The Andalusian Regional Government, Telefónica and the FIWARE Zone are setting out new challenges based on FIWARE technology, in the areas of Smart Cities and Smart Agrifood.
The contest ‘Challenge IoT’ will find companies in Andalucia, that are developing technological solutions, aiming to solve real and present problems within different ‘smart’ verticals.
Supported by FIWARE Zone, the challenge will distribute €140K for the development of two smart solutions. The deadline for this open call is on July 19th
The Department of Employment, Industry and Commerce of the Andalusian Regional Government, partnering with Telefónica, is launching this call. Companies from the region are invited to offer their solutions for real and present problems. The challenges has been laid out by two departments of the Regional Government, that are part of this call as sponsors, and that will be part of the jury, choosing the best proposal.
The Environmental and Water Agency is searching for a solution to monitor the environmental parameters, leading to a better prevention of the forest fires, identifying high-risk areas and detecting possible negligence that could cause a fire.
The Department of Agriculture, Fishing and Rural Development has set out the challenge of finding a system that allows to monitor and handle animals, using devices designed for the different types of cattle. The objectives of this challenge is to improve the management, production and animal health within the intensive and extensive farming domain. To achieve all this, system capable of relate animal and environmental data are needed.
The applications must include a document, describing the idea; a proposal of a pilot project, specifying the infrastructures and services needed for the project development; a chronogram of the process and a detailed economic valuation, including the estimated maintenance for the next two years.
Any startup, company, research center, university or legal entity can join this challenge, presenting a real solution that may answer the outlined needs, and that can develop it on the fixed period of time. To join the call, the applicants should fill the online form and send their proposal before July 19th.
Functioning as local and regional meeting points for this call, Seville and Malaga have two innovation centers, specialized on our open source technology: FIWARE Zone is part of the initiative AndalucíaSmart, of the Regional Government, proposing a smart-region framework. Impulsed by the Department of Employment and Telefonica, the project supports and promotes the creation of service and applications using the FIWARE technology, in diverse areas, like cities, ports and smart logistics, Industry 4.0, smart agrifood and eHealth.
The next FIWARE Summit, that will take place in the city of Málaga, late November, will give visibility to the outcomes of this challenge and to other similar initiatives.
The 2nd FIWARE Summit, hosted by the city of Utrecht and the FIWARE Lab Netherlands, from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st of May, has been the prime event organized by an enlarging FIWARE Foundation: with multinational corporation NEC as the fifth Platinum member, joining Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica as the core constituents of the Foundation.
During three days, the Summit gathered 320 attendees and up to 85 speakers, from inside and outside the FIWARE community. 29 countries were represented there. 15 exhibitors showcased their devices, their digital solutions and services at the Media Plaza. The event brought knowledge and hands-on experience around FIWARE through 28 technical sessions and numerous panels, conferences and community meetings.
More than 40% of the audience was part of the Dutch entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, showing the commitment of the area and the city with FIWARE. Aiming to create an open smart city model, based on the needs of the market, seven cities on the Netherlands have joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Drechsteden, Eindhoven, Enschede and Utrecht are betting on FIWARE standards. They all share data portals to ease the re-usage and publication of open data, creating a complete ecosystem that connects cities, business and knowledge.
FIWARE Lab Netherlands, located in Utrecht and Amersfoort, started its activity only two years ago, but it is now well established within the region and the community, running different projects focused on the usage of open data to cooperate in local smart city programmes. It is really great to see this framework, widespreading to other communities in one of the most prosperous areas of Europe.
After a week collecting the figures, the pictures and the presentations, it is now time to go back there, to gather and share some of the vibrant insights that the event has passed on to us.
Cooperation to achieve competitiveness
Collaboration, co-creation and partnership have been the main topics to address the digital transformation in multiple sectors, from a human-centric perspective. In Utrecht, we met some of the FIWARE main partners: Joao Rodriguez-Frade, from CEF Digital and the European Commission, updated on the ongoing collaboration with FIWARE, breaking the silos and enabling digital interactions across sectors. Carl Piva, from TM Forum, elaborated on the vision of the city as a platform and the importance of connecting business models with open architectures and APIs
Working groups and keynotes presented and openly discussed different strategies on how to build a smart city models. We had the chance to meet Deloitte’s Capability Framework and Maturity Model. The TM Forum & FIWARE Frontrunner Smart Cities Workshop gathered different cities that are ahead of this maturity process, like Santander, Bristol, Utrecht, Niza, Tokio or Heidelberg.
