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Connecting each island to a global ecosystem: FIWARE at the SIWC17

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Apr 122017
 
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With a similar aim but a more specific focus, the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) has originated the Smart Island World Congress.

The smart areas and populations that embark themselves in the process of improving the sustainability, economic growth and well-being of the community, they are confronting nowadays similar tasks and difficulties. It is crucial to share the tools and the knowledge that may help them succeed.

In this interconnected era, Islands are facing many challenges in areas such as efficiency of the public services, advancing towards a sustainable, participated urban planning, and improving its economic and social development.
The SCEWC organization is bringing together the civic, business and technology experts from all around the world to Smart Island World Congress, aiming to achieve and present a common vision on how to exploit the opportunities which arise from these challenges.

The most urgent need it to find new tools and to create new services that will allow governments and territory managers to reach an efficient management of the islands, and mitigate the weaknesses of insularity, such as a the floating population and the seasonality of the business, plus an often unsustainable mobility and a steady talent loss.

"Nowadays, it is crucial to discuss energy efficiency, sustainability, waste and water management and mobility in our territories. But in the specific case of islands, it is even more important; it is a matter of survival”, explains Alfonso Rodríguez, Mayor of Calvià. "Our territory is finite, it is fragile and limited, but at the same time is the most valuable treasure that we offer our residents and visitors".

Calvià, in Mallorca, will be the permanent headquarters of the Smart Island World Congress. The congress and exhibition will be held for the first time next week, April 20th and 21st.
A two-day speakers' congress plus a networking area will bring together the most relevant island leaders, industry experts, research centers, universities, governments and international organizations from all around the world, devising the optimal lines of action for all and each one of them; merging public needs with private innovative solutions and awarding the promotion and implementation of Smart Island projects and initiatives worldwide.

This first edition will allow its attendees to anticipate and define the transformation one of one of the markets with more potential. There will be congress tracks about new connectivity, innovative urban planning for a better social development, talent & economic development and the creation and empowerment of “smart destinations”.

FIWARE will participate in the Plenary P3, on Friday 21st, starting at 9.30h. Under the tittle ‘Making it happen: change-makers and economic development’, with the CTO of the FIWARE Foundation, Juanjo Hierro

FIWARE will be also organising the Side Event ‘Frontrunner Smart Cities in the API Economy’, also on Friday 21st, starting at 11.45h in the Workshop Room: the API economy is an enabler for turning a business or organization into a platform. Living in a data-driven API economy, an island and its cities will need a set of business models and channels, based on secure access of functionality and exchange of data.
The workshop will illustrate how to become frontrunners this API Economy, benchmarking a community in terms of Smart City Maturity and turning a Smart City vision into reality. It will be the chance to become the leading adopters of a reference architecture based on open standards jointly defined by TM Forum and the FIWARE Foundation.

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Speeding up smart urban business: frontierCities2 Open Calls Information Event

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Mar 272017
 
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The powered by FIWARE accelerator frontierCities2 recently launched its new calls for proposals, with a double aim: to look for EU-based startups and SMEs that are currently starting or advancing in the process of developing and commercialising a smart cities application using FIWARE technology; and to engage the cities that are looking forward to trial and to deploy existing and future smart cities applications

After the closing of the first stage of the FIWARE Accelerate programme last year, two new accelerators have launched their open calls in 2017: IMPACT Growth and frontierCities2. Part of the European Commission funded initiative under the FIWARE Acceleration Programme, frontierCities2 is supporting SMEs and startups to develop, test and commercialise innovative smart city solutions using FIWARE. Described as best practice by an independent EC review, the previous programme –the first frontierCities– included 28 companies, trialling and deploying solutions in more than 40 cities across Europe. frontierCities2 will expand the network to more than 100 cities.

frontierCities2 Calls for Proposals are open now, bringing opportunities both for cities and for SMEs and startups. By being a trial partner in a FI-TECH Call, a city would explore existing trialled and new solutions – with an SME/Start-up applicant developing a solution tailored for the particular needs of each city

For SMEs and Start-Ups, frontierCities2 offers two calls:

frontierCities2 Open Calls Information Event will take place on April 4th, in the B19 venue (Av. Van Bever 17-19, 1180, Brussels, Belgium).
Check out the event agenda here.

Two previous info events will take place in Malaga and Palermo this week.

