FiWare

FIWARE

IMPACT Growth Global Accelerator, about to kick off at 4YFN

 Accelerator Programme, Blog, events, GSMA, Uncategorized  Comments Off on IMPACT Growth Global Accelerator, about to kick off at 4YFN
Feb 172017
 
4y

In his recent open letter to the startup community, Sebastian Muller, IMPACT Acceleration Director (ISDI), told us about the new team he is leading: IMPACT Growth. We had the chance to first meet this new project at the FIWARE Summit: after the closing of our previous programme, a new round of acceleration was announced, with two spin-off projects –the other would be frontierCities 2– that aim to drive powered by FIWARE startups even further.

This week, we had the chance to know more about IMPACT Growth first open call:

“IMPACT Growth is going to tell the world about the new equity free acceleration program. Selected startups will get at least €100,000 equity free, and training and support from IMPACT Growth’s partners, as well as enjoying the benefits of joining the FIWARE ecosystem.

More details are under wraps until the big day, but we can tell you that an unprecedented team has come together, uniting VCs, global corps and accelerators from around the world.

All the details will be announced on February 27 in Barcelona at 4YFN, the world’s largest mobile event. Check out our agenda for the event here. Join us there and be among the very first to learn about this exciting new project.”

impact facebook (1)The message and challenge that IMPACT Growth is addressing should be attracting startups, with a global reach. “Our mission is to create the best accelerator program for startups from all over Europe and the world”, expresses Nacho de Pinedo, CEO of ISDI. Continuous work is granted, under a single, strong principle that will lead this new venture to an even greater success: everything that IMPAC Growth do, must be done to benefit the startups.

“We’re bringing together a widespread, generous community of digital business and experts. Working together, we all win”, concludes de Pinedo. To achieve this goal, IMPACT Growth will be combining the forces of a diverse team of acceleration, corporate and venture capitals, like Funding Box, ISDI, Accelerace, Mobile World Capital, Invesdor, Kibo Ventures, MADE, Danone, DOCOMO Digital, Ferrovial, ISDI Mexico and the FIWARE Foundation.

FIWARE will be joining IMPACT Growth at the 4YFN stand, with seven powered by FIWARE companies presenting their solutions. Come and meet us there!

Next week, another post will be published, with more details about our presence at the event in Barcelona.

Check out the IMPACT Growth agenda for the event: http://bit.ly/2lT1FaQ

Sign up for the IMPACT Growth newsletter now, and be the first to learn about this announcement: http://bit.ly/2lPu9W9

GSMA launches IoT Big Data Directory and Framework, including FIWARE components

 APIs, events, IoT  Comments Off on GSMA launches IoT Big Data Directory and Framework, including FIWARE components
Feb 152017
 
GSMA_logo_colour_web_small

The GSM Association represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide –nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the mobile ecosystem–, including device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as public and private organisations linked to the sector.
Also producing industry-leading events, such as the Mobile World Congress, the GSMA announced today the launch of the ‘IoT Big Data API Directory’.

The new GSMA directory, which is the first of its kind, will make harmonised data sets from multiple sources worldwide available to developers and third parties, enabling them to create innovative IoT services.
Designed to encourage a common approach to harmonised data sharing, driving the Internet of Things to its full potential, the Directory is focused on easing the development of new projects across sectors like transport, the environment and smart cities.
Global mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom, KT Corporation, Orange and Telefónica have already implemented solutions enabling them to share harmonised IoT data.

As the press release by the GSMA points out, the IoT Big Data API Directory provides details of IoT and context data sets covering machines, devices, automotive, roads, environment, smart home and agriculture. All of the data sets are harmonised and are available on github. The adoption of a common approach to data sharing will be lowering costs and creating opportunities for IoT developers, data brokers and data providers.

This new initiative shares the same open vision that FIWARE has been spreading, regarding multi-sided markets: “The IoT generates a huge amount of data that is currently retained in vertical silos. However, in order for the IoT to reach its full potential, this data needs to be released and made available to developers and third parties,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “A common, collaborative and interoperable approach to big data will remove the commercial and technical barriers to capitalising on the IoT opportunity and usher in a new era of IoT solutions that will help the market to scale. We encourage mobile operators to collaborate with the wider industry to benefit from the big data opportunity.”