From entrepreneurial projects to the Mayor office, a lot of urban development projects were presented. Frans Jorna, Theme Director Smart City of the City of Utrecht, talked about transformation and the need for open city innovation platforms. Ubiwhere presented their FIWARE-based city architecture, a smart solution easing the coordinated management of services for different verticals. Paolo Traverso shared the priorities of the city of Trento, to build an open government with open access to information, simplified access to public services, citizen engagement and enabling co-creation within a no city lock-in approach.
Cities, factories, food (and beyond)
Companies like Whirlpool, Siemens or Volvo, as well as I+D institutions, presented their vision on the whole life circle of a manufactured product or service. Smart Factory vertical integration with standardised open Data Models and APIs is about to create a Data-intensive service reference architecture. In that context, FIWARE is providing an easy way to interoperate with other platforms: when moving a product or service from the supplier to the customer, our open APIs help breaking the data silos, enabling bilateral communication and effective collaboration among stakeholders. A smart supply chain should integrate smart apps, IoT and Cloud platforms.
Carl Hans, from FTI Engineering Network GmbH, explained how FIWARE can support smart product-service design in a sector as diverse as aviation. Thanks to standardised interfaces for service provision and using reliable, well-tested software components, the efforts developing a product could be reduced. Also the risks concerning its obsolescence or availability.
Towards an International Data Space
Lars Nagel, Managing Director of the Industrial Data Space Association, presented the basis and roadmap of this very new initiative, that is already planning on rename itself as International Data Space, due to the cross sector, global reaching nature of its proposed framework for gathering, processing, exchange and monetizing of data among systems coming from different application domains (banking, manufacturing, logistics, smart cities).
The IDS Architecture and FIWARE Architecture are significantly aligned, therefore the FIWARE Foundation and IDS have agreed on a partnership and the work has started for the first open source based implementation of the IDS concepts based on FIWARE. The results will be showcased at the IoTSWC early October in Barcelona.
Acceleration and funding to keep scaling-up
FIWARE accelerators shared their numbers: IMPACT Growth will select 14 startups from 1.932 applications, from which 710 were completed and submitted. The programme offers 3.6 million euros of equity-free funding. The selected startups will be able to start participating in the different events organised by the 4YFN platform. A second call will open for applications on September 5, 2017, and will select another 14 startups.
Among IMPACT Growth four verticals and frontierCities2 MAG and FI-TECH Grants, powered by FIWARE open calls have reached more than 80 countries, receiving more than 2K applications. Our community is an active vehicle for financing innovative projects: Miguel García, from Zabala Consulting, explained how powered by FIWARE startups are in a great position to accede a wide array of funding opportunities, from Horizon 2020 and beyond, highlighting tools like the SME Instrument or the Cascade Funding models.
Acting local. Growing global.
The role of the FIWARE iHubs is helping the development and consolidation of the technology, while building a local community around it. Juan Marcelo Gaitán, support committee leader, represented the FIWARE Zone in Málaga and Sevilla. Two collaborative spaces, offering the knowledge of the FIWARE experts, making the technology available, teaching in the local language, boosting new projects and proposing different ways of granting the sustainability of each iHub.
FIWARE Mundus committee leader, Jacques Magen, described the recent, on course and future activities and events, at an international level. Powered by FIWARE projects continue spreading in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, thanks to the Mundus team shared efforts. A first Canadian workshop, focused only in FIWARE have taken place. The Ontario Precision AgriFood Association starting local pilot trial that, eventually, will be leading to a commercial deployment and to the set-up of a FIWARE instance there. A challenge for pilot trials for smart cities will be announced shortly and will be presented at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo 2017, on August in Washington D.C.
A platform, a community and a global marketplace
Hubert Tardieu, Chairman of the FIWARE Foundation BoD, presented our global vision on the industrial data platforms and multisided marketplaces. These would act as the basis to establish symbiotic relationships between stakeholders that can create great value from sharing platforms. Tardieu emphasised on the importance of APIs for the creation of a virtual space for sharing data across organisations, in multiple domains and supporting data sovereignty and data economy concepts. Aligning again with what Lars Nagel presented on his speak.
Announced at the previous Summit, a pivotal tool to the advancement of FIWARE was presented in Utrecht. To grow as an ecosystem and to achieve the marked objectives for the platform, the FIWARE Marketplace is designed to be one-stop shop for every project and deployment based on our open source technology, a useful tool to engage with and to enlarge our community. Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the Foundation, and Mayte Carracedo, from FundingBox, showed the already active webpage: every solution, device, service or deployment based on FIWARE is invited to join in and profit from it, meeting other projects, refining their offering and reaching new clients internationally.
