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Dec 192016
 
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It is a joy to be entitled to write something like this: the 1st FIWARE Summit was a complete success!
And it is not only something that can be done… it’s a must! This is the appropriate time to point out who is responsible for the Summit surpassing our most optimistic predictions: you.
We would like to thank you as part of the FIWARE Open Community for making our first Summit an occasion to remember. We are still reviewing the main assets resulting from the event and we are also focusing on what should be improved for our future events.

At this moment, we can already share some figures: during the 3 days of the event, the Trade Fairs and Congress Center in Málaga gathered 300 participants from 18 countries. The summit comprised 39 tech sessions and 13 business sessions, with the participation of no less than 37 speakers and 32 technical experts. Additionally, 11 exhibitors were showcasing their powered by FIWARE solutions.

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Keynote speakers, how-to sessions, working meetings, a developers’ primer the first day, high-level panels on each one of the main verticals and programmes around FIWARE… and coffee breaks, lunches and an evening networking event with food, drinks and music! The 1st FIWARE Summit intended to be the most comprehensive experience possible for all and each one of the attendees.

We had the pleasure to be joined by the local and regional authorities, namely the Mayor of the City of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre Prados, and the representative of the Government of Andalucía, José Sánchez Maldonado (Regional Council for Work, Industry and Trade). Both of them spoke at the opening session, emphasizing the importance of the Summit for a smart city like Málaga and for a region that has always bet on the open technology, like Andalucía is.

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The FIWARE Foundation was represented by Ulrich Ahle (CEO), Stefano de Panfilis (COO), Juan José Hierro (CTO) and Hubert Tardieu (Atos CEO Advisor) as chairman of the FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors, also including Rosalía Simón (Smart Cities Director at Telefónica), Patrice Slupowski (VP Digital Innovation at Orange) and Dario Avallone (R&D Director at Engineering).

In the closing session of the event, Ahle reviewed the main announcements that were made at the Summit. We will be going over all of them in detail, through a series of individual posts. But let’s summarize now what the different initiatives and programmes were presenting.

In brief, FIWARE announced:

  • The FIWARE Accelerate programme gets renewed, with two spin-off projects: IMPACT Growth and Frontier Cities 2. With more than 5M € to be distributed supporting powered by FIWARE projects, the new calls are announced to be open by the beginning of 2017. Frontier Cities 2 will be focusing on developing solutions for the urban communities, while IMPACT Growth will be accelerating startups across different sectors, including Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agrifood and Smart Content Verticals.
     
  • The FIWARE Mundus Committee will continue promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of the FIWARE ecosystems at global level. FIWARE Mundus will seek to enlarge international membership, explore common business opportunities and foster FIWARE nodes and FIWARE instances installations around the Globe. With Jacques Magen (InterInnov, FI-GLOBAL) as its provisional chairman, the Mundus Committee presented the ongoing initiatives worldwide and the list of action points to be taken in the short and long-term.
     
  • The FIWARE iHub programme, designed to act upon the global FIWARE strategy, but at a local level. With the iHubs as physical meeting points for the community, the programme aims to show the path by example, offering coaching and training for developers and SMEs, organizing hackathons, collaborating with universities, showcasing commercial solutions, etc. Also, the FIWARE Zone initiative was presented, starting with two innovation centers in Málaga and Sevilla.
     
  • The FIWARE Marketplace was launched during the FIWARE Summit, as a tool to help finding out who is offering solutions and services based on our open source technology.  It comprise a list of Powered by FIWARE solutions, FIWARE IoT-ready device manufacturers and providers of both Training and Consultancy/Integration services. The FIWARE Foundation will soon offer professional certifications for FIWARE trainers and certifiers.
     
