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1st FIWARE Summit & recent announcements

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Dec 092016
 
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Being part of a global ecosystem has its perks but also can be really challenging. The startups and entrepreneurs, developers and users, accelerators and technical experts, cities and public authorities, companies and non-profit organizations, integrating the FIWARE Open Community, are well accustomed to this vibrant and demanding day-to-day.

Even for such list of test-proof members and partners, the last quarter of the year has been really action-packed. We have the FIWARE Summit coming up next week. It will be the first of a series of gatherings where our contributors will engage, will meet each other and learn about the potential of the technology, and decide the best way promote its adoption worldwide.

Being a very important date in our calendar, one that will mark the kick-off point for a new stage in the advancement of FIWARE as an Open Platform and Community, the Summit is not the only remarkable occurrence around. We have been realizing the word spreading about FIWARE, attending to top-level worldwide reaching events, like the IoT Solutions World Congress or the Smart City Expo World Congress, where we have been sharing our value proposition for the Internet of Things and for the smart urban communities.

_o3a6600While we were at the SCEWC, two announcements involving FIWARE were made: the first one was that, strengthening the links between the European Commission and our ecosystem, we were to join forces with Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital. That is the main EU programme supporting the establishment of trans-European digital infrastructures, were FIWARE is appointed to provide the building blocks that will accelerate the testing of secure message exchange in different sectors, a key target in order to achieve a Digital Single Market.

The other announcement involved also one of our most notable partners, working together to enable a new economic model for the smart cities: TM Forum. This new collaboration is a natural extension of the previously announced partnership, with FIWARE supporting TM Forum Open APIs, making them available as part of the Business Framework components of the FIWARE platform. This partnership has been focusing on setting up the foundations to grow urban data economies, unleashing the potential of real-time open data. Now, by this renewed agreement with the FIWARE Foundation, TM Forum will incorporate the FIWARE NGSI API into its Smart City API Reference Architecture, pushing it to become the de-facto standard API for real-time open data, growingly adopted by cities.
 
Around the Economy of Data and joining efforts within an IoT-enabled Smart City framework, FIWARE was also recently recognized by the US White House, as a major contributor part of the global coalition that will identify pivotal points of interoperability, pointing out the standards that can enable the development of diverse but interoperable smart city solutions. Led by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the FIWARE Foundation is part of this global partnership with the American National Standards Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, the Italian Energy and Innovation Agency, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

While reviewing these recent news and outcomes, we have already mentioned a couple of times the Foundation: as a matter of fact, the FIWARE Foundation was formally registered on October 28th, setting its headquarters in Berlin. It was legally constituted as a non-profit association, with Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica acting as founding members, and with Ulrich Ahle appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
As the voice of the Open Community within the Industry, and bringing the expertise to enlarge and manage its shared resources, the Foundation is instrumental to the achievement of the FIWARE Mission: to build an Open, sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards. The standards that ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple verticals.

banner-home_1180x596_okAimed at supporting the continued growth of the community and the ongoing advancement of the technology, the FIWARE Foundation has extended an invitation to all the contributors and the people and organizations interested in FIWARE, to join us at the first FIWARE Summit that will take place in Málaga (Spain) from 13th to 15th December. An occasion that will remain as the starting mark for this series of six-monthly events.

Encompassing not only developers of the Open Source code associated with the platform, but also all those who work to promote the adoption of technology, the Summit will include several talks given by experts that, together with the testimony of users in the sectors of Industry, Cities and Agriculture, will show the full potential of FIWARE across sectors and across borders.In addition, there will be a series of working meetings to coordinate the present and future actions of the Community. As well as a space for hands-on learning, with the aim to enable developers to acquire the necessary knowledge to create smart, innovative solutions using FIWARE.
Also the event will see the launch of the marketplace, a new service that will allow developers of solutions, manufacturers of compatible sensors, and suppliers to the platform, to publicize and disseminate what they offer that is based on or compatible with FIWARE.