For more information, check out www.frontiercities2.eu
Stay tuned and apply! www.f6s.com/frontiercities2

For all other information, please contact:
SMEs / Start-ups – info@frontiercities2.eu
Cities – cities@frontiercities2.eu

 

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My FIWARE Story: FIWARE Zone & the iHubs Programme

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Jan 202017
 
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A couple of months before the 1st FIWARE Summit, the city of Málaga was the meeting point around sustainable urban communities, and gathered representatives from several companies and institutions that are working towards an innovative and viable model for the smart cities.

There, we had the chance to talk with some of the contributors involved in that process. A company like Adevice plays a substantial role in the advancement of Sevilla as a smart city: while creating an automated monitoring system for the city’s ornamental fountains, Adevice also has provided means to interconnect the already existing infrastructures using their own IoT-ready devices –part of the FIWARE catalogue and operating now also in the Canary Islands.

Taking care of the local and regional ecosystems is a crucial aspect for the smart-development focus: to act knowing the particularities of each community and to engage the nearest actors eases the path to succeed within a global framework for the IoT-enables smart cities.

Maria Virtudes Briz, FIWARE expert, explained us some of the projects that Telefónica is currently running in Santiago de Chile: “We are including data from Transantiago that allows us to geolocalize in real-time the position of each one of the buses moving around the city”. Studying the data flow in each community allows “to understand which the behavior of each one of the citizens is and to give each one of them better tips according to their likings”.

To act locally upon our global strategy is the key mission of the FIWARE iHub Programme. The iHubs are physical meeting points for developers, experts, startups, students and other community members. The programme aims to show the path by example, offering coaching and training, tailored for each one of our contributors.

iHubsAt the 1st FIWARE Summit, the programme was reviewed: what we have achieved and the challenges ahead. We also had the chance to meet two iHubs that are being particularly successful in pushing the community around and getting it to know and to use FIWARE: Faubourg Numérique in France, and INiTS in Austria.

Another announcement made at the Summit –and advanced at the GreenCities event–, was the creation of the FIWARE Zone, a further development of the iHub focus, with two innovation centers in Malaga and Seville.

This new project aims to reach the whole region and boost its global projection, but starting with the engagement of local innovators. As Antonio Cabello, from the Regional Government Economy and Innovation Office, puts it: “Andalucía Smart 2020 takes up the commitment of the Regional Government (Junta de Andalucía) to drive a smart development model on the forthcoming years”. A commitment that needs “to offer, to cities and municipalities, a model that serves them as a guide to develop their strategic project becoming Smart Cities”.

Juan Marcelo Gaitán, director of the FIWARE Zone, links that vision with the direct empowerment of each person or company contributing to and profiting from FIWARE: “We want to help any entrepreneur developing a solution, an application, a technological project that could be sold to any city that uses a platform compliant with the standard”.
To achieve that “We all must get hands-on with FIWARE, touching the technology, creating urban labs, real physical labs where the integrated technology and the devices that are offering added value to the City are physically there”.

The FIWARE Zone will be officially launched next Tuesday, January 24th. The project will de unfolding over six axes:

  • Innovation Centers and Urban Labs, with two centers and three labs at the moment, demoing the solutions and providing laboratories and training equipment, showcasing the IoT-Ready devices and functioning as a testbed, attracting the best Smart City projects.
     
  • The Platform perspective, with each center being a FIWARE instance, offering the technology and resources to develop and test pilot projects, and gathering and offering data, integrating it with FI-LAB.
     
  • University, offering training, laboratory experimentation and research groups. As Gaitán explains it: “The University has to spread the knowledge around the technology in order to allow the students to join the companies incorporating that knowledge with them and promoting the development of that technology, within the companies”.
     
  • Challenge IoT, an open call where developing teams can present and deploy their ideas, awarding the best of them and opening a network comprising the sponsoring companies and institutions, and the startups and entrepreneurs.
     
  • Market, offering support and training sessions on the FIWARE technologies, in order to create or to adapt innovative products that are FIWARE compliant, facilitating the access to the commercial resources that we are offering for powered by FIWARE solutions, like the IoT-Ready programme or the recently launched FIWARE Marketplace.

To learn more about FIWARE Zone and the iHubs Programme, stay tuned to our News section, to this blog and to our social networks, and enjoy our latest My FIWARE Story.
 

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.

SCEWC 2016: FIWARE at the center of the Smart City innovation

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Nov 252016
 
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Since 2011, year after year, the Smart City Expo World Congress keeps representing and showcasing the leading edge of the smart urban innovation. The SCEWC 2016 got beyond the notable results of the previous years’ editions, bringing near 17.000 visitors to the event. During three days, the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona gathered more than 600 cities and close to 600 exhibitors, 420 top-level speakers, and offered an expanded program with more than 50 side events and activities.