  • The FIWARE Foundation, that was set in motion by the Core Industry Group members (Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica) is now joined by more Gold and individual members. FundingBox –the public funding platform upholding the IMPACT Growth accelerator–, Smart Cities Lab –the think-tank that is currently running the FIWARE activities undergoing in India– and Zabala Innovation Consultingformerly leading Finodex, the Open Data accelerator– joined as Gold Members. Plus 37 individual members who also have joined the Foundation.
     
  • Finally, the Foundation announced the 2nd FIWARE Summit, to take place in Berlin by the end of May 2017. Save the date in your agendas!

_o3a1922We have published a video overviewing what happened in Málaga. You will find it at the end of this post.
Each one of the activities in the main rooms were recorded in video. The first day developers’ prime and the panels on days 2 and 3 were live-streamed. You can find them now, in a rough edit, on our YouTube channel. Soon, individually edited videos will be shared.
Also, we will be publishing each one of the presentations that were shown at the event. Find them linked on the event’s agenda.

After all this, after all the excitement, the good news and the hard work, it is probably the perfect time to think not only about the FIWARE Community: take a minute now and think about all the people in your life. How did you initially meet? What brought you closer together? From shared interests to specific events, from scheduled activities to casual networking. Each occurrence that build upon the trust, the knowledge, the reciprocity and shared best practices that improves the quality of life within a human ecosystem and make a project thriving and resilient.

Personal relationships are built on a day-by-day basis. And a community like ours is worthing a lot more when it manages to reach new contributors, to convince them to join in and, at the same time, the engagement between present and future members is deepened.
The 1st FIWARE Summit has accomplished to do that, enriching our social capital. And that should mark the biggest difference between having a good… or a great future ahead!

_o3a2577With events like this Summit, the community members will be able to keep creating their own value. The platform will be strengthening. The technology will keep advancing and being adopted. New partnerships will be started and people new to and interested in FIWARE will find a perfect chance to be joining the community, joining our global ecosystem. In Málaga, during each one of the sessions, there was a sense of great attention and the will to participate, to be enhancing the hands-on learning process about FIWARE, thus greatly improving the direct and institutional communication and the relationship within the Open Community, always based on merit, transparency and trust.

For the 2nd FIWARE Summit we are looking forward to offer an even better experience for the community members. So, please, if you were present at the 1st Summit in Málaga or followed it online, or maybe you have a notion about how to improve the involvement and participation for the attendants… just write us! Send an email to the FIWARE Press Office.
We will love to receive your ideas and we are counting on your support to make the encounter in Berlin the perfect place and time to gather and to keep moving forward. Thank you in advance and thank you, again, for making this 1st FIWARE Summit a great success.

Together, we build FIWARE! And the best is yet to come.

FIWARE at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

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Sep 292016
 
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FIWARE will be present at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on the 25-27th October.
The second edition of this event is expected to gather more than 8,000 national and international visitors and will be focusing on IoT solutions in six dedicated areas: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Transportation & Logistics, Innovation and Technology. Areas that are direct business targets for the FIWARE entrepreneurial community.

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

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We have some highlights to be share in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug 312016
 
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FIWARE and TM Forum have been working together since November last year. Following the announced collaboration agreement, we have been partnering in order to create the infrastructure that will serve the emerging Economy of Data.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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Jul 142016
 
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A few dates ago Fernando López Aguilar, Technology Expert at Telefónica I+D, shared an article summarizing the participation of FIWARE in the OpenStack Summit, through the presentation that Silvio Cretti, from CREATE-NET, delivered at the event, about FIWARE and its experimentation environment: the FIWARE Lab.

Now an extensive review around that presentation has been published by OpenStack Superuser, a comprehensive reference site for the OpenStack users, external to ours. Finding out new links and a growing mutual interest between two innovative Open Source communities is always exciting.

yf5ghoqw9rblbvfigyvnMeaningfully, Fernando presented it to the FIWARE audience with the following words: “I would like to share with you an important milestone that was obtained for our FIWARE Cloud, FIWARE Ops and FIWARE Lab teams. An external and important site, OpenStack Superuser has just written an article about our FIWARE Lab Federation Monitoring solution based on our changes in OpenStack Ceilometer and Monasca services taking our presentation in the past OpenStack Summit”.

