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

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

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

The Future Internet PPP Programme and the FIWARE advantage

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

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

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

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

Moving forward, going global

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

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

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

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

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

From PPP to FIWARE Foundation and beyond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the complete highlights from the opening keynotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 032017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ETSI launches new Group on Context Information Management: the role of FIWARE

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Jan 132017
 
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ETSIthe European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has announced the creation of a new Industry Specification Group on cross-sector Context Information Management (ISG CIM) for IoT-enabled Smart Cities and also other verticals including Smart Industry and Smart Agriculture.

The group will focus its activities on developing the specifications for a common Context Information Management (CIM) API, Data Publication platforms and standard Data Models, in order to achieve and improve cross-sector interoperalibilty for smart applications, with FIWARE NGSI as starting point. This blogpost offers further information on the role of FIWARE within the works of this new group.

As CIM API, the abstract NGSI 9 and 10 interface specifications from OMA will be the starting point, with a RESTful binding for the protocol based on the FIWARE NGSIv2 API developed under the FIWARE initiative. Specifications of this binding are expected to evolve in order to bring support to Linked Data using JSON-LD for representing the semantics of context information and their interrelationships.

As the press release by ETSI states, “Data without context are meaningless. Every sensor measurement, every entry in a database, every tweet sent and every webcam video watched has its own context.” Information will not be really useful without its own context; a context that should be published and made available with the data. The ISG CIM will specify open standards for the context information management layer that accesses and updates information coming from different sources (IoT networks and information systems) thus enabling to implement a context-aware behaviour for smart applications and extending its interoperability.

“With the rapid development of technologies such as Big Data, semantic web, complex workflow or autonomous decision making, the need for interoperable context information is becoming huge”, says Lindsay Frost, convenor of ETSI ISG CIM.

Lindsay Frost explains how the newly launched group will aid to overcome this problem: “The ISG CIM will specify protocols running ‘on top’ of IoT platforms and allowing exchange of data together with its context, this includes what is described by the data, what was measured, when, where, by what, the time of validity, ownership, and others. That will dramatically extend the interoperability of applications, helping smart cities to integrate their existing services and enable new third-party services.”



These will be the topics addressed by ISG CIM in order to ensure interoperability of independent SW implementations, including Open Source implementations,

  • Definition of a standard API for Context Information Management, enabling close to real-time update and access to information coming from many different sources (not only IoT). Such an API will enable applications to perform updates on context, register context providers which can be queried to get updates on context, query information on current and historic context information and subscribe for receiving notifications on context changes.
     
  • Specifications to be fulfilled by Data Publication Platforms supporting open data publication, data privacy and/or authorization of access, including enablers for multi-party access contracts will be considered.
     
  • Cross-domain Context Information Models that will deal with the definition of the models that are common to several of the domains being targeted, together with the meta models, definition languages and processes needed for the specification, curation, publication and evolution of Context Information Models will be defined and applied.
     
  • Smart Cities Information Models, where the specific models for the Smart Cities domain will be defined.
     
  • Information Models targeting other specific domains besides Smart Cities (for example but not limited to Smart Agrifood, Smart Industry) will also be considered.


The starting members of the new Industry Specification Group (ISG) are Easy Global Market, IMEC, NEC, Orange and Telefonica. ETSI has initiated this new group together with the organisation Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC). Soon, the FIWARE Foundation will also join the ISG as new ETSI member.  Beyond the initial focus of Smart Cities, the cross-sector approach will be transferable to applications developed for other vertical domains, such as Smart Agriculture and Smart Industry. With the goal of interoperate and to re-use as much existing work and knowledge as possible, the group will work closely with the ETSI SmartM2M technical committee and with oneM2M, the global standards initiative for M2M and the IoT (Internet of Things) of which ETSI is a founding member.

The ISG CIM work responds to the EU’s rolling plan on ICT standardisation which is part of its Digital Single Market strategy.
The creation of this group leverages promising results of the collaboration between FIWARE and other relevant actors such as TM Forum or GSMA.


The first meeting of the ISG CIM is planned to take place at the ETSI premises in Sophia Antipolis, France, on 9-10 February 2017. Regarding FIWARE, by July 2017, a preliminary version of the CIM API is expected. The final version of its specifications will be developed by November 2017. And, by September 2017, the first version of the standard Data Models would be available, thanks to the previous work in projects like CitySDK, or the joining effort of FIWARE and a group of OASC cities in collaboration with GSMA, regarding the definition of harmonized Data Models. This partnership has produced a first batch of Data Models that are fully compatible with NGSI.

