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Jun 092017
 
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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.

IMG_5339More 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

IMG_5948Collaboration, 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)

IMG_6096Companies 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

IMG_6066FIWARE 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.

IMG_5536The 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

IMG_5550Hubert 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)

IMG_5484FIWARE’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.

Utrecht was great! See you all in Málaga!

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

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

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

The Future Internet PPP Programme and the FIWARE advantage

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

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

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

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

Moving forward, going global

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

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

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

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

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

From PPP to FIWARE Foundation and beyond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 022017
 
European Union flags in front of the Berlaymont building (European commission) in Brussels, Belgium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

what ifAnother noted speaker at the FIWARE Open Day will be Yasunori Mochizuki, Senior Vice President of NEC, who will share his global perspective about the role of FIWARE and Industry 4.0 in Japan. The participation of Mr. Yasunori in Brussels illustrates the extended reach of FIWARE, both into new countries and being adopted within more markets and by prominent industrial actors.
"NEC, in the past, has contributed to the community of and around FIWARE to implement advanced technical features of IoT and has also brought the technical outcomes into commercial solutions/products for the Smart City business around the world.  Meanwhile, the open and transparent approach of FIWARE is becoming increasingly important and also visible in the global scale, which is also the case for Japan after the government has announced the strategy (Science and Technology Master Plan) of “Society 5.0“ aiming at innovating both society and industry via cross-utilization of data through data-centric platform."

Check out the complete highlights from the opening keynotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 032017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

 Conference, events, IoT  Comments Off on FIWARE at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016
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

 APIs, Blog, Conference, events, myFIWAREstory, Open Data, SmartCities, TM Forum  Comments Off on #MyFIWAREstory – TM Forum partnership: creating the data economy infrastructure
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

 Cloud, Conference, Developers, events, Experimentation, OpenStack  Comments Off on Presentation of FIWARE Lab Multi-Region Cloud Reviewed by OpenStack Superuser
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”.