The complete article could be read here:
http://superuser.openstack.org/articles/monitoring-a-multi-region-cloud-based-on-openstack

The OpenStack Foundation created the Superuser site to facilitate the knowledge sharing and the collaborative problem solving, among individuals who are running OpenStack clouds and work within the cloud-based infrastructure across all industries. Usual topics could range from how-tos and case studies, to broader issues like organizational culture and vendor management.

“I do not want to finish this message without a recognition to our team” –López Aguilar pointed out– “especially to Silvio Cretti, Daniele Santoro, Pablo Rodríguez Archilla and José Ignacio Carretero Guarde for their effort to achieve this landmark”.

FIWARE at the GCTC Expo 2016

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Jul 012016
 
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The Global Cities Team Challenge Expo was an exceptional turning point, a successful closing event for the first phase of this initiative and, at the same time, the kick-off mark for a new period of development for the GCTC.
More than 2000 attendees and exhibitors joined the Expo live in Austin, Texas. The participants and attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers and participate on in-depth discussions and panels addressing the present and future challenges of smart cities and the role of synergetic relationships between the cities and the innovative IoT technologies that are spreading and scaling worldwide.

The Expo gathered Federal and Mayoral delegates, industry representatives as well as international and corporate partners, all being part of this celebration of the rich and multifaceted ecosystem that is growing around the collaborative venture to form project teams –the GCTC Action Clusters– . FIWARE’s participation as a Partner of GCTC started last year and now, also a number of our own partners and startups, are part of the Action Clusters.

FIWARE was present at the GCTC Expo as the host for some of those startups and projects, which had the chance to present their digital solutions at the event. Also, FIWARE has been invited to participate in the IES City Framework and joined its mid-project workshop in Austin. The development of a consensus Framework for Smart City Architectures that will grant portability and interoperability among the new cities’ applications and services, is an objective that is shared with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that promotes the GCTC and with other relevant projects, like the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Initiative, for which FIWARE is providing the much needed technological standards.

The GCTC Expo was also a great opportunity fully in line with the main goal of the FIWARE Mundus Team: to promote the adoption of FIWARE technologies, the enlargement of the Open Source community worldwide and strengthen of the cooperation between cities and companies from Europe and the USA, with FIWARE as the link to ease that joining effort. The Mundus Team pointed this event as a “turning point to accelerate the take-up of FIWARE in the USA and in other countries represented in the GCTC”.

Now that the 2016 Expo is behind us, we are all looking forward to Phase Two of the Global City Teams Challenge. FIWARE and the increasing number of participants in this great venture will be mainly focusing on the deployment and the demonstration of the real impact of new solutions. As Sokwoo Rhee –Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST– has put it “We will be able to see how the efforts of 90+ teams can make a real difference in our communities over the next 12 months. Stay tuned!”

We have assembled a video-album with some of the interesting interviews that took place at the GCTC Expo 2016, with startups, teams, representatives and other partners.

FIWARE AT THE GCTC'16 – FIWARE MUNDUS – Promoting the Adoption of FIWARE Worldwide from FIWARE on Vimeo.

FIWARE participation in the OpenStack Summit

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Jun 272016
 
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Silvio Cretti and Daniele Pizzolli (CREATE-NET) presented FIWARE and their experimentation environment, FIWARE Lab, to a large audience at the OpenStack Summit, held in Austin from April 25th to April 29th 2016. The OpenStack Summit is a high impact forum of discussion of technological novelties and trends around the OpenStack ecosystem. This event attracts twice a every year a vibrant crowd of developers and market makers that this time reached a peak of an estimated audience of 7,500 attendees during the keynote sessions on the first day.