Participation in the cross-sector group is open to all ETSI members as well as organizations who are not members, subject to signing ISG Agreements. For information on how to participate please contact ISGsupport@etsi.org
The full list of members and participants in ISG CIM is available at: https://portal.etsi.org/TBSiteMap/CIM/CIMmembershiplist.aspx

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FundingBox is joining the FIWARE Foundation

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Dec 232016
 
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FundingBox, the largest “go to” platform to win public funding has decided to join the FIWARE Foundation as one of its Gold members.

Fundingbox believes the FIWARE initiative has been the best initiative launched by the EC since Erasmus. FIWARE has contributed to start creating a truly European tech startups ecosystem. FundigBox was partner in two of the FIWARE Accelerators, INCENSe and IMPACT, that contributed to the transfer of new technology into the market thus setting up a community of hundreds of successful companies. The cascade funding approach of the FI-PPP in its phase 3, distributing funding among companies through a group of accelerators for them to select and support companies in their technology adoption, has made this possible. FundingBox have become the experts on identifying, obtaining and distributing cascade funding through www.fundingbox.com

Thanks to the FIWARE Accelerator Program we have supported a total of more than 100 startups with equity free funding and mentoring. The top 10 companies have then raised closed to 30M€ of private investments.

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We have been selected by the EC as the reference FIWARE Accelerator and we intend to keep doing this with our new Program, Impact Growth, where we will support a group of 28 companies with 125 k euros to keep investing in FIWARE technology.

All this experience and the community set up around the FIWARE Technology is now embodied in the FIWARE Foundation, and FundingBox wants to contribute in making this even a bigger success.

Together with the FIWARE Foundation, at FundingBox we intend to replicate this approach in other initiatives related to the Digital Single Market, in which we are having and intensive role. This is the case of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), which aim at helping SMEs to master their digital transformation. Through the four DIHs is which are present and our access to its network, we believe that the FIWARE experience can be an important added value, acting as a showcase that will help traditional companies accelerate their transformation, offering them vision, technology and funding. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

In brief, FIWARE announced:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart Cities Lab joined the FIWARE Foundation today as Gold Member

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Dec 122016
 
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Why should we talk about FIWARE as a platform? Or even as “the platform for platforms”?

Why does it worth the time, to investigate and to invest in FIWARE?

From the techies' perspective, focusing primarily on the technology, the FIWARE platform means somehow a catalogue, an instance where you can deploy your solution. It means a repository, a set of components, a development kit.
But, if there are other things out there, that feel and look like the components and APIs provided by FIWARE… why the developers should investigate deeper? Why they should try FIWARE?

Business wise, a platform is a club, a place where stakeholders meet to collaborate. Potentially, platforms organized as brokers are providing value to the multiple sides. FIWARE started as a public-private partnership, developing first a feasible architecture and a technology, aiming to find a suitable business model. So, why joining this club? Where is the business?

We experienced that potential interested parties don't got it quite right on the first shot – they struggled, even when they were trying hard. FIWARE is not a the kind of product that comes with prize tag. It could be regarded as "something" virtual and, when it arrived, it was not widely established yet. However, today, it is tested and is being used in many domains and across 37 countries. Now, after years of work –sometimes under a stormy weather– we can say that the concept have became a reality.

However and fortunately, FIWARE is a platform comprising and offering both perspectives: the business' nurturing and the technology ready to use. And even more!

FIWARE is the glue, what is connecting the dots. Technically, it is a portfolio of APIs enabling the use of generic software components, providing the specifications, describing how to connect and to access the platform using a diversity of software modules. But the ecosystem using the technology is equally important. Within the FIWARE community you can meet early adopters, who are eager to proof a concept: that the collaboration and the cooperation are essential is we want to win this game. If we want to innovate fast and to support modern economies on scale.

FIWARE is for open minded people. It is a gift, an open-source and royalty free technology, free to use. It is designed to be used and reuse, presenting key quality attributes as the modifiability, modularity and portability, in order to support interoperability. The modular concept guarantees innovation, keeping it at a fast pace. FIWARE is not a monolithic structure. It is designed to support its own improvement and to ease the incorporation of new modules.

The governance model is also based on participation, on a participatory power. Not only the IPR rights are saved and protected via the Berlin based FIWARE Foundation. The stakeholders have established ambitious plans to scale up and to foster the adoption of the technology in the domains of Agriculture, Manufacturing and Smart IoT Cities, to name just a few topics.

logo-auf-weissNow, Smart Cities Lab have joined the FIWARE Foundation as Gold Member, having announced it in Hamburg, on 12th Dec 2016, by Olaf-Gerd Gemein, Co- Founder of Smart City Lab.

