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.
Blog, eventsComments Off on Powered by FIWARE Smart Solutions at the 2nd FIWARE Summit (Part 2)
Second and last part of the reviwe of the 15 Smart Solutions, based on FIWARE technology, that will be showcased at the Demo Area of the FIWARE Summit in Utrecht, demonstrating the usage of our open source, developing products, services and IoT-ready devices. FIWARE is getting to a ever growing, global market, across different business sectors and verticals.
EVECT Evect is using IoT and LORA for gathering sensor information in the urban environment. The quality of living in an urban environment is highly impacted by the air and noise pollution of traffic and nearby companies. Keeping track of these quality indicators through sensors and input from residents is essential in the viability of the area. With IoT and LORA-equipped sensors, our user application and online platform provide valuable information for municipalities, companies and residents.
HOPU HOP Ubiquitous is specialized in IoT connectivity, IoT management and provisioning of consulting services to enable IoT-based solutions to our customers and partners. “Smart solutions designed for people” powered by FIWARE, and FIWARE-ready devices. Including a wide range of IoT products: Nodes (HOP own Chipsets), Edge Intelligence Hubs, Management Platforms and the provision of Integral Consultancy services. HOPU enables Smart devices with Internet of Things capabilities based in Internet connectivity and RESTFul Open APIs.
KPN Leading supplier of ICT services, KPN is the biggest provider of telecommunications and IT services in the Netherlands. It serves many diverse customer groups at home and abroad, with a wide range of products and services under various brands and a unifying focus: “Smart usage of Technology & data facilitates life”. KPN Innovation is developing projects through all the key areas of the present and future technological revolution: IoT, Smart Home and Smart city, e-Health, Cyber Security and Cloud platforms.
SAXION SCHOOL Enschede, the city where Saxion University is located, aims to be an accessible Smart City. This demo stimulates the behaviour of citizens as well as companies, to benefit from and contribute to a Smart Enschede. It will propose events and sessions to involve them, welcoming experiments and putting a lot of effort into making the smart city visible, online and in the physical world. We will demonstrate an example of both types of visibility: The Smart Enschede Platform under development and the Dataskyline, both powered by FIWARE.
TSENSO Most foods have a longer shelf life than one may think. With Tsenso is easy to learn how long the shelf life exactly is – depending on the temperatures at which the product was stored and transported along the entire supply chain. This farm to fork monitoring “Fresh Index” is the new real-time shelf life indicator for food. It enables to unlock the true shelf life of each product, offering a real-time shelf life indicator that facilitates food safety evaluation along supply chain in critical cases and eases the retailers to sell on a “first expired – first out” basis.
URBAN CLOUDS Urban Clouds team believe in Big Data as a key element to profoundly improve day-to-day life in the cities. They have been developing innovative Smart Urban Solutions in order to contribute directly to societal advancement. At the FIWARE Summit, we can meet Urban M: The Smart e-Bike. An intelligent pedal assist system that aims to mark the future of urban mobility, with an automatic regulation according to real-time air quality measurement and detected slope. It also offers SmartPhone connectivity with intelligent routes and alarms.
VM9 Having developed an integrated technologies platform for Smart Applications, powered by FIWARE, VM9 Information Technology is presenting its Smart City deployment at the Summit. Based on IoT and Web geographic information system, it offers business process management, data management with access to Open Data and a configurable thematic workspace capable of creating different, connected content and service channels. VM9 supports the creation of truly thematic portals of data, services, social engagement and citizen participation.
WISETOWN Wisetown, developed by TeamDev, is an integral Smart Urban Solution. It collects information from different streams, including IoT sensors, to create a comprehensive database and identify the issues that affect the city in several areas: urban renewal, garbage collection, public safety, transportation, social services and environmental problems. The data is organized to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis and decision support systems. Real-time analysis is accessible by creating a ‘Situation Room’, to manage city events or emergencies.
Blog, eventsComments Off on Powered by FIWARE Smart Solutions at the 2nd FIWARE Summit (part 1)
15 Smart Solutions based on FIWARE technology will be showcased at the Demo Area of the FIWARE Summit in Utrecht, demonstrating how our open source software components have been used by more than a thousand startups to develop their products and services, reaching their first customers, getting to the market and starting to scale-up. Those open standards are now being adopted by new projects and bigger companies globally, across different business sectors and verticals.