The event will be organized in several tracks that will run in parallel during the three days: a FIWARE Community track where members of the FIWARE Community will meet to coordinate activities. A Developer's track, targeted to developers inside and outside the FIWARE Community, including a primer during the full first day of the event and half of the second day, and several specialized "how-to" technical sessions, during half of the second day and on the third day.  And a Conference track, targeted to business developers, decision makers, policy makers, startup/SME CEOs, cities’ representatives, researchers, public authorities, non-profit organizations and to the whole FIWARE Community. Plus a special evening event, on Wednesday (8.00 pm to 11.00 pm).
Check out the event updated agenda and don’t miss the opportunity to join us at the first FIWARE Summit and to discover what our Platform and Community could bring to boost your business, your project or your organization. The last tickets are still available!

With the recent announcements, the FIWARE Foundation and the first FIWARE Summit, we are moving forward, going global. Join in! Together, we build FIWARE!

FIWARE Foundation: Zabala Innovation Consulting to join as a gold member

 Accelerator Programme, events, FIWARE Foundation, Open Data  Comments Off on FIWARE Foundation: Zabala Innovation Consulting to join as a gold member
Dec 022016
 
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The FIWARE Foundation is now open for new members. This is just great news indeed! During the past years I had the chance to lead a wonderful team of partners into what it was a new adventure for the European Commission through the Future Internet PPP. Phase 3 they called it, the accelerators.

From Zabala Innovation Consulting we coordinated the first accelerator ever based on open data and FIWARE, no verticals in principle, although then we discovered that areas like smart cities, agro-food or health had a bigger impact than the others. Not surprising either if we see where FIWARE was and is putting their target on.
 

But this post will not talk about our accelerator anymore, you know “our story” and can have a look back as many times as you like. The reason for us is the FIWARE Foundation and the first FIWARE Summit, happening in a few days in Málaga.

The announcement is that Zabala Innovation Consulting will join the FIWARE Foundation as a gold partner. We do this without being an ICT-based company, we have no developers onboard nor develop technology as such. We are a consultancy services company with a large expertise on public funding at all imaginable levels. We work with local, regional and national authorities in our markets and of course with a number of agencies and organisations at EU-level. This is where FIWARE plays a really important role for us. Let me use the following lines to motivate this.
 

In 2013, we submitted our FINODEX proposal to the EC open call that was looking for the FIWARE accelerators. We had never had an earlier experience on Future Internet technologies, so our approach to FIWARE was due to the fact of managing open calls and being able to put our skills into practice through a new scheme for funding by the EC, the cascade-funding. ZABALA has over 30 years of experience in EU project management, we have been working on EU projects since the first framework programme with wonderful results, so approaching to new models and initiatives is as innovative as we are ourselves.

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After 27 months of FINODEX accelerator, we had the chance to discover several facts we had not imagined at the very beginning:
  • FIWARE Accelerate has created a large community of innovators around a technology.

  • It is not only the technology! Now we are one click away of mostly everyone in Europe related to innovation of ICT-services in a variety of domains.

  • Start-ups boost can also be driven with EU-funds, not only with large capital investments diluting their ownership.

  • FIWARE is here to stay in the long term, and the Foundation was the strongest evidence after the investment by the EC and a number of entities since 2011.

Being part of the FIWARE Accelerate programme as managers of one of the funds have allowed us to grow our portfolio of service and markets, now we work with a number of start-ups from many countries in Europe and we have risen the “word-to-mouth” approach that made us known in Spain to other latitudes in the continent.

At the same time we have already integrated FIWARE as part of the technical basis of a couple of EU-funded projects in the areas of Smart Cities and more specifically in waste management.

REPLICATE is a European research and development project that aims to deploy integrated energymobility and ICT solutions in city districts. It is funded by a €29m grant from Horizon 2020. The overarching vision of the REPLICATE project is to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities. There are three lead cities (called Smart City ‘Lighthouses’) which  include Bristol in Great Britain, Florence in Italy and San Sebastian in Spain. FIWARE will be one of the components to develop services related to the management and publication of open data.
 

