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

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

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

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

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

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

In brief, FIWARE announced:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IoTSWC 2016: Towards an Open Industrial Data Space with FIWARE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IOTWC16 was really great. See you again next year!
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FIWARE at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

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

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

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We have some highlights to be share in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#MyFIWAREstory – WiseTown: city quality enhancer

 Accelerator Programme, Blog, IoT, myFIWAREstory, Open Data, SmartCities, Success Story  Comments Off on #MyFIWAREstory – WiseTown: city quality enhancer
Sep 092016
 
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Recent studies show that data generated in the world doubles every year: most of this information concerns our daily life and should be of interest for the municipality where we live. But municipalities are often small or medium-sized ones and cannot manage to sort and analyze all the information that is being produced or all the citizens’ requests around it.
In order to solve that unevenness between goals and capabilities, it is important to develop a Smart Data plan as a central part of each Smart City strategy: data is the key point to activate Civic Technologies and to make them really effective.

TeamDev, founded in 2008, mixes its software skills with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) competencies with the aim of creating tools and products that prove able to support vertical markets and to clear up the problems encountered while undertaking daily tasks or dealing with predictive analysis routines.
The Research and Development team is composed by Smart City experts, Full Stack developers, User eXperience experts and Data scientists.

During the recent years, the working team doubled the effort to put these skills in use in two vertical sectors at the same time, creating and adapting the solutions to fit each one of them. For the agricultural field and within the SmartAgri scope, the team developed the Agricolus ecosystem. And, for smart cities, they have deployed the WiseTown project.
Even regarding the evident differences between these two dominium, there is a common denominator: the high impact that the data analysis presents for both of them.

WiseTown stands for ‘Web Information Streams Enhancer for your Town’. The goal of this solution is to collect information from different streams to identify the issues that are affecting the city in several areas: urban renewal, garbage collection, public safety, transportation, social services and environmental problems. In addition, real-time analysis is accessible by creating a “situation room” to manage the singular occurrences.

In action, WiseTown follows three steps: first, it acquires the data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors and Open Data from other sources); then, organizes the information according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available; and last, it uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.

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More than a single web application, WiseTown is a whole ecosystem that offers analytics and management functionalities, that can support future urban planning, ease to handle real-time events and contingencies and that can aid the creation of a participative environment whete citizens and town managers can discuss the city development.

WiseTown is powered by FIWARE. The WISE orchestrator is the module that interacts with the social connectors, the external APIs and the others data sources. It runs the management of the information collection process, enabling the solution to gather data from several sources. In this phase the orchestrator uses FIWARE Orion Context Broker to connect the platform with the open data, hosted in a CKAN based platform. It also uses FIWARE NGSI to connect the IoT sensors feeds and uses Orion notifications to feed the APIs, exposed for the integration with other software.

The engine analyses, ranks and aggregate the data, assigning the ownership of the information to the right office. Then, it starts its core work: the management and analysis of the reports. Wise Engine is still responsible for the workflow of the reports while Orion Context Broker dispatches the information to the user interface, the GIS environment and FIWARE Cosmos.
The most valuable part of the platform still is the information itself. The platform’s supervisors will perform geographical analysis thanks to the ArcGIS Online geoprocessing capabilities and pattern analysis with the business intelligence functionalities of FIWARE Spago B-I GE.
wisetown2The final goal of WiseTown being adopted by the cities is to allow them to:

  • Monitor, within a single process, both human generated and IoT generated information.
  • Generate a valuable database, connecting heterogeneous systems and gathering information that will be useful for urban planning
  • Engage citizens to improve their own city and providing them with real-time feedback on the city issues
  • Save management costs and avoid the waste of human resources, reducing:

     

     

    • The time to resolve each issue that has been proposed as important or problematic
    • The time to send each issue to the right person to deal with it, within the municipality
    • The time to manage a complete set of issues, thanks to the algorithms that can remove/aggregate redundant/coincident issues
    • The targeted clients for the WiseTown solution are, undoubtedly, the cities. By adopting the smart platform that TeamDev has delivered, a city management would accomplish the monitoring of human generated and IoT generated information within a single process, thus creating a valuable database that can interconnect with heterogeneous systems and gather and show information that can be useful for urban planning. WiseTown would also engage the community to improve the city by receiving the data generated by the citizens and giving them back real-time feedback on city issues.

WiseTown ranked as one of the final top projects accelerated by Finodex and has been involved in the FIWARE Mundus initiative and present its solution at the GCTC events in Washington DC and Austin, where the participation was shared with one of WiseTown first customers and early adopters: the City of Perugia.

A great occasion to discover the WiseTown project would be the next and near event organized around the Open Data Accelerators.