Daniele took the opportunity to discuss the present offering and foreseeable results of FIWARE Ops with other participants of the Summit and got good all acknowledged of this as a potential contribution of FIWARE to the OpenStack Community.

Silvio represented CREATE-NET, Telefonica and the UPM presenting FIWARE Lab as a case study of OpenStack based multi-region cloud monitorization. This topic is particularly relevant in this context; because, according to the OpenStack Foundation 2016 Survey, FIWARE Lab is among the top 30% infrastructures based on OpenStack in terms of size and user base.

After summarizing the objectives and main features of FIWARE and FIWARE Lab, the talk focused on the Health solution tool and the performance monitoring of FIWARE Lab leaning on a customized architecture based on OpenStack Ceilometer and Monasca. The talk has attracted the interest of the Monasca Community, that proposed a future collaboration for the development and enhancement of the functionalities currently provided by Monasca incorporating contributions from the FIWARE technologies.

You can now watch the full intervention here.

— Fernando López Aguilar – Technology Expert at Telefónica I+D

 

FIWARE Open Service Platform & the Digital Single Market Strategy

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Apr 262016
 
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“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”, stated Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, at the Closing Plenary session of Net Futures 2016. The complete Keynote Speech is a must-read for anyone interested in the upcoming transformation of the European economy, the fourth Industrial Revolution and how FIWARE will be continuing to enhancing it.

The Net Futures event this year was only two days after a very important announcement from the European Commission (EC): a Communication incorporating a set of policy measures, aiming at the digital transformation of the Continent and to its very core. A transformation that will ensure a continuous and sustainable economic growth.
This announcement was not only intended to reach the countries representatives and the big companies, but also the SMEs and entrepreneurs, the technology developers, the citizens committed with their own prosperity and welfare… as Commissioner Oettinger said, the message was being delivered to “all the Future Internet enthusiasts”.

Last year, the EC presented its plans to create a Digital Single Market (DSM), a plan to tear down regulatory walls, to support and link national efforts and to unite the 28 national markets into a single and stronger one, a more agile and active market, that eases the creation of new and innovative business. The recent announcement comprises the first industry-related initiative, part of the DSM strategy.

The Communication engages all relevant stakeholders, namely large, mid-size and small companies from all industrial sectors, the digital supply industry, social partners, Member States and regions, putting its focus on actions with a global added value, complementing and ensuring the scaling up of national initiatives. The main Communication is accompanied by three further communications and three staff working documents that, altogether, draw the four main lines of action to Digitise the European Industry:

• The European Cloud Initiative plan for building a world class virtual environment with open and seamless services for research data storage, management, analysis and re-use, across borders and disciplines. An infrastructure that will provide scientists and engineers with wide computing and data handling capacity.

• The Priorities for ICT Standardisation, identifying the essential ICT standards and presenting measures to accelerate their development in support of digital innovations across the economy.

• The E-Government action plan on the digital transformation of public services, focusing on the businesses and citizens need for end-to-end solutions that are online, cross-border and interoperable by default.

• The staff working document on the Internet of Things that highlights the challenges and opportunities of IoT in Europe.

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To help the progress following those lines, FIWARE is an open platform that encompasses both technology and a community: firstly, a set of Standards that have been providing the open backbone for the unfolding of the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, and that are being pushed by the recently launched FIWARE Foundation, to aid in the development of the Smart Industry, the Smart Agriculture and of aforementioned fields like IoT or the Cloud.

FIWARE is also an Open Source community that has been growing through projects like the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, an inter-regional venture that has been reaching out to thousands of SMEs all around Europe, boosting their deployment of new digital products and solutions and incorporating them to the construction of an interconnected market that is building active communities at all levels and that is expanding even outside the Continent. It is the ambition of the Commission to focus 500M€ over the next 5 years from Horizon 2020 budget to continue funding these kinds of actions.

