Get inspired by today’s most influential leaders in IoT and join FIWARE at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from 3rd-5th October.
The third edition of this leading international event that links the Internet of Things with industry will host an impressive 172 exhibiting companies and over 8,000 attendees from 70 countries. The event, which will provide a highly international environment, will once again focus on IoT solutions for industries.
The 3-day program offers its visitors a look at the most disruptive IoT solutions, a chance to attend talks from over 180 top-level speakers, real demonstrations of IoT in action, and, last but not least, the opportunity to establish connections with like-minded individuals in order to build bridges and to achieve that next goal.
This year, FIWARE will be showcasing its value proposition to IoT at stand number 380, where it will be joined at the exhibit by 8 ‘Powered By FIWARE’ companies and Smart Solutions: e3TCity, HOP Ubiquitous, solution Smart Poi, ELMITEL, solution eVineyard, Tellspec, Future Intelligence-Quhoma, Ubiwhere-Citibrain, Zenodys, and Wellness Telecom.
Next week we will be presenting the exhibitor companies that you will meet at our stand and keep sharing our value proposition for a world where everything will be connected trhough the IoT. Stay tuned!
The event will be organized in several tracks that will run in parallel during Novemeber 28th and 29th. The FIWARE Community gather again in Málaga, in sunny southern Spain. Addressing engineers, startups, companies and cities in the ecosystem, the event will educate, inform and excite through top quality panels, demos and fireside-chats with the experts.
Technology leaders will share their vision on smart solutions for cities, agriculture and industry. CTOs and developers will learn from the best in the FIWARE community how to design and deploy smart solutions based on FIWARE products. Startups will tell their story on how they hacked their way to success.
This event is all about inspiration, hands-on experience and fun for the ever-growing FIWARE Community. To offer all our developers and contributors the best experience at our first FIWARE Tech Summit, we have prepared a new landing page, with all the useful information, including the event agenda, confirmed speakers and special offers for your accommodation: check out the FIWARE Tech Summit website.
The FIWARE Community is thriving at global scale and one of the most significant footprints is the participation at the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo (August 28-29, 2017 – Washington DC) led by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
GCTC enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and corporations from all over the world to form project teams to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) applications within the city and community environment. Since the program launch in September 2014, GCTC has recruited and incubated over 160 projects with participation from over 150 cities and 400 companies/organizations from around the world.
With the support of FIWARE Mundus, the 2017's Expo counted with the participation of the FIWARE Foundation as well as a numerous team of Powered by FIWARE companies (including Ubiwhere, TeamDev, Everimpact and HOPU) that had the opportunity to showcase their offers and achievements and engage with U.S. stakeholders.
To reinforce the commitment of FIWARE as an official partner of GCTC, Jose Gonzalez (FIWARE Mundus) announced during the Plenary Session the release of the FIWARE GCTC Challenge 2017. An ambitious competition to achieve forward-looking partnerships between cities and communities in North America with organizations currently providing solutions based on FIWARE.
What is expected?
Teams will need to propose an agreed development plan with the candidate city, local government, or metropolitan area. This plan shall include technical issues, as well as the potential regulatory and administrative resources to be committed by the involved parties. Together, they should meet the technical know-how, the administrative drive and the resources to design, implement, field test and deploy an application that fulfils the objectives of this challenge.
Several cities already raised interest in starting Smart City pilot trials after seeing examples through SMEs presentations that are replicable and scalable at global scale.
The amount of the prize to support each of the awarded solutions shall be up to a maximum of 28,000 US Dollars (25,000 Euros). Submissions will be open until October 16, 2017, so you still have the chance to participate. Find out more information at: www.fiware.org/GCTC_2017
APIs, Blog, DevelopersComments Off on APInf contributes top class API management technologies to FIWARE platform
The FIWARE API Management Framework will incorporate significant contributions from the APInf platform in the next release of FIWARE. In turn, APInf will integrate core FIWARE technologies into their platform. Building on API Umbrella, the APInf platform offers a comprehensive toolset for API management including enhanced user interface features for API managers and consumers alike.
As the initial step, the FIWARE API Management Framework will integrate API Umbrella as base proxy technology for accessing FIWARE APIs and will enhance it integrating existing FIWARE authorization and access control enablers that support OAuth2 and XACML standards. FIWARE will integrate APInf set of tools for monitoring API usage and capture feedback from API users.
“Members of the APInf team have joined the FIWARE team and are working now as a single unit, to exploit the benefits coming out of APInf technologies” said Chandra Challagonda, CEO of APInf. “Integration of APInf technologies already has helped us to accelerate our roadmap integrating key API management features” explained Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation.