This is our story, which is yours?

FIWARE AT THE GCTC'16 – ANDREA CRUCIANNI – WiseTown: City Quality Enhancer from FIWARE on Vimeo.

Towards schema.fiware.org

 APIs, Big Data, Blog, Developers, IoT, NGSI  Comments Off on Towards schema.fiware.org
Sep 022016
 
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In previous blog posts the benefits of NGSI version 2 have been described, as a harmonized API for IoT Big Data ecosystems and particularly for exposing real time context information. Harmonized APIs are a necessary but not sufficient condition to foster developer-friendly IoT Big Data Ecosystems, which enable building smart applications.
If data models are not harmonized, developers, in practice, get forced to change their application when porting it to another context (E.g. a different city).

Harmonizing data models means creating a shared vocabulary of terms and relationships that provide uniformity on the representation of different concepts: parking, public transport, weather… Harmonized APIs and data models, together, will enable the creation of smart applications that are portable at data level.

The FIWARE community has started an agile, implementation-driven process, to devise harmonized data models. Focusing initially on the smart city domain, the work is evolving on a daily basis and it is being registered on the documentation hosted in the related Github repository. Such documentation is currently written in markdown format and published to a readthedocs site.
There is also a landing page /data-models (to be redirected from http://schema.fiware.org, as per schema.org recommendations) which provides fast and convenient access to the different data models.
Such data models are published under the Creative Commons by Attribution License.

The design principles behind the FIWARE data models promote reuse, thus existing vocabularies, especially schema.org, have been adopted and leveraged. Other design principles are flexibility and simplicity, enabling a phased adoption by data providers and applications.

A first, draft version of the following models has already been provided:

  • Parking. They allow to model on street and off street parking areas. The data models reuse parts of the vocabulary defined by DATEX II

  • Waste Management. It is intended to model all the assets intervening on (municipal) waste management (containers, isles, etc.)

  • Streetlighting. They model urban streetlights and certain aspects of their controlling equipment

  • Civic Issue Tracking, leveraging the popular Open311 de facto standard to meet NGSIv2

  • Key Performance Indicators, to model performance measurements appropriately

  • Water Quality. Captures different observed measurements (ph, conductivity, etc.) about the quality of water in rivers and lakes, or water intended to human consumption

Other data models to be developed and documented are Weather, Environment, Alarms, Devices or Parks & Gardens. Contributions, in the form of Github pull requests, are encouraged.

It is noteworthy that, at the time of writing, different FIWARE community members and telco operators worldwide (with GSMA support) are starting to experiment in real applications with the referred data models. As a result, valuable feedback can be obtained in order to refine them. The final aim is to contribute these data models to standards organizations, industry associations (particularly GSMA) or global community-driven efforts (schema.org).

José Manuel Cantera – Technological Expert. FIWARE Team

Tera Is Building Beeta using FIWARE to Solve the Fragmented IoT Home Energy Market

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Aug 162016
 
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Italian startup Tera is a knowledge-intensive SME that brings together years of expertise in data science and energy efficiency. Now Tera, is making use of the FIWARE architecture to create new products that harness and reduce the use of energy for business, individual households, and ‘prosumers’ (users with a small batch of photovoltaic cells often on their home roof or business).

Tera currently works with business and industry groups to conduct energy audits, and helps create custom solutions for business clients wanting to improve their energy efficiency, implement environmental monitoring or extend their smart industry opportunities.

This has given the Tera team unique expertise in web services infrastructure, hardware, wireless sensor networks and thermography. Tera is now using this expertise to enter the growing home energy management system market, which is expected to have a global market size of $3 billion within the next four years. To enter the market, Tera has built Beeta, a hardware and software product that acts as a ‘trusted advisor’ for managing energy information.

Currently, the home energy automation Internet of Things market is quite fragmented, making it difficult for households to understand what is really going on with their energy usage. Some products focus on smart thermostats and regulating the home temperature, products use different data protocols to process information, and many are unable to connect with each other to provide a global view of electricity consumption.

“When we receive energy bills, often we don’t know where is the point to slow down the bill, to save energy. How can we do it? We don’t know,” says Antonio Sacchetti, cofounder of Tera.

“But it is possible, if we first have the monitoring. And you can have this monitoring by means of a smart gateway, which is in our solution. This is able to communicate with meters, sensors, and actuators. The data is then sent to a cloud system, where we have an app so that we can involve citizens in monitoring what is happening.”

Beeta is a box with a thermostat, sensor for electric consumption monitoring, and PV storage monitoring hardware that links to a user interface with detailed analytics and alerts. Beeta can inform users of how to better manage their household electrics and encourages more responsible energy consumption. Tera estimates this can lead to savings of up to 200€ a year.

