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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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#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.

#MyFIWAREstory – TM Forum partnership: creating the data economy infrastructure

 APIs, Blog, Conference, events, myFIWAREstory, Open Data, SmartCities, TM Forum  Comments Off on #MyFIWAREstory – TM Forum partnership: creating the data economy infrastructure
Aug 312016
 
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FIWARE and TM Forum have been working together since November last year. Following the announced collaboration agreement, we have been partnering in order to create the infrastructure that will serve the emerging Economy of Data.

The FIWARE Business Framework is being developed and has been shared as part of this ongoing partnership. Powered by the TM Forum APIs, the Business Framework is enabling the management and monetization of diverse kinds of digital assets and involving multiple partners.

This aims to be used in the creation of a Smart City digital single market, materializing as a marketplace that will include open datasets and data from paid sources, where data services from different partners can be exposed, priced, monetized and consumed within a single platform.
A more in-depth approach to this process can be found in our recent post, following the interview in which Juanjo Hierro –Chief Architect of FIWARE at Telefonica– reviews the successive maturity levels that the cities would be reaching when they enable a data economy.

Captura de pantalla 2016-06-06 a las 17.12.49The idea behind that –the top level of maturity starting when cities offer a way for third parties to enrich city-supplied data and to enable monetization– was already explored at the TM Forum Live event that took place in Nice this year, among other aspects around the aforementioned partnership and how it is enabling an Economy of Data in the smart cities.

In Nice we had the chance to assist the Open Hack, where FIWARE was providing the platform to be used by the participant teams. We were also at the Live event, spreading awareness about data interoperability, supporting the Smart City Workshop and presenting three smart solutions powered by FIWARE.

It was the perfect occasion to talk with innovation enthusiasts from around the world, Smart City experts that illustrated how communities are making use of smart technologies nowadays, applying the latest ICT advancements and focusing on the creation of innovative and sustainable urban platforms that can not only ease a much better management of the city services, but that can also boost the collaboration between the citizens, the local business and the city authorities, in order to provide the digital tools that can turn each city in an engine of growth and well-being.

We would like to invite anyone interested in FIWARE to check out the outcomes of our partnership with TM Forum and the experience at the Live event in Nize, that we are presenting as our latest My FIWARE Story, now ready to be discovered and shared.


 

Also, we would like to remind the next event organized by TM Forum and within the same intelligent urban development vision: TM Forum’s Smart City InFocus, an exclusive three-day conference in Yinchuan, the premier Smart City capital of China, starting on Wednesday, September 7th.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 200 senior government and business officials from across the digital smart city ecosystem to network, learn and exchange ideas. In partnership with the City of Yinchuan and ZTESoft, TM Forum Smart City InFocus 2016, will bring together over 800 C-level executives and government officials from across the global Smart City ecosystem to network, learn and exchange ideas across an interactive conference program. This year’s event will be looking primarily at building sustainable smart cities and offering end-to-end smart services for citizens.
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Architecting the City Platform To Create the Data Economy

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Aug 122016
 
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Anticipating the publication of the next My FIWARE Story, around the collaborative framework between TM Forum and FIWARE, it is time to recall the Live! event that took place in Nice, France, a few months ago.
TM Forum Live! showcased activities from cities around the world, all making use of smart technologies to enable new collaborations between citizens, local businesses, enterprise, and the city authority.

Berlin is creating the new housing development Future Living, which has been made possible in part due to the availability of detailed data on housing needs, buildings and plots of land and aims to create a living lab environment that leverages data to improve residential quality of life. The UK’s city of Bristol is modelling traffic flows and installing air quality sensors to reduce pollution risks. China’s Yinchuan city uses sensors in garbage collection units to better optimize waste disposal services. The U.S. City of Atlanta is addressing crime risks at a key intersection in the city, and as initiatives prove successful, are expanding the reach to streets and whole districts.

FIWARE Chief Architect, Juanjo Hierro says these sorts of activities show that “the vision of the smart cities is evolving.” Hierro says that as smart city projects move beyond pilot stage, the notion of smart cities has matured. “So far, the idea of smart cities has been focused on more efficient management of city-provided services. But smart cities have to be something more. They have to be the main enabler for economic development.”

Hierro says the way to do this is “to exploit the value of data that describes what is going on in the city”.

