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EU Digital Day 2017: Challenges & Opportunities ahead to meet digitisation

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Mar 242017
 
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In April last year, a Communication from the European Commission (EC) was published, incorporating a set of policy measures, aiming at the digital transformation of the Continent.
In May 2015, the EC presented its plans to create a Digital Single Market (DSM), a plan to tear down regulatory walls, supporting and linking efforts to unite the 28 national markets into a single and stronger one. A more agile and active, data-driven market, that eases the creation of new and innovative business. A transformation that will ensure a continuous and sustainable economic growth.

The Communication was the first industry-related initiative, part of the DSM strategy. Only two days later, at the Net Futures event, Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger addressed a message to country representatives and to the big companies, but also the SMEs and entrepreneurs, to the technology developers and the citizens committed with their own prosperity and welfare. To “all the Future Internet enthusiasts”, as he said.
Commissioner Oettinger stated that “Open platforms are fully in line with the Digital Single Market objective, and will act as a key driver for the Digitalisation of the European Industry”.

Certainly, FIWARE has been developing in line with the DSM objectives. And even now, after passing from the hands of the EC to the FIWARE Foundation, as the autonomous body within the community driving the global advancement of the technology and the expansion of the whole ecosystem, FIWARE maintains strong links to its origin and will keep playing a key role in the digitisation process that is revolutionising the European continent.
For instance, we have been working CEF Digital, a main EU programme supporting the establishment of trans-European digital infrastructures that contribute to the Digital Single Market. And, recently, the FIWARE Foundation were welcoming the Communication announcing the EC initiative on the free flow of data. FIWARE supports the principles laid out in the document, notably on minimising the lock-in effects and promoting the use of open APIs for reliable identification and exchange of data.

C7oP5vDX0AAhr7sThis year, March 23rd marked an important date in our calendar: part of the official celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the EU Digital Day event took place in Rome, looking at topics that will impact the near and long term future of EU citizens.
As Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, presented it: "For over 60 years, European countries have worked together to capture the economic benefits of larger, better integrated markets, and made sure those benefits flowed to people. The same has to apply to the digital environment.”
Tomorrow –and today– digital highways will be the link between every person, every object and every place. “The Digital Day is about making sure that we make digital a truly positive power – in policies and laws, in our economy, society and in the lives of all Europeans" said Ansip.

From the FIWARE point of view, the highlights of the Digital Day included:

· A ministerial declaration to establish Europe as a global player in high-performance computing (HPC): Super computers involve thousands of processors working in parallel, capable of analysing great quantity of pieces of data in real time and simulating complex processes. Building the next generation of computing and data infrastructures, both in premises and in the Cloud, will offer Europe businesses and innovators –including 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals– a virtual environment to store, to share and re-use their data across sectors and borders.
Apart from the role that FIWARE technologies and the FIWARE Lab cloud infrastructure may play supporting this declaration, it is to be noted that MontBlanc European Exascale HPC computing project, focusing on embedded power-efficient technology, is coordinated by Bull. Bull is the brand for tech products & software made by Atos, founder member of the FIWARE Foundation. MontBlanc is now going through its 3rd phase of development, which started in Oct 2015.

· Cooperation on connected and automated mobility: A letter of intent has been signed, to establish a legal framework for cross-border trials in connected driving, based on harmonised rules on data access, liability and connectivity. This drives forward EU plans announced in the Commission's strategy to build a European Data Economy of January 2017 and in the EU strategy on cooperative, connected and automated mobility of November 2016.
FIWARE have been working on the development of technical resources that will support such efforts – facilitating connectivity through standard open APIs and harmonised data models, and offering a technological basis for an Economy of Data that would make financially possible the aforementioned hyper-connected vision.
On top of that, projects focusing on connected and automated mobility may get funded and supported by the powered by FIWARE acceleration programmes: IMPACT Growth and smart cities/mobility-centered frontierCities2.