Smart Cities Lab, as a Think Tank and a Center of Excellence, was established in 2013, in Hamburg. It has been assembling and offering an iHUB since 2015, in our co-working space. Supporting 96 teams in the acceleration phase, Smart Cities Lab participated in the uptake of FIWARE in Germany and in several other European countries.
We have been building our FIWARE network also in the US (Portland, San José, San Francisco, Austin, Virginia Beach and Washington) and Canada (Edmonton, Montreal, Waterford and Toronto). And, in 2016, we started our activities in India, where we opened a first Lab in Mumbai and established a second one recently, located in Jabalpur.
Heading to 2017, we are on the run to join forces with several more communities, in order to facilitate the close collaboration between the Labs and our other partners, within public-private partnerships in Pune, Jaipur, Ahmadabad and Bhubaneswar, while we keep advancing in the US.

“FIWARE meets all the requirements for IoT in cities, and even beyond. Its the platform of choice, and many Indian Academic Institutes and clusters recognized the potential thus planning to adopts FIWARE and OpenStack to support the City as a platform to became smart“, says co-founder and CTO of Smart Cities Lab, Eng. Rahul Tomar, during the inauguration of FIWARE Lab in Jabalpur in November 2016.

We opened the first FIWARE Lab in Germany –Cebit 2015–  and supported the second in 2016, also providing a full range of commercial services and a portfolio of solutions for Smart Cities, IoT, Agriculture and Manufacturing.

Supporting the FI-PPP, we also initiated crowd-sourced Quality Assessment activities, which finally resulted in the advanced QA system.
Being part of our agenda for 2016, we have already activated several projects, in order to provide new generic enablers for IoT; we have started cluster activities for an advanced  federation of labs; and we hace put in place a new innovative academy concept, coming soon. We are participating in several domain specific and international standardization activities around Smart Cities and IoT.

FIWARE and blockchain, and the importance of FIWARE as a concept.

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We are at the tipping point: the people is getting more likely to trust open source versus proprietary software; almost anyone is more likely to join the crowd as a collaborator than as an intermediary broker or provider (usually a gatekeeper!); we are all more likely to choose a crowd-backed solution, instead of a single vendor. Blockchain enables the rise of crowdsourced trust, making possible to challenge untrusted organizations.

FIWARE and Blockchain are sisters, born from the same hope: to regain self-efficacy and autonomy. Politicians all over the world recognize FIWARE as the European answer to the occupation of a common ground by monopolists – and by too much successful ones!
That is a similar hope to the one we all have, facing the disruption to come within the old Economy. Even today, a money transfer from Germany to India for 295 Euro, costs 45 Euro in fees. We all have lost faith in the traditional financial systems, with a lot of actors still often acting more or less as pirates. The rise of new technical options within the most recent phase of the digital transformation –the Internet of Everything– presents a core opportunity for FIWARE, both as technology basis and a trustworthy ecosystem.  

“FIWARE is a cake in the middle of a big roundtable— eat what you want, share the cake with your peers and enjoy collaboration”, according to the vision of Olaf-Gerd Gemein, author of this article, Co-Founder of Smart City Lab and Co-Chair of the Steering Board Committee of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership, which have been facilitating the FIWARE framework.

How to build your product and adopt multiple standards? FIWARE is advancing together with 31 international standardization associations and working groups, presenting a metamodel and several particular contributions, developing concepts and pieces of software that are getting widely accepted as de-facto standards.

Now, its time to enjoy, to harvest the fruits. We had fertilized the ground, we have cared about the seeds. We have struggled with technical challenges and resolved communication issues. Today, we are closer than half there. Now we can scale and innovate, fast.

The FIWARE Foundation is now a reality. And it is hosted in Berlin, Germany. A good choice: it is a place where we will take care and build a warm and cosy nest, encouraging the participation of the German technological community, engaging with the Government and the Industry stakeholders. Supporting the global FIWARE ecosystem.

We have to say a big loud “thank you all, for your efforts”. Personally, we must give a special “thank you!” for the support of the European Commission, in particular to Jesus Villasante, Mario Campolargo and Peter Fatelnig, to name just a few, from DG Connect; to Juanjo Hierro, as the CTO of the Foundation; to the ambitious team of FIWARE Mundus, led by Jacques Magen; and to Ilkka Lakaniemi as President and Pentti Launonen as Chief Secretary, for their patience and pragmatic guidance under all circumstances. They all have had and will have tremendous shares in the success that we can achieve today… and tomorrow.
We take pride in the words “We are with FIWARE!”. And we are looking forward to the fruitful years ahead, building the global Smart Cities labs!

Olaf-Gerd Gemein. Co-Founder of Smart City Lab,
Hamburg, Mumbai, London (@oggemein / fiware.in).

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!