they will work on smart technologies and cities, from an equity and gender perspective.

How to participate? The access is free. There is a registration form available here. If you have any suggestions, the organisation will be glad receiving them. Please write to evento.ci@imm.gub.uy!

Do not forget to download the agenda and check which panels will you be attending. Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed and share your voice.

FIWARE at the Big Data & Entrepreneurship Day in Alicante

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Jul 172017
 
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Next July 20th, FIWARE will be present at the Big Data & Entrepreneurship Day, organised by the Telefónica Chair at the University of Alicante (Spain).

The Chair at the University is focused on studying and promoting the use and applications based on Big Data. On this one day event, the aim will be to open a discussion forum around a subject in which the University and the province of Alicante are starting to become national and international models.

The event will take place at the Assembly Hall, on the Building IV of the Higher Polytechnic School –Salón de Actos, Edificio IV, Escuela Politécnica Superior– of the University of Alicante.

The schedule of Big Data & Entrepreneurship Day offers a series of presentations around Big Data as the engine for starting entrepreneurial projects and making them scale-up. Experts from the University, from Telefónica and from other related projects will be pointing out the increasing value of the Data as a resource for companies and startups, looking forward the development of value-added, new products and services.
After presenting living pilots and commercial projects, applications and testimonies on the matter, an open round table will be the perfect chance to jointly reach conclusions and stablish common frameworks and roadmaps.

After presenting ODINE (European Open Data Incubator) project and share the latest advancements on image-recognition, FIWARE will be on the spotlight, showing how it is being used to manage and profit from Big Data on several entrepreneurial projects. The speaker and ambassador for FIWARE will be Antonio Jara from HOPU.

HOP Ubiquitous is specialized in IoT connectivity, IoT management and provisioning of consulting services to enable IoT-based solutions to our customers and partners. “Smart solutions designed for people” powered by FIWARE, and FIWARE-ready devices. Including a wide range of IoT products: Nodes (HOP own Chipsets), Edge Intelligence Hubs, Management Platforms and the provision of Integral Consultancy services. HOPU enables Smart devices with Internet of Things capabilities based in Internet connectivity and RESTFul Open APIs.

The last speak of the event will be about the smart-management of public water supplies, using Big Data – another subject where powered by FIWARE companies have been extensively working on.

To follow the process and get the main insights of the event, remember to follow @CatedraTEF_UA and FIWARE on Twitter. Share your thoughts using #EmprenderBigData.

FIWARE GCTC Challenge 2017: cross-border cooperation USA – Europe

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Jul 132017
 
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FIWARE is launching a new competition: the Global City Teams Challenge Pilot Trials Challenge 2017. Building upon the scope of NIST’s GCTC, the challenge aims to achieve cross-border cooperation in the deployment of groundbreaking solutions based on FIWARE technology.

The FIWARE GCTC Challenge 2017 aims to drive the creation of Smart City pilot trials, designed to be replicable and scalable at a global scale, thus facilitating the creation of partnerships between urban communities in North America, with the companies that are actually providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ solutions in Europe.

The challenge is open any project that includes at least one city/ community in North America (USA and Canada) and one Powered by FIWARE solution. Additional participation from a European city and/or from a North American organization would add value to the proposal.

PoweredByFiwareTeams will need to propose a development plan, agreed with the candidate city, local government, or metropolitan area. It must include technical issues and regulatory and administrative resources, to be committed by the involved parties. They should meet the technical know-how, the administrative drive and the resources need to design, to implement, to field-test and deploy an application that fulfils the objectives of this challenge.

Up to two trials will be selected in evaluation process. Each of the awarded solutions will receive a prize up to a maximum of 28,000 US Dollars (25,000 Euros), including the costs of the trips to North America and the budget to support the pilot deployment of the solutions.