The FIWARE API Management Framework, combined with FIWARE extensions developed for the CKAN data publication platform, bring full support to right-time open data and Economy of Data concepts. Actually, CKAN portals featuring these extensions enable the publication of right-time datasets linked to FIWARE NGSI API requests served by FIWARE Context Broker instances. Acquisition of access rights and even payment of some price for granting those access rights and/or the effective usage may be required for some of these datasets. The integration of APInf technologies will allow, in addition, to publish documentation accompanying datasets, monitor access to datasets and bring useful feedback from users and developers regarding access to those datasets.
APInf will bring integration of CKAN with FIWARE extended features, as well as monetization modules from the FIWARE Business Framework into the roadmap of the APInf platform.
“The APInf team is extremely delighted to see the speed at which the FIWARE team has been able to integrate APInf and FIWARE. Results of the collaboration has revealed to us the huge potential of FIWARE regarding right-time open data or Data/API Economy concepts, bringing a full package of benefits for smart cities”, declared Chandra Challagonda, CEO of APInf. “APInf is a good example of a technology provider which can bring rather interesting contributions to FIWARE while at the same time benefit from FIWARE to enrich their own products/services offering portfolio” explained Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation.
APInf and FICodes, major contributor of API monetization and data publication components in FIWARE, together with the FIWARE Foundation will bring support to cities willing to engage in the “Front-runner Smart Cities” initiative launched jointly by the FIWARE Foundation and TM Forum, looking for Smart Cities willing to adopt API standards and ready to take the necessary steps to transform themselves into enablers for Sustainable Economic Growth by means of supporting Right-time Open Data and Data Economy concepts involving third parties.
Blog, Success StoryComments Off on Outbarriers: keep success on track, powered by FIWARE
Outbarriers is matching accessibility and commercial opportunities, easing the path for blind people to hundreds of businesses in Spain.
Now, you can be part of their equity crowdfunding, enriching the city with FIWARE and a network of iBeacon technology, making each spot more visible to everyone!
We have been presenting their outcomes since the beginning of the project. An early success story, Outbarriers was the third-place winner of the FIWARE Smart City Challenge in October 2014 and then it was selected to participate in the FI-C3 FIWARE Accelerator Programme, in September 2015.
After showcasing their solutions at the FIWARE stand, in big events like the Smart City Expo World Congress or 4 Years From Now, now is time to look to their most recent achievements. As they are principally stablishing partnerships with Spanish local governments –having started as a Granada-based company, they are now reaching other municipalities and businesses across the country– the information is mostly in Spanish. It is worth reading and watching it.
The video encourages joining the equity crowfunding campaign launched by Outbarriers early this month. It has already went beyond 66K, aiming to reach total funding between 185.000 and 235.000 euros. If you want to participate and profit from this social entrepreneurship initiative, check out the campaign site.
Blog, events, IoTComments Off on FIWARE at the IoT World Europe 2017
We have been part of TechXLR8 and the London Tech Week. It has been great to receive such great interest at the IoT World Europe event, where we were present as Paltinum sponsor. Under the motto ‘Connect everything, smart and easy’, we have been presenting our part in solving one of the main challenges for the advancement of the IoT: to accomplish the seamless interoperability of “things” —where everything just connect… and start working together.
The Internet of Things represent a revolution towards economic growth and well-being. A positive disruption that needs to overcome the fragmentation of this nascent technological market, by achieving a standardised, open and secure framework that all IoT products and services can stand upon, functioning smoothly in everyday, real-life scenarios; sharing information and carrying on coordinated, intelligent operations across all of them.
The interest raised by FIWARE IoT vision, among IoT World Europe atendees would not have been possible without the eye-catching, powered by FIWARE smart solutions, running in real-time and presented by HOP Ubiquitous, Wellness Telecom, e3tcity and Ubiwhere.
– Citibrain is a Portuguese consortium, specialised in creating smart solutions for global challenges. It was brought to London by Ubiwhere, part of it and the company that has been helping the city of Porto to pioneer the adoption of our open standards. FIWARE is used to access contextual environmental data, from fixed and mobile units located across Porto, creating a large, city-scale mobile scanner. Citibrain is focused on growth initiatives around Future Internet and Smart Cities, keeping the global environment and urban lifestyle in mind, presenting solutions of smart parking, waste management, air quality measurement and traffic control and planning.
– Smart POIs. HOP Ubiquitous has developed a new way of communicating: through Smart Points of Interaction (POIs), to engage users and increase urban sustainability. The aim is to provide an interaction point with citizens and visitor,s to obtain information about relevant places in conjunction with environmental monitoring, supporting tourism and gathering Open Data in conjunction with open FIWARE interfaces. The Smart POIs will be accessible when using public transport or visiting relevant points of interest. HOP Ubiquitous is developing a pilot deployment in Mexico City, and has already used these Smart Spots as a project of citizen co-creation, generating a platform which allows for projects validation and opening a suggestion box in Aarhus, Denmark.