WASTE4THINK. The main objective of this project is to move forward the current waste management practices into a circular economy motto, demonstrating the value of integrating and validating a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions that cover all the waste value chain. The cities where pilots will take place are Zamudio (ES), Cascais (PT). Part of the solutions are based on ICT technologies, and yes they are based on FIWARE. The project is lead by the University of Deusto (ES) and counts with the participation of two well-known FIWARE evangelists partners, Engineering (IT) and ourselves (ZABALA).

Therefore, we concluded that FIWARE is a key-enabler for research and innovation in Europe and beyond. The argument convinced us to be one of the first members in the Foundation, after the core group initially establishing the by-laws.
 

Being members of a technology foundation is a new and exciting adventure for us, we expect to be close to start-ups and their innovation during the following years helping as the mission states, to develop an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the creation of Smart Applications in multiple sectors. We have already started to pursue this mission so we would encourage everyone to join the Foundation and add their bit in the mission.

A good starting point to work with the community will be the first FIWARE Summit happening in Málaga next 13th to 15th of December. Besides the wonderful track of technical talks, which is impressive, the number of workshops from the different Mission Support Committees or the conference itself, it will be a great opportunity to meet everyone again and explore new endeavours for the future of FIWARE. See you in Malaga?

 

 

 

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By Miguel García (former coordinator of FINODEX accelerator
and senior consultant at Zabala Innovation Consulting)

 Posted by at 11:47 am

SCEWC 2016: FIWARE at the center of the Smart City innovation

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Nov 252016
 
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Since 2011, year after year, the Smart City Expo World Congress keeps representing and showcasing the leading edge of the smart urban innovation. The SCEWC 2016 got beyond the notable results of the previous years’ editions, bringing near 17.000 visitors to the event. During three days, the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona gathered more than 600 cities and close to 600 exhibitors, 420 top-level speakers, and offered an expanded program with more than 50 side events and activities.

_o3a7037FIWARE was in the middle of such meeting point, as a Global Partner of the main international summit of discussion about the technological revolution happening in our cities. A process that is steadily putting the people on its center, developing the tools to promote the empowerment of citizens and their involvement and greater participation in the decisions that most directly affects them, the ones taken at a local level.

Our focus, as an Open Source Platform and Community, is to power the advancement of an IoT-enabled Framework, providing the de-facto standards to be used in the new digital solutions and services for the Smart Cities. A collaborative and human-centered approach that will enhance the transformation of our urban communities into engines of growth and well-being.

_o3a6600We were present in the Congress area, with three sessions. Starting on the first day of the event with Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation, presenting our value proposition for the IoT-enabled Smart City framework. On the ‘Real-time open data fueling the next generation of urban services’ parallel session, Hierro insisted in the open APIs being the key for new services & business of the cities of tomorrow. And how “to collaborate and define common standards should be a must for our communities. FIWARE is providing standard sets of Data Models and and market-ready APIs”.

On the Plenary session, named ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’, all the speakers agreed on the urge to keep working together and to achieve the necessary consensus that should enable all the actors of the digital urban development speaking the same language. That pointed again, at a technological level, to de-facto standard APIs an Data Models that are being used by smart cities. A good example would be the OASC initiative –supported now by more than a hundred cities worldwide–, favoring the FIWARE standards.
_o3a6585As our open community is well accustomed to grow by collaborating, Hierro again had the chance to make the accurate remark on how “the success of a partnership should mean the success of each partner. That strengths the commitment for all of them”.

Other idea that was emphasized during that same session was the need for new economic models to emerge, in order to finance the advance of smart communities. FIWARE is also addressing that challenge, enabling the Economy of Data as an innovative business model inherent to the digitalization of cities. A key partner supporting the development of that model would be TM Forum.
The session ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ that took place on the last day of the SCEWC 2016, had Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs of TMForum, as one of its insightful speakers. That same day, a new collaboration agreement between the two partners was announced.