Submissions will be open soon. Starting in July 2017, entrants will have until October 16th to submit a proposal for consideration. The winner will be announced in November 2017, at the 3rd FIWARE Summit in Málaga. The winners will have a common 6-month period to develop and field test their ideas in the respective cities, which may be presented in the GCTC Expo 2018.

Do you want to participate? Here you can download the PDF for details on submissions and evaluation criteria.

APPLY NOW!

Stay tuned to our site and social media channels for more details.
If you need support finding a partner in Europe to fit the challenges of your community or city, please contact us at fiware-gctc-challenge@lists.fiware.org 

FIWARE Zone launches ‘Challenge IoT’

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Jul 032017
 
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The Andalusian Regional Government, Telefónica and the FIWARE Zone are setting out new challenges based on FIWARE technology, in the areas of Smart Cities and Smart Agrifood.

The contest ‘Challenge IoT’ will find companies in Andalucia, that are developing technological solutions, aiming to solve real and present problems within different ‘smart’ verticals. 

Supported by FIWARE Zone, the challenge will distribute €140K for the development of two smart solutions. The deadline for this open call is on July 19th

The Department of Employment, Industry and Commerce of the Andalusian Regional Government, partnering with Telefónica, is launching this call. Companies from the region are invited to offer their solutions for real and present problems.
The challenges has been laid out by two departments of the Regional Government, that are part of this call as sponsors, and that will be part of the jury, choosing the best proposal.

The Environmental and Water Agency is searching for a solution to monitor the environmental parameters, leading to a better prevention of the forest fires, identifying high-risk areas and detecting possible negligence that could cause a fire.

The Department of Agriculture, Fishing and Rural Development has set out the challenge of finding a system that allows to monitor and handle animals, using devices designed for the different types of cattle. The objectives of this challenge is to improve the management, production and animal health within the intensive and extensive farming domain. To achieve all this, system capable of relate animal and environmental data are needed.

The applications must include a document, describing the idea; a proposal of a pilot project, specifying the infrastructures and services needed for the project development; a chronogram of the process and a detailed economic valuation, including the estimated maintenance for the next two years.

Any startup, company, research center, university or legal entity can join this challenge, presenting a real solution that may answer the outlined needs, and that can develop it on the fixed period of time. To join the call, the applicants should fill the online form and send their proposal before July 19th.

fiware-zone-logo-section-04Functioning as local and regional meeting points for this call, Seville and Malaga have two innovation centers, specialized on our open source technology: FIWARE Zone is part of the initiative AndalucíaSmart, of the Regional Government, proposing a smart-region framework. Impulsed by the Department of Employment and Telefonica, the project supports and promotes the creation of service and applications using the FIWARE technology, in diverse areas, like cities, ports and smart logistics, Industry 4.0, smart agrifood and eHealth.

The next FIWARE Summit, that will take place in the city of Málaga, late November, will give visibility to the outcomes of this challenge and to other similar initiatives.

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We’re hiring! New jobs to complete or growing team in Berlín

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Jun 282017
 
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The FIWARE Foundation has announced new full-time job positions for Information Technology and Services professionals, to join the team in Berlín, Germany.

They are advertised in Linkedin and on our website.

Read the job description and, if you feel that there is an opportunity for you and also for us to increase the talent on our team, do not hesitate and send your application using the link to LinkedIn.


Tech Lead & Architect (LinkedIn)
(Director – Information Technology and Project Management)

  • We need you to contribute to FIWARE Technical activities and bring support to the FIWARE Community playing the role of architect, software team leader, mentor and coach.
  • Development of Reference Architectures and Common Information Models for Powered by FIWARE solutions in multiple application domains: Smart Cities, Smart Industry and Smart Agrifood.
  • Play an active support role in definition and development of the roadmap of FIWARE components following an Agile approach and FIWARE development guidelines.
  • Coaching and mentoring of architects and developers of Powered by FIWARE solutions and FIWARE-ready technologies as well as new FIWARE developers.
  • Lead and participate in the development of Proofs of Concept and Showcases using FIWARE technologies.
  • Assessment of Powered by FIWARE solutions and FIWARE—ready technologies.
  • Code, Perform code reviews and give appropriate feedback.
  • FIWARE technical dissemination, training, consultancy and support activities.
  • Participation in activities leading to adoption of FIWARE by relevant standardization bodies, industrial consortiums and organizations.