– Quamtra is a smart solution for waste management, based on real-time data. Developed by Wellness Smart Cities & Solutions, it comprises the installation of its own FIWARE-ready sensors to monitor continuously the waste level within the containers in a city, easing the optimization of the routes for the waste collection, lowering the costs associated to this process. Quamtra is present already in 39 municipalities in Spain. Specialised in net developments, systems engineering and cloud capabilities, Wellness Telecom is deploying public lightning, energy saving, intelligent parking and global city dashboard solutions, with a worldwide reach and a special focus in Spain and Mexico.
– e3tcity platform uses point-to-point wireless/M2M links to connect devices to a cloud server, to their user applications or to different services and solutions developed by third parties. The advantage of using point-to-point technology is that the connection does not need to be planned, nor require the creation of nodes, mesh networks or gateways. Their devices could be adapted to different fields such as the lighting sector, air conditioning, irrigation or other sensor networks. e3tcity was present with us, in our last three events –including the Hannover Messe and the 2nd FIWARE Summit in Utrecht– and the showcase of their public lights management system was a main attraction for our stand in London.
The 2nd FIWARE Summit, hosted by the city of Utrecht and the FIWARE Lab Netherlands, from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st of May, has been the prime event organized by an enlarging FIWARE Foundation: with multinational corporation NEC as the fifth Platinum member, joining Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica as the core constituents of the Foundation.
During three days, the Summit gathered 320 attendees and up to 85 speakers, from inside and outside the FIWARE community. 29 countries were represented there. 15 exhibitors showcased their devices, their digital solutions and services at the Media Plaza. The event brought knowledge and hands-on experience around FIWARE through 28 technical sessions and numerous panels, conferences and community meetings.
More than 40% of the audience was part of the Dutch entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, showing the commitment of the area and the city with FIWARE. Aiming to create an open smart city model, based on the needs of the market, seven cities on the Netherlands have joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Drechsteden, Eindhoven, Enschede and Utrecht are betting on FIWARE standards. They all share data portals to ease the re-usage and publication of open data, creating a complete ecosystem that connects cities, business and knowledge.
FIWARE Lab Netherlands, located in Utrecht and Amersfoort, started its activity only two years ago, but it is now well established within the region and the community, running different projects focused on the usage of open data to cooperate in local smart city programmes. It is really great to see this framework, widespreading to other communities in one of the most prosperous areas of Europe.
After a week collecting the figures, the pictures and the presentations, it is now time to go back there, to gather and share some of the vibrant insights that the event has passed on to us.
Cooperation to achieve competitiveness
Collaboration, co-creation and partnership have been the main topics to address the digital transformation in multiple sectors, from a human-centric perspective. In Utrecht, we met some of the FIWARE main partners: Joao Rodriguez-Frade, from CEF Digital and the European Commission, updated on the ongoing collaboration with FIWARE, breaking the silos and enabling digital interactions across sectors. Carl Piva, from TM Forum, elaborated on the vision of the city as a platform and the importance of connecting business models with open architectures and APIs
Working groups and keynotes presented and openly discussed different strategies on how to build a smart city models. We had the chance to meet Deloitte’s Capability Framework and Maturity Model. The TM Forum & FIWARE Frontrunner Smart Cities Workshop gathered different cities that are ahead of this maturity process, like Santander, Bristol, Utrecht, Niza, Tokio or Heidelberg.
From entrepreneurial projects to the Mayor office, a lot of urban development projects were presented. Frans Jorna, Theme Director Smart City of the City of Utrecht, talked about transformation and the need for open city innovation platforms. Ubiwhere presented their FIWARE-based city architecture, a smart solution easing the coordinated management of services for different verticals. Paolo Traverso shared the priorities of the city of Trento, to build an open government with open access to information, simplified access to public services, citizen engagement and enabling co-creation within a no city lock-in approach.
Cities, factories, food (and beyond)
Companies like Whirlpool, Siemens or Volvo, as well as I+D institutions, presented their vision on the whole life circle of a manufactured product or service. Smart Factory vertical integration with standardised open Data Models and APIs is about to create a Data-intensive service reference architecture. In that context, FIWARE is providing an easy way to interoperate with other platforms: when moving a product or service from the supplier to the customer, our open APIs help breaking the data silos, enabling bilateral communication and effective collaboration among stakeholders. A smart supply chain should integrate smart apps, IoT and Cloud platforms.