FIWARE also presents its own network of innovation hubs. The iHubs Programme aligns with the EC objective of spreading the access to latest technologies by creating a string of digital competence centers that will support and make it possible for any industry in Europe to increase its competitiveness, with a global aim to impel a wave of bottom-up innovations across sectors.

Additionally, FIWARE stands out as the existing open service platform that best serves to the goal of achieving the leadership in IoT advancements and therefore profit off the major innovation engine that the Internet of Thing is to become in an era of digitization and connection of everything and everyone.

This purpose around IoT was thoroughly expounded by Günther H. Oettinger at Net Futures. It lies in three pillars:

• A single market for the Internet of Things, where devices and services must be able to connect seamlessly and on a plug-and-play basis anywhere in the European Union, and scale up without hindering from national borders.

• A thriving IoT ecosystem developed through open environments, working across silos to support developer communities to innovate. Such an ecosystem would support IoT innovate in selected vertical markets.

• A human-centred IoT, with the aim to empower citizens rather than machines and corporations, observing high data protection and security standards, notably through a Trusted IoT label.

To build and strength those pillars, standards are needed, to enable interoperability of solutions across Europe and ideally globally. Also clear rules should be determined to mark important issues like numbering and addressing of objects.

Expanding on the content of the Communications, Commissioner Oettinger pointed out FIWARE and open platforms as a key part of the EC strategy: “Open platforms enable faster innovation, facilitate interoperability, allow the reuse of applications and avoid vendor lock-in. In addition, users can fully benefit from open innovation ecosystems of developers and start-ups”. Open platforms, and particularly FIWARE, “will contribute in making the European Digital Single Market a reality, and help innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in the EU”.

I suggest you explore how you too could join the fast growing FIWARE ecosystem, using it to innovate in your organization” –said Oettinger, and concluded– “if you are already part of the FIWARE ecosystem, consider how you could increase your contribution to its growth, implementing applications and services, disseminating results and attracting more users and developers”.

 

 

FIWARE and related Smart City Applications demonstrated at the Global City Team Challenge Festival in Washington DC (USA), 1-2 June 2015

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Jun 122015
 
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A FIWARE delegation composed of representatives from three start-ups from the SpeedUpEurope accelerator, representatives from the City of Valencia (Spain), a representative of the energy utility company from the City of Oldenburg in Germany, as well as the project coordinator of SpeedUpEurope and a representative of FIWARE Mundus, attended the Global City Teams Challenge exhibition and workshop, which were held on 1st and 2nd June in Washington D.C., USA.

 

“The visitors seemed to be very interested in our mobile application, ‘APP Valencia’, which informs to the citizens, in real time, about everything happening in the city and shows lot of information to everyone. This kind of app is apparently not common in American cities. Other visitors were really interested also in our applications for administration (eGovernment and integrated paperless administration). The visitors asked us if we are interested in sharing our applications with other cities, and at this point, of course we are ready to share best practices and cooperate further.” Gema Roig from City of Valencia.

The exhibition on 1st June gathered more than 1,000 visitors and 65 teams demonstrating smart city applications. At the FIWARE booth, Binee UG from the “Binee” team demonstrated their smart bin and app for rewarding and improving recycling in the cities; Teamdev showed the “TripStories” smart tourism and mobility application destined at supporting a better environment; and Open Data City from “WeBuildCity” showcased their Open and 3D City Development Platform for Urban Planning. The City of Valencia (Spain) presented several applications deployed in their city, including the “App Valencia” City mobile application, the Valencia eGovernment Integrated Platform, the Valencia Smart City Platform, and the Valencia Transparency & Open Data Portal.DSC_0115

The FIWARE booth was very well attended by many visitors all throughout the day. There was a good and continuous turnout, with different profiles, from small companies to universities and cities. Most of the participants showed genuine interest in FIWARE and as a result there were some very interesting interactions, opening up potential opportunities for FIWARE and for the start-ups in the USA and for the City of Valencia for future cooperation with US cities.