Graduate Software Developer (LinkedIn)
(Entry level – Information Technology Project Management)

  • Bring support to members of the FIWARE community in software development related activities.
  • Setup and operate instances of FIWARE on public cloud environments as well as using Docker technologies.
  • Bring support to development of the roadmap of FIWARE components following an Agile approach and FIWARE development guidelines.
  • Create and document automated tests for validation of FIWARE components, FIWARE instances and Powered by FIWARE solutions.
  • Automatic configuration and deployment based on Docker/Docker Compose.
  • Develop product and training documentation about FIWARE technologies.
  • Support FIWARE dev teams in fixing software bugs and FIWARE Community requests.

Business Development Executive (LinkedIn)
(Mid-senior level – Business Development Sales Marketing)

  • Creation and execution of a business development plan which delivers against agreed objectives.
  • Build a sales database and closing funnel.
  • Own and create a sales deck, sales material and various sales tools.
  • Provide regular feedback to the marketing team on issues effecting targets.
  • Promote active attendance and involvement of FIWARE users at FIWARE Summits.
  • Effectively and responsibly represent FIWARE in the public and digital workspace.

Senior Marketing Manager (LinkedIn)
(Mid-senior level – Marketing)

We need a dynamic and determined marketeer to be responsible for day-to-day marketing operations, global summit and exhibition projects and off/online content.

More specifically:

  • Execution of FIWARE Marketing Plan with specific focus on defined targets, verticals and domains.
  • Engage active members of the FIWARE Community in actions defined as part of the Marketing Plan.
  • Ownership of marketing database to drive digital adoption and growth.
  • Organisation and management of FIWARE Summits working closely with the FIWARE Press Office.
  • Planning, organisation and attendance of FIWARE event participation working closely with FIWARE Press Office.
  • Effectively and responsibly represent FIWARE in the public and digital workspace (being one of the online faces of FIWARE).

If you can do all this, runs teams, work with c-levels, manage budgets ontime and still be smiling we want to meet you soon.

Community Manager (LinkedIn)
(Mid-senior level – Marketing, Sales and Customer Service)

  • Creation and execution of the FIWARE Community Management Strategy and Plan.
  • Drive adoption of FIWARE in the defined target audience and among the wider community of developers.
  • Management of marketing database to support marketing growth in target audiences, verticals and domains.
  • Responsible for managing and engaging with FIWARE online community, blogging, producing content and actively engaging in our social networks.
  • Manage FIWARE user feedback to CTO and tech team and support an effective communication of adopted technical decisions.
  • Promote active attendance and involvement of FIWARE users and developers at FIWARE Summits.
  • Effectively and responsibly represent FIWARE in the public and digital workspace.

Outbarriers: keep success on track, powered by FIWARE

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Jun 232017
 
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Outbarriers is matching accessibility and commercial opportunities, easing the path for blind people to hundreds of businesses in Spain.

Now, you can be part of their equity crowdfunding, enriching the city with FIWARE and a network of iBeacon technology, making each spot more visible to everyone!

We have been presenting their outcomes since the beginning of the project. An early success story, Outbarriers was the third-place winner of the FIWARE Smart City Challenge in October 2014 and then it was selected to participate in the FI-C3 FIWARE Accelerator Programme, in September 2015.

After showcasing their solutions at the FIWARE stand, in big events like the Smart City Expo World Congress or 4 Years From Now, now is time to look to their most recent achievements. As they are principally stablishing partnerships with Spanish local governments –having started as a Granada-based company, they are now reaching other municipalities and businesses across the country– the information is mostly in Spanish. It is worth reading and watching it.