Mobile Operators and the application of FIWARE components to IoT Big Data architecture

In its recently released document, the ‘IoT Big Data Framework’, the GSMA define and propose how mobile operators may approach the delivery of IoT Big Data services. Designed to enable a collaborative framework within the mobile industry, delivering Big Data services and third-party application developers, FIWARE has an important role in it.
The annexes A and B provide information about the application of FIWARE components to IoT Big Data architecture, as well as background information about FIWARE NGSI. FIWARE NGSIv2 interface is specified as the recommended standard for certain interfaces and proposed for others along the whole document.

Although much of the IoT data will be collected by a range of data provider partners, Mobile operators are key participants in the delivery of an IoT Big Data ecosystem. Addressing this situation, the document provides a comprehensive framework for the delivery of IoT Big Data services, recognising the many different approaches towards the services that are offered and the technology choices that are made, and proposing a valid architecture that offers a great level of flexibility, allowing IoT Big Data services to be offered in multiple ways.

IoT Big Data Demonstrations at Mobile World Congress 2017, powered by FIWARE

Everimpact_logo_colorsFollowing the work that the GSMA is doing on Big Data, two showcases will be demonstrating its practical application within IoT applications and services.

At the Mobile World Congress 2017 Innovation City (Hall 4 Stand 4A30) in Barcelona, Telefónica and Everimpact (powered by FIWARE) will be demonstrating an environmental monitoring system, showing how CO2 emission data is collected from ground sensors and satellites in the cities of Santander, Málaga and Nantes, before being analysed. During 2015, Telefónica started working with the GSMA in the development of an IoT Big Data Ecosystem, deploying and using harmonised data models, exposed through FIWARE NGSIv2.

Also utilising FIWARE open source enablers and at the same event, Orange will be demonstrating how it can deliver harmonised public transport, weather station and air quality data streaming based on heterogenous and anonymised open data sources, coming from India and France.

Other demonstrations on the GSMA IoT Big Data utilization will include KT Corporation demonstration of a smart agriculture supply chain solution, providing detailed information on cultivation history, distribution status as well as a guarantee of provenance of farm products, underpinned by an international standard for electronic data interchange, the GS1 standard.

China Mobile will also demonstrate at Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June 2017 how its OneNET IoT big data platform is helping to monitor and analyse environmental factors such as wind speed, temperature and humidity in Chongqing City, China.

For further information on the IoT Big Data Directory and the IoT Big Data Framework, visit: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-big-data/

Join us at the FIWARE Open Day! Brussels March 7th

 Blog, Conference, Digital Single Market, events, FIWARE Foundation  Comments Off on Join us at the FIWARE Open Day! Brussels March 7th
Feb 032017
 

The success of the 1st FIWARE Summit proved that our community of developers, entrepreneurs, experts and contributors is expanding globally. The FIWARE ecosystem is now reaching worldwide, with a vast number of diverse actors, working to make our open source technologies the new standards in use, for the creation of the innovative smart applications that the market is and will be demanding.

The FIWARE Open Day is the next great opportunity to learn, to engage and to join our ecosystem, making any company or institution very visible in a key initiative of DG CONNECT and the European Commission.

The motto of this event is “FIWARE is the open platform you should be in”, but why? What is FIWARE offering for your business?

Let’s answer with another question: What if your company had a market of 500 million people? Open standardised applications can help to achieve this goal, following ICT standardisation for the Digital Single Market.

what ifBy joining FIWARE and the FIWARE Foundation, a company will be joining the digital ecosystem and a platform that is already been employed by hundreds of companies in B2B. For SMEs, startups and scaleups, and even for bigger companies, this platform is bringing a ready-to-use technology. Creating a new product using FIWARE saves time and money. It allows for the faster creation of solutions via a joint community providing a good supply of ideas.

Using FIWARE provides instant access to a market of standardised processes, where the FIWARE-enabled solutions are created in close collaboration with customers and third-parties. A flexible approach where openness means more room for customisation.
For all the parts engaged in a process towards innovation and economical reward, FIWARE brings a common standard that is key to enable interoperability among players in multi-side markets, as well as portability of applications and solutions. 

Businesswise and looking forward, FIWARE is aiming at the right market trends: open source in wider commercial uses; industrial innovation in transition; smart ICT purchases by customers, avoiding lock-in. And always providing adaptability to the business-to-business areas that matters the most, where its European origin and global reach give an innovative edge for the large, evolving markets, working public-private relationships and trust.

