HealthApp & TCApp: improving links between patient & therapist

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Oct 062016

Currently there are more than 87 million people worldwide suffering from Eating Disorders (more than 10 million in Europe). The associated direct –diagnosis, treatment and supervision or control– and indirect costs –economic loses caused to both patients and relatives–, can reach more than 100,000 € per patient, as well as an important loss of life qualit. The estimated economical impact of the disease is about 253 B€ worldwide. There are more than 230,000 people dying every year because of the illness: suicide, depression and severe anxiety are common during the active disease and treatment.

Even though they can be successfully and fully treated to complete remission, only 1/10 people with Eating Disorders receive proper treatment, due to stigmatization and current inefficient treatments available, based on paper records like homework. Moreover, Eating Disorders are increasing significantly and it is estimated that these figures will increase to 10 times over the next 10 years.

Patients with an Eating Disorder (mostly teenagers) are digital native, and our customer validation has shown that they feel alone and look in their mobile phone for a close friend; in fact they see their therapists as the only ones in which they can trust. Therefore, it raises the need of finding economic solutions that not only can establish efficient links between patients and therapists, but also can collect useful data for clinics, hospitals, healthcare insurances and pharmacy companies to improve therapy results.

Is in this context where our idea was born: HealthApp is a company focused on the development of mobile applications for the health sector, with special emphasis on improving communication between patients and therapists in long-term and chronic diseases; so we want to become an effective support which patients feel safe and comfortable with, in the time between a medical consultation and the next. And we have started facing Eating Disorders with TCApp: the only existing European ICT tool for improving Eating Disorders treatment based on mobile applications, cloud computing, serious games and artificial intelligence. 
With TCApp we are committed to increase therapy efficiency by increasing a 20% of patients engagement and reducing a 10% of therapy cost, reducing at the same time the high social impact of the illness. In fact, our first Clinical and Customer Validation, done on fall 2015 and supported by the FICHe (Future Challenge for eHealth, FIWARE) accelerator, reported promising results regarding the reduction of patients' anxiety and the increase of the therapy engagement, as well as an improvement of the direct healthcare assistance (therapists had more time per patient and more valuable data).

HealthApp is a start-up company launched in November 2013 with headquarters in Terrassa (Spain). Our aim is to become the first European company facing the challenges of connecting patients and therapists, improving their quality of life and improve the European mental healthcare. Our current technology eases that connection in between medical consultations. It is currently available on Google Play and Apple Store markets, and has been developed in collaboration with different public and private health institutions in the Barcelona area (Althaia, Hospital de Sant Rafael, CST, ITA and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu).

Through TCApp patients can record thoughts, situations, actions, emotions and whatever the therapists consider relevant for the therapy, since our app can be customized according to each therapy requirements. It involves algorithms based on artificial intelligence that can generate alarms when strategic words (i.e. suicide, death, etc.) are written. We have also incorporated technologies that allow real-time online contact with the therapists and gaming aesthetics, with prizes and rewards to improve patients’ commitment.

The BackOffice tool for therapists is a web-based tool where therapists can see in real time what their patients have registered. It acquires raw data and connects with the App for further processing (i.e. generation of graphs in a period of time to see parameter comparison and patient evolution). The BackOffice is designed in a way that therapists can interact in real time with the use of PUSH notifications. The tool is integrated in Azure server in order to accomplish with the most restrictive data protection laws and it is prepared for the integration in local management systems of hospitals and clinics.

With our application, patients and therapists will be in continuous contact, allowing a faster reaction from the therapist according to the patients’ needs.

FIWARE at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

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Sep 292016

FIWARE will be present at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on the 25-27th October.
The second edition of this event is expected to gather more than 8,000 national and international visitors and will be focusing on IoT solutions in six dedicated areas: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Transportation & Logistics, Innovation and Technology. Areas that are direct business targets for the FIWARE entrepreneurial community.

As we have stated before, Internet of Things, combined with information processing and Big Data services on the Cloud, is starting to enable a new breed of innovative Smart Digital Services. Within the IoT framework, FIWARE stands out as the Open Platform supporting the development of Smart Applications managing context information.
That points at the IoT Solutions World Congress as a highly strategic date, both regarding the maturity and continuous advancement of the Open Source technologies and the ecosystem that keeps expanding around them.
Our startups and developers, as well as by high level representatives, will be reinforcing the strong presence of the FIWARE Community within the event.