What is needed is an economy of data that facilitates industry growth by fostering new partnerships and creating value sharing models so that actors in this new economy are viable and sustainable.

“This is the fuel of innovation, and the gold mine that the cities need to offer to application developers. But to do that, we need to provide data in a standardized way, all the cities have to use the same mechanisms, the same APIs, the same information models,” encourages Hierro. “This will enable a digital single market, where an entrepreneur can develop one application and replicate that in multiple cities.”

Maturity Levels in the Data Economy

Hierro describes three levels of maturity when cities begin to enable a data economy.

  1. First, cities publish an open data platform
  2. Second, cities start to use those platforms to expose realtime data
  3. Finally, cities offer a way for third parties to enrich city-supplied data and to enable monetization.

1. Cities Publish Open Data

“Most of the cities today are in the process of publishing their open data, but this is static, historic data and there are not too many things you can do with it,” says Hierro.

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2. Cities Expose Realtime Data

“Thanks to initiatives like OASC and using FIWARE, cities are evolving to the next level of maturity and starting to expose real-time open data.”

Hierro points to the use of FIWARE’s NGSI API that makes this possible. He says that FIWARE has contributed an extension to the open source, open data platform CKAN to enable the data platform (used in over 150 locations around the world and a core open data publishing tool for use amongst OASC member cities). “Our CKAN extension lets cities register data resources that are dynamic,” he says. Realtime data that is drawn from sensors and other sources are accessible as datasets on a city’s CKAN open data platform through the NGSI API.

3. Cities Encourage Third-Party Participation and Monetization

“After that, there will be a third maturity level in which the city not just exploits real-time data but also offers an infrastructure for third parties to enrich the data that the cities are providing and that enables the monetization of data by third parties,” says Hierro.

A second extension contributed by FIWARE to CKAN enables “access rights acquisition” within the data publishing platform.

“Data sources that are published to a city’s CKAN platform can have an access right process connected with it. So some data published on the city’s platform will be free (that is, the traditional usage of CKAN).” Hierro says the possibility of adding access rights means that where open data is provided via API, better access permissions will reduce risks of pulling data from a city in insecure ways that can cause Denial of Service risks. Sometimes, malicious bots target open data APIs and keep asking for data over and over until the sheer volume of requests causes infrastructure problems to the whole city platform. In other cases, developers can make mistakes in how they are trying to request the data to cause similar problems. By having access rights processes in place, a city can open up data via API while also monitoring usage to prevent these risks.

Hierro says access rights processes would also enable city’s to embark on a data economy journey. On the same platform as the city realtime, data, cities could host data from third parties and enable access rights processes to enable those third parties to monetize on the platform. “This would also allow for users to pay or subscribe for a fee to some data sources that would be accessible through the API. That is the way to monetize. Third parties would be able then to access the city’s data catalog to offer some of their data resources so they become published in the same CKAN platform that the city provides.”

FIWARE is working with its partners including CKAN, OASC, and TM Forum to create this infrastructure that will serve the emerging economy of data. “The NGSI API is the way the city will be able to exchange data in real-time, provided by the city and by third parties. The data publication platform will have all the necessary extensions to offer NGSI-based data and also to allow billing with access rights management. And the TM Forum APIs allow for those cases where you are paying or subscribing to get access to a particular data source, and to be able to monetize and run revenue-sharing mechanisms.”

The City as Platform in the Data Economy

To grow through each of these stages of maturity will require a city to think through a platform model. A platform model leverages the infrastructure described above to enable producers and consumers to come together, find what they need, and transact with each other.

It is a new mindset that cities will need to grapple with. For many city departments in the past, they have usually seen their role as providing services for their citizens, visitors, and for local industry. A platform model is changing that worldview.

Cities still have a role to play in providing services, but are doing so in partnership with a wider range of stakeholders. Cities are also needing to enable citizens, visitors and local industry to create their own value by being able to combine the city services and assets they need themselves. For example, citizens are increasingly demanding information about the local transport services as well as realtime parking data, safe walking route information, and ride-hire services. Whereas before a city might see its responsibility as running the local bus service, now its responsibility is to make sure citizens are able to plan and map a multimodal transport journey in the way that they want: to get somewhere by a specific time, to reduce their reliance on a car, or to help them increase their physical activity. Citizens are demanding that cities make the data available so that they can compose their own solutions.