A dedicated FIWARE session allowed the FIWARE team to provide the audience with more details about the platform and the ecosystem, and the smart city applications being demonstrated at the booth. As a consequence, a number of people showed up afterwards at the booth to get more details and demonstrations.

The FIWARE team also attended the workshop on 2nd June, which gathered around 100 participants. The main issue DSCF0173that was raised by the US participants was the following: most cities are applying some smart solutions in their cities in the areas of energy, transport, safety, health, etc., and universities develop small pilot trials in those domains. However the cities do not have an integrated smart city strategy although they would like to share more what they do; and the universities are looking for solutions that would allow different applications to interoperate and be tested on a larger scale in several cities. There seems to be a real need for an integrated system/platform such as FIWARE, which was explicitly mentioned several times during the workshop. This was also highlighted in the main issues that are foreseen for the upcoming NIST framework for the Global City Team Challenge 2016, which shall be defined shortly.

In conclusion, FIWARE principles have been very well received during the exhibition and the workshop, and several universities and cities showed interest in exploring it further. Let’s make this happen through FIWARE Mundus!

“As coordinator of one of the [FIWARE] accelerators, I feel personally responsible for the success of the start-ups involved. I really believe that in this matter the three start-ups made great progress. I foresee that in within the next 6-12 months, we will be able to convince much greater audiences, and to me the Washington case was a proof of this.” Olaf-Gerd Gemein, SpeedUpEurope project coordinator.

Contact: fiware-mundus-req@lists.fiware.org

Contact point for FIWARE and the project teams in the USA: Jesse.SPECTOR@eeas.europa.eu


What do participants think?

“OpenDataCity as a company attracted surprisingly much interest from different groups – surprisingly, because the US is pretty strong in the field of data visualization already. People showed interest in our work with open data from cities, and especially in our general ability to make sense of and to find stories in huge datasets. I definitely made some interesting contacts for OpenDataCity.” Lisa Ros, OpenDataCity, “WeBuildCity” team

“We have been contacted by some US universities interested in our work, which could provide us with the opportunity to extend the collaboration that we currently have with some Italian universities. We have also started a dialogue with the Italian embassy in DC that wants to promote our work in the USA. And we have had the chance to better understand the US point of view on smart cities and, generally, on the ICT theme and this will be useful for our future approach into the US market.” Andrea Cruciani, Teamdev, “TripStories” team

"It was a great opportunity for us to showcase our project in front of an international audience and we were very proud to attend the event as part of the Fiware and the SpeedUP! Europe Team. Our booth and our prototype attracted many curious visitors among which there have been several potential clients and investors. Several municipalities showed great interest and we received useful leads for other cities too. The GCTC conference was a very a positive reinforcement for us that we are on the good track and there is a strong demand for our product even in markets outside Europe. We were also able to connect with several other companies and startups who might be interesting partners for us for further technological development.” Szilvia Varszegi, binee UG, “Binee” team

“As the representative of the EWE AG from Germany and support of binee, the GTCT Expo was a great platform to pitch enera, our “Energiewende” demonstration project.  There were new and interesting things popping up that reflect current trends in the energy market & smart cities that will lead to further talks.” Florian Fischer, EWE AG, Business Development Manager enera Project, “Binee” team.

“Some great innovations, and all around a wonderful representation of European entrepreneurialism!” Jesse Spector, Policy Officer, Digital Economy & ICT at EU Delegation to the United States

“Thank you all for this opportunity to visit Washington and this conference!” Lisa Rost, OpenDataCity, WeBuildCity

“It has really been a great experience” Vicente Rodrigo, Head of Area Development and Innovation, ICT Department, City Council of Valencia

 “Thank you for this awesome opportunity!” Andrea Cruciani, TeamDev, TripStories

“It was great to be part of a larger European team, because […] the different projects reinforced each other and as a team we received more attention from the audience” Szilvia Varszegi, binee UG

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