We have some highlights to be share in advance.

FIWARE will be in the Exhibition Area, booth C340. There, our technological experts and press team will be engaging with the visitors, spreading the voice about what we are offering regarding the evolution and commercial use of the Internet of Things. The IoT community is, in a way, part of the FIWARE ecosystem, and also the other way around.

Six different demos will be shown at our stand. The startups demoing their products and solutions will be:

  • Tera, with their project Beeta, a solution for energy savings.
    Currently, the home energy automation IoT market is fragmented, making it difficult to understand which product would be the ideal to optimize energy usage in each situation. Beeta is a box with a thermostat, a sensor for electric consumption monitoring and PV storage monitoring hardware, linked to a user interface with detailed analytics and alerts. By informing users of how to manage their household electrics and encouraging a more responsible energy consumption, Tera estimates that savings of up to 200€ per client a year could be achieved.
  • Optimization of warehouse logistics with FIWARE-based robots by eProsima.
    Specialized on high performance middleware, eProsima applies the Open Source model to their products and solutions. Their demo at the Congress will caught the eye of everyone passing-by: a robotic arm will be providing candies to the visitors. At the same time, it will show the potential that lies in the creation and implementation of middleware standards to inter-connecting systems and to solve common problems of interoperability.
  • Drone Delivery by Connect Robotics, which use drones for transportation and delivery of goods.
    Aiming to take transportation “to the next level”, Connect Robotics focus on the transformation of the last mile delivery. Using hardware agnostic drones, this part of the process, from the distribution center to the final destination, becomes a completely autonomous process. The system advanced telecommunication capabilities guarantee collision avoidance for the drones, while offers a centralized air traffic controller and integration of all agents in a Delivery Management System.
  • CardioWheel by CardioID Technologies, which uses the steering wheel to control the health of the driver.
    Using heart signals for health examining by employing sensors and wearearables, CardioID Technologies propose to pervasively monitor your heart, looking for arrhythmias and dangerous factors, like stress or drowsiness, and being used as well as a biometrical identification system. CardioWheel is a hardware and software system to process ECG signals acquired from the hands and though the steering wheel, customizing the in-car experience, while keeping tabs on signs of driver fatigue and any possible abnormal cardiac activity.
  • Babbler, a “smart seal” and end-to-end monitoring system for supply chains.
    Babblers are small re-usable wireless devices. By sticking them, fixed with a magnetic holder or double-sided tape on the inside of a container or trailer door just before locking it, it’s possible to follow a shipment end-to-end, monitoring temperature and seal-status by simply using a smartphone, or through a long range radio option. The use of these “smart seals” could benefit shippers, carriers and customs, as it allows detecting and solving possible incidents earlier, reducing paperwork and liabilities, easing security inspections, find vulnerable steps in the transportation process, improve them and, consequently, improve the commercial relationship between the many different and usually far-off actors involved in an international shipment.
  • INSYLO, remote monitoring system of silos for the livestock farming
    Currently, most of the farmers control the amount of feed available in the silos of their farms in a manual, inaccurate and risky way. The feed suppliers have to process the replenishment orders mostly by phone calls, lacking the data to optimize the delivery routes and production plans. With this affordable, easy to install, plug&sense solution, when the stocks reach a critical level, farmers receive an alarm in his mobile phones and send the replenishment orders by a simple click. The feed suppliers, having access to the stocks of their customers, can optimize the production plans and replenishment routes. INSYLO can reduce up to a 25% the logistics costs and CO2 emissions of the replenishment process and, in Europe only, the sector can save +2B€ each year.

testbeds2On the area dedicated to testbeds, another two solutions powered by FIWARE will be presented. These projects have been picked out as two of the best among all the participants in the Call for Testbeds competition, organized by the Congress. The two winning teams will have the opportunity to showcase their solutions in a prominent space –Exhibition Area 2–:

  • Adevice, with their water quality control demonstration.
    The Smart Fountain solution developed by Adevice and powered by FIWARE has become a very well-known project among our community and one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville. It allows real-time monitoring of ornamental fountains, collecting and showing information and alerts to avoid any system malfunction, thus saving money through predictive maintenance. It combines industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus.
    The actual implementation in the city of Seville integrates multiple devices with standards-based technologies, assuring interoperability between teams and systems from the different organizations that are involved in keeping the fountains and their water quality within optimal conditions. Thanks to the control panel and the alarms based on thresholds and trends, a malfunction that used to take several days to detect can be now be dealt in no more than a couple hours.
  • ETConcept with Fi-Sonic, presenting a solution that captures, processes and analyses the sound in a specific space.
    FI-Sonic sound-capturing devices are capable of geo-locating, identifying and characterizing a set of different audio sources and events in the city. The project aims for cleaner sound environments in smart cities, developing the necessary low-cost technology to create a city-wide net of sensors and to achieve its goal by creating an urban monitoring system based on 3D sound capture, completed with audio analytics and immersive audio reproduction system.
    An online portal with continuous information of sound levels, sound detection and identification of events  will be presented as part of the exposition testbed.

congress2FIWARE will be present at the Congress Area too, with a session titled ‘FIWARE: towards an open IoT-enabled Industrial Data Space’ (Slot: EU-7; 26th Oct at 12:45-13:30). The top level speaker will be Ulrich Ahle, reputed expert and thought leader in IoT-enabled Smart Solutions, member of the Board of the Industrial Data Space initiative in Germ and leader of the Industry 4.0 activities in Atos as VP of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation Consulting and Systems Integration.

Being pointed out as one of the main actors in the growth of the Industrial IoT sector, FIWARE is raising awareness about the rich value proposition that has been assembled around and to fulfill the needs of the developers, companies, users and communities engaged within the IoT market, being part of it and pushing it to move forward.

In the days prior to the IoT Solutions World Congress, we will be updating and sharing our main outcomes and assets around the Internet of Things. Let’s meet there and stay tuned during its celebration, following our community channels to be updated about the even and being invited to share your own plans, highlights and thoughts about the Congress through our social networks, using #IoTSWC16 and #FIWARE.

MVMANT: Mobility as a service for everyone

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Sep 232016

Nowadays over one billion cars are circulating on our roads worldwide. This number is expected to double within the next 20 years. In the same time, over two billion will move to cities. This is the equivalent of building from scratch a city of the size of Rome or Berlin every month, for twenty years straight.

This poses many challenges to our society: city administrations need to reduce traffic congestion and offer a solution which is, at the same time, economically viable and able to foster a car-independent lifestyle. Citizens need to be able to move within the city in a convenient way, without bothering to own and operate a car. National governments have to reduce pollution to meet the always increasing air quality standards, without sacrificing economic growth.

MVMANT is a complete platform that enables urban transportation on demand. The dispatching of vehicles is managed by predictive algorithms and by requests generated through the dedicated app. This allows to dislocate the vehicles when and were needed and match the mobility needs of the citizens in the most efficient way. The immediate consequence is that a higher seat occupancy ratio can be reached, offsetting a high number of private vehicles, thus reducing the average pollution per capita and increasing significantly the revenues for the public transportation operator.

MVMANT also includes a city loyalty system, that allows local businesses to advertise inside the app and on the veichles, with demographic and geotargeted advertising and incentivize the usage of MVMANT by awarding loyalty points (MVMiles) that can be redeemed for free rides.

MVMANT was developed by the Sicilian software company Edisonweb and succesfully tested in the city of Ragusa: 2.200 subscribers in three weeks, over 13.000 km driven and tons of saved emissions.

MVMANT is powered by several FIWARE Generic Enablers that made a rapid development possible.
The test results were so succesful and promising, that MVMANT has been spun-off in an autonomous entity based in Germany, in order to further develop the business and cooperations with local governments and car manufacturers.

Mvmant – Smart Urban Mobility on demand from MVMANT on Vimeo.

Assessing FIWARE GEs Quality

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Sep 202016
Blue technology background with a bright piece.

FIWARE is rapidly moving from experimental to production environments in which the platform must scale in reliable and real workload conditions. This fact implies that all FIWARE GEris must work at an adequate quality, reliability and at performance level appropriate for these conditions. A dedicated activity has been launched in the framework of the initiative to analyze and assess the level of quality of each GE, providing diverse kind of reports and an assessment dashboard.