As a city grows in its data economy maturity, its platform model would also grow more sophisticated to enable a greater range of actors to participate.

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“The vision is of enabling multisite markets where different actors can play a role,” says Hierro.

The most basic platform model matches the first stage of maturity: the city publishes open data and third party application providers might be able to create an app using some of this data and sell the application in an app store. For example, an application for local citizens might use city data to map points of interest or community services. Local businesses might use this open data to improve the experience they offer to their customers. A local real estate agent might add a city’s open data about access to services, parkland, or civic complaints data to listings to show the amenity surrounding their sales properties.

As cities advance along the data economy maturity model, the data marketplace platform they provide grows more sophisticated as well. A city could even have an external platform provider manage the data marketplace. Revenue could be split amongst the platform provider, the city, citizens contributing their own crowd-sourcing data, businesses with their own sensors or unique datasets who make their data available for a fee on the platform. App providers might pay for use of datasets in their apps, or be a funnel so that end users pay a subscription fee whenever they access a data source via the app.

“The whole idea is to build the infrastructure that is needed to create multiple business models. You have to find out how to reach sustainability in each business model, but there will be many configurations,” says Hierro. “We can envision business models where there is a benefit for actors that are developing solutions that are aiming to scale across a wide range of cities, but also actors that are just operating locally in the city but are getting some benefit from using local data in their application to improve the local business they are carrying out. This is what would enable the transformation of the city into a platform for the development of services.”

Role of the City as a Data Economy Platform

In Platform Revolution, authors Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary describe the way businesses around the globe are transforming into platform models. This transformation is also affecting cities, and the same principles apply. Parker, Van Alstyne and Choudary explain that a platform model enables the exchange of information, the exchange of goods or services, and the exchange of currency between consumers and producers.

A CKAN listing of what data is available in a city becomes the information that is exchanged. This data is the basic unit of value in the city platform model. Application builders are the consumers who are seeking to use the data in their applications, products and services. The city’s sensor network and open datasets, and the third party providers who make their own data available on the platform are the producers. The role of the city platform then is to connect consumers and producers by hosting the data, allowing app builders to find and use data from city and third party sources. User rights acquisition processes and revenue-sharing APIs enable these “consumers and producers” to buy and sell data, creating a whole new local economy of data.

As cities mature to this stage, they will need to enable application builders to quickly find the datasets that will be useful when they are building solutions. Cities that can help these app makers and businesses to consume the data hosted on their platform will be the ones that are successful in enabling new economic growth.

The infrastructure problem is being solved. FIWARE, OASC and TM Forum have built the components to make an economy of data possible. Now, cities must create the platform models that will encourage interaction, match application builders with data providers, and facilitate new economic opportunity.

“The whole vision is that of providing the tools, and then cities and solution providers will need to come with innovative services,” says Hierro. “We are essentially providing the tools that will enable all of this. Now, cities can encourage entrepreneurs to create innovative services and make use of data sources to enable this economy of data to emerge.”
 

Written by Mark Boyd, Writer and Analyst on smart cities, open data,
APIs and programmable business models at Platformable.

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FIWARE and the Smart City Focus: Transforming Communities into Engines of Growth

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Aug 112016
 
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Cities keep growing, both as spaces determining the evolution of their surroundings and as the world’s main population concentrations. Being a complex environment and generating a social organization around it, each city can show adaptive behaviors that, taken into consideration globally, will give us the main trends in the development of urban communities for the next years.
Nowadays, being or becoming “smart” has emerge as a strong motto for our cities to follow, as they –and we– want to keep improving the quality of our lives.

But a single community can’t achieve the Smart City status on its own. The adoption of common standards and information models, as well as a collaborative focus that understands the common nature of the problems and challenges faced by the citizenship and by the administrations, are both cardinal points in the path that leads to a sustainable development of each community, to the deployment of the services that the community require and to keep advancing to reach the goal of turning a city into an enabler for innovation, economic growth and well-being.

In many previous posts, news and events, we have been sharing the strong value proposition that FIWARE is offering for the city representatives and institutions and for the inhabitants of urban communities worldwide. And, even more important, linking both dimensions of the Smart City focus.
FIWARE has been enabling the co-creation of innovative, portable and interoperable digital products and services and engaging public administrations and private developers to collaborate and deliver the ICT solutions and context-aware applications that best suit the needs of each community, moving on towards a Digital Single Market for smart cities.

