Powered by FIWARE Smart Solutions at the 2nd FIWARE Summit (part 1)

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May 252017

15 Smart Solutions based on FIWARE technology will be showcased at the Demo Area of the FIWARE Summit in Utrecht, demonstrating how our open source software components have been used by more than a thousand startups to develop their products and services, reaching their first customers, getting to the market and starting to scale-up. Those open standards are now being adopted by new projects and bigger companies globally, across different business sectors and verticals.

Agricolus embodies TeamDev’s vision on how to make precision farming easy, enabling farmers to increase productivity and save time, limiting environmental degradation. Agricolus organises and stores data collected from different sources (sensors, drones, satellites, mobile devices). It uses the geodatabase to feed the decision support system, and applications dedicated to alert from diseases or to the farm management. TeamDev supports standardization and the adoption of common interfaces for the IoT and Big Data analytics.
Atos presents a Smart System, dedicated to ensure safety and mobility in European Cities, connecting them through FIWARE. Under the motto “trusted partner for your Digital Journey”, Atos is focused on business technology that helps to create their firm of the future, offering vertical solutions based on FIWARE for different domains. For the Smart City, Atos is integrating FIWARE with existing systems, sensors and specific city services, creating an ICT cloud-based platform and mobility service: available, universal and safe for all users.

Babbler is a next-generation tamper evident seal. Simple to use and smart, IoT-enabled seal is an innovative solution for supply chain monitoring. Already in use –and loved–  by customs organisations. Babbler allows importers and exporters to discover and remedy incidents earlier; to reduce liability by knowing when a shipment was messed with; to dramatically reduce call-center and paperwork by sharing an online dashboard; and to become a well-trusted customs party and have fewer customs delays.

“Do you know how much powerful the data in your city are? Open a window over them!” That’s how CEDUS presents itself. This Smart System collects scattered data from different sources, organizes and exploits it, avoiding duplications. It is developed by Engineering and is aimed to City Managers, Data Providers, Companies and Citizens, offering a FIWARE based solution (City Enabler) compliant with OASC principles. Applying eight Generic Enablers, including NGSI v2, it is open to other platforms, avoiding vendor or city lock-in.

Civity comprises four products or modules that turn “raw data into meaningful stories”. It offers a complete system to collect, to manage and interconnect data safely. allows to gather all the user data in one place. Slim Melden eases the smart and secure use of Open Data. Data Hamster is used facilitate the process of data collection and its management. And the City Innovation Platform supports standards and harmonised data models, empowering data governance.

Centered on the measurement and collection of information from connected objects – fixed or mobile – and their communication to the city, residents and enterprises towards improved mobility, CommuniThings solutions range from smart-parking, through fleet management, to air quality. At the Summit its smart parking and water metering solutions will be demoed. As a pioneer deploying IoT platforms, CommuniThings uniqueness lies in its ability to offer a host of modular and scalable services, managed by one central server.

e3tcity 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. At the Summit, e3city is showcasing their devices and how their solution could be adapted to different fields such as the lighting sector, air conditioning, irrigation or other sensor networks.

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FIWARE Summit in Utrecht: agenda, speakers and new activities

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May 192017

We are roughly two weeks away from the 2nd FIWARE Summit. The FIWARE Community will meet in Utrecht from 29th to 31st of May. Supported by our sponsors –EBU, KPN, the Utrecht Region, Deloitte and the FIWARE Lab NL– the event will take place over seven rooms, at the high-tech and futuristic meeting center for the Dutch business community, the Jaarbeurs’ Media Plaza, in the heart of the Holland’s largest Fair.

The agenda of the event has been evolving during the recent weeks, with top level confirmations as speakers and new activities that come to complete the Summit schedule.

FIWARE_HACKACITY_UTRECHT_v5· Hackacity Utrecht. A competition which aims at testing and using cities’ Open Data on a non-stop hackathon. In our 2nd Summit, the participants will be encouraged to create applications, aiming to ease real citizens’ challenges. Admission is open to coders, hackers, designers, business developers and anyone willing to apply their skills on creating a winning solution. Our hackathon in Utrecht will be an opportunity to connect Big Data, smart brains and creativity. Besides meeting new people, having a nice time solving problems together; building big, smart and creative solutions.

· Joint Workshop with TM Forum. ‘Frontrunner Smart Cities in the API economy’ sessions will help to identify challenges for urban communities and discover the level of maturity of each city, studying the roadmap and challenges ahead, focusing on real-time open data and the uprising of an economy of data. The workshop will provide a path to start FIWARE and TM Forum pilots, becoming the leading adopters of a reference architecture based on open standards. The API economy is an enabler for turning a single company or organization into a whole business platform.