The quality is evaluated from different points of view:

  • Curation of GEs documentation (documentation testing), both inspecting the code and the accompanying documentation (installation manuals, user guidelines, and similar). The goal of this assessment is to support FIWARE users with high-quality support for installation, configuration and operation of FIWARE technology, thereby improving the FIWARE user experience in general.
  • Verification of the GE specification (functional testing), developing the appropriate test cases to assess if the GEs implementation corresponds to what is defined in the specification.
  • Assessment of performance, stability and scalability of GEs in operational environments, like under excessive workload (stress testing). Test scenarios are defined and executed such that limits of a GE under test are identified, and can be compared with reference levels. The goal of this assessment is to favor the applicability of FIWARE in purely commercial scenarios.

overallfunctionalThe testing of the documentation and verification has been done for all GE not deprecated in FIWARE Catalogue (28 in total). Three phases are required to complete the QA functional test process. The first phase verifies for each GE the completeness of documentation, the consistency of artefacts and the soundness of information.  The usability of documentation, by example, in case of installation manual is checked installing step by step the GE. In the second phase specific method calls verify the single APIs and the response correctness of each GEs. The last phase consists of functional verifications based on reference architectures integrating some GEs. As result a live dashboard collects and maintains the assessment information and GE owners are punctually requested to correct the encountered deficiencies. The 90% of the high priority GEs has passed successfully the documentation and verification tests. The medium and low priority GEs are above 70% of success but they are working on solving the issues

post-ges-2On the other hand, the stress testing has been performed only for those GEs most critical in terms of performance in the overall architecture. An iterative process and operative methodology have been put in place, obtaining after each iteration, a complete report with the measures obtained after stress test and analysis of the data. The reports are sent to the GE owners for considering improvements about performance and stability for next release. Three iterations will be achieved before end of September this year: one took place in February testing 9 GEs (Orion, Proton, Aeron, IDAS, Kurento, Wilma, KeyRock, Cepheus, Bosun); the second one in May testing new versions of these GEs; and final one due by September testing again a new updated version of these GEs plus two more identified (AuthZForce and Cygnus) and more frequent combination of GEs.

Once the first iteration of stress testing was conducted, a quality assurance expert was consulted for carrying out an independent assessment of the followed process and executed tests to produce an assessment of the achieved work. The main conclusions of his assessment were:

  • Important performance borders were identified
  • Robustness of use within bounds was shown
  • Documentation needs to be improved

According to this assessment, FIWARE GEs are fit for being released in a commercial operational environment with some adjustments. A new external independent assessment is currently being requested after second iteration. part of the overall testing process and based on the obtained results in the three aspects (documentation, verification and stress) above mentioned, an overall label of quality is granted to each GE. This global label represents the degree of quality of the GE by adopting the energy labelling system[1] used by EU for devices. Specific labels for each analyzed category (usability, reliability, efficiency, scalability, performance and stability) are also granted. Thus, in the Catalogue each GE will be labelled with a global label expanded by clicking of detailed labels map.

Now, after two phases in the process some overall conclusions can be stated. There exists a significant heterogeneity in the GEs quality, having more mature GEs and ready for market than others. There is still room for improvement in documentation and support for most of the GEs, which is currently in progress thanks to this activity. It can be also stated significant improvements in performance from first iteration to the second one, due to the following of recommendations in first iteration testing report by the GE responsible, which is also a demonstration of the value this activity can bring to FIWARE.

In near future, the main focus will be to enlarge number and type of tests and to automate the tests as much as possible, but in the meantime a set of guidelines have been created in order to be able to replicate all the conducted tests by anyone. All the tests and code are already public in FIWARE software repository and all the reports available through the FIWARE wiki.

For further information:

  • GitHub repository containing all docs (guidelines) and scripts (to run the tests) about non functional testing task (stress tests)
  • All the reports, up to date, in Docman, under Quality Assurance folder.
  • The FIWARE Quality Assurance chapter in our wiki.

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#myFIWAREstory – FICHe: fulfilling the Future Internet eHealth Challenge

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Sep 132016

Experiencing a healthcare process is one of the most universal human life events. That is true for almost every person and among any community in the world.
With a well-established tradition around the development of a universal health coverage, Europe comprises different countries that have been implementing that broad concept in several ways, usually with some form of government action aimed at extending the access to healthcare as widely as possible, while setting minimum standards and regulations about privacy of the data resulting from sanitary procedures.