The support that our Open Source platform has been providing to the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative and the increasing number of relevant partnerships, like the one subscribed with TM Forum, has pushed FIWARE to become not only the “de facto” standard for cities joining the OASC, but also the key for third-party developers and data providers to profit from this smart revolution and to incorporate and stimulate a new and sustainable digital economy which is becoming a reality now.

We are now proudly sharing our digital brochure, presenting our value proposition and important partnerships around and for the smart urban communities. You can read or download it here.

Also, be invited to check out again our My FIWARE Story about the OASC Initiative.

And don’t miss the video showcasing the result of the collaborative framework between FIWARE and TM Forum through a real-time context data enriched car navigation system, with the collaboration of Ubiwhere and HERE maps.

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#myFIWAREstory – FINODEX, the Accelerator of Open Data

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Jul 072016
 
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A few months ago, after coming back from the FIWARE Roadshow organized by FINODEX, we asked Miguel García if it was really possible to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs –within and outside Europe– and doing so upon a free material, as the Open Data is.

The success of FINODEX acceleration process illustrates that it is indeed quite likely to build a business around Open Data. Starting by having a disruptive idea and a passionate and versatile team, plus the support and expertise of mentors and tutors and the appropriate tools at hand, Open Data can be not only arise as the free raw material to use, but also as the mark that will distinguish a good project from the great, unique one that investors are always in the search of.

For Manuel Fandiño (Isetic), by incorporating it to the solutions that Isetic was developing, they reached a turning point for their company: “That was something not so clear on our business plan” –Fandiño explains. Although they already knew they were needing to offer their clients a specific type of data, the advent of the Open Data turned out to be decisive– “we have found a lot of new possibilities to improve our service, thanks to the implementation of external Open Data in it”.

“Open Data is a resource that is free for entrepreneurs and for everyone on Earth”. Miguel García makes it clear: “It can provide an innovation source for many companies”.
A source of change for good and for the better then. An open and innovative focus has proved to be the key to succeed in the ICT sector, particularly for SMEs and startups: “The successful ones are contracting people, creating new jobs and fostering the economy… so yes: we are changing people’s lives” –asserts Garcia.

But the value added that this kind of data can provide is not always on the surface, as Hendrick Luuk clarifies: “You really have to be creative to extract value from Open Data”. His company, Xpressomics was one of the top three from the accelerator first open call. “We drill down to the bottom and extract all the meaningful information that we can” –continues Luuk– “the data certainly has value, but if its lying in these data silos in a raw form, nobody is able to extract value from it”.

Angel Martínez, from Fruitwatcher, expand on how the data can be used: “We get Open Data sources, we get that data and match it with ours and we create value added services for free, we might say” –he then shares his vision of the forthcoming impact of the Open Data– “in the future it will be even greater. And the more sources of data there will be, the multiplied more services that will exist”.

FINODEX has now reached the last phase of its acceleration process. But that is not stopping them or slowing down their activity, not even a bit. Recently they been promoting the startups from their second call and, within the Demo Day in Trento, the best three “pitches” were chosen and prized. By the end of the summer the winners of the second call will be made public ending the process of acceleration which started in June 2014.

The International Open Data conference will be the last milestone of this open data accelerator. The next 4th of October FINODEX and its top startups will guide a pre-conference event in which final results of the acceleration will be shown together with the success stories from the accelerated companies. 

The support from FINODEX is continuous and has been going all the way, from the first business idea and the stages when each project starts working with Open Data, to the final moment when each solution and service is completed and ready to enter the market.

The moment is now: “Having a set of tools that are free to use and reuse… that gives a lot of value to the project” –Miguel García says. And such value is enriching not only the particular projects, but the complete community, the technologies and the trusted brand that FIWARE is becoming: “FIWARE is here to stay and Open Data is going to be an enabler to that” –concludes Garcia.

The complete #myFIWAREstory about Open Data and FINODEX is now ready to be shared.

This is our story, which is yours?