C7rUe17XgAEA4J2· European platform on digitising industry to connect national initiatives: One year ago, the Commission presented a strategy to ensure that every business in Europe can fully benefit from digital innovation to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change. Launched by Commissioner Oettinger and Italian Minister for Economic Development Carlo Calenda, the European platform aims to generate joint investments, cooperation across borders and industry sectors and learning from each other as no single actor can do alone.
The FIWARE Foundation has marked the smart industry as one of the main directions to go forward, towards the global advancement of the platform. Industry 4.0, Industrial IoT and the emergent European Industrial Data Space would be three pillars of this vision. Over the next five years, Member States, the EU and industry are planning combined investments of more than €50 billion in support of digitising the European industry. By supporting this new platform, the FIWARE ecosystem will be easing the access to help pool resources and co-investments to ensure European companies are at the cutting edge of more profitable and sustainable, cleaner technologies.

· Digital opportunities initiative: To match today’s needs around digital skills for businesses, mostly for small and medium-sized entreprises, the social partners, companies, education institutions and civil society need to take initiative and join forces. The Commission plans to launch a pilot project to provide cross-border work experiences. The aim is to test the interest of students and companies towards paid internships that will be available for students in more specialised fields like cybersecurity, big data, quantum technology or artificial intelligence, as well as in more general areas like web design, digital marketing, and software development.
FIWARE has always been identified as a positive force for job creating. That has achieved through the first Acceleration Programme, and is now reinforced by initiatives like the FIWARE Zone, with the specific aim to connect the University and the entrepreneurial world, with the Open Source technology and digital capacitation as a the link between them.

· Updated framework for digital public services: Furthermore, the Commission presented an update on the European Interoperability Framework. This Framework was the last initiative to be announced as part of the Digital Single Market strategy.
On his keynote speech at the Closing Plenary session of Net Futures 2016, Commissioner Oettinger pointed at FIWARE as a key tool to achieve a true interoperability of public services. That is being tested primarily on the smart city domain, where FIWARE is succeeding on gaining a status as de-facto standard for interoperability, portability and avoiding vendor lock-in for digital solutions and services.
The new framework will ensure that all Member States' administrations can follow a similar approach, making their public services available online and deal with security and data protection rules. By making them interoperable, the institutions make sure that their digital services are accessible across borders and policy areas, making it easier for people and businesses to communicate with their administration and those of other Member States.

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After the Open Day: from the FI-PPP to the FIWARE Foundation

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Mar 092017
 
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The Open Day event, held in Brussels on March 7th at the Charlemagne building, was a success and a great occasion to meet both the people that has been supporting FIWARE since its very beginning and the ones that are called to join in and enrich human organization that the open community has become.

Coinciding with the Open Day, the FIWARE team at the European Commission has released a brief but substantial communication, exposing their vision on how the platform and ecosystem is moving on: ‘From research and innovation to setting European standards and business success’. Published on the same day of the event, it begins emphasizing on the Open Day marking the completion of the Public-Private partnership between the European Commission and industry. A successful culmination that was illustrated by Pearse O’Donohue, Acting Director for Future Networks and Head of Unit for Software and Services in Cloud Computing, European Commission at DG CONNECT, passing the baton on to the hands of Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation.

The Future Internet PPP Programme and the FIWARE advantage

The European Commission launched the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) Programme in 2011. Aiming to increase and share the social and economic benefits of the future internet for everyone in Europe, it was backed with € 300 million, targeting consumers, citizens, the public sector and businesses, following the advancement of ICT technologies and the digitalisation process across all kind of sectors.

The Future Internet PPP central development was FIWARE. An open platform of components, deployed by merging the best technologies available and designed to build smart applications.

IMG_1075Five years later, the FI-PPP has been linking, funding and supporting entrepreneurs and startups, companies and researchers, engineers and academics using the FIWARE building blocks.
The path that the platform has been paving and going across is somewhat the same one that the projects, the companies, the developers and other contributors have been going through, at the same time: from the research and innovation stage until their products and ideas reached the marketplace.

The advancement of FIWARE is the advancement of its community. Hundreds of startups and dozens of municipalities in Europe are providing advanced digital services and have created and commercialised smart apps, deploying them and getting to the market faster and at a lower cost, thanks to FIWARE open source technologies, while profiting from the different programmes that have supported this process.