Now, the digital transformation that is seizing the opportunities within and through all the different European industries, is also transforming the health business and revolutionize the aforementioned “healthcare experience”, with the aim to improve the citizens’ well-being by different means: the ICT technologies appear as the most logical instrument at hand in order to make life-saving information easily available, to measure and raise the quality and accessibility of the health services and to make the most innovative tools more effective, more user-friendly and widely accepted.

img_0006That would be the disruptive vision around eHealth advancement. A conception that should coexist with a more traditional sight and with the consistent need to be extremely thorough whenever dealing with sensible personal data. The obligation to implement the ICT advancements following national and continental privacy laws emphasizes the need for a better cyber-security as an integral part for the present and future of the sector.

Within this context, the aim of the Future Internet CHallenge eHealth, the FICHe accelerator, has been to challenge top European startups to create the new digital applications and comprehensive solutions that eHealth market is demanding.
To achieve that goal, FICHe has been offering training, technical and financial support and a real field experience, working with European SMEs and start-ups and pushing them to develop innovative applications and business models for the global eHealth market, building the solutions upon the FIWARE technology. During the recently ended two-year program, FICHe accelerator boosted 20 innovative eHealth startups into the European market.

“FICHe consortium has accelerated the overall process, planning and fostering the visibility of both products and companies”, according with Satu Väinämö, FICHe Project Coordinator. The added value that FIWARE provides comes from the technology but also from the active community that supports and maintains it. As Jordina Arcal, from FICHe finalist HealthApp puts it: "it was a real incubation process…everyone helping each other."

img_0073With the support of FICHe, the 20 finalists SMEs and startups created 150 new jobs, got their first customers, established new partnerships and raised extra public and private funding, that was added to the FICHe program seed funding, which allowed the startups to set off the ground.
For a startup aiming to get access to the international markets, testing and validating its solution in a living lab is a must. That has been the specific and differential final step that has been key to complete the acceleration process under the FICHe mentorship.

At this moment the acceleration process has finished, but the consortium partners – University of Oulu, Business Oulu, TIC BioMed, FFIS de la region de Murcia, TNO,  Amsterdam Economic Board, Stichting zorgInc., Dutch eHealth Fund Management BV and Stichting– will continue the mentorship, the management of the the Living Labs and the creation of a systematic process that will keep supporting the SMEs and startups, unfolding their business potential beyond the borders of their countries and achieving funding and clients in Europe and beyond.

It’s now time to share the story of FICHe, review the acceleration process with the startups and get a glimpse of their experience and of the solutions that they have developed, which are now entering or are already into of a global growing market.
Also, let’s meet the passionate entrepreneurs and developers and ask them why they have choose eHealth, what does the value proposition of FIWARE for this vertical comprises and which is the reason why four –out of fifteen– companies selected to be part of the FIWARE VIP Programme are working within the eHealth sector.

This is our story, which is yours?

#MyFIWAREstory – WiseTown: city quality enhancer

 Accelerator Programme, Blog, IoT, myFIWAREstory, Open Data, SmartCities, Success Story  Comments Off on #MyFIWAREstory – WiseTown: city quality enhancer
Sep 092016

Recent studies show that data generated in the world doubles every year: most of this information concerns our daily life and should be of interest for the municipality where we live. But municipalities are often small or medium-sized ones and cannot manage to sort and analyze all the information that is being produced or all the citizens’ requests around it.
In order to solve that unevenness between goals and capabilities, it is important to develop a Smart Data plan as a central part of each Smart City strategy: data is the key point to activate Civic Technologies and to make them really effective.

TeamDev, founded in 2008, mixes its software skills with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) competencies with the aim of creating tools and products that prove able to support vertical markets and to clear up the problems encountered while undertaking daily tasks or dealing with predictive analysis routines.
The Research and Development team is composed by Smart City experts, Full Stack developers, User eXperience experts and Data scientists.

During the recent years, the working team doubled the effort to put these skills in use in two vertical sectors at the same time, creating and adapting the solutions to fit each one of them. For the agricultural field and within the SmartAgri scope, the team developed the Agricolus ecosystem. And, for smart cities, they have deployed the WiseTown project.
Even regarding the evident differences between these two dominium, there is a common denominator: the high impact that the data analysis presents for both of them.