After Utrecht. An towards Málaga (again)
FIWARE’S ambition, as Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation, pointed out, is to lead the IoT platform panorama, driving standards, partnering-up and connecting more than 100.000 developers. We are paving the path for a transition that will happen in the following years: from the consumer Internet to the Industrial Internet and beyond… to the Industrial User Internet.
“Everything that could be connected will be connected. Everything that could be digitized and transformed into data sets will be digitized and transformed into data sets. And everything that could be automated will be automated“. Everything will be transformed and FIWARE is the open source, IoT-enabled platform that lets you join this change.
Ahle also made an important announcement: the next FIWARE Summit already have a location and a date: we are excited to go and gather in Málaga again this autumn, from November 27th to 29th.
We can say it loud and proud: the 2nd FIWARE Summit has been another big success! Thank you!
We keep moving forward thanks to all our community members and partners. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors: KPN, Deloitte, EBU, the Utrecht Region and the FIWARE Lab NL.
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.
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.
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 theCore 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 Consulting –formerly 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!
We 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!
With 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.
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!
Since food is a relatively low added value segment of the fast-moving consumer goods, food businesses are immensely sensitive to any additional costs that might arise from maintaining logistic capacities, be it transportation or warehousing, with cold chain capabilities or involving too many middlemen when distributing food products. Some food producers have to face increasing costs while bringing their products to the market if their logistic capacities are not fully loaded. In fact, KPMG estimated that one-quarter of food transport trucks on the road in 2011 were traveling with an empty cargo.
Consequently, the food producers have to face a difficult decision: they can make their deliveries less frequent and therefore make fewer sales, or they can absorb higher delivery costs that can turn any business into a less profitable one.
On the other hand, having to maintain the cold chain throughout all the delivery process raise a significant barrier, hard to overcome for many producers of perishable goods, artisanal food producers and farmers with little or no logistic capacities of their own. As a result, small scale food producers are usually kept out of entering relatively distant markets.
Foodko sets off to solve this problem in a unique way: it enables perishable food producers and distributors to share temperature-controlled supply chain assets –such as transportation and cold storages– in order to attain mutual benefits by sharing and therefore diminishing logistics costs. As a consequence, Foodko enhances the sales outreach and a better profitability. It facilitates collaboration between companies and farmers that, while not competing directly, are marketing and selling their products to a common pool of consumers. Foodko is directed both towards B2B collaboration between groups of producers through a seamless dashboard and directly to the final customers and end-consumers, as it also includes web and mobile functionalities.
Foodko has been developed by Prospeh d.o.o., a young company based in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The team already had plenty of experience solving challenges within the food industry: they launched OriginTrail SaaS platform, partnering with three large food producing companies from the meat, dairy and vegetable sectors. The platform allowed its users to unveil the origin of each raw material for any particular batch of processed food they have produced. Adopting Foodko as a complementary solution was the logical next step both for Prospeh and for their partners.
The mission of the passionate team behind Foodko is to empower the producers and allow them to establish a positive difference among themselves in the market, based on the origin of their products, while eases the creation of a direct and authentic relationship with their clients, also fostering buyers which want to support a more ethical consumption of food by bringing the products straight and efficiently to the final customers, picking the shortest and quickest transportation options through a shared delivery distribution network, reducing costs and lightening the carbon footprint.
Foodko is powered by FIWARE. By using the latest ICT technologies, the solution accomplishes a uniquely optimized minimum waste intelligent food delivery system. This delivery intelligence is built on top of the fast geo-searching Point of interest Generic Enabler (GE), in conjunction with the Orion Context Broker GE, which enables Foddko to find and point out the optimal ways of creating distribution channels on-the-fly, connecting the final consumers to the local farmers and food producers and keeping the system always on the move! Those two main Generic Enables are used along with other 6 GE's that aid in the development and delivery of all the functionalities that Foodko is offering, and make them available through both Web and mobile interfaces.
Foodko solution is already being used both by prominent corporations producing perishable food and by local farmers. Currently 3 big food producing companies, with over €50M of yearly revenue, are Prospeh’s clients. At the same time, around 30 smaller local producers are also employing Foodko to improve their businesses. By selling products directly to those who consume it (be it shoppers or B2B buyers), Foodko users not only saves costs but also earn a higher profit margin, as they avoid middlemen.
The key value proposition for all of them is the ability to deliver their products through a shared distribution network and straight to their final customers in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Livestock farmers may lose up to 10% of their cattle annually and currently they do not have the appropriate tool to avoid it happening over and over again. They also need to decrease their operating costs (fuel, time, etc.) and improve the calving rate of their herd. Society demands more knowledge about the food products they consume and authorities must ensure that high conditions of such food products are guaranteed and met by suppliers.
