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FIWARE Foundation: Zabala Innovation Consulting to join as a gold member

 Accelerator Programme, events, FIWARE Foundation, Open Data  Comments Off on FIWARE Foundation: Zabala Innovation Consulting to join as a gold member
Dec 022016
 
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The FIWARE Foundation is now open for new members. This is just great news indeed! During the past years I had the chance to lead a wonderful team of partners into what it was a new adventure for the European Commission through the Future Internet PPP. Phase 3 they called it, the accelerators.

From Zabala Innovation Consulting we coordinated the first accelerator ever based on open data and FIWARE, no verticals in principle, although then we discovered that areas like smart cities, agro-food or health had a bigger impact than the others. Not surprising either if we see where FIWARE was and is putting their target on.
 

But this post will not talk about our accelerator anymore, you know “our story” and can have a look back as many times as you like. The reason for us is the FIWARE Foundation and the first FIWARE Summit, happening in a few days in Málaga.

The announcement is that Zabala Innovation Consulting will join the FIWARE Foundation as a gold partner. We do this without being an ICT-based company, we have no developers onboard nor develop technology as such. We are a consultancy services company with a large expertise on public funding at all imaginable levels. We work with local, regional and national authorities in our markets and of course with a number of agencies and organisations at EU-level. This is where FIWARE plays a really important role for us. Let me use the following lines to motivate this.
 

In 2013, we submitted our FINODEX proposal to the EC open call that was looking for the FIWARE accelerators. We had never had an earlier experience on Future Internet technologies, so our approach to FIWARE was due to the fact of managing open calls and being able to put our skills into practice through a new scheme for funding by the EC, the cascade-funding. ZABALA has over 30 years of experience in EU project management, we have been working on EU projects since the first framework programme with wonderful results, so approaching to new models and initiatives is as innovative as we are ourselves.

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After 27 months of FINODEX accelerator, we had the chance to discover several facts we had not imagined at the very beginning:
  • FIWARE Accelerate has created a large community of innovators around a technology.

  • It is not only the technology! Now we are one click away of mostly everyone in Europe related to innovation of ICT-services in a variety of domains.

  • Start-ups boost can also be driven with EU-funds, not only with large capital investments diluting their ownership.

  • FIWARE is here to stay in the long term, and the Foundation was the strongest evidence after the investment by the EC and a number of entities since 2011.

Being part of the FIWARE Accelerate programme as managers of one of the funds have allowed us to grow our portfolio of service and markets, now we work with a number of start-ups from many countries in Europe and we have risen the “word-to-mouth” approach that made us known in Spain to other latitudes in the continent.

At the same time we have already integrated FIWARE as part of the technical basis of a couple of EU-funded projects in the areas of Smart Cities and more specifically in waste management.

REPLICATE is a European research and development project that aims to deploy integrated energymobility and ICT solutions in city districts. It is funded by a €29m grant from Horizon 2020. The overarching vision of the REPLICATE project is to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities. There are three lead cities (called Smart City ‘Lighthouses’) which  include Bristol in Great Britain, Florence in Italy and San Sebastian in Spain. FIWARE will be one of the components to develop services related to the management and publication of open data.
 

WASTE4THINK. The main objective of this project is to move forward the current waste management practices into a circular economy motto, demonstrating the value of integrating and validating a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions that cover all the waste value chain. The cities where pilots will take place are Zamudio (ES), Cascais (PT). Part of the solutions are based on ICT technologies, and yes they are based on FIWARE. The project is lead by the University of Deusto (ES) and counts with the participation of two well-known FIWARE evangelists partners, Engineering (IT) and ourselves (ZABALA).

Therefore, we concluded that FIWARE is a key-enabler for research and innovation in Europe and beyond. The argument convinced us to be one of the first members in the Foundation, after the core group initially establishing the by-laws.
 

Being members of a technology foundation is a new and exciting adventure for us, we expect to be close to start-ups and their innovation during the following years helping as the mission states, to develop an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the creation of Smart Applications in multiple sectors. We have already started to pursue this mission so we would encourage everyone to join the Foundation and add their bit in the mission.