Carl Hans, from FTI Engineering Network GmbH, explained how FIWARE can support smart product-service design in a sector as diverse as aviation. Thanks to standardised interfaces for service provision and using reliable, well-tested software components, the efforts developing a product could be reduced. Also the risks concerning its obsolescence or availability.
Towards an International Data Space
Lars Nagel, Managing Director of the Industrial Data Space Association, presented the basis and roadmap of this very new initiative, that is already planning on rename itself as International Data Space, due to the cross sector, global reaching nature of its proposed framework for gathering, processing, exchange and monetizing of data among systems coming from different application domains (banking, manufacturing, logistics, smart cities).
The IDS Architecture and FIWARE Architecture are significantly aligned, therefore the FIWARE Foundation and IDS have agreed on a partnership and the work has started for the first open source based implementation of the IDS concepts based on FIWARE. The results will be showcased at the IoTSWC early October in Barcelona.
Acceleration and funding to keep scaling-up
FIWARE accelerators shared their numbers: IMPACT Growth will select 14 startups from 1.932 applications, from which 710 were completed and submitted. The programme offers 3.6 million euros of equity-free funding. The selected startups will be able to start participating in the different events organised by the 4YFN platform. A second call will open for applications on September 5, 2017, and will select another 14 startups.
Among IMPACT Growth four verticals and frontierCities2 MAG and FI-TECH Grants, powered by FIWARE open calls have reached more than 80 countries, receiving more than 2K applications. Our community is an active vehicle for financing innovative projects: Miguel García, from Zabala Consulting, explained how powered by FIWARE startups are in a great position to accede a wide array of funding opportunities, from Horizon 2020 and beyond, highlighting tools like the SME Instrument or the Cascade Funding models.
Acting local. Growing global.
The role of the FIWARE iHubs is helping the development and consolidation of the technology, while building a local community around it. Juan Marcelo Gaitán, support committee leader, represented the FIWARE Zone in Málaga and Sevilla. Two collaborative spaces, offering the knowledge of the FIWARE experts, making the technology available, teaching in the local language, boosting new projects and proposing different ways of granting the sustainability of each iHub.
FIWARE Mundus committee leader, Jacques Magen, described the recent, on course and future activities and events, at an international level. Powered by FIWARE projects continue spreading in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, thanks to the Mundus team shared efforts. A first Canadian workshop, focused only in FIWARE have taken place. The Ontario Precision AgriFood Association starting local pilot trial that, eventually, will be leading to a commercial deployment and to the set-up of a FIWARE instance there. A challenge for pilot trials for smart cities will be announced shortly and will be presented at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo 2017, on August in Washington D.C.
A platform, a community and a global marketplace
Hubert Tardieu, Chairman of the FIWARE Foundation BoD, presented our global vision on the industrial data platforms and multisided marketplaces. These would act as the basis to establish symbiotic relationships between stakeholders that can create great value from sharing platforms. Tardieu emphasised on the importance of APIs for the creation of a virtual space for sharing data across organisations, in multiple domains and supporting data sovereignty and data economy concepts. Aligning again with what Lars Nagel presented on his speak.
Announced at the previous Summit, a pivotal tool to the advancement of FIWARE was presented in Utrecht. To grow as an ecosystem and to achieve the marked objectives for the platform, the FIWARE Marketplace is designed to be one-stop shop for every project and deployment based on our open source technology, a useful tool to engage with and to enlarge our community. Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the Foundation, and Mayte Carracedo, from FundingBox, showed the already active webpage: every solution, device, service or deployment based on FIWARE is invited to join in and profit from it, meeting other projects, refining their offering and reaching new clients internationally.
After Utrecht. An towards Málaga (again)
FIWARE’S ambition, as Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation, pointed out, is to lead the IoT platform panorama, driving standards, partnering-up and connecting more than 100.000 developers. We are paving the path for a transition that will happen in the following years: from the consumer Internet to the Industrial Internet and beyond… to the Industrial User Internet.
“Everything that could be connected will be connected. Everything that could be digitized and transformed into data sets will be digitized and transformed into data sets. And everything that could be automated will be automated“. Everything will be transformed and FIWARE is the open source, IoT-enabled platform that lets you join this change.
Ahle also made an important announcement: the next FIWARE Summit already have a location and a date: we are excited to go and gather in Málaga again this autumn, from November 27th to 29th.
We can say it loud and proud: the 2nd FIWARE Summit has been another big success! Thank you!
We keep moving forward thanks to all our community members and partners. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors: KPN, Deloitte, EBU, the Utrecht Region and the FIWARE Lab NL.