_o3a7037FIWARE was in the middle of such meeting point, as a Global Partner of the main international summit of discussion about the technological revolution happening in our cities. A process that is steadily putting the people on its center, developing the tools to promote the empowerment of citizens and their involvement and greater participation in the decisions that most directly affects them, the ones taken at a local level.

Our focus, as an Open Source Platform and Community, is to power the advancement of an IoT-enabled Framework, providing the de-facto standards to be used in the new digital solutions and services for the Smart Cities. A collaborative and human-centered approach that will enhance the transformation of our urban communities into engines of growth and well-being.

_o3a6600We were present in the Congress area, with three sessions. Starting on the first day of the event with Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation, presenting our value proposition for the IoT-enabled Smart City framework. On the ‘Real-time open data fueling the next generation of urban services’ parallel session, Hierro insisted in the open APIs being the key for new services & business of the cities of tomorrow. And how “to collaborate and define common standards should be a must for our communities. FIWARE is providing standard sets of Data Models and and market-ready APIs”.

On the Plenary session, named ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’, all the speakers agreed on the urge to keep working together and to achieve the necessary consensus that should enable all the actors of the digital urban development speaking the same language. That pointed again, at a technological level, to de-facto standard APIs an Data Models that are being used by smart cities. A good example would be the OASC initiative –supported now by more than a hundred cities worldwide–, favoring the FIWARE standards.
_o3a6585As our open community is well accustomed to grow by collaborating, Hierro again had the chance to make the accurate remark on how “the success of a partnership should mean the success of each partner. That strengths the commitment for all of them”.

Other idea that was emphasized during that same session was the need for new economic models to emerge, in order to finance the advance of smart communities. FIWARE is also addressing that challenge, enabling the Economy of Data as an innovative business model inherent to the digitalization of cities. A key partner supporting the development of that model would be TM Forum.
The session ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ that took place on the last day of the SCEWC 2016, had Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs of TMForum, as one of its insightful speakers. That same day, a new collaboration agreement between the two partners was announced.

_o3a6576Also in the Congress Area and after the ceremony that recognized the best projects participating in the 2016 World Smart City Awards, the 'CROMA pixel dance performance’, enhanced by FIWARE technologies, caught the eye of the audience. CROMA is a cutting-edge project, developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez. It was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.

At the Exhibiton area, in our booth, we had the chance to be presenting not less than twelve digital products and services powered by FIWARE. The projects demoing their solutions were:

  • Everimpact, with its cities' climate and pollution monitoring, gathering satellite and contextual data to showcase a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France).
  • Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city offering a service that uses context-aware technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app.
  • Kalliópê presenting their massive interaction suite, a live communication and interaction software tools developed for the performing arts –also part of the CROMA project– and ideal for engaging with the citizens.
  • Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution, created for the the home energy automation IoT market, offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage and ready to scale up within the smart city framework.

The four aforementioned projects were labeled as 'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens’. There were also another eight demos focusing on’Improving the management of city services’:

  • _o3a6758Adevice and its water quality management system, one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville (Spain) and operating now also in the Canary Islands. Advice has developed their own devices, available as part of the FIWARE IoT-ready program.
  • WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city, delivering one-to-one feedback and geographic analysis for events and emergencies.
  • Telefónica and Geographica, showing a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance in Guadalajara (Spain), and demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models.
  • Engineering, presenting two real-time monitoring systems: a parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy); and a system watching rain and water levels for the city of Genoa (also Italy).
  • ATOS and CityGO, a solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain) that makes use of already existing infrastructures to create an integrated new smart mobility information system.
  • VM9 Smart Cities Platform, which was part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart development. FIWARE is powering an initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
  • UPM and Telefónica –with TMForum–, showcasing the FIWARE/HERE navigation solution, displaying NGSI real-time open data. This demo also demonstrated how the FIWARE Business Framework, powered by TMForum APIs, can be used jointly with CKAN in order to offer premium services, allowing third parties to monetize their data.
  • And OdinS, presenting an system based on FIWARE in order to monitor and control the different public services of Murcia Council under a single platform, in the frame of RED.Es for Smart Cities.

All the projects, and also the vibrant feeling of being in the center of the urban innovation, are now featured in our video-review of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016. Let’s meet the solutions and listen to the teams. Let’s watch and share it now!