A good starting point to work with the community will be the first FIWARE Summit happening in Málaga next 13th to 15th of December. Besides the wonderful track of technical talks, which is impressive, the number of workshops from the different Mission Support Committees or the conference itself, it will be a great opportunity to meet everyone again and explore new endeavours for the future of FIWARE. See you in Malaga?

 

 

 

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By Miguel García (former coordinator of FINODEX accelerator
and senior consultant at Zabala Innovation Consulting)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIWARE Bounty Programme: New Prizes for Developers

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Nov 222016
 
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Our first Bounty Programme was launched some months ago with the aim to engage external contributors in the development of the FIWARE Open Source technologies. The Programme also focus on enlarging the Community, by encouraging and rewarding developers and researchers, eager to take part and to help making FIWARE online environment more secure, improving the performance and quality of the Platform.

In a recent interview, José Manuel Cantera, Technological Expert with Telefónica and responsible for the FIWARE Bounty Programme, reviewed the main outcomes and prospects of the Programme after its opening results: “This is the first edition and our aspiration is to keep it permanently open”. Initially the tasks were divided in two groups: temporary and permanent bounties. Now the works around the Programme intend to be continuous, reaching and gaining new collaborators while engaging the already awarded contributors to participate again, finding and solving more issues.

“The Bounty Programme needs the cooperation of the FIWARE projects, so that they are prepared to accept contributions coming from developers which are not in their core team. Furthermore, they should increase the level of transparency and openness, providing information about what tasks are suitable for being developed by an external contributor” –explained Cantera, emphasizing the role of the Bounty Programme in the enlargement of the FIWARE developers’ global team–. “Core team members should be willing to help non experienced contributors. That way a greater community will be gradually created.”

bannerbounti_1180x596_v03Now, the Bounty Programme announces some attractive changes around how it would be rewarding contributions. Now, every time someone solves a defined task, the prize money would increase! Here is how it works:

  • When a contributor has successfully completed his or her first task, the contributor will get the amount listed for that task.
  • After that first completed task, if the contributor comes back and solves a different task, he or she will get twice the amount earmarked for that task.
  • After that second completed task, if the contributor comes back and solves a different task, he or she will get three times the amount earmarked for that task.
  • Any subsequent task completions will be capped at three times the amount earmarked for that task.

To know more about the different tasks available, check out the Bounty Shortlist.

Asked about if there are areas or tasks that should receive more attention, now that the Bounty Programme keeps progressing, Jose Manuel Cantera points out two: “One area on which I would like to see improvement is on code contributions to FIWARE Generic Enablers. To this aim we have created (already in a draft state) the guide for contributors. Another area with great potential for external contributions are tutorials, blog posts and presentations. FIWARE technologies need more dissemination work and I think the community has to play an important role in this regard.”

The Bounty Programme is on and it could be your opportunity to take part in the advancement of FIWARE, to be recognized and be paid for it. Join in, apply now!

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FIWARE at the SCEWC 2016

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Nov 042016
 
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Last year's edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) brought more than 14.000 visitors from over a hundred countries to the event at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The congress gathered 421 speakers, 485 exhibitors and 568 cities, confirming the SCEWC as a main international summit of discussion about the link between our urban reality and the technological revolution that is alredy happening.

Since its first edition in 2011, the Congress has succeeded to become a referential global event around the avancement of a Smart City framework, supporting the development of the urban communities of the present and of the future. This year, the SCEWC intends to increase previous figures. New top level stakeholders, organizations, exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be joining to discuss smart cities and smart citizens and to review the most recent technological advances, social achievements, social and ecological challenges and the newest forms of economic development and governance.

FIWARE wil be there, as a Global Partner of the Congress and as the Open Source Platform and Community with an special focus on the IoT-enabled Smart City Framework.
This year’s event will take place from November 15-17th in Barcelona (Fira Gran Via).