The FIWARE Open Day will be also gathering representatives from the European institutions and key players of the digitalisation of the Industry. Why is FIWARE interesting for the policymakers and the main actors of the Industry 4.0?

FIWARE shows a practical example of cross-industry collaboration: shaping and creating new markets in areas that are open for fresh approaches and a mix between cooperation and competition. The smart sectors chosen by FIWARE are proving such vision. Within its three main areas of development –Cities, Agriculture and Industry– and through a cross-vertical focus, FIWARE can be best and easily integrated to other existing initiatives, ranging from sectoral innovation ecosystem projects to different PPPs. Around the FIWARE working model, shorter term industry objectives can meet longer term public objectives.

evento_OpenDay_home-joinCompanies, institutions and individuals attending this half-day event will be present at the first stages of the go-to-market for FIWARE, and will have the chance to debate with key stakeholders about the future of the ecosystem. The Open Day will review the most important achievements of the FI-PPP, sharing essential lessons learned and presenting uniform business processes. Pointing at new collaboration methods and accounting for concrete inputs, coming from the different programs and roadmaps. The event speakers will go over a growing ecosystem and will explore the opportunities offered by the open, standardised APIs for the development of the Digital Single Market and the European Industry 4.0.

Organised by the FIWARE team in partnership with the FIWARE Foundation, the Open Day will be held in Brussels on the 7th of March 2017 at the European Commission Charlemagne building.

For more information and draft agenda: http://www.fiwareopenday.com/
Direct link to registration: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/events/cf/fiware-open-day/register.cfm

If you are part of the FIWARE community or are planning to join in, do not forget to spread the word, sharing the open invitation with your colleagues and stakeholders, inviting specific partners from industry and associations that might be interested, and echoing the online advertisement via your media channels.

 Posted by at 12:07 pm

Italian scaleup TeamDev joins EIT Digital Accelerator and the FIWARE Foundation

 Accelerator Programme, interviews  Comments Off on Italian scaleup TeamDev joins EIT Digital Accelerator and the FIWARE Foundation
Feb 022017
 
EIT Digital_RGB_Accelerator_P_SOM

EIT Digital Accelerator announced a few weeks ago that the Italian scale-up TeamDev has joined their acceleration program.
Founded in 2008, TeamDev was part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme… twice: with WiseTown –one of the top projects of the second open call launched by Finodex, the Open Data accelerator– and Agricolus –supported by SpeedUP! Europe.

WiseTown is a B2B solution powered by FIWARE that collects information from different data streams, to identify the issues that are affecting urban communities in several areas: public safety, transportation, urban renewal, refuse collection, social services or environmental issues. More than an application, WiseTown offers a data-driven ecosystem developed for the Smart City, a Big Data analytics platform for the public administration sector, focusing on local governments.

TeamDev has now joined the EIT Digital Accelerator to increase the access to the market, locally (in Italy) but also throughout Europe, expecting to grow their workforce as well, making use of the access to talent that the EIT Digital Accelerator provides.
TeamDev will also join the EIT Digital 'Digital Cities' Action Line which leverages the digital transformation of cities through centralised, participative and collaborative interactions between city actors: government, city service providers, industry and citizens. This transformation enables the deployment of disruptive information, mobility and safety services in cities.

logo2014"We are very pleased to welcome TeamDev to the Accelerator. They have developed a really innovative product that can adapt to any public administration setting and therefore has a Europe-wide application. We love the idea that they don't want to focus only on big cities but also on smaller towns as well. It's completely in line with our motto at EIT Digital of 'driving Europe's digital transformation”, said Dolf Wittkamper, Head of EIT Digital Accelerator.

We had the chance to talk with Andrea Cruciani, CEO and founder of TeamDev, to know more about the company joining EIT Digital Accelerator and the added value that being powered by FIWARE solutions has brought to both WiseTown and Agricolus.

He also told us about the present and future plans for the team and their projects. They were expecting for a confirmation that has come today: TeamDev has joined the FIWARE Foundation as Gold Member.

– We meet TeamDev projects (first Agricolus and then WiseTown) through the FIWARE Acceleration Programme, as “startups”. Now EIT is talking about a company that have finished the starting stage of its development and is ready to scale-up… Which would be the role of FIWARE in getting you to that point?