FIWARE at TM Forum Live! 2016: 3 Smart Solutions, 3 Success Stories

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May 102016
 
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TM Forum Live! is indeed one of the most awaited annual events as it offers the opportunity to connect and network with others from across digital ecosystems in a productive and knowledge churning environment. The event not only offers the opportunity to learn how to implement and profit from innovations, accelerate R&D and join collaborative projects but the chance to discover the latest technologies, which is the overall core of the growing digital ecosystem.

The primary goals of this pitch are to spread awareness about data interoperability e.g. harmonized data models with a common language, to convey the proposal from FIWARE around the Internet of Things and demonstrate that ´Smart´ is not a term only compatible with cities, but to showcase that it has a lot potential also in other sectors.

The first day of the event included a speech from Juanjo Hierro, Coordinator & Chief Architect of FIWARE, about how FIWARE & OASC keep advancing Smart Cities. The closing session consisted of a panel focusing on API´s and Open Data, and how they are helping businesses to empower themselves and create smart city environments.

The third day will consist of a Smart City workshop, based on the foundation built by the FIWARE and TM Forum partnership. This workshop aims to underline the challenges that a Smart City will be confronting and the right decisions that it should be making, in order to seize opportunities that its digital transformation would bring.

At the FIWARE stand, data will be the main focus. The principal objectives are to demonstrate new ways of sharing and using data. Problems can very easily arise when the same company has to share data and, what FIWARE does, is provide an open set of API´s and software components that allow any enterprise to build a platform which is already standard-compliant. Here, FIWARE is acting as a content provider, where many services can then access this data.

Visit us at stand 228 of TM Forum Live! –near the entrance to the Athena Auditorium– and discover three of the most recent outcomes achieved by FIWARE, not only as an Open Source platform, but also as an active Community eager to collaborate and join other partners and initiatives to pursue innovation around our cities.
 

  • HERE Maps demo shows a smart car navigator that demonstrates how car navigation can be enriched by means of real time context data coming from smart cities. Through FIWARE standards and data models, this app integrates real-time context data coming from various cities.

     

    Car navigation systems based only in static could be helpful, but are not really smart and are limited to what was already on the road. HERE overcomes that drawback by showing what’s actually there at any given moment: for instance, environmental data is offered to drivers so that they are aware of factors which might influence their driving behavior; also, a driver can be notified of continuously changing locations, such as parking spaces that match their needs. The app offers drivers a marketplace where extra datasets are provided, where drivers can purchase them to enhance a varied and advanced application. Through a single marketplace, data from diverse origins –different sources within a single city or even data from different cities– might be provided.

    This application uses TM Forum APIs, FIWARE NGSI and Business Framework and has been developed in collaboration with Ubiwhere –the company that has turned Porto in one of the most advanced smart cities–. HERE demo at TM Forum Live! uses datasets from the cities of Santander, Seville, Porto and Antwerp and is a vivid example of the driven by implementation approach, one of the key mechanisms of the OASC initiative, where cities and companies join forces in the successful and cost effective development of the new digital services that best suit the needs of the citizens.


 

  • Water Matters: in an era where water scarcity is such a problem, it is paramount to begin to find a solution to such a prominent problem for the whole world. This showcase is based, essentially, in a group of sensors that can analyze a water stream, no matter where it originates from. This app can evaluate whether the water can be directly used or not and the data is shared with an Open Data Portal allowing collaborations between different stakeholders.

     

    Adapted to be showcased at TM Forum Live!, the demo shows an open set of APIs and software components that would allow any company or institution to build a platform which is already standard-compliant and uses a common language for sharing data. In this case, data from Tecnoport –the Smart Port of Seville– will be consumed. Data will be gathered by FIWARE IoT Ready devices and will be made automatically available to any FIWARE component via a standard API.
     

  • Floud is a mobile and web app for acquiring and distributing analytics obtained from analyses from outdoor urban environments. In both traditional and modern methods of analyzing information, the data is very sparse in time and space due to the cost involved in accessing IT infrastructures and deploying a human workforce.

     

    As part of this demo, the capabilities of the platform can be demonstrated by showing live results, achieved through sensors. The sensors, built upon the ubiquitous IoT device Raspberry PI, have been running for more than one year with no dedicated infrastructure. They have been attached to windows and balconies of public and private buildings, working on existing network connection or running on standard phone battery packs. Through these sensor placements, live traffic monitoring can be shown, as well as historical data demonstrating how events such as major traffic and disrupting weather can be detected.