Maintaining optimum energy efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) cells is a key challenge in renewable energy systems. Households and businesses with their own photovoltaic system — which are typically 6 kW PV systems, for example — on average see an energy loss of 7% annually. This is where Beeta can offer an even greater advantage, helping create savings of an estimated €400€ per year, by more finely tuning a household’s energy consumptions by analyzing their behavior, suggesting new consumption patterns, and recommending energy storage solutions. In future, Tera hopes that Beeta will also link directly to appliances in the home, by automating tasks like switching appliances on and off and powering them into standby mode.

Behind the Beeta hardware, of course, is FIWARE architecture, making use of the Orion Context Broker, NGSI API, Cygnus and more.

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Data to be analysed by Beeta can come from field sensors (e.g. temperature, humidity, presence/movement, air quality, smart meters, contact, brightness) or sent from actuators (e.g. window shutter, smart plug, 3 way valves, thermostatic valve). Beeta can understand a variety of standard protocols (such as ZigBee, Zwave, WiFi, and wired interfaces). This data is then sent (most of the time by 3G connection) to a remote cloud infrastructure (FIWARE GEs by NGSI format) which manages events and data (within Orion Context Broker GE) and allows context event processing based on specified rules and algorithms, and data storage. A graphical user interface providing alerts and feedbacks is available to encourage customer interaction.

Beeta is currently undergoing a pilot phase in Bari city in Italy, where it has been installed in private and public buildings and PV plants. The launch of Beeta on the European market is planned for the end of 2016 and early 2017.

ISTMOS: improving wine quality control through smart-storage

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Aug 042016
 
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ISTMOS is a young project, created in Greece and backed by ASN, a company founded in 2015 and specialized in the development of Web applications. The company has been designing, coordinating and monitoring several e-commerce platforms and maturing its expertise in the areas of business recommendation and matchmaking.
According to the current customer demand, ASN has also entered the market around the emerging IoT technologies, concentrating on sensor based monitoring and data analysis.

After meeting in a previous enterprise and noticing the potential for a good cooperation in a further venture, the idea for this new project arose and the team was assembled around it. With the support of the FInish Accelerator in the development of the technical area and the commercial plan, the team now encompasses and provides an interdisciplinary environment, within IT, management, business and agricultural background and long lasting experience with ICT applications for the agricultural sector.

Standing for wIne STorage MOnitoring System, ISTMOS has delivered 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.
ISTMOS solution has the ability for real-time data recording of the above-mentioned parameters and creates alerts when the conditions around the wine are violating a certain combination of pre-defined values. Next challenges in the development of the project include the delivery of reliable data through affordable electronic devices and the production of new smart alerting mechanisms, emerging not only in cases of exceeding critical thresholds but also by combining other factor such as time intervals and environmental values.

ASN decided to use FIWARE since it provides a rich variety of cloud based tools and services, which were needed for the creation and deployment of ISTMOS and, later, for the solution to start and to keep it running. They used a variety of GEs (Orion, CEP, SpagoBI) and the FIWARE Lab nodes and infrastructure to live test the service and improve its functionalities.

Now, ASN is moving the GEs to the Docker host infrastructure for ISTMOS. A further development is also planned, integrating a strong authentication functionality by adding and using KeyRock, AuthZForce and PEP Proxy Wilma Usage GEs. The data recording has been taking place using Orion from hardware stations equipped with several sensors, then feeding the data to CEP –which serves as an alerting mechanism based on specific rules– and presenting the data visually through SpagoBI graphs.

ISTMOS combine FIWARE GEs with the code deployed by ASN plus the ad-hoc hardware infrastructure that includes mini-computers, sensors and RFID antennas. This combination of software and hardware infrastructures that the project is presenting to collect environmental data affecting wine quality is reaching wineries as the main customers, at least at the present stage of the project. At the next stages, the solution will be aiming to logistics vendors, wholesalers and wine retailers.
A major customer benefit from ISTMOS is the acquirement of valuable information during wine storage, which is combined with external analytic data around the beverage composition and quality and a record-keeping of the wine inventory, all through a user-friendly desktop and mobile interface.
By acknowledging all these data, the clients can decide to which extent and time would be appropriate to use heating, cooling and humidity control systems, in order to save energy while they keep tracking of their products and performing the necessary actions, precisely when they are needed and always in order to preserve the product quality by optimizing the bottled wine storage process.

ISTMOS have already one pilot customer with the complete system installed and working. By this autumn the solution will be commercially available and ISTMOS will be ready to hit the market!

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