· Launch and Invitation to join the FIWARE Marketplace. This will be the global one-stop shop, giving visibility and credibility to companies providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ platforms/solutions, ‘FIWARE-ready’ software technologies and IoT devices or offering different services: training, coaching, consultancy, solution integration, tech support…
The Marketplace is designed to be a meeting point and the key instrument in order to help the FIWARE Community promoting their businesses. It serves the purpose of globally disseminating existing commercial offerings around FIWARE. Any company on the Marketplace will be able to advertise their offering and reach their target customers or build win-win partnerships. Enabling the current demand to meet the existing offering is cornerstone at this stage of the development of the FIWARE Community

Look into the advanced agenda for the event and find your itinerary among the different tracks that will be running in parallel during the three days, offering an ample, in-depth approach for our current and new community members, to get hands-on with FIWARE and welcome them to our Ecosystem.

Also, do not miss our speaker list, progressing towards its finalized state. The FIWARE Summit will present an opportunity to attend to informative and inspiring keynotes and panels, and to meet the vision and share thoughts with relevant actors and representatives from big companies like KPN, NEC, Atos, Engineering or Orange, public and private initiatives and agencies like the OASC, TM Forum or EIT Digital, and institutional delegates from the European Commission or the Municipal Government of the city of Utrecht.

Check out the complete online information and share the word: the 2nd FIWARE Summit will be a new occasion to enjoy working in the same direction. We are moving forward, growing global: come to Utrecht and let’s build a global marketplace together.


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FIWARE goes to Edmonton: 1st Canadian workshop

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May 112017

Edmonton Research Park and the FIWARE Foundation are joining together to deliver a full-day information session to define and illustrate the many uses and benefits of the technology and the community it has developed.

After the participation of FIWARE accelerators in a workshop in the summer of 2015 and a first FIWARE-based prototype developed at the end of that same year at University of Toronto, FIWARE is now getting more momentum in Canada with a pilot trial envisaged in the agrifood sector in Ontario, and a FIWARE Lab Node being set up in Quebec (more details on both of those will be posted soon!). It is therefore the right time to organise the first FIWARE Canadian workshop, which will be hosted by and co-organised with the Edmonton Research Park. The workshop will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 5, 2017; programme and registration are available at our event page and


According to Jenni Salonga, Project Lead at the Edmonton Research Park, “We are very enthusiastic to welcome the FIWARE Foundation to Edmonton. Our main goal is to learn how FIWARE technologies can provide value to a company’s productivity, marketability, and scalability. The European innovation community thrives in this ingenuity, and we want to share their experience with our innovation community in the region and across Canada.”

Jacques Magen, Chairman of the FIWARE Mundus Committee, states that “After a couple of years of interaction between FIWARE and Canadian stakeholders, the FIWARE Edmonton Workshop is a great opportunity to finally present FIWARE and some Powered by FIWARE solutions in Canada. We are all looking forward to this workshop.”

The morning session is dedicated to explaining how FIWARE may be used to support and strengthen the local innovation ecosystem; while the afternoon session is targeting developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The main thematic domains addressed will be around smart cities and open data, and smart agriculture and agrifood.

The info session and workshop aims to explore the possibility of creating a lab that will be powered by FIWARE. The lab maybe run by an incubator, accelerator, government, university or industry.
The atendees will be able to learn how to benefit from FIWARE when developing innovative solutions and applications; see how FIWARE could help strengthen the innovation ecosystem and attract new entrepreneurs and start-ups; and understand how FIWARE could help develop technological innovation and entrepreneurial skills among the students.

Interested in attending? Do not hesitate to register and/or contact FIWARE Mundus at:

Internet of Things World Europe: get your free pass

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May 092017

Internet of Things World Europe, the most comprehensive IoT event to engage enterprises across both Industrial and Consumer IoT, is returning on 13-15 June 2017 as part of London Tech Week's new festival of technology TechXLR8. The event will be the place to discuss how IoT is driving business transformation, generating new revenue opportunities for businesses and to meet with industry leading experts from the most progressive enterprise, telco and technology companies.

FIWARE will be present in London next month. As a sponsor, we are now offering free expo passes as part of the exhibitor competition. If you want to be part of the Internet of Things World Europe, just register for an expo pass using the following link: FREE PASSES

When registering, write ‘FIWARE’ in the field Priority Code. The organisation will track how many people have signed up from each side, in order to determine and announce the winner of the competition, on the 12th June.
The winner exhibitor will upgrade 2 visitors, being able to give them two TechXRL8 premium passes – including access to 20 tracks across the event, access to hear from 800+ speakers and an invitation to the networking drinks reception.