Moving forward, going global

The keynote speak by Yasunori Mochizuki, Senior Vice President of NEC, was one of the most exciting moments of the Open Day, as it showed how the platform is regarded as a positive, disruptive force for international markets, geographically far away from Europe, but connected through the open components of FIWARE.

“NEC sees that the open specification and the large user community around FIWARE make it a very attractive platform. Consequently, we have worked on raising awareness to FIWARE in the government and other stakeholders in Japan. And it is now our strong wish and commitment to support dissemination of FIWARE in Japan and other regions as we believe that the idea of FIWARE and its ecosystem are really in good coherence with Japan’s overall direction, and thus, should be of a great value to the future of Japanese industry. For this reason, NEC will work on making continued technical contributions to FIWARE including the standardization effort to establish the ETSI SIG CIM for Smart City APIs and Smart City data models, and NEC very much would like to work also on the management with the FIWARE leadership team under the “Going Global“ strategy.”, explained Mr. Yasunori.

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The FIWARE community has reached Japan and its vision around “Society 5.0”, a human-centric super-smart paradigm of development. It is also present in China, Brazil, México, Canada, USA… with the FIWARE Mundus Programme fueling this expansion worldwide. And with the FIWARE iHubs and FIWARE Zone as modeling the local activity towards a global expansion.

Today, more than 100 cities have joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Initiative, and rely on FIWARE-based products and services in their quest for city-wide open service platforms and re-use of services, developing an market for smart urban services. For the communities, FIWARE boost innovation and competitiveness and avoids vendor lock-in, helping to interconnect already existing city management systems and removing further commercial and technical barriers for third parties willing to join in and participate from a data-driven economy.

These are two examples of the new economic model, based on standard open service platform components. Organizations as diverse as the White House –naming FIWARE as one of the key players in the development of a IoT-enabled smart city framework– or ETSI –the European Telecommunications Standards Institute–, are working upon FIWARE standards

From PPP to FIWARE Foundation and beyond

Matching the investment coming from the Industry, the European Commission supported FIWARE with € 150 million –under the FP7 R&I innovation programme–. The initiative whole, and the potential and increasing maturity of the platform, attracted the attention of big ICT companies and the Core Industry Group was assembled.

In autumn 2016, Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica launched the FIWARE Foundation as its founding members. Established in Berlin, the Foundation is an open body within the FIWARE community, created with the mission of promoting, augmenting, protecting and validating the brand and the technologies.
They were soon joined by more companies, large and small, by cities and institutions, and by individual contributors, who wanted to also support the activities around FIWARE.

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The Foundation is financed by its members and, while it is here to drive the global take-up of FIWARE, the links with its European origin remain strong, as it participates in several H2020 projects, through which it receives funding.

With FIWARE ready for market, the Foundation has become the central connection between the open-source developer community, the industry and the final, across vertical and borders.

Following its recent communication: “The Commission continues supporting FIWARE, wishing to see that it succeeds on the market place, however also because the principles behind FIWARE support our vision of a European digital single market. Two recently launched large scale pilots, IoF2020 in the agrofood sector and SynchroniCity in the Smart City sector make use of FIWARE as their open platforms for service development.”

The formally launched new stage “guarantees the long-term evolution of FIWARE by its open-source developer community and establishes the FIWARE platform as an open-source alternative in the market place.”

Dr. Andreas Goerdeler, director for the German and European digital agenda at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, also participated as speaker at the Open Day event, looking back to go forward on the role of FIWARE in the development of the Future Internet.
He emphasized the perspectives of the open platform and the ecosystem as a cornerstone for the Next Generation Internet: "For the next steps, smart services  with embedded artificial intelligence and data driven service platforms will be key. They should be designed, and developed by our traditional  branches – innovative SME and startups should work together with car manufacturers, machinery engineers, chemistry enterprises and other.  FIWARE can provide a set of central components and developer tools to facilitate this vision. We are glad that the FIWARE Foundation has chosen to establish its headquarter in Berlin with its vibrant start-up scene and we wish you good luck and all the best for this important endeavor.”