Our experience with FIWARE has been an important milestone in our process to reach the “scaleup” status, for several reasons. First of all, FIWARE open approach allowed us to develop an “open by default” architecture. Which we are discovering now, is one of the key-point of our business proposal.
Then FIWARE ecosystem allowed us, through the acceleration process, to open our minds and to experience an international-level approach that enriched our skills and allowed us to adapt our company to be scale-up ready. We are part of a wide and valuable international network, and it’s thanks to this that we meet EIT, during the final event of the Finodex accelerator in Trento. We can say that, without the FIWARE technologies and community, we wouldn’t be in EIT Digital scaleup program.

– Could you explain the “open by default” concept and its benefits?

Our platforms are, thanks to FIWARE, open to third parties’ integrations, to enrich our solutions with other functionalities.
Being open is a commercial advantage: our customers know that they can integrate our innovative products with other solutions because we don’t block anything. On the contrary, we see it as a competitive advantage.

– Both of your solutions are powered by FIWARE. On the technological side, do you feel that TeamDev could act as an evangelist about the benefits of the FIWARE platform for other projects that have joined EIT Digital?

Our solutions are also part of the IoT-Ready program. In the FIWARE IoT & Big Data stack we have found valuable pieces of technology that have shortened the time to get into the market during the MVP phase. And, even now, these pieces are a powerful part of our applications. As the open community that it is, FIWARE needs the support of its contributors, in order to spread the word about the benefits of such technologies. We are committed to persuade as many companies as we can, about this approach: making FIWARE a robust standard is a common goal that we are going to pursue in the following years.

– EIT will be helping you to develop a marketing plan aimed to reach further, to new investors and clients. Which would be the next markets to aim for?

During the first months of the EIT acceleration we will work on WiseTown, focusing on the countries that we will target during scaleup phase. In first instance, we are thinking in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark, but we will define these countries in a few weeks.
We will also have a look into the USA, mainly for expanding the Agricolus ecosystem.

578872157– TeamDev have been working in two projects, aiming for two of the main verticals for FIWARE: smart agriculture and smart cities. Is EIT interested in empower any kind of cross-sector vision? 

EIT Digital will mainly focus its support into the WiseTown ecosystem, our smart cities solution. But they are also going to support Agricolus scaleup process, with its Silicon Valley office pushing our solution into that market.
Both of our solutions are focused in improving daily work and quality of life, and I foresee some interesting interaction between cities and agriculture. Like the “urban farming” concept, which is becoming a need that will grow in the next decades!

– You will be joining specific initiatives within EIR (namely, the Digital Cities Action Line and the Access to Market program). Tell us something about them and, particularly, about how the Digital Cities Action Line can be in line with other initiatives that FIWARE is part of or is working with?

EIT Digital identifies cities’ digital transformation as one of the main challenges of the near future. Civic technologies –as the ones offered by WiseTown– need standards and a robust and scalable approach, to support the growing needs of digital interaction between the citizens and their local governments.
We experienced the same vision wen approaching to and working with other international initiatives, like OASC and GCTC: there’s a huge worldwide effort that we think is supporting this transition, and we expect that there will be an even tighter collaboration between all these activities. Through WiseTown, TeamDev is involved in some of them and aims to be one of the actors of this stage of the cities’ evolution.

– Now being part of EIT Digital and with the FIWARE Foundation in place, which would be the next steps to take by TeamDev?

TeamDev has just requested the admission to the FIWARE Foundation and we hope to be one of the parts that will be supporting this new adventure. We will act, as we have done so far, as direct users and supporters of the technologies among the developers community and towards other SMEs. 2017 will be a challenging year for us with the scale-up process, the creation of a dedicated spinoff for Agricolus and a lot of R&D because innovation never stops!

 Posted by at 11:37 am

FIWARE Mundus with GCTC: two new workshops

 Blog, FIWARE Mundus, GCTC  Comments Off on FIWARE Mundus with GCTC: two new workshops
Jan 262017
 
q9epvxkl

As it was stated at the 1st FIWARE Summit, the FIWARE Mundus Committee keeps promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of the FIWARE ecosystems at global level. FIWARE Mundus seeks to enlarge international membership, explore common business opportunities and foster FIWARE nodes and FIWARE instances installations around the Globe.