19278 IoT Europe SPEX 400x400Internet of Things World Europe aims to drive the creation of partnerships and ecosystems, to ignite the growing IoT-driven business. Connections between partners will boost the development of end-end solutions, access enterprises ready to adopt them as they hunt for new business models and services.

The event is part of TechXLR8, London Tech Week's headline expo, a festival of technology taking the visitors into a journey, between networks, enterprise tech and consumer services.

TechXLR8, London Tech Week's Official Expo will bring together the converging tech industries by showcasing 8 leading technology events. A global reaching show with 1 shared exhibition, 1 headline keynote stage, 20 tracks of content, 8 tech demo zones, 40+ hours of networking, its own award ceremony… and more! Set to welcome 15,000+ attendees –with 48% director level or above–, coming from over 8,000 companies and from 125 countries, TechXLR8 is an occasion not to be missed.

REMEMBER: register for your free visitor ticket HERE, write ‘FIWARE’ in the field Priority Code and get access to stages of cutting-edge content, live Industrial and Smart Home IoT Demo Zones and 300+ exhibitors showcasing innovation. For more information, visit 

Situm Indoor Positioning: highest accuracy, zero infrastructure

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Apr 282017

We are well accustomed to the GPS and map applications, that we use to optimize our routes when traveling from one city to another, or between two points within a city. A number of comercial possibilities have unfolded upong such services, enriching each user’s route by offering him or her different services and useful tips and offers, and receiving valuable information in return.

When trying to improve indoor businesses by optimizing positioning in a similar way, two main challenges appear: to deal with the costs of the mapping process for each room and facility on a private building; and to overcome the possible limitations that enclosed spaces –specially underground– present, when receiving GPS signal is the essential for a location based solution.

Generally, there is no GPS signal into our buildings, and we spent 90% of our time inside them. Situm smart positioning system overcome this problem, offering indoor navigation inside large buildings, tracking employees to improve security and manage their workflow, and guiding visitors and possible customers. It enables the creation of location-based campaigns, by gathering and processing all kind of data, generating real-time data and KPIs, graphical reports and heatmaps.


The basis of this high-accuracy system is using Wi-Fi signals and other signal sources that are already there: it can be installed in a easy, DIY manner and needs zero extra infrastructure.

With successful implementations in public and private buildings –ranging from offices in Singapore, hospitals in Spain, malls in Colombia, conferences centers and global reaching events like the Mobile World Congress or the Web Summit–, we wanted to know more about this powered by FIWARE solution. We invited Situm to showcase at the recent Hannover Messe 2017, the biggest industrial fair in the world.

Miguel Pérez, responsible of Corporate Communications at Situm Technologies told us more about the joint demo –with eProsima robots– that we show in Hannover: “The demo performed in conjunction by Situm and eProsima was a complete success. We provided a user with a smartphone, located thanks to Situm’s indoor positioning technology; at the same time, this smartphone was transmitting its position to an eProsima robot. Thanks to the real-time location system, when the user moved, the robot responded accordingly following in like manner. This may be applied in areas such as robotic assistance: robots that make life easier for people with dificultes, such us the elderly or people with reduced mobility.”

eProssima are middleware specialists. They been using FIWARE software components to deploy their IoT-enabled and robotic solutions and services. Situm completed the control of their robots, enabling indoor navigation, clearing up accesible routes and making them visible for the person remotely controlling the machines. “Orion Context Broker served as a key element for the development of the demo. The smartphone located with Situm’s technology sent its position to the Orion Context Broker, from where the eProsima robot got the location data, allowing its proper operation in real-time”, explains Miguel.


Situm was part of the previous Acceleration Programme powered by FIWARE. They were accelerated by IMPACT and have the best experience launching their product with them: “Situm highly values having worked with IMPACT. Not only for the support of the public financing, but for the contacts made during the acceleration program that may involve access to new funding sources beyond IMPACT and FIWARE. The training is also one of the main advantages due to its top mentors. IMPACT startups come from many different countries, with business systems of different natures. Situm can gain skills that help understand other business ecosystems in order to be prepared for the future. Moreover, the contacts that are being made may result in new ways of doing business or even possible synergies.”

Take note that IMPACT Growth has launched new open calls –closing on May 9th– for startups that have already developed a product and are willing to scale-up. If you have a project and are looking for funding, mentoring and using a cutting-edge technology, you can now follow the successful steps of Situm and many other companies accelerated by IMPACT and FIWARE. Apply now!

Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet: FIWARE at the Hannover Messe

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Apr 172017

Related to its lead theme, 'Integrated Industry – Creating Value', Hannover Messe 2017 presents its program and special area around Industry 4.0, pointing out how the digital industry “requires answers and solutions for different topics: Man and labour, business – and strategy examples, how to handle the data-overflow, cyber-security, standards and interoperability, medium sized businesses and users, best practice cases.” The 'Forum Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet' is built upon these topics and how they affect users, industry players and politics.

FIWARE will be present at Hall 8, Stand C31. The area will be displaying international expertise around Industry 4.0 technologies and services. The 'Forum Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet' attracted more than 8,200 visitors and was one of the most successful events at Hannover Messe last year.

Organized by Deutsche Messe in partnership with Germany's Industrie 4.0 Platform, the Industrial Internet Consortium and the German industry associations VDMA and ZVEI, this Forum is staged under the auspices of Germany's Federal Ministries for Economic Affairs and Energy and Education and Research.

Big companies like Siemens, ABB, Intel, Kaspersky and Microsoft showcased the latest digital technologies and services. Being part of this Industrial IT display means a chance to showcase the latest technologies available and the most innovative solutions, within a premium exhibition area. We will be bringing four powered by FIWARE companies to the event: Situm, eProsima, Babbler and Wellness.

O3A5574The poducts displayed will be ranging from the next-generation smart for supply chain monitoring, developed by Babbler, to the lightning (WeLight) and waste (Quamtra) monitoring systems that Wellness will be presenting. Situm will be showcasing their zero-infraestructure, fast configuration smartphone indoor positioning service. And will be demoing it also in collaboration with eProsima robots.

Adding to the more commercial and networking oriented activity, daily panel discussions provide an ideal opportunity to compare notes on IoT standards, data management, cyber security and interoperability, establishing a dialogue between business, science and government.

FIWARE Foundation CEO, Ulrich Ahle, will be speaking on Thursday 27th, starting at 16:30h (Hall 8, Stand D19). His lecture, 'Industry 4.0 – Digital Transformation: challenges for the maunfacturing industry' will focus on the main questions that FIWARE is addressing around Digital Factory, Industrial Automation and Industry 4.0.

O3A5288Digital transformation is leading to significant changes in many areas of German, European and worldwide industries. Evolutionary changes are topped with fundamental, disruptive transformations in business models. Products, processes and services are increasingly digitized and integrated into smart services, available on-demand for the individual customer. These new services and business models are based on IoT platforms.
Ahle will be presenting a paper, describing what an industrial company needs to be able to, first, realize the changes mentioned above, and consecuently adapt and profit from them. Not only in theory, but showing and illustrating by examples which industry elements can already be implemented today and which platform approaches are available.

Hannover Messe is the biggest industrial fair in the world, a must for decision-makers both on public and private level. With more than 6500 international exhibitors, 400 industrial applications, 1700 lectures & panels and 2500 journalists from all over the world, and around 250K visitors, the exponential reach is that about 5.6M business contacts will be made in 5 days. Come visit FIWARE at the Hannover Messe 2017, from April 24th to 28th.

Connecting each island to a global ecosystem: FIWARE at the SIWC17

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Apr 122017

With a similar aim but a more specific focus, the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) has originated the Smart Island World Congress.

The smart areas and populations that embark themselves in the process of improving the sustainability, economic growth and well-being of the community, they are confronting nowadays similar tasks and difficulties. It is crucial to share the tools and the knowledge that may help them succeed.

In this interconnected era, Islands are facing many challenges in areas such as efficiency of the public services, advancing towards a sustainable, participated urban planning, and improving its economic and social development.
The SCEWC organization is bringing together the civic, business and technology experts from all around the world to Smart Island World Congress, aiming to achieve and present a common vision on how to exploit the opportunities which arise from these challenges.

The most urgent need it to find new tools and to create new services that will allow governments and territory managers to reach an efficient management of the islands, and mitigate the weaknesses of insularity, such as a the floating population and the seasonality of the business, plus an often unsustainable mobility and a steady talent loss.

"Nowadays, it is crucial to discuss energy efficiency, sustainability, waste and water management and mobility in our territories. But in the specific case of islands, it is even more important; it is a matter of survival”, explains Alfonso Rodríguez, Mayor of Calvià. "Our territory is finite, it is fragile and limited, but at the same time is the most valuable treasure that we offer our residents and visitors".