AGRICOLUS Agricolus embodies TeamDev’s vision on how to make precision farming easy, enabling farmers to increase productivity and save time, limiting environmental degradation. Agricolus organises and stores data collected from different sources (sensors, drones, satellites, mobile devices). It uses the geodatabase to feed the decision support system, and applications dedicated to alert from diseases or to the farm management. TeamDev supports standardization and the adoption of common interfaces for the IoT and Big Data analytics.
ATOS Atos presents a Smart System, dedicated to ensure safety and mobility in European Cities, connecting them through FIWARE. Under the motto “trusted partner for your Digital Journey”, Atos is focused on business technology that helps to create their firm of the future, offering vertical solutions based on FIWARE for different domains. For the Smart City, Atos is integrating FIWARE with existing systems, sensors and specific city services, creating an ICT cloud-based platform and mobility service: available, universal and safe for all users.
BABBLER Babbler is a next-generation tamper evident seal. Simple to use and smart, IoT-enabled seal is an innovative solution for supply chain monitoring. Already in use –and loved– by customs organisations. Babbler allows importers and exporters to discover and remedy incidents earlier; to reduce liability by knowing when a shipment was messed with; to dramatically reduce call-center and paperwork by sharing an online dashboard; and to become a well-trusted customs party and have fewer customs delays.
CEDUS “Do you know how much powerful the data in your city are? Open a window over them!” That’s how CEDUS presents itself. This Smart System collects scattered data from different sources, organizes and exploits it, avoiding duplications. It is developed by Engineering and is aimed to City Managers, Data Providers, Companies and Citizens, offering a FIWARE based solution (City Enabler) compliant with OASC principles. Applying eight Generic Enablers, including NGSI v2, it is open to other platforms, avoiding vendor or city lock-in.
CIVITY Civity comprises four products or modules that turn “raw data into meaningful stories”. It offers a complete system to collect, to manage and interconnect data safely. Dataplatform.nl allows to gather all the user data in one place. Slim Melden eases the smart and secure use of Open Data. Data Hamster is used facilitate the process of data collection and its management. And the City Innovation Platform supports standards and harmonised data models, empowering data governance.
COMMUNITHINGS Centered on the measurement and collection of information from connected objects – fixed or mobile – and their communication to the city, residents and enterprises towards improved mobility, CommuniThings solutions range from smart-parking, through fleet management, to air quality. At the Summit its smart parking and water metering solutions will be demoed. As a pioneer deploying IoT platforms, CommuniThings uniqueness lies in its ability to offer a host of modular and scalable services, managed by one central server.
E3CITY e3tcity platform uses point-to-point wireless/M2M links to connect devices to a cloud server, to their user applications or to different services and solutions developed by third parties. The advantage of using point-to-point technology is that the connection does not need to be planned, nor require the creation of nodes, mesh networks or gateways. At the Summit, e3city is showcasing their devices and how their solution could be adapted to different fields such as the lighting sector, air conditioning, irrigation or other sensor networks.
Blog, eventsComments Off on FIWARE Summit in Utrecht: agenda, speakers and new activities
We are roughly two weeks away from the 2nd FIWARE Summit. The FIWARE Community will meet in Utrecht from 29th to 31st of May. Supported by our sponsors –EBU, KPN, the Utrecht Region, Deloitte and the FIWARE Lab NL– the event will take place over seven rooms, at the high-tech and futuristic meeting center for the Dutch business community, the Jaarbeurs’ Media Plaza, in the heart of the Holland’s largest Fair.
The agenda of the event has been evolving during the recent weeks, with top level confirmations as speakers and new activities that come to complete the Summit schedule.
· Hackacity Utrecht. A competition which aims at testing and using cities’ Open Data on a non-stop hackathon. In our 2nd Summit, the participants will be encouraged to create applications, aiming to ease real citizens’ challenges. Admission is open to coders, hackers, designers, business developers and anyone willing to apply their skills on creating a winning solution. Our hackathon in Utrecht will be an opportunity to connect Big Data, smart brains and creativity. Besides meeting new people, having a nice time solving problems together; building big, smart and creative solutions.
· Joint Workshop with TM Forum.‘Frontrunner Smart Cities in the API economy’ sessions will help to identify challenges for urban communities and discover the level of maturity of each city, studying the roadmap and challenges ahead, focusing on real-time open data and the uprising of an economy of data. The workshop will provide a path to start FIWARE and TM Forum pilots, becoming the leading adopters of a reference architecture based on open standards. The API economy is an enabler for turning a single company or organization into a whole business platform.