    Floud has been developed by Magenta, under the mentoring of SOUL-FI FIWARE accelerator, and with the collaboration of EU FP7 CHEST project. The demo will be consuming data provided by the municipalities of Florence, Empoli, Castelfiorentino and Campi Bisenzio.

TM Forum Open Hack winners: Racing to make cities smarter

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May 102016
 
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“The standard has been the highest I have seen at any recent hack”. That is how Joann O’Brien –Vice President, Agile Collaboration, TM Forum– summarized the event that she has been leading: the TM Forum Open Hack 2016, in Nice, France. In the most recent edition of this vibrant and prestigious hackathon the bar has been set very high.

The weekend before the TM Forum Live! main event, seven teams –including residents of Nice and international developers– pitched their ideas for making cities smarter and more sustainable. They were competing for direct cash prizes as well as the unique opportunity to showcase their application to a number of city directors and senior executives at the flagship event.

In just 48 hours they had to create their demo. To ease this frantic process, they were provided with a complete suite of tools, including: TM Forum APIs, IBM Bluemix cloud development platform, Ericsson Service Innovation Framework APIs and FIWARE smart city platform: IoT sensors, supplied by IBM; open data from Nice City and also provided by and FIWARE; real-time air pollution monitoring data provided by DeliverChange; location data and API provided by Skyhook; 3D printing for rapid physical prototyping provided by Trimaker. And also, support from API experts, mentors and entrepreneurs, present at the Open Hack.

This meant working on a tight schedule but also within a rich environment and through an open platform: “Open data, open APIs and open platforms are key for enabling open ecosystem and this event shows that in action” –as Joann O’Brien puts it.

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The judges –Pierre Gauthier, Chief API Architect, TM Forum; Elaine Haher, Director, Business Development, Ericsson; Pascal Helot-Dugat, IBM; and Alexis Caporale, CEO, Trimaker– looked not only for the most striking ideas, but also for evidence of how well the teams used the APIs. They analyzed the usefulness of their solution with the citizens in mind and looked for for the highest level of innovation and a clear business model to be deployed in parallel to the technical part of the project.

The teams outdid themselves. They delivered creative ideas to be transformed into disruptive products and services with both the city betterment and the achievement of commercial success in mind. Among those ideas, the three winners:

  • Garden Sharing –the winning team– came up with a solution to connect people who have a garden to share and those who’d like to use one. Cities and citizens could make money through renting out their green spaces and partners could monetize the idea offering complementary services. From this project, new ways to grow food and collectively care for plants could also be created.
    The team used the IBM Weather API and TM Forum Customer Management, Product Catalog Management and Product Inventory Management APIs.
     
  • City of Things, the team in second place, presented their idea as “saving the world through free Wi-Fi”, and based it around the motto “do good things for your city and be rewarded”, from a gaming perspective. Their app showed the ability to offer citizens tasks they could perform in return for rewards: a citizen would pick up trash and accordingly receive a discount in the water bill. The dashboard would monthly personal savings/earnings, as well as the real-time measurement of the city’s ‘health’ and its top priorities for action.
    The team used FIWARE, open air pollution data, and the TM Forum Product Catalog Management, Product Ordering and Onboarding APIs, deploying everything on the Bluemix platform and consuming it through Ericsson.
     
  • Eco Run team came up third. Their app aims to help citizens get healthier through outdoor exercise, while avoiding polluted areas at the same time. Again, the app has a gaming element – citizens are given suggested routes which avoid pollution and rewarded with, for example, tickets or discounts. The city could reap the rewards through reduced healthcare costs… and happier citizens!
    The project makes extensive use of FIWARE resources. They used TM Forum’s Product Catalog Management, Customer Management, Product Inventory Management APIs and real-time sensor data from the City of Santander (provided by FIWARE).

O’Brien pointed the most immediate achievements of these teams: “The winning teams will demonstrate their solutions at TM Forum Live! this week and all the teams that pitched will have the opportunity to meet the Mayor of the City of Nice, who is interested in hearing more about these innovative ideas.” She also highlighted that their success at this Open Hack should be observed under a wider scope: “As we were designing the Open Hack, the COP 21 was being agreed in Paris and 196 countries signed an agreement to take action to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius – but it’s not just countries; it’s really people and companies who will make a difference. And that begins at events such as this”.

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