Following the announced course of action, FIWARE Mundus is excited to present a new participation of the FIWARE community within the context of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) programme of the United States. In particular, two workshops that will strengthen the international cooperation in the Smart City domain:

  • Transportation SuperCluster Workshop, hosted in Portland (OR) on February 1-2. Discussions will revolve around the future of smart transportation and make progress toward creating a shared blueprint of smart transportation technologies for cities and communities with diverse requirements. The FIWARE delegation will count with the support from the cities of Porto (Portugal) and Ancona (Italy), that will introduce an overview of their initiatives and goals; and with the participation of Ubiwhere, a "Powered by FIWARE" company. Besides the involvement in the multiple breakout sessions, FIWARE Mundus will take part in the "Smart City SDK Development Workshop" to present the FIWARE open source development community.
  • City Platform SuperCluster Workshop, hosted in Kansas City (MO) on February 7-8. During the two-day event co-hosted by NIST, the participants will come in with a list of problems and questions on City Platform and cross-cutting data management issues, and leave with a concept of how to solve that list while building a smart city. FIWARE is an official sponsor of this event, where the "Powered by FIWARE" solutions Wise Town, SmartAppCity and Ubiwhere will showcase their cooperation with the cities of Perugia (Italy), Logroño (Spain) and Porto (Portugal). FIWARE Mundus will take part in the "Smart City Data Sustainment Panel" to present the what FIWARE has learned from European cities in terms of sustainability.

The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is a collaborative network of project teams or "action clusters", working on groundbreaking applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the smart community environment. These two new workshops follow the continuous collaboration between GCTC and FIWARE through the Mundus initiative, strengthening of the cooperation between cities and companies from Europe and the USA, with FIWARE as the link to ease that joining effort. As the Mundus team pointed before, this collaboration is a “turning point to accelerate the take-up of FIWARE in the USA and in other countries represented in the GCTC”.

gctc_logo_1200x628

My FIWARE Story: FIWARE Zone & the iHubs Programme

 Blog, myFIWAREstory, SmartCities  Comments Off on My FIWARE Story: FIWARE Zone & the iHubs Programme
Jan 202017
 
ARPFwnqp_400x400

A couple of months before the 1st FIWARE Summit, the city of Málaga was the meeting point around sustainable urban communities, and gathered representatives from several companies and institutions that are working towards an innovative and viable model for the smart cities.

There, we had the chance to talk with some of the contributors involved in that process. A company like Adevice plays a substantial role in the advancement of Sevilla as a smart city: while creating an automated monitoring system for the city’s ornamental fountains, Adevice also has provided means to interconnect the already existing infrastructures using their own IoT-ready devices –part of the FIWARE catalogue and operating now also in the Canary Islands.

Taking care of the local and regional ecosystems is a crucial aspect for the smart-development focus: to act knowing the particularities of each community and to engage the nearest actors eases the path to succeed within a global framework for the IoT-enables smart cities.

Maria Virtudes Briz, FIWARE expert, explained us some of the projects that Telefónica is currently running in Santiago de Chile: “We are including data from Transantiago that allows us to geolocalize in real-time the position of each one of the buses moving around the city”. Studying the data flow in each community allows “to understand which the behavior of each one of the citizens is and to give each one of them better tips according to their likings”.

To act locally upon our global strategy is the key mission of the FIWARE iHub Programme. The iHubs are physical meeting points for developers, experts, startups, students and other community members. The programme aims to show the path by example, offering coaching and training, tailored for each one of our contributors.

iHubsAt the 1st FIWARE Summit, the programme was reviewed: what we have achieved and the challenges ahead. We also had the chance to meet two iHubs that are being particularly successful in pushing the community around and getting it to know and to use FIWARE: Faubourg Numérique in France, and INiTS in Austria.

Another announcement made at the Summit –and advanced at the GreenCities event–, was the creation of the FIWARE Zone, a further development of the iHub focus, with two innovation centers in Malaga and Seville.

This new project aims to reach the whole region and boost its global projection, but starting with the engagement of local innovators. As Antonio Cabello, from the Regional Government Economy and Innovation Office, puts it: “Andalucía Smart 2020 takes up the commitment of the Regional Government (Junta de Andalucía) to drive a smart development model on the forthcoming years”. A commitment that needs “to offer, to cities and municipalities, a model that serves them as a guide to develop their strategic project becoming Smart Cities”.