The video encourages joining the equity crowfunding campaign launched by Outbarriers early this month. It has already went beyond 66K, aiming to reach total funding between 185.000 and 235.000 euros. If you want to participate and profit from this social entrepreneurship initiative, check out the campaign site.

Another great new for Outbarriers was their success at the recent Seedrocket Entrepreneur Day, at the Google Campus in Madrid. Also, they received a prize at the Madrid Appetece contest, given by the City Government and the local Company Forum. This outcome has started a collaboration framework within the municipality.

Best luck to the team and let’s follow Outbarriers on their way to scale-up, while they continue succeeding!

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FIWARE at the IoT World Europe 2017

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Jun 222017
 
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We have been part of TechXLR8 and the London Tech Week. It has been great to receive such great interest at the IoT World Europe event, where we were present as Paltinum sponsor. Under the motto ‘Connect everything, smart and easy’, we have been presenting our part in solving one of the main challenges for the advancement of the IoT: to accomplish the seamless interoperability of “things” —where everything just connect… and start working together.

IMG-20170613-WA0021The Internet of Things represent a revolution towards economic growth and well-being. A positive disruption that needs to overcome the fragmentation of this nascent technological market, by achieving a standardised, open and secure framework that all IoT products and services can stand upon, functioning smoothly in everyday, real-life scenarios; sharing information and carrying on coordinated, intelligent operations across all of them.

The interest raised by FIWARE IoT vision, among IoT World Europe atendees would not have been possible without the eye-catching, powered by FIWARE smart solutions, running in real-time and presented by HOP Ubiquitous, Wellness Telecom, e3tcity and Ubiwhere.

Citibrain is a Portuguese consortium, specialised in creating smart solutions for global challenges. It was brought to London by Ubiwhere, part of it and the company that has been helping the city of Porto to pioneer the adoption of our open standards. FIWARE is used to access contextual environmental data, from fixed and mobile units located across Porto, creating a large, city-scale mobile scanner.
Citibrain is focused on growth initiatives around Future Internet and Smart Cities, keeping the global environment and urban lifestyle in mind, presenting solutions of smart parking, waste management, air quality measurement and traffic control and planning.

IMG-20170613-WA0018Smart POIs. HOP Ubiquitous has developed a new way of communicating: through Smart Points of Interaction (POIs), to engage users and increase urban sustainability. The aim is to provide an interaction point with citizens and visitor,s to obtain information about relevant places in conjunction with environmental monitoring, supporting tourism and gathering Open Data in conjunction with open FIWARE interfaces. The Smart POIs will be accessible when using public transport or visiting relevant points of interest. HOP Ubiquitous is developing a pilot deployment in Mexico City, and has already used these Smart Spots as a project of citizen co-creation, generating a platform which allows for projects validation and opening a suggestion box in Aarhus, Denmark.

Quamtra is a smart solution for waste management, based on real-time data. Developed by Wellness Smart Cities & Solutions, it comprises the installation of its own FIWARE-ready sensors to monitor continuously the waste level within the containers in a city, easing the optimization of the routes for the waste collection, lowering the costs associated to this process. Quamtra is present already in 39 municipalities in Spain.
Specialised in net developments, systems engineering and cloud capabilities, Wellness Telecom is deploying public lightning, energy saving, intelligent parking and global city dashboard solutions, with a worldwide reach and a special focus in Spain and Mexico.

IMG-20170613-WA0017e3tcity platform uses point-to-point wireless/M2M links to connect devices to a cloud server, to their user applications or to different services and solutions developed by third parties. The advantage of using point-to-point technology is that the connection does not need to be planned, nor require the creation of nodes, mesh networks or gateways. Their devices could be adapted to different fields such as the lighting sector, air conditioning, irrigation or other sensor networks.
e3tcity was present with us, in our last three events –including the Hannover Messe and the 2nd FIWARE Summit in Utrecht– and the showcase of their public lights management system was a main attraction for our stand in London.