Several demos powered by FIWARE are already confirmed. Distributed in two categories –'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens' and ‘Improving management of city services’ – the companies and projects will be collaborating and engaging with the visitors, showcasing their solutions at our Stand C324 (Hall P2, Level 0, Street C), where we will be also presenting our value proposition and main partnerships for the Smart Cities.

The demos will be:

Enabling new innovative services for the citizens:

Everimpact, cities' climate and pollution monitoring, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions.
The demo will provide a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France). Everimpact is an awarded project in the fields of Climate and Smart Cities, that is partnering with Networks of Cities, Space Agencies and International Organisations, to advance in the monitoring and reduction of CO2 emissions.

Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city. Under the slogan “Smart Shops for everyone: One beacon, thousands apps”, Outbarriers is offering a service that uses FIWARE technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app. A shop that wants to provide this service only has to install a small beacon on its door.

· Kalliópê presenting their live communication and interaction software tools. Kalliópê describes itself as a “massive interaction Suite for spatial storytelling”. Based on the use of smart phones (for machine to people communication) and sensors (for machine to machine communication), the project has been accelerated by Creati-Fi and is about to be commercialy launched, so it will be a great opportunity to be informed upfront.

· Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution for the home energy automation, is adressing the fragmentation of the home energy automation IoT market and offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage in each situation. 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.

Improving management of city services:

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. Adevice and its water quality management system. Being one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville, the solution integrates multiple devices with standard-based technologies, combining industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus and assuring interoperability between the teams and systems from the different organizations involved. It allows real-time monitoring, collecting information and showing alerts to avoid any system malfunction, thus saving money through predictive maintenance.

. WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city. The demo will show how the system acquires data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors…) and organizes it according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available. Then, WiseTown uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.

· Telefónica and Geographica, demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models. Focusing on municipalities that do not manage the public services by themselves but need reliable mechanisms to check if the service actually provided performs as expected and if the public resources are properly used. The demo will show a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance, with real-time information from the city of Guadalajara (Spain).

· Engineering, showing a real-time parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy), to overcome the usually unaccurately estimations about the availability of parking slots in a city. The showcase will gather real-time information through automatic ticket tellers and a special mobile app and taking into account special parking permits. The citizen looking for a free spot will be able to submit a destination and visualize the estimated time needed to find a parking slot in that specific area in a colored map.

· ATOS and CityGO, a smart mobility solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain). CityGO aims at providing recommendations about the best route to get usual destinations within a city, depending on diverse real-time conditions, promoting healthy and environmental care behaviours. It calculates the usual daily paths/itineraries, providing also valuable information to the municipality to take decisions about transport regulation. Third party companies could get value from the public data, creating additional services for the citizens or the municipality.

vm9-e1469711067561Another solution that will be showcased at the FIWARE stand is VM9 Smart Cities Platform. VM9 was selected also as one of the finalist of the Call for Solutions Award for ‘Materializing City-as-Platform projects’. Linked to this solution, VM9 is also part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart city development. FIWARE is powering a initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
At our stand, VM9 will show how is currently working to establish a digital interface available for citizens, to connect them with the local municipality. The platform is focus on easing and promoting tasks like checking and providing feedback on planning legislation, creating their own maps, or making a public service request.

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

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

· ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ (DT 06) – Parallel Session. Thursday 17, 10:00- 11:00 h. With Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs, TMForum 

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

croma_bblueOn Wednesday and part of the Smart City Party Context at the Congress Area, a special show will take place after the Smart City Awards ceremony: the 'CROMA pixel dance performance'. Powered by FIWARE technologies, CROMA is a project developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez and was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.
Two stages will be connected, sharing images from each other and combining them through their walls thanks to the FIWARE technologies. Audio reactive software and a colour rule game will be controlling the room’s digital environment during the show.