· Launch and Invitation to join the FIWARE Marketplace. This will be the global one-stop shop, giving visibility and credibility to companies providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ platforms/solutions, ‘FIWARE-ready’ software technologies and IoT devices or offering different services: training, coaching, consultancy, solution integration, tech support… The Marketplace is designed to be a meeting point and the key instrument in order to help the FIWARE Community promoting their businesses. It serves the purpose of globally disseminating existing commercial offerings around FIWARE. Any company on the Marketplace will be able to advertise their offering and reach their target customers or build win-win partnerships. Enabling the current demand to meet the existing offering is cornerstone at this stage of the development of the FIWARE Community
Look into the advanced agenda for the event and find your itinerary among the different tracks that will be running in parallel during the three days, offering an ample, in-depth approach for our current and new community members, to get hands-on with FIWARE and welcome them to our Ecosystem.
Also, do not miss our speaker list, progressing towards its finalized state. The FIWARE Summit will present an opportunity to attend to informative and inspiring keynotes and panels, and to meet the vision and share thoughts with relevant actors and representatives from big companies like KPN, NEC, Atos, Engineering or Orange, public and private initiatives and agencies like the OASC, TM Forum or EIT Digital, and institutional delegates from the European Commission or the Municipal Government of the city of Utrecht.
Check out the complete online information and share the word: the 2nd FIWARE Summit will be a new occasion to enjoy working in the same direction. We are moving forward, growing global: come to Utrecht and let’s build a global marketplace together.
Edmonton Research Park and the FIWARE Foundation are joining together to deliver a full-day information session to define and illustrate the many uses and benefits of the technology and the community it has developed.
After the participation of FIWARE accelerators in a workshop in the summer of 2015 and a first FIWARE-based prototype developed at the end of that same year at University of Toronto, FIWARE is now getting more momentum in Canada with a pilot trial envisaged in the agrifood sector in Ontario, and a FIWARE Lab Node being set up in Quebec (more details on both of those will be posted soon!). It is therefore the right time to organise the first FIWARE Canadian workshop, which will be hosted by and co-organised with the Edmonton Research Park. The workshop will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 5, 2017; programme and registration are available at our event page and http://www.edmontonresearchpark.com/events/fiwareinedmonton/2017/6/5/fiware-in-edmonton.
According to Jenni Salonga, Project Lead at the Edmonton Research Park, “We are very enthusiastic to welcome the FIWARE Foundation to Edmonton. Our main goal is to learn how FIWARE technologies can provide value to a company’s productivity, marketability, and scalability. The European innovation community thrives in this ingenuity, and we want to share their experience with our innovation community in the region and across Canada.”
Jacques Magen, Chairman of the FIWARE Mundus Committee, states that “After a couple of years of interaction between FIWARE and Canadian stakeholders, the FIWARE Edmonton Workshop is a great opportunity to finally present FIWARE and some Powered by FIWARE solutions in Canada. We are all looking forward to this workshop.”
The morning session is dedicated to explaining how FIWARE may be used to support and strengthen the local innovation ecosystem; while the afternoon session is targeting developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The main thematic domains addressed will be around smart cities and open data, and smart agriculture and agrifood.
The info session and workshop aims to explore the possibility of creating a lab that will be powered by FIWARE. The lab maybe run by an incubator, accelerator, government, university or industry. The atendees will be able to learn how to benefit from FIWARE when developing innovative solutions and applications; see how FIWARE could help strengthen the innovation ecosystem and attract new entrepreneurs and start-ups; and understand how FIWARE could help develop technological innovation and entrepreneurial skills among the students.
Blog, events, IoTComments Off on Internet of Things World Europe: get your free pass
Internet of Things World Europe, the most comprehensive IoT event to engage enterprises across both Industrial and Consumer IoT, is returning on 13-15 June 2017 as part of London Tech Week's new festival of technology TechXLR8. The event will be the place to discuss how IoT is driving business transformation, generating new revenue opportunities for businesses and to meet with industry leading experts from the most progressive enterprise, telco and technology companies.
FIWARE will be present in London next month. As a sponsor, we are now offering free expo passes as part of the exhibitor competition. If you want to be part of the Internet of Things World Europe, just register for an expo pass using the following link: FREE PASSES
When registering, write ‘FIWARE’ in the field Priority Code. The organisation will track how many people have signed up from each side, in order to determine and announce the winner of the competition, on the 12th June. The winner exhibitor will upgrade 2 visitors, being able to give them two TechXRL8 premium passes – including access to 20 tracks across the event, access to hear from 800+ speakers and an invitation to the networking drinks reception.