Juan Marcelo Gaitán, director of the FIWARE Zone, links that vision with the direct empowerment of each person or company contributing to and profiting from FIWARE: “We want to help any entrepreneur developing a solution, an application, a technological project that could be sold to any city that uses a platform compliant with the standard”.
To achieve that “We all must get hands-on with FIWARE, touching the technology, creating urban labs, real physical labs where the integrated technology and the devices that are offering added value to the City are physically there”.

The FIWARE Zone will be officially launched next Tuesday, January 24th. The project will de unfolding over six axes:

  • Innovation Centers and Urban Labs, with two centers and three labs at the moment, demoing the solutions and providing laboratories and training equipment, showcasing the IoT-Ready devices and functioning as a testbed, attracting the best Smart City projects.
     
  • The Platform perspective, with each center being a FIWARE instance, offering the technology and resources to develop and test pilot projects, and gathering and offering data, integrating it with FI-LAB.
     
  • University, offering training, laboratory experimentation and research groups. As Gaitán explains it: “The University has to spread the knowledge around the technology in order to allow the students to join the companies incorporating that knowledge with them and promoting the development of that technology, within the companies”.
     
  • Challenge IoT, an open call where developing teams can present and deploy their ideas, awarding the best of them and opening a network comprising the sponsoring companies and institutions, and the startups and entrepreneurs.
     
  • Market, offering support and training sessions on the FIWARE technologies, in order to create or to adapt innovative products that are FIWARE compliant, facilitating the access to the commercial resources that we are offering for powered by FIWARE solutions, like the IoT-Ready programme or the recently launched FIWARE Marketplace.

To learn more about FIWARE Zone and the iHubs Programme, stay tuned to our News section, to this blog and to our social networks, and enjoy our latest My FIWARE Story.
 

ETSI launches new Group on Context Information Management: the role of FIWARE

 APIs, Blog, FIWARE Foundation, GEs, GSMA, IoT, NGSI, OASC, SmartCities  Comments Off on ETSI launches new Group on Context Information Management: the role of FIWARE
Jan 132017
 
etsi-logo-620px

ETSIthe European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has announced the creation of a new Industry Specification Group on cross-sector Context Information Management (ISG CIM) for IoT-enabled Smart Cities and also other verticals including Smart Industry and Smart Agriculture.

The group will focus its activities on developing the specifications for a common Context Information Management (CIM) API, Data Publication platforms and standard Data Models, in order to achieve and improve cross-sector interoperalibilty for smart applications, with FIWARE NGSI as starting point. This blogpost offers further information on the role of FIWARE within the works of this new group.

As CIM API, the abstract NGSI 9 and 10 interface specifications from OMA will be the starting point, with a RESTful binding for the protocol based on the FIWARE NGSIv2 API developed under the FIWARE initiative. Specifications of this binding are expected to evolve in order to bring support to Linked Data using JSON-LD for representing the semantics of context information and their interrelationships.

As the press release by ETSI states, “Data without context are meaningless. Every sensor measurement, every entry in a database, every tweet sent and every webcam video watched has its own context.” Information will not be really useful without its own context; a context that should be published and made available with the data. The ISG CIM will specify open standards for the context information management layer that accesses and updates information coming from different sources (IoT networks and information systems) thus enabling to implement a context-aware behaviour for smart applications and extending its interoperability.

“With the rapid development of technologies such as Big Data, semantic web, complex workflow or autonomous decision making, the need for interoperable context information is becoming huge”, says Lindsay Frost, convenor of ETSI ISG CIM.

Lindsay Frost explains how the newly launched group will aid to overcome this problem: “The ISG CIM will specify protocols running ‘on top’ of IoT platforms and allowing exchange of data together with its context, this includes what is described by the data, what was measured, when, where, by what, the time of validity, ownership, and others. That will dramatically extend the interoperability of applications, helping smart cities to integrate their existing services and enable new third-party services.”



These will be the topics addressed by ISG CIM in order to ensure interoperability of independent SW implementations, including Open Source implementations,

  • Definition of a standard API for Context Information Management, enabling close to real-time update and access to information coming from many different sources (not only IoT). Such an API will enable applications to perform updates on context, register context providers which can be queried to get updates on context, query information on current and historic context information and subscribe for receiving notifications on context changes.
     