More collaborations and activities during the event will be announced soon. Our participation during the SCEWC, as well as the highlights of the Congress, could be followed through the FIWARE owned media channels (fiware.org and our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles). Don't forget to use #SCEWC16 and #FIWARE when commenting about this Smart City Expo World Congress and our activities during the event.

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

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IoTSWC 2016: Towards an Open Industrial Data Space with FIWARE

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Oct 282016
 
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This year’s edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress has shown both the consolidation of the event as the world’s leading meeting-point around the Industrial IoT and the increasing appeal of the Internet of Things among not only specialized technology experts, but also the big companies that would contribute to bring the new advancements and most innovative solutions to the largest consumer markets.

After roughly two years, the IoT Solutions World Congress is reaching a wider, active audience. This week, more than 8.000 visitors from over 70 countries have visited the fair. The event gathered 172 international companies and 162 top-level speakers. “This year’s figures prove that IoTSWC is the global benchmark event for the industrial IoT sector. We strongly believe that next will not only experiment significant growth, but that choosing Barcelona and partnering with Fira have been the right choices for the IoT industry”, says Richard Soley, Executive Director of the IIC and president of the IOTSWC Program Committee.

_o3a5574Of course, FIWARE was there. On the Exhibition Area, at our stand, six demos were shown: the warehouse robots of eProsima, the delivery drones of Connect Robotics, CardioID Technologies’ heart control system through a steering wheel, Babbler “smart seal” solution for supply chains, INSYLO monitoring device for the livestock farming and Tera hardware and software for the home energy automation, all caught the eye of the attendants, who were eager to try the solutions themselves.

At the Testbed Area, 10 Testbeds were showcased. Two of them powered by FIWARE: Adevice and Fi-Sonic. Fi-Sonic was presenting their 3D sound capturing solution, capable of locate and identify different audio sources and events, providing analytics and immersive audio reproduction that can help the city management.
Adevice, was demonstrating their water quality control system and presenting a project that has become one of the main assets for the digital transformation of the city of Seville (Spain), allowing real-time monitoring of ornamental fountains and advancing towards being useful for a global urban management. Combining interoperable industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus, this was one of most voted solutions by the Congress visitors, the ones deciding the winning project of the ‘Call of Testbeds’: Adevice came in third place.

Another project presented and powered by FIWARE was competing at the final round of the IoT Solutions World Congress ‘Call for Awards’, being one of the three best solutions within the category of Business Transformation.
ISTMOS, created by ASN, is a monitoring system for measuring and controlling the most critical parameters (temperature, humidity and luminosity) that may affect the quality of bottled wine during storage and until it reaches the final consumer. With this project, ASN has entered the IoT market, concentrating on sensor based monitoring and data analysis. Also, ISTMOS means the transformation of a sometimes old-fashioned market: wine production and distribution are finding new ways of thinking about innovation, building new business models for the Digital age. Projects like ISTMOS are exploiting the unique opportunities opened up by the IoT technologies at its very core, regarding the customers and the platforms and monetizing the value of the data.

_o3a5288FIWARE was also present at the Congress Area, with the session ‘Towards an open IoT-enabled Industrial Data Space’, conducted by Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation and the person who has been in charge of the Industry 4.0 activities of Atos, as VP of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation Consulting and Systems Integration.
He explained how “FIWARE is providing several Open Source enablers, specifically dedicated to gather and manage Data and generate business value upon it”. Ahle is also a member of the Board of the Industrial Data Space initiative in Germany.

FIWARE stands out as the Open Source platform providing the standards needed for the development of Smart Applications managing context information, enabling a new breed of innovative Smart Digital Services. The IoT Solutions World Congress has been the perfect opportunity to keep raising awareness about the rich value proposition that FIWARE has assembled around the Internet of Things, to meet the needs of developers, companies, users and communities and to push it to keep moving forward.