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European Union flags in front of the Berlaymont building (European commission) in Brussels, Belgium.

The FIWARE Open Day is just around the corner. Next week, we will be meeting in Brussels, in an event focusing not only in reviewing five years of achievements, but also in analyzing the present stage in the development of the platform and community, originated by the FI-PPP. The Open Day will go on about stating the goals, facing the challenges and seizing the opportunities for the near and far future.

The work done by the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme was set up and has unfolded in line with the objectives of the European Commission, towards the creation of a Digital Single Market. In the EC Communication 'Digitising European Industry', FIWARE appears as the main example of the Open Service Platforms that will be leading the global advancement of the Internet of Things and the data-driven society. Also, FIWARE is pointed out as the best example of a “network of Start-up Accelerators”.

_O3A0691The FIWARE Acceleration Programme, now relaunched through IMPACT Growth and frontierCities2 open calls –announced this week– and the FIWARE iHub Programme will remain as living, significant assets for the DSI strategy.
The creation of a Pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs is regarded as an important part of the process. FIWARE iHub model, recently illustrated by the FIWARE Zone initiative, is referred in the aforementioned document: "EU actions supporting competence centres such as I4MS, SAE, FIWARE have shown not only an increase of competitiveness of existing industries, notably for SME and mid-caps, but also additional business creation in new digitised products and services."

One of the top level speakers at the FIWARE Open Day in Brussels will be Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission. Rouhana will be talking about Open Service Platforms as key enablers for the European Industry.
In words of Khalil Rouhana, "The FIWARE Foundation is a visible commitment of European businesses to bring more innovative internet services to consumers, citizens, businesses and the public sector. Therefore, the European Commission welcomes the FIWARE Foundation as an important contributor in making the European Digital Single Market a reality, digitising our society and economy, and helping innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in the EU."

In a previous session, chaired by Rouhana, with the participation of Ingrid Willems, from CReatiFI FIWARE accelerator, the link between the Digitising European Industry initiative and the network of Digital Innovation Hubs was discussed. He explained why the word “hub” was chosen, a it represents a more dynamic point compared to clusters or ecosystems. “To achieve outstanding levels of digital innovation in Europe and beyond, it is essential to build digital innovation groups that are more dynamic, having the ability to build and sustain many-to-many relationships between the stakeholders involved”  The many-to-many relationship give them the sense of a hub and embodies the vibrant, active nature of the FIWARE community and its members.

Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, emphasized the value of FIWARE for the smart communities and, specially, within the urban domain: "Smart cities and pioneering regions are the cradles for innovation in Europe. By developing an open and sustainable ecosystem, the FIWARE Foundation encourages organisations to become even smarter and take advantage of today's digital opportunities. These developments are crucial for the EU open service platform and the data economy to thrive".

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"NEC, in the past, has contributed to the community of and around FIWARE to implement advanced technical features of IoT and has also brought the technical outcomes into commercial solutions/products for the Smart City business around the world.  Meanwhile, the open and transparent approach of FIWARE is becoming increasingly important and also visible in the global scale, which is also the case for Japan after the government has announced the strategy (Science and Technology Master Plan) of “Society 5.0“ aiming at innovating both society and industry via cross-utilization of data through data-centric platform."

Check out the complete highlights from the opening keynotes:

  • Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT, will share the European Commission vision, where FIWARE and the ‘Open Service Platforms are key enablers for European Industry and the Digital single market’.
  • Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, will expose ‘Sparking regional Innovation ecosystems’, like the one the FI-PPP set in motion 5 years ago and which is now expanding globally.
  • Dr. Andreas Goerdeler, Director for “Digital Agenda for Germany und Europe”, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, will present how ‘Open Platforms are supporting Innovation and growth’.
  • Yasunori Mochizuki, Senior Vice President, NEC, will give ‘A global perspective about the role of FIWARE and Industry 4.0 in Japan’, illustrating the extended reach of FIWARE, both into new countries and being adopted within more markets and by Industry key actors.