Calvià, in Mallorca, will be the permanent headquarters of the Smart Island World Congress. The congress and exhibition will be held for the first time next week, April 20th and 21st.
A two-day speakers' congress plus a networking area will bring together the most relevant island leaders, industry experts, research centers, universities, governments and international organizations from all around the world, devising the optimal lines of action for all and each one of them; merging public needs with private innovative solutions and awarding the promotion and implementation of Smart Island projects and initiatives worldwide.

This first edition will allow its attendees to anticipate and define the transformation one of one of the markets with more potential. There will be congress tracks about new connectivity, innovative urban planning for a better social development, talent & economic development and the creation and empowerment of “smart destinations”.

FIWARE will participate in the Plenary P3, on Friday 21st, starting at 9.30h. Under the tittle ‘Making it happen: change-makers and economic development’, with the CTO of the FIWARE Foundation, Juanjo Hierro

FIWARE will be also organising the Side Event ‘Frontrunner Smart Cities in the API Economy’, also on Friday 21st, starting at 11.45h in the Workshop Room: the API economy is an enabler for turning a business or organization into a platform. Living in a data-driven API economy, an island and its cities will need a set of business models and channels, based on secure access of functionality and exchange of data.
The workshop will illustrate how to become frontrunners this API Economy, benchmarking a community in terms of Smart City Maturity and turning a Smart City vision into reality. It will be the chance to become the leading adopters of a reference architecture based on open standards jointly defined by TM Forum and the FIWARE Foundation.


FIWARE and the Connecting Europe Facility advancing the Digital Single Market

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Apr 102017

According to EU's Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, the exploitation of the digital space will create unique opportunities for value creation with both economic and societal benefits. In particular, it will bring new ways to expand markets, enable the creation of innovative services at better prices, new sources of employment and also better policy making. Not surprisingly, policy in support of digitisation is happening in an increasing number of sectors from the European, national and local level. As a result of the progress made in the last twenty years, businesses and citizens are increasingly able to exchange data with each other and with public administrations digitally, interact with different types of stakeholders using digital means and substitute physical presence by digital interactions when performing day-to-day transactions. However, as shown by the Digital Economy and Society Index, Europe is only half-way there i.e. in 2017 the EU28 scores 50% across the main dimensions of a digital society.

As digital becomes the 'new normal', platforming gains increasing importance both in the private and public sectors. Every day 'exchange-based' Digital Platforms bring together millions of buyers and sellers. Furthermore, 'content-based' Digital Platforms, where content can be user-generated, are becoming mainstream. The reuse of common elements across multiple digital services is an essential concept linked to every Digital Platform. Consequently, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and FIWARE have joined forces in the area of Digital Lego®-like blocks. These are atomic and modular software components, which can be easily rearranged and combined to meet any new needs given their versatile interface. Whereas FIWARE calls them Generic Enablers, CEF calls them building blocks. CEF's five building blocks (eID, eSignature and eDelivery, eInvoicing and eTranslation) provide reusable solutions and services, in addition to funding in the form of grants, for their implementation in any sector. Part of the funding under CEF is made available in the form of grants awarded following competitive calls for proposals. This process is managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). For example, in 2017 CEF will award up to €77 million in grants. Both businesses and public administration can apply. Detailed information on how to apply is explained on the INEA website. Furthermore, the European Commission offers a number of services to the users of the building blocks at no cost. More information about these services can be consulted on the CEF Digital website. It's also important to highlight that the building blocks are based on market driven standards and technical specifications. The open approach enables third-party participation.

CjNSyp0VEAAXIh_The first collaboration between CEF and FIWARE was the inclusion of the CEF eDelivery building block in FIWARE's Catalogue of generic enablers. The eDelivery Building Block enables organisations to exchange electronic data and documents with each other in a secure, reliable and interoperable way. CEF eDelivery is based on the AS4 messaging protocol (based on web-services) developed by the OASIS standards development organisation. To ease its adoption in Europe, eDelivery uses the AS4 implementation guidelines defined by the Member States in the e-SENS Large Scale Pilot. Organisations must install an Access Point, or use a Service Provider, to exchange information with the AS4 messaging protocol. Thanks to the collaboration with FIWARE it's possible to quickly install an Access Point on FIWARE's Lab for demonstration purposes. Several European projects, in different business domains, are already today or will soon be using AS4 Access Points. These projects involve businesses, public administrations, academia, EU Agencies, EU Institutions, etc. The next funding opportunity for deploying eDelivery or upgrading a solution to comply with its standards is schedule on 5th May 2017. FIWARE and CEF will continue to launch more joint initiatives, to keep up to date with the latest developments, subscribe to the CEF newsletter.

– Joao Rodrigues Frade. Lead Architect of the CEF Architecture Office.
Head of Sector (Digital) Building Blocks at European Commission.