  • Specifications to be fulfilled by Data Publication Platforms supporting open data publication, data privacy and/or authorization of access, including enablers for multi-party access contracts will be considered.
     
  • Cross-domain Context Information Models that will deal with the definition of the models that are common to several of the domains being targeted, together with the meta models, definition languages and processes needed for the specification, curation, publication and evolution of Context Information Models will be defined and applied.
     
  • Smart Cities Information Models, where the specific models for the Smart Cities domain will be defined.
     
  • Information Models targeting other specific domains besides Smart Cities (for example but not limited to Smart Agrifood, Smart Industry) will also be considered.


The starting members of the new Industry Specification Group (ISG) are Easy Global Market, IMEC, NEC, Orange and Telefonica. ETSI has initiated this new group together with the organisation Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC). Soon, the FIWARE Foundation will also join the ISG as new ETSI member.  Beyond the initial focus of Smart Cities, the cross-sector approach will be transferable to applications developed for other vertical domains, such as Smart Agriculture and Smart Industry. With the goal of interoperate and to re-use as much existing work and knowledge as possible, the group will work closely with the ETSI SmartM2M technical committee and with oneM2M, the global standards initiative for M2M and the IoT (Internet of Things) of which ETSI is a founding member.

The ISG CIM work responds to the EU’s rolling plan on ICT standardisation which is part of its Digital Single Market strategy.
The creation of this group leverages promising results of the collaboration between FIWARE and other relevant actors such as TM Forum or GSMA.


The first meeting of the ISG CIM is planned to take place at the ETSI premises in Sophia Antipolis, France, on 9-10 February 2017. Regarding FIWARE, by July 2017, a preliminary version of the CIM API is expected. The final version of its specifications will be developed by November 2017. And, by September 2017, the first version of the standard Data Models would be available, thanks to the previous work in projects like CitySDK, or the joining effort of FIWARE and a group of OASC cities in collaboration with GSMA, regarding the definition of harmonized Data Models. This partnership has produced a first batch of Data Models that are fully compatible with NGSI.

Participation in the cross-sector group is open to all ETSI members as well as organizations who are not members, subject to signing ISG Agreements. For information on how to participate please contact ISGsupport@etsi.org
The full list of members and participants in ISG CIM is available at: https://portal.etsi.org/TBSiteMap/CIM/CIMmembershiplist.aspx

imgpsh_fullsize

FIWARE in 2017: the best is yet to come!

 Blog  Comments Off on FIWARE in 2017: the best is yet to come!
Dec 302016
 
banner-600

Normally we use this blog to post news, announcements, review past events or present current and future initiatives and partnerships. Recently we thanked all the FIWARE community for their participation –your participation! – In making our first Summit a complete success. A success for the Open Community!

It has been a wonderful way to finish 2016, the year that marked the starting point for the next stage in the development of FIWARE, as an Open Source software platform –with a growing hardware and services catalogue attached– and as an expanding ecosystem.
While maintaining the strong healthy links with its European origin, we see how FIWARE is now aiming and reaching to a global market.

The FIWARE community has given the Foundation a key task: to develop the go-to-market strategy for FIWARE, and to drive its adoption across sectors and borders. New members are now part of the FIWARE Foundation and more are expected to be joining soon, as the New Year starts.

With our Programmes in place, the iHub network working at a local level, the Mundus Support Committee expanding the reach of FIWARE Worldwide and another round of Acceleration and funding for startups and SMEs about to be launched… with the new additions to what we have already been offering in order to ease the activity of our developers and entrepreneurs, and with renewed initiatives and partnerships that are strengthening by the day, the future seems to be brighter than ever.

So, when the great twelve months that 2016 has bring for us are about to finish and when, possibly, most of our hard-working community members are enjoying a well-deserved Holiday Season, let’s just share a final thought and two words to end a notable time. Thank you!

It should not bother us that we are repeating ourselves: there is a lot to thank for.

There will be time enough to be reviewing and expanding the very good news that we have been sharingrecently.
Now, simply receive our warmest greetings and the wish that you are enjoying this date with your family and friends.

Let’s gather together to say goodbye to 2016 and Welcome to 2017! For sure and for all of us, it is going to be best year yet!

banner-600