STEPLA is a service platform consisting of wearables and software modules developed by SensoWave and with the support of the FIWARE accelerator, SmartAgriFood. The idea came from the need for one of the founders to avoid animal losses in livestock, which was on the verge of bankrupting his family business. The product is the only Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that offers location, monitoring, and traceability capabilities for real-time livestock individual location and monitoring.
By using sigfox technology, STEPLA monitors the animals´ condition in real-time, detecting anomalies and facilitating farm management. The solution employs several FIWARE enablers which provide a simple yet powerful set of API´s. It uses several IoT agents which gathers information from the various sensors and relays it to the Orion Context Broker which essentially manages the influx of data. The Cosmos GE analyses the data from farms and authorities in order to discover new patterns and deploy improved services. STEPLA integrates stakeholders such as veterinarians, suppliers, insurance companies, authorities, consumers, and other elements within the farming distribution chain.
More than 50 livestock farms are using the pre commercial version of STEPLA, not just in Spain but also Ireland, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Australia and shortly the first wearables will be deployed in Peru.
SensoWave, with the support of the SME Instrument, now aims to further scale up, test in several environments, and to include applications for other livestock: pigs, sheep/goats, and horses. The primary goal of STEPLA+ is: to cut down farmer production costs, increase farm profitability, improve animals’ welfare, reducing environmental impact of livestock activities, and enabling an intelligent tracing system for animals and fodder eaten providing truthful information to worldwide consumers.
Stepla aims to be the leading provider of wearables and services associated in livestock farms globally, ultimately benefiting not only the farmers and animals through better welfare and reduced costs but for the food suppliers, consumers and authorities, where truthful product information is provided and infected meat reaching the food chain is avoided through, effectively a pandemic contention tool, permitting early detection of disease and illness.
In 2014, a disaster struck Europe, mainly affecting the region of Umbria in Italy. The olive pest fly caused the loss of up to 90% of the harvest from olive trees and the region was completely unprepared. Many people ask ´Could the crisis have been prevented?´ However as with everything in life, it is important to look forward and as for Italy and the rest of Europe, they are doing just this, purely remembering the disaster as the ´Harvest to forget´. Instead of lingering on the chaos that the olive pest fly caused the year before last, we should be thinking about how to prevent such a thing from happening again.
TeamDev, founded in 2008, initially for developing software frameworks quickly evolved their expertise when they became aware of their relevance in the agricultural sector where innovation was becoming imperative. This event of harvest complications prompted TeamDev to collaborate with major producers in Umbria to develop a product that would help farmers to avoid such unpredictable situations from reoccurring. Agricolus is their project and their vision is to make precision farming easier. Precision farming is essentially a modern practice, proposing easier and more efficient production. By adopting this, Agricolus is bringing powerful tools and technologies to worldwide farmers and harvesters. The product consists of a smart-system application, enabling such things as crop disease awareness & monitoring, decision support for treatments and fertilizers and general farm management by saving time, (increasing productivity and limiting environmental degradation.)
The Agricolus strategy centers itself on three components:
collecting data from several sources such as sensors and devices
organizing the collected information and analyzing it to create historical data, consequently enabling more accurate results and finally
utilizing the organized data to compose the application. This process ultimately supports farmers in their daily work by providing them with the information that they need and the disruptive technologies they require to give them (competitive) advantage over existing solutions.
On the topic of technologies, Agricolus uses FIWARE to collect information from the sensors and bring them together to be analyzed. By combining the FIWARE expertise with their experience in ESRI API´s, the Context Orion Broker is connected to the ArcGis online platform (GIS stands for Geographic Information System), allowing the data to be visualized, analyzed and interpreted in order to understand patterns and trends. The initial adoption of FIWARE has allowed Agricolus to advance into the market quickly and successfully with a product-ready application and they believe that as an emerging European framework, that it is a useful way to standardize the adoption of common interfaces in the IoT field.
In Italy, TeamDev is one of the first companies to have addressed precision farming. These methodologies, supported by agile processes have helped TeamDev to be focused on customer needs and ultimately given them success in the market. They aim to create a FIWARE association in Italy which will spread the technology and make it more obvious and better utilized by companies to prompt an evolution in the development of our products. According to Founder Andrea Cruciani of TeamDev, “the next challenge will lead us to confront a new sector called the “3D printers for experiments in agriculture” and although it is still too early to speak about it, it’s never too soon to start planning ahead.