_o3a6576Also in the Congress Area and after the ceremony that recognized the best projects participating in the 2016 World Smart City Awards, the 'CROMA pixel dance performance’, enhanced by FIWARE technologies, caught the eye of the audience. CROMA is a cutting-edge project, developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez. It was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.

At the Exhibiton area, in our booth, we had the chance to be presenting not less than twelve digital products and services powered by FIWARE. The projects demoing their solutions were:

  • Everimpact, with its cities' climate and pollution monitoring, gathering satellite and contextual data to showcase a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France).
  • Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city offering a service that uses context-aware technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app.
  • Kalliópê presenting their massive interaction suite, a live communication and interaction software tools developed for the performing arts –also part of the CROMA project– and ideal for engaging with the citizens.
  • Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution, created for the the home energy automation IoT market, offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage and ready to scale up within the smart city framework.

The four aforementioned projects were labeled as 'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens’. There were also another eight demos focusing on’Improving the management of city services’:

  • _o3a6758Adevice and its water quality management system, one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville (Spain) and operating now also in the Canary Islands. Advice has developed their own devices, available as part of the FIWARE IoT-ready program.
  • WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city, delivering one-to-one feedback and geographic analysis for events and emergencies.
  • Telefónica and Geographica, showing a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance in Guadalajara (Spain), and demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models.
  • Engineering, presenting two real-time monitoring systems: a parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy); and a system watching rain and water levels for the city of Genoa (also Italy).
  • ATOS and CityGO, a solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain) that makes use of already existing infrastructures to create an integrated new smart mobility information system.
  • VM9 Smart Cities Platform, which was part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart development. FIWARE is powering an initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
  • UPM and Telefónica –with TMForum–, showcasing the FIWARE/HERE navigation solution, displaying NGSI real-time open data. This demo also demonstrated how the FIWARE Business Framework, powered by TMForum APIs, can be used jointly with CKAN in order to offer premium services, allowing third parties to monetize their data.
  • And OdinS, presenting an system based on FIWARE in order to monitor and control the different public services of Murcia Council under a single platform, in the frame of RED.Es for Smart Cities.

All the projects, and also the vibrant feeling of being in the center of the urban innovation, are now featured in our video-review of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016. Let’s meet the solutions and listen to the teams. Let’s watch and share it now!

FIWARE at the SCEWC 2016

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Nov 042016
 
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Last year's edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) brought more than 14.000 visitors from over a hundred countries to the event at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The congress gathered 421 speakers, 485 exhibitors and 568 cities, confirming the SCEWC as a main international summit of discussion about the link between our urban reality and the technological revolution that is alredy happening.

Since its first edition in 2011, the Congress has succeeded to become a referential global event around the avancement of a Smart City framework, supporting the development of the urban communities of the present and of the future. This year, the SCEWC intends to increase previous figures. New top level stakeholders, organizations, exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be joining to discuss smart cities and smart citizens and to review the most recent technological advances, social achievements, social and ecological challenges and the newest forms of economic development and governance.

FIWARE wil be there, as a Global Partner of the Congress and as the Open Source Platform and Community with an special focus on the IoT-enabled Smart City Framework.
This year’s event will take place from November 15-17th in Barcelona (Fira Gran Via).

Several demos powered by FIWARE are already confirmed. Distributed in two categories –'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens' and ‘Improving management of city services’ – the companies and projects will be collaborating and engaging with the visitors, showcasing their solutions at our Stand C324 (Hall P2, Level 0, Street C), where we will be also presenting our value proposition and main partnerships for the Smart Cities.

The demos will be:

Enabling new innovative services for the citizens:

Everimpact, cities' climate and pollution monitoring, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions.
The demo will provide a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France). Everimpact is an awarded project in the fields of Climate and Smart Cities, that is partnering with Networks of Cities, Space Agencies and International Organisations, to advance in the monitoring and reduction of CO2 emissions.

Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city. Under the slogan “Smart Shops for everyone: One beacon, thousands apps”, Outbarriers is offering a service that uses FIWARE technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app. A shop that wants to provide this service only has to install a small beacon on its door.

· Kalliópê presenting their live communication and interaction software tools. Kalliópê describes itself as a “massive interaction Suite for spatial storytelling”. Based on the use of smart phones (for machine to people communication) and sensors (for machine to machine communication), the project has been accelerated by Creati-Fi and is about to be commercialy launched, so it will be a great opportunity to be informed upfront.

· Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution for the home energy automation, is adressing the fragmentation of the home energy automation IoT market and offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage in each situation. 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.

Improving management of city services:

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. Adevice and its water quality management system. Being one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville, the solution integrates multiple devices with standard-based technologies, combining industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus and assuring interoperability between the teams and systems from the different organizations involved. It allows real-time monitoring, collecting information and showing alerts to avoid any system malfunction, thus saving money through predictive maintenance.

. WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city. The demo will show how the system acquires data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors…) and organizes it according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available. Then, WiseTown uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.

· Telefónica and Geographica, demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models. Focusing on municipalities that do not manage the public services by themselves but need reliable mechanisms to check if the service actually provided performs as expected and if the public resources are properly used. The demo will show a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance, with real-time information from the city of Guadalajara (Spain).

· Engineering, showing a real-time parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy), to overcome the usually unaccurately estimations about the availability of parking slots in a city. The showcase will gather real-time information through automatic ticket tellers and a special mobile app and taking into account special parking permits. The citizen looking for a free spot will be able to submit a destination and visualize the estimated time needed to find a parking slot in that specific area in a colored map.

· ATOS and CityGO, a smart mobility solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain). CityGO aims at providing recommendations about the best route to get usual destinations within a city, depending on diverse real-time conditions, promoting healthy and environmental care behaviours. It calculates the usual daily paths/itineraries, providing also valuable information to the municipality to take decisions about transport regulation. Third party companies could get value from the public data, creating additional services for the citizens or the municipality.

vm9-e1469711067561Another solution that will be showcased at the FIWARE stand is VM9 Smart Cities Platform. VM9 was selected also as one of the finalist of the Call for Solutions Award for ‘Materializing City-as-Platform projects’. Linked to this solution, VM9 is also part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart city development. FIWARE is powering a initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
At our stand, VM9 will show how is currently working to establish a digital interface available for citizens, to connect them with the local municipality. The platform is focus on easing and promoting tasks like checking and providing feedback on planning legislation, creating their own maps, or making a public service request.

FIWARE will be also present in three special Parallel and Plenary sessions:

· ‘Real-time open data fuelling the next generation of urban services’ (DT 01) – Parallel session: Tuesday 15, 11:30-12:30h. With Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation.

· ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ (DT 06) – Parallel Session. Thursday 17, 10:00- 11:00 h. With Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs, TMForum 

· ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’ (PL 05) – Plenary session. Wednesday. 16, 17:15-18:15 h. Conducted by Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the  FIWARE Foundation.

croma_bblueOn Wednesday and part of the Smart City Party Context at the Congress Area, a special show will take place after the Smart City Awards ceremony: the 'CROMA pixel dance performance'. Powered by FIWARE technologies, CROMA is a project developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez and was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.
Two stages will be connected, sharing images from each other and combining them through their walls thanks to the FIWARE technologies. Audio reactive software and a colour rule game will be controlling the room’s digital environment during the show.

More collaborations and activities during the event will be announced soon. Our participation during the SCEWC, as well as the highlights of the Congress, could be followed through the FIWARE owned media channels (fiware.org and our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles). Don't forget to use #SCEWC16 and #FIWARE when commenting about this Smart City Expo World Congress and our activities during the event.

Link to the event:
/event/smart-city-expo-world-congress-2/

Link to registration:
https://registration.firabarcelona.com/#/tickets/selection

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IoTSWC 2016: Towards an Open Industrial Data Space with FIWARE

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Oct 282016
 
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This year’s edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress has shown both the consolidation of the event as the world’s leading meeting-point around the Industrial IoT and the increasing appeal of the Internet of Things among not only specialized technology experts, but also the big companies that would contribute to bring the new advancements and most innovative solutions to the largest consumer markets.