Roger Bou, IoT Solutions World Congress director, summarizes the success of the event within a few lines: “From the organization, we are very satisfied with the progress experienced by the event in just two years. Both the level and the number of speakers and companies present in this second edition represent a quantum leap over last year. Also in this second IoTSWC we could perceive the great evolution experienced by the sector itself, which has gone from a near to prototyping stage to a fully developed market of solutions this year. For the next edition we are convinced that the sector will have evolved even more and will make our event the go-to-market international event.”

IOTWC16 was really great. See you again next year!
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Tera & Beeta: smart energy monitoring & efficiency

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Oct 212016
 
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Although being a young company, launched in 2007, Tera is the project of experienced engineers with a background of more than 20 years working in the Industry, in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energies, environmental monitoring, in both R&D and commercial developments. Tera focuses its activities around the concept of ‘efficiency’, implementing this big idea through all its single innovative solutions.

The company is a knowledge-intensive SME that brings together expertise in data science and energy efficiency, using FIWARE to create new products and working within business and industry groups to conduct energy audits, creating custom solutions and implementing environmental monitoring. This framework has given the Tera team a unique vision around web services infrastructure, hardware, wireless sensor networks and thermography.
Tera is now using this expertise to enter the growing home energy management system market, with a hardware and software product that acts as a ‘trusted advisor’ for managing energy information: Beeta, a modular and scalable system which allows to overcome the technology fragmentation that has been one of the main barriers for any smart solution to achieve mass adoption within this sector… until now.

logo-tera-hrBeeta delivers a cheap smart energy monitoring and consumption optimization system, based on an interoperable and easy-to-install physical gateway, a software interface and a innovative mobile app, for tips & tricks and to enhance the user engagement over time.
KPIs, suggestions and control technologies are combined into a single solution, to improve the energy efficiency in homes and small buildings, as well as the management of the energy produced by ‘prosumers’ –users with a small batch of photovoltaic (PV) cells, often on their home roof or business–.

Beeta aims to manage and improve the energy efficiency in homes and small buildings. Through the monitoring of user’s energy consumption –or PV production– and the environmental data coming from the installed sensors –gathered in the field from the gateway– Beeta provides custom indexes and suggestions, making them available through the app, in order to increase the awareness about the energy consumption and to improve its efficiency. In a full automation version, the system automatically takes care of the monitoring and control of the energy-related appliances.

The physical gateway integrates the most common resources used into a Smarthome environment, deployed to be ready for additional expansions, integrating new technologies based on the customers’ needs and on future market trends.
Specific indexes and suggestions are made following proprietary algorithms that can provide detailed consumptions profiling and classification, alerts for overloads and peak shaving or appliances and devices’ faults and derating. The mobile app is linked to the gateway in order to have both digital and physical engagement of users.

The main benefits offered by FIWARE include its flexibility and easy interoperability with other platforms. Being Open Source, FIWARE makes the integration of the tools a lot easier and allows to overcome the usual problem of vendor lock-in.
FIWARE technology has been implemented in different steps into Beeta: it is used to gather the data from the gateway and to make it available to the Orion Context broker and related subscribed services and, after being processed by the CEP General Enabler, it is sent back to the Context Broker for further interaction with end users, through desk software and the mobile app.

Beeta allows to maximise the return on investment on photovoltaic (PV) plants and to get real savings by means of the users changing their behaviour, regarding the daily energy usage and consumption. The users will be directly profiting of cheaper bills. The energy savings will lead to a reduction of the CO2 emissions. And, for the “prosumers” –owners of small PV plant, powered under 100kWp–, Beeta will ease to achieve and maintain lower production costs and higher profits. Buildings and houses can save up to 200€ per year on their bills, while the savings would increase up to 400€ per year, in case there is also a PV system.

Beeta is currently undergoing a pilot phase in Bari (Italy), where it has been installed in private and public buildings and PV plants, allowing to test the hardware and to refine the software, based on the feedback received form the first clients and on Tera’s on-field experience.
The launch of Beeta on the European market is planned for the end of 2016 and early 2017.

HealthApp & TCApp: improving links between patient & therapist

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Oct 062016
 
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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
 
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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.

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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, at the Testbed Area:

  • 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.