It goes without saying that for the agricultural sector, it is a vital next step to adopt such methods and technologies. According to a FAQ study, by 2050, food production must increase by 70% to meet the increasing demand. Every day, agricultural workers must take advantage of the technology available in order to manage both their farm production and the use of pesticides and fertilizers efficiently and appropriately.
A great–if not the greatest- part of our daily actions, already involve the use of mobile technologies. Surrounded by sensors and context-aware devices connected to the Internet, we are able to use our smartphones to secure our houses, check our health and make purchases without carrying money. We can even track a cow which is separated from the rest of the cattle, if livestock is the business in which we are smart-managing.
The Mobile World Congress has become an essential place to present the Internet of Things novelties and for the IoT and Data Industry advancements to be set in motion. For FIWARE, the MWC 2016 has been exciting and fruitful, gathering entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, innovators and their targeted users, and attending a ceremony will remain as a milestone for our platform and the evolution of our ecosystem.
As we announced in a previous post, FIWARE technology has been present and playing a key role in the SmartAgri demonstrations. Three products powered by FIWARE were showcased at the GSMA Innovation City. And the three made evident to which extent IoT is boosting the smart agricultural industry: installing Insylo allows one to remotely handle livestock nourishment, based on the 3D level monitoring of feed silos; Agricolus crop management system merges data collection and dissemination to prevent and stop pests; Stepla solution helps to locate farm animals and remotely monitor their health. The three are based in context-awareness and they involve the placement of sensors that can even convert a regular cow into a smart one.
FIWARE was also present as a part of the SmartCity exhibition, where HERE application showcase displayed a virtual GPS-guided drive. The GPS map being enriched with contextual data, generated and shared in real-time by four smart cities from three different countries. This app has been developed by Ubiwhere and Wellness Telecom, the University of Cantabria and Telefonica I+D, as well as HERE Maps. Although different cities may own different systems for managing information, if the cities are exporting the relevant data in a common way, the diverse systems will be “speaking” the same language, and the data could be shared in the same platform. The SmartCity demo also demonstrated how data provided by different partners can be consumed and monetized within one open marketplace. TM Forum Ecosystem’s APIs enable such implementation. Those APIs are developed as a part of the collaborative framework with FIWARE that was announced a few months ago.
Another buzz was on about the platform: an important declaration was planned in order to be made at the Mobile World Congress this year. One waited with great anticipation and that may impel a profound movement within the whole ecosystem. After the MWC 2016, FIWARE has changed for good. On the European Commission pavilion, Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, made the announcement: the Core Idustry Group, with the welcoming support of the European Commission, was launching the FIWARE Foundation.
In brief, the FIWARE Foundation joins in to remain as an independent, small and agile body within the FIWARE ecosystem. It will provide the other actors with its shared resources and the expertise of its members, aiming to empower FIWARE Technologies and the Open Community, and to pursue the accomplishment of the FIWARE Mission: to build an open sustainable ecosystem around open-source, IoT-enabled, smart services platform standards. FIWARE is now being adopted globally, as those standards are very much needed for the Industry 4.0 worldwide, and for the global Digitising revolution that is already happening. The FIWARE Foundation is here also to push that process of standardization.
As the European Commission has put it; the Foundation will ensure the long-term availability of FIWARE for users, for free and forever in the future. It will also ensure that FIWARE stays at the forefront of the technological trends. Oettinger also emphasized how the Foundation should not be a closed shop: it is in fact open for new members to enroll, at its due time. More key players are expected to join in at the Founders Forum in Vienna, in May.
Representatives of Telefonica, Orange, Engineering and ATOS –the four actual members of the FIWARE Foundation- were present at the event. After the launch ceremony, we had the chance to talk with two of them: Hubert Tardieu –Personal Advisor to ATOS CEO Thierry Breton- and Pierre Louette –CEO Delegate General Secretariat of Orange-.
Tardieu told us about how his company has insisted on the coming technical decisions being deployed according with the specific business objectives of the FIWARE community, to ensure the future development of the platform; and in what manner openness and meritocracy will continue to guide that path: “there will be a Board and a Technical Committee. Every new member of the FIWARE Foundation –user or Industry member- could be eligible to be part of them”.
Both Louette and Tardieu envisioned the launching of the FIWARE Foundation as the necessary next step to push FIWARE as a technical standard for Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Agrifood and beyond, and as a useful platform that can produce disruptive, effective and profitable solutions for our future. The FIWARE Foundation comes to accelerate “a Cloud-based platform –in Louette words- with a lot of services around. An Open innovation platform with open APIs”.
A new key part of the Community has arrived to grant a better future for the whole FIWARE ecosystem. Let’s welcome the FIWARE Foundation.