After roughly two years, the IoT Solutions World Congress is reaching a wider, active audience. This week, more than 8.000 visitors from over 70 countries have visited the fair. The event gathered 172 international companies and 162 top-level speakers. “This year’s figures prove that IoTSWC is the global benchmark event for the industrial IoT sector. We strongly believe that next will not only experiment significant growth, but that choosing Barcelona and partnering with Fira have been the right choices for the IoT industry”, says Richard Soley, Executive Director of the IIC and president of the IOTSWC Program Committee.

_o3a5574Of course, FIWARE was there. On the Exhibition Area, at our stand, six demos were shown: the warehouse robots of eProsima, the delivery drones of Connect Robotics, CardioID Technologies’ heart control system through a steering wheel, Babbler “smart seal” solution for supply chains, INSYLO monitoring device for the livestock farming and Tera hardware and software for the home energy automation, all caught the eye of the attendants, who were eager to try the solutions themselves.

At the Testbed Area, 10 Testbeds were showcased. Two of them powered by FIWARE: Adevice and Fi-Sonic. Fi-Sonic was presenting their 3D sound capturing solution, capable of locate and identify different audio sources and events, providing analytics and immersive audio reproduction that can help the city management.
Adevice, was demonstrating their water quality control system and presenting a project that has become one of the main assets for the digital transformation of the city of Seville (Spain), allowing real-time monitoring of ornamental fountains and advancing towards being useful for a global urban management. Combining interoperable industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus, this was one of most voted solutions by the Congress visitors, the ones deciding the winning project of the ‘Call of Testbeds’: Adevice came in third place.

Another project presented and powered by FIWARE was competing at the final round of the IoT Solutions World Congress ‘Call for Awards’, being one of the three best solutions within the category of Business Transformation.
ISTMOS, created by ASN, is a monitoring system for measuring and controlling the most critical parameters (temperature, humidity and luminosity) that may affect the quality of bottled wine during storage and until it reaches the final consumer. With this project, ASN has entered the IoT market, concentrating on sensor based monitoring and data analysis. Also, ISTMOS means the transformation of a sometimes old-fashioned market: wine production and distribution are finding new ways of thinking about innovation, building new business models for the Digital age. Projects like ISTMOS are exploiting the unique opportunities opened up by the IoT technologies at its very core, regarding the customers and the platforms and monetizing the value of the data.

_o3a5288FIWARE was also present at the Congress Area, with the session ‘Towards an open IoT-enabled Industrial Data Space’, conducted by Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation and the person who has been in charge of the Industry 4.0 activities of Atos, as VP of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation Consulting and Systems Integration.
He explained how “FIWARE is providing several Open Source enablers, specifically dedicated to gather and manage Data and generate business value upon it”. Ahle is also a member of the Board of the Industrial Data Space initiative in Germany.

FIWARE stands out as the Open Source platform providing the standards needed for the development of Smart Applications managing context information, enabling a new breed of innovative Smart Digital Services. The IoT Solutions World Congress has been the perfect opportunity to keep raising awareness about the rich value proposition that FIWARE has assembled around the Internet of Things, to meet the needs of developers, companies, users and communities and to push it to keep moving forward.

Roger Bou, IoT Solutions World Congress director, summarizes the success of the event within a few lines: “From the organization, we are very satisfied with the progress experienced by the event in just two years. Both the level and the number of speakers and companies present in this second edition represent a quantum leap over last year. Also in this second IoTSWC we could perceive the great evolution experienced by the sector itself, which has gone from a near to prototyping stage to a fully developed market of solutions this year. For the next edition we are convinced that the sector will have evolved even more and will make our event the go-to-market international event.”

IOTWC16 was really great. See you again next year!
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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

 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”.