Internet of Things World Europe aims to drive the creation of partnerships and ecosystems, to ignite the growing IoT-driven business. Connections between partners will boost the development of end-end solutions, access enterprises ready to adopt them as they hunt for new business models and services.
The event is part of TechXLR8, London Tech Week's headline expo, a festival of technology taking the visitors into a journey, between networks, enterprise tech and consumer services.
TechXLR8, London Tech Week's Official Expo will bring together the converging tech industries by showcasing 8 leading technology events. A global reaching show with 1 shared exhibition, 1 headline keynote stage, 20 tracks of content, 8 tech demo zones, 40+ hours of networking, its own award ceremony… and more! Set to welcome 15,000+ attendees –with 48% director level or above–, coming from over 8,000 companies and from 125 countries, TechXLR8 is an occasion not to be missed.
REMEMBER: register for your free visitor ticket HERE, write ‘FIWARE’ in the field Priority Code and get access to stages of cutting-edge content, live Industrial and Smart Home IoT Demo Zones and 300+ exhibitors showcasing innovation. For more information, visit www.iotworldeurope.com
BlogComments Off on Situm Indoor Positioning: highest accuracy, zero infrastructure
We are well accustomed to the GPS and map applications, that we use to optimize our routes when traveling from one city to another, or between two points within a city. A number of comercial possibilities have unfolded upong such services, enriching each user’s route by offering him or her different services and useful tips and offers, and receiving valuable information in return.
When trying to improve indoor businesses by optimizing positioning in a similar way, two main challenges appear: to deal with the costs of the mapping process for each room and facility on a private building; and to overcome the possible limitations that enclosed spaces –specially underground– present, when receiving GPS signal is the essential for a location based solution.
Generally, there is no GPS signal into our buildings, and we spent 90% of our time inside them. Situm smart positioning system overcome this problem, offering indoor navigation inside large buildings, tracking employees to improve security and manage their workflow, and guiding visitors and possible customers. It enables the creation of location-based campaigns, by gathering and processing all kind of data, generating real-time data and KPIs, graphical reports and heatmaps.
The basis of this high-accuracy system is using Wi-Fi signals and other signal sources that are already there: it can be installed in a easy, DIY manner and needs zero extra infrastructure.
With successful implementations in public and private buildings –ranging from offices in Singapore, hospitals in Spain, malls in Colombia, conferences centers and global reaching events like the Mobile World Congress or the Web Summit–, we wanted to know more about this powered by FIWARE solution. We invited Situm to showcase at the recent Hannover Messe 2017, the biggest industrial fair in the world.
Miguel Pérez, responsible of Corporate Communications at Situm Technologies told us more about the joint demo –with eProsima robots– that we show in Hannover: “The demo performed in conjunction by Situm and eProsima was a complete success. We provided a user with a smartphone, located thanks to Situm’s indoor positioning technology; at the same time, this smartphone was transmitting its position to an eProsima robot. Thanks to the real-time location system, when the user moved, the robot responded accordingly following in like manner. This may be applied in areas such as robotic assistance: robots that make life easier for people with dificultes, such us the elderly or people with reduced mobility.”
eProssima are middleware specialists. They been using FIWARE software components to deploy their IoT-enabled and robotic solutions and services. Situm completed the control of their robots, enabling indoor navigation, clearing up accesible routes and making them visible for the person remotely controlling the machines. “Orion Context Broker served as a key element for the development of the demo. The smartphone located with Situm’s technology sent its position to the Orion Context Broker, from where the eProsima robot got the location data, allowing its proper operation in real-time”, explains Miguel.
Situm was part of the previous Acceleration Programme powered by FIWARE. They were accelerated by IMPACT and have the best experience launching their product with them: “Situm highly values having worked with IMPACT. Not only for the support of the public financing, but for the contacts made during the acceleration program that may involve access to new funding sources beyond IMPACT and FIWARE. The training is also one of the main advantages due to its top mentors. IMPACT startups come from many different countries, with business systems of different natures. Situm can gain skills that help understand other business ecosystems in order to be prepared for the future. Moreover, the contacts that are being made may result in new ways of doing business or even possible synergies.”
Take note that IMPACT Growth has launched new open calls –closing on May 9th– for startups that have already developed a product and are willing to scale-up. If you have a project and are looking for funding, mentoring and using a cutting-edge technology, you can now follow the successful steps of Situm and many other companies accelerated by IMPACT and FIWARE. Apply now!