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After the introductory session, there will be a Launch Ceremony, significantly titled 'Transition from research & innovation program to a commercial product / platform – from the European Commission to industry'. The event speakers will go over a growing ecosystem and will explore the opportunities offered by the open, standardised APIs for the development of the Digital Single Market and the European Industry 4.0. Companies, institutions and individuals attending this half-day event will be present at the first stages of the go-to-market for FIWARE.

The event will also be offering a in-depth session about the FIWARE Innovation Ecosystem, consisting in speaks and panels:

  • ‘The Industrial perspective of FIWARE Open Service Platform’ panel will present the process, originated from the assembly of the Core Industry Group, that led to the creation of the FIWARE Foundation. And will answer an important question: why big ICT and Industry players, like ATOS, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica decided to dedicate big resources to build an Open Service Platform like FIWARE?
  • Ilkka Lakaniemi, Future Internet PPP Programme Chair, will give an 'Introduction to the FIWARE Open Service Platform', preceding a panel including Hubert Tardieu (ATOS and Chairman of the FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors), Paolo Pandozy (Engineering), François Richard (Orange) and Rosalía Simón (Telefónica).
  • Pearse O' Donohue, Director Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission, will propose the 'Next wave / future vision' about the development of this Future Internet initiative.
  • Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation will offer the closing words, reinforcing the focus around the Foundation being the driving force for this new stage, ensuring the long-term availability of FIWARE: for all users, for free and forever.

As usual in other occasions gathering our community, networking will play an essential role: coffee breaks and a complimentary lunch at the end of the event will be the perfect moment to share ideas, to strengthen already existing links and collaborations, and to set up new ones.

The event is organised by the EC FIWARE team in partnership with the FIWARE Foundation. The Open Day will be held in Brussels on the 7th of March 2017 at the European Commission Charlemagne building, starting at 8 am, for completing the registration process, acceding the building and mingle with other participants, enjoying a drink while waiting for the action to begin!

For more information and final agenda: http://www.fiwareopenday.com/
List of speakers also available: http://www.fiwareopenday.com/pdf/Speakers.pdf
Direct link to online registration: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/events/cf/fiware-open-day/register.cfm

Remember, secure your seat today! See you all in Brussels next week.

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Powered by FIWARE at #4YFN17 & #MWC17

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Feb 232017
 
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As we anticipated in the previous post, FIWARE will be joining IMPACT Growth at the 4YFN stand, with seven powered by FIWARE projects presenting their solutions. The team members from those companies will be participating in the different roundtables taking place at the stand, addressing subjects like ‘How to build innovative apps based on IoT and BigData’ and ‘How to reach your target customers and partners through the FIWARE marketplace’.

“Internet of Things and Smart Applications technologies with the capacity for integration of multiple data sources, interoperability and scalable provisioning, are just the basis of any innovative solution”. Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU Ubiquitous, says that for companies like his, which was part of the FIWARE Acceleration Programme and is now scaling up and developing new projects, now is the time to focus on the business itself, letting FIWARE take care of the rest: “it can really support to simplify your business development through the integration of multiple IoT technologies, a portfolio of IoT devices ready to be used and de facto standards, that guarantee your introduction into a global ecosystem in key domains such as Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and AgriFood”.

barcelonaThe companies that will join us at the 4YFN will be:

  • Outbarriers will present how their initial app, designed to help blind people to move safely around the city, has found another line of development, focusing on smart tourism, offering a service that uses context-aware technology to present automated information to the person using it and guiding him or her through the city, highlighting  shops and promotions.
  • Stepla’s IoT-ready collar for cattle caring, created by SensoWave, will be showcased at the event. Also the new monitoring platform for livestock cattle will be presented: Digitanimal. The platform lets you know where the animals are all times, while detects possible abnormalities based on the activity and behaviour of each animal.
  • HOPU Ubiquitous will demonstrate Siidi: Seeding your city, a platform for citizen engagement and co-creation. The co-creation service is possible thanks to Smart POIs technology that makes the interaction easy and agile. Already launched in Aarhus (Denmark), with Siidi the citizens will be able to collaborate in the development and maintenance of their city
  • Babbler is a “smart seal” and end-to-end monitoring system for supply chains, benefiting shippers, carriers and customs, detecting and solving possible incidents, reducing paperwork and liabilities, easing security inspections, reinforcing in the transportation process and the commercial relationship between the far-off actors involved in an international shipment.
  • Insylo remote monitoring system of silos for the livestock farming, offering an automated and secure way to control the amount of feed available, while optimizing the delivery routes and production plans for feed suppliers, reducing 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.
  • Secmotic are part of the IoT-Ready among other power by FIWARE programmes: they are in the Bounty Programme hall of fame and have organized their first hackaton at the FIWARE Zone in Sevilla. The have been implementing the technology for other companies developments, using FIWARE GEs to build web platforms that are capables of IoT real-time connection, monitoring and interaction.
  • Everimpact, cities' climate and pollution monitoring, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France). Everimpact is partnering with Networks of Cities, Space Agencies and International Organisations, to advance in climate monitoring in order to achieve a consistent reduction of CO2 emissions.

The FIWARE Foundation will be there too, represented by its CEO, Ulrich Ahle, who will be participating in the panel ‘The smart manufacturing vision and examples of steps towards its realization’, organised by MADE.

Following Jara, “as entrepreneurs, we should focus on make the best out of our idea, demonstrating how we are able to satisfy the need that we have identified, designing an innovative application, carrying out a strong communication and sales strategy, finding investors, customers and making it works as soon as possible in the market. For all the rest: technical issues, data integration, devices and sensors… just let FIWARE take care! It is time for IoT entrepreneurs to focus just on their business development”.

action point 2 facebookAiming to fund, assist and promote more powered by FIWARE projects, IMPACT Growth will be announcing the new acceleration program at the F4FN event: selected startups will get up to €250,000 equity free, plus training and support from top level partners, while enjoying the benefits of joining the FIWARE ecosystem.
Check out the IMPACT Growth agenda for the event and don’t forget to sign up and start receiving the IMPACT Growth newsletter now. Be the first to learn about this announcement!

As you know, FY4N is part of an (even) bigger event! If you are staying in Barcelona the whole week and visiting the Mobile World Congress 2017, do not miss the powered by FIWARE IoT Big Data demonstrations at the Innovation City, Hall 4 Stand 4A30: following the work that the GSMA is doing on this area, two showcases will be demonstrating its practical application within IoT applications and services.

Telefónica and Everimpact will be presenting an environmental monitoring system, showing how CO2 emission data is collected from ground sensors and satellites in the cities of SantanderMálaga and Nantes, before being analysed. During 2015, Telefónica started working with the GSMA in the development of an IoT Big Data Ecosystemdeploying and using harmonised data models, exposed through FIWARE NGSIv2.

Orange will be demonstrating how it can deliver harmonised public transport, weather station and air quality data streaming based on heterogenous and anonymised open data sources, coming from India and France.

If you are in Barcelona next week, attending these great events, do not forget to stop by our shared stand and demos. Join the conversation online using #MWV17, #4YFN17 and #FIWARE.
See you there!

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

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Feb 172017
 
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In his recent open letter to the startup community, Sebastian Muller, IMPACT Acceleration Director (ISDI), told us about the new team he is leading: IMPACT Growth. We had the chance to first meet this new project at the FIWARE Summit: after the closing of our previous programme, a new round of acceleration was announced, with two spin-off projects –the other would be frontierCities 2– that aim to drive powered by FIWARE startups even further.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 032017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIWARE Mundus with GCTC: two new workshops

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Jan 262017
 
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As it was stated at the 1st FIWARE Summit, the FIWARE Mundus Committee keeps promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of the FIWARE ecosystems at global level. FIWARE Mundus seeks to enlarge international membership, explore common business opportunities and foster FIWARE nodes and FIWARE instances installations around the Globe.

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

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

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

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My FIWARE Story: FIWARE Zone & the iHubs Programme

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Jan 202017
 
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A couple of months before the 1st FIWARE Summit, the city of Málaga was the meeting point around sustainable urban communities, and gathered representatives from several companies and institutions that are working towards an innovative and viable model for the smart cities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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