WiseTown stands for ‘Web Information Streams Enhancer for your Town’. The goal of this solution is to collect information from different streams to identify the issues that are affecting the city in several areas: urban renewal, garbage collection, public safety, transportation, social services and environmental problems. In addition, real-time analysis is accessible by creating a “situation room” to manage the singular occurrences.

In action, WiseTown follows three steps: first, it acquires the data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors and Open Data from other sources); then, organizes the information according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available; and last, it uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.

More than a single web application, WiseTown is a whole ecosystem that offers analytics and management functionalities, that can support future urban planning, ease to handle real-time events and contingencies and that can aid the creation of a participative environment whete citizens and town managers can discuss the city development.

WiseTown is powered by FIWARE. The WISE orchestrator is the module that interacts with the social connectors, the external APIs and the others data sources. It runs the management of the information collection process, enabling the solution to gather data from several sources. In this phase the orchestrator uses FIWARE Orion Context Broker to connect the platform with the open data, hosted in a CKAN based platform. It also uses FIWARE NGSI to connect the IoT sensors feeds and uses Orion notifications to feed the APIs, exposed for the integration with other software.

The engine analyses, ranks and aggregate the data, assigning the ownership of the information to the right office. Then, it starts its core work: the management and analysis of the reports. Wise Engine is still responsible for the workflow of the reports while Orion Context Broker dispatches the information to the user interface, the GIS environment and FIWARE Cosmos.
The most valuable part of the platform still is the information itself. The platform’s supervisors will perform geographical analysis thanks to the ArcGIS Online geoprocessing capabilities and pattern analysis with the business intelligence functionalities of FIWARE Spago B-I GE.
wisetown2The final goal of WiseTown being adopted by the cities is to allow them to:

  • Monitor, within a single process, both human generated and IoT generated information.
  • Generate a valuable database, connecting heterogeneous systems and gathering information that will be useful for urban planning
  • Engage citizens to improve their own city and providing them with real-time feedback on the city issues
  • Save management costs and avoid the waste of human resources, reducing:



    • The time to resolve each issue that has been proposed as important or problematic
    • The time to send each issue to the right person to deal with it, within the municipality
    • The time to manage a complete set of issues, thanks to the algorithms that can remove/aggregate redundant/coincident issues
    • The targeted clients for the WiseTown solution are, undoubtedly, the cities. By adopting the smart platform that TeamDev has delivered, a city management would accomplish the monitoring of human generated and IoT generated information within a single process, thus creating a valuable database that can interconnect with heterogeneous systems and gather and show information that can be useful for urban planning. WiseTown would also engage the community to improve the city by receiving the data generated by the citizens and giving them back real-time feedback on city issues.

WiseTown ranked as one of the final top projects accelerated by Finodex and has been involved in the FIWARE Mundus initiative and present its solution at the GCTC events in Washington DC and Austin, where the participation was shared with one of WiseTown first customers and early adopters: the City of Perugia.

A great occasion to discover the WiseTown project would be the next and near event organized around the Open Data Accelerators.

This is our story, which is yours?

FIWARE AT THE GCTC'16 – ANDREA CRUCIANNI – WiseTown: City Quality Enhancer from FIWARE on Vimeo.


 APIs, Big Data, Blog, Developers, IoT, NGSI  Comments Off on Towards
Sep 022016
Cyber space with hexadecimal code as digital background

In previous blog posts the benefits of NGSI version 2 have been described, as a harmonized API for IoT Big Data ecosystems and particularly for exposing real time context information. Harmonized APIs are a necessary but not sufficient condition to foster developer-friendly IoT Big Data Ecosystems, which enable building smart applications.
If data models are not harmonized, developers, in practice, get forced to change their application when porting it to another context (E.g. a different city).

Harmonizing data models means creating a shared vocabulary of terms and relationships that provide uniformity on the representation of different concepts: parking, public transport, weather… Harmonized APIs and data models, together, will enable the creation of smart applications that are portable at data level.

The FIWARE community has started an agile, implementation-driven process, to devise harmonized data models. Focusing initially on the smart city domain, the work is evolving on a daily basis and it is being registered on the documentation hosted in the related Github repository. Such documentation is currently written in markdown format and published to a readthedocs site.
There is also a landing page /data-models (to be redirected from, as per recommendations) which provides fast and convenient access to the different data models.
Such data models are published under the Creative Commons by Attribution License.

