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IMPACT Growth Global Accelerator, about to kick off at 4YFN

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Feb 172017
 
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In his recent open letter to the startup community, Sebastian Muller, IMPACT Acceleration Director (ISDI), told us about the new team he is leading: IMPACT Growth. We had the chance to first meet this new project at the FIWARE Summit: after the closing of our previous programme, a new round of acceleration was announced, with two spin-off projects –the other would be frontierCities 2– that aim to drive powered by FIWARE startups even further.

This week, we had the chance to know more about IMPACT Growth first open call:

“IMPACT Growth is going to tell the world about the new equity free acceleration program. Selected startups will get at least €100,000 equity free, and training and support from IMPACT Growth’s partners, as well as enjoying the benefits of joining the FIWARE ecosystem.

More details are under wraps until the big day, but we can tell you that an unprecedented team has come together, uniting VCs, global corps and accelerators from around the world.

All the details will be announced on February 27 in Barcelona at 4YFN, the world’s largest mobile event. Check out our agenda for the event here. Join us there and be among the very first to learn about this exciting new project.”

impact facebook (1)The message and challenge that IMPACT Growth is addressing should be attracting startups, with a global reach. “Our mission is to create the best accelerator program for startups from all over Europe and the world”, expresses Nacho de Pinedo, CEO of ISDI. Continuous work is granted, under a single, strong principle that will lead this new venture to an even greater success: everything that IMPAC Growth do, must be done to benefit the startups.

“We’re bringing together a widespread, generous community of digital business and experts. Working together, we all win”, concludes de Pinedo. To achieve this goal, IMPACT Growth will be combining the forces of a diverse team of acceleration, corporate and venture capitals, like Funding Box, ISDI, Accelerace, Mobile World Capital, Invesdor, Kibo Ventures, MADE, Danone, DOCOMO Digital, Ferrovial, ISDI Mexico and the FIWARE Foundation.

FIWARE will be joining IMPACT Growth at the 4YFN stand, with seven powered by FIWARE companies presenting their solutions. Come and meet us there!

Next week, another post will be published, with more details about our presence at the event in Barcelona.

Check out the IMPACT Growth agenda for the event: http://bit.ly/2lT1FaQ

Sign up for the IMPACT Growth newsletter now, and be the first to learn about this announcement: http://bit.ly/2lPu9W9

GSMA launches IoT Big Data Directory and Framework, including FIWARE components

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Feb 152017
 
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The GSM Association represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide –nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the mobile ecosystem–, including device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as public and private organisations linked to the sector.
Also producing industry-leading events, such as the Mobile World Congress, the GSMA announced today the launch of the ‘IoT Big Data API Directory’.

The new GSMA directory, which is the first of its kind, will make harmonised data sets from multiple sources worldwide available to developers and third parties, enabling them to create innovative IoT services.
Designed to encourage a common approach to harmonised data sharing, driving the Internet of Things to its full potential, the Directory is focused on easing the development of new projects across sectors like transport, the environment and smart cities.
Global mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom, KT Corporation, Orange and Telefónica have already implemented solutions enabling them to share harmonised IoT data.

As the press release by the GSMA points out, the IoT Big Data API Directory provides details of IoT and context data sets covering machines, devices, automotive, roads, environment, smart home and agriculture. All of the data sets are harmonised and are available on github. The adoption of a common approach to data sharing will be lowering costs and creating opportunities for IoT developers, data brokers and data providers.

This new initiative shares the same open vision that FIWARE has been spreading, regarding multi-sided markets: “The IoT generates a huge amount of data that is currently retained in vertical silos. However, in order for the IoT to reach its full potential, this data needs to be released and made available to developers and third parties,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “A common, collaborative and interoperable approach to big data will remove the commercial and technical barriers to capitalising on the IoT opportunity and usher in a new era of IoT solutions that will help the market to scale. We encourage mobile operators to collaborate with the wider industry to benefit from the big data opportunity.”

Mobile Operators and the application of FIWARE components to IoT Big Data architecture

In its recently released document, the ‘IoT Big Data Framework’, the GSMA define and propose how mobile operators may approach the delivery of IoT Big Data services. Designed to enable a collaborative framework within the mobile industry, delivering Big Data services and third-party application developers, FIWARE has an important role in it.
The annexes A and B provide information about the application of FIWARE components to IoT Big Data architecture, as well as background information about FIWARE NGSI. FIWARE NGSIv2 interface is specified as the recommended standard for certain interfaces and proposed for others along the whole document.

Although much of the IoT data will be collected by a range of data provider partners, Mobile operators are key participants in the delivery of an IoT Big Data ecosystem. Addressing this situation, the document provides a comprehensive framework for the delivery of IoT Big Data services, recognising the many different approaches towards the services that are offered and the technology choices that are made, and proposing a valid architecture that offers a great level of flexibility, allowing IoT Big Data services to be offered in multiple ways.

IoT Big Data Demonstrations at Mobile World Congress 2017, powered by FIWARE

Everimpact_logo_colorsFollowing the work that the GSMA is doing on Big Data, two showcases will be demonstrating its practical application within IoT applications and services.

At the Mobile World Congress 2017 Innovation City (Hall 4 Stand 4A30) in Barcelona, Telefónica and Everimpact (powered by FIWARE) will be demonstrating an environmental monitoring system, showing how CO2 emission data is collected from ground sensors and satellites in the cities of Santander, Málaga and Nantes, before being analysed. During 2015, Telefónica started working with the GSMA in the development of an IoT Big Data Ecosystem, deploying and using harmonised data models, exposed through FIWARE NGSIv2.

Also utilising FIWARE open source enablers and at the same event, Orange will be demonstrating how it can deliver harmonised public transport, weather station and air quality data streaming based on heterogenous and anonymised open data sources, coming from India and France.

Other demonstrations on the GSMA IoT Big Data utilization will include KT Corporation demonstration of a smart agriculture supply chain solution, providing detailed information on cultivation history, distribution status as well as a guarantee of provenance of farm products, underpinned by an international standard for electronic data interchange, the GS1 standard.

China Mobile will also demonstrate at Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June 2017 how its OneNET IoT big data platform is helping to monitor and analyse environmental factors such as wind speed, temperature and humidity in Chongqing City, China.

For further information on the IoT Big Data Directory and the IoT Big Data Framework, visit: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-big-data/

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

 Blog, Conference, Digital Single Market, events, FIWARE Foundation  Comments Off on Join us at the FIWARE Open Day! Brussels March 7th
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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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)

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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:
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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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