The design principles behind the FIWARE data models promote reuse, thus existing vocabularies, especially, have been adopted and leveraged. Other design principles are flexibility and simplicity, enabling a phased adoption by data providers and applications.

A first, draft version of the following models has already been provided:

  • Parking. They allow to model on street and off street parking areas. The data models reuse parts of the vocabulary defined by DATEX II

  • Waste Management. It is intended to model all the assets intervening on (municipal) waste management (containers, isles, etc.)

  • Streetlighting. They model urban streetlights and certain aspects of their controlling equipment

  • Civic Issue Tracking, leveraging the popular Open311 de facto standard to meet NGSIv2

  • Key Performance Indicators, to model performance measurements appropriately

  • Water Quality. Captures different observed measurements (ph, conductivity, etc.) about the quality of water in rivers and lakes, or water intended to human consumption

Other data models to be developed and documented are Weather, Environment, Alarms, Devices or Parks & Gardens. Contributions, in the form of Github pull requests, are encouraged.

It is noteworthy that, at the time of writing, different FIWARE community members and telco operators worldwide (with GSMA support) are starting to experiment in real applications with the referred data models. As a result, valuable feedback can be obtained in order to refine them. The final aim is to contribute these data models to standards organizations, industry associations (particularly GSMA) or global community-driven efforts (

José Manuel Cantera – Technological Expert. FIWARE Team

#MyFIWAREstory – TM Forum partnership: creating the data economy infrastructure

 APIs, Blog, Conference, events, myFIWAREstory, Open Data, SmartCities, TM Forum  Comments Off on #MyFIWAREstory – TM Forum partnership: creating the data economy infrastructure
Aug 312016

FIWARE and TM Forum have been working together since November last year. Following the announced collaboration agreement, we have been partnering in order to create the infrastructure that will serve the emerging Economy of Data.

The FIWARE Business Framework is being developed and has been shared as part of this ongoing partnership. Powered by the TM Forum APIs, the Business Framework is enabling the management and monetization of diverse kinds of digital assets and involving multiple partners.

This aims to be used in the creation of a Smart City digital single market, materializing as a marketplace that will include open datasets and data from paid sources, where data services from different partners can be exposed, priced, monetized and consumed within a single platform.
A more in-depth approach to this process can be found in our recent post, following the interview in which Juanjo Hierro –Chief Architect of FIWARE at Telefonica– reviews the successive maturity levels that the cities would be reaching when they enable a data economy.

Captura de pantalla 2016-06-06 a las 17.12.49The idea behind that –the top level of maturity starting when cities offer a way for third parties to enrich city-supplied data and to enable monetization– was already explored at the TM Forum Live event that took place in Nice this year, among other aspects around the aforementioned partnership and how it is enabling an Economy of Data in the smart cities.

In Nice we had the chance to assist the Open Hack, where FIWARE was providing the platform to be used by the participant teams. We were also at the Live event, spreading awareness about data interoperability, supporting the Smart City Workshop and presenting three smart solutions powered by FIWARE.

It was the perfect occasion to talk with innovation enthusiasts from around the world, Smart City experts that illustrated how communities are making use of smart technologies nowadays, applying the latest ICT advancements and focusing on the creation of innovative and sustainable urban platforms that can not only ease a much better management of the city services, but that can also boost the collaboration between the citizens, the local business and the city authorities, in order to provide the digital tools that can turn each city in an engine of growth and well-being.

We would like to invite anyone interested in FIWARE to check out the outcomes of our partnership with TM Forum and the experience at the Live event in Nize, that we are presenting as our latest My FIWARE Story, now ready to be discovered and shared.


Also, we would like to remind the next event organized by TM Forum and within the same intelligent urban development vision: TM Forum’s Smart City InFocus, an exclusive three-day conference in Yinchuan, the premier Smart City capital of China, starting on Wednesday, September 7th.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 200 senior government and business officials from across the digital smart city ecosystem to network, learn and exchange ideas. In partnership with the City of Yinchuan and ZTESoft, TM Forum Smart City InFocus 2016, will bring together over 800 C-level executives and government officials from across the global Smart City ecosystem to network, learn and exchange ideas across an interactive conference program. This year’s event will be looking primarily at building sustainable smart cities and offering end-to-end smart services for citizens.