FIWARE at the SCEWC 2016

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Nov 042016
 
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Last year's edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) brought more than 14.000 visitors from over a hundred countries to the event at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The congress gathered 421 speakers, 485 exhibitors and 568 cities, confirming the SCEWC as a main international summit of discussion about the link between our urban reality and the technological revolution that is alredy happening.

Since its first edition in 2011, the Congress has succeeded to become a referential global event around the avancement of a Smart City framework, supporting the development of the urban communities of the present and of the future. This year, the SCEWC intends to increase previous figures. New top level stakeholders, organizations, exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be joining to discuss smart cities and smart citizens and to review the most recent technological advances, social achievements, social and ecological challenges and the newest forms of economic development and governance.

FIWARE wil be there, as a Global Partner of the Congress and as the Open Source Platform and Community with an special focus on the IoT-enabled Smart City Framework.
This year’s event will take place from November 15-17th in Barcelona (Fira Gran Via).

Several demos powered by FIWARE are already confirmed. Distributed in two categories –'Enabling new innovative services for the citizens' and ‘Improving management of city services’ – the companies and projects will be collaborating and engaging with the visitors, showcasing their solutions at our Stand C324 (Hall P2, Level 0, Street C), where we will be also presenting our value proposition and main partnerships for the Smart Cities.

The demos will be:

Enabling new innovative services for the citizens:

Everimpact, cities' climate and pollution monitoring, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions.
The demo will provide a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France). Everimpact is an awarded project in the fields of Climate and Smart Cities, that is partnering with Networks of Cities, Space Agencies and International Organisations, to advance in the monitoring and reduction of CO2 emissions.

Outbarriers’ solution to help blind people to move safely around the city. Under the slogan “Smart Shops for everyone: One beacon, thousands apps”, Outbarriers is offering a service that uses FIWARE technology to present automated audio information to the person using its app. A shop that wants to provide this service only has to install a small beacon on its door.

· Kalliópê presenting their live communication and interaction software tools. Kalliópê describes itself as a “massive interaction Suite for spatial storytelling”. Based on the use of smart phones (for machine to people communication) and sensors (for machine to machine communication), the project has been accelerated by Creati-Fi and is about to be commercialy launched, so it will be a great opportunity to be informed upfront.

· Tera, with Beeta hardware and software solution for the home energy automation, is adressing the fragmentation of the home energy automation IoT market and offering an ideal product to optimize energy usage in each situation. By informing users of how to manage their household electrics and encouraging a more responsible energy consumption, Tera estimates that savings of up to 200€ per client a year could be achieved.

Improving management of city services:

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. Adevice and its water quality management system. Being one of the main assets for the digital transformation of Seville, the solution integrates multiple devices with standard-based technologies, combining industrial IoT technologies under a Smart City focus and assuring interoperability between the teams and systems from the different organizations involved. It allows real-time monitoring, collecting information and showing alerts to avoid any system malfunction, thus saving money through predictive maintenance.

. WiseTown suite, developed by TeamDev, a solution able to identify and manage the issues that are affecting the city. The demo will show how the system acquires data from different sources (portals, social networks, mobile apps, IoT sensors…) and organizes it according to a comprehensive knowledge database that has been made previously available. Then, WiseTown uses the data in order to deliver one-to-one feedback, geographic analysis for events and emergencies and other decision support systems.

· Telefónica and Geographica, demonstrating how to build portable smart city dashboards using FIWARE Harmonized Data Models. Focusing on municipalities that do not manage the public services by themselves but need reliable mechanisms to check if the service actually provided performs as expected and if the public resources are properly used. The demo will show a tool used to track waste management resources and utility performance, with real-time information from the city of Guadalajara (Spain).

· Engineering, showing a real-time parking advisor app, developed with the city of Ancona (Italy), to overcome the usually unaccurately estimations about the availability of parking slots in a city. The showcase will gather real-time information through automatic ticket tellers and a special mobile app and taking into account special parking permits. The citizen looking for a free spot will be able to submit a destination and visualize the estimated time needed to find a parking slot in that specific area in a colored map.

· ATOS and CityGO, a smart mobility solution part of a wider pilot project developed in Málaga (Spain). CityGO aims at providing recommendations about the best route to get usual destinations within a city, depending on diverse real-time conditions, promoting healthy and environmental care behaviours. It calculates the usual daily paths/itineraries, providing also valuable information to the municipality to take decisions about transport regulation. Third party companies could get value from the public data, creating additional services for the citizens or the municipality.

vm9-e1469711067561Another solution that will be showcased at the FIWARE stand is VM9 Smart Cities Platform. VM9 was selected also as one of the finalist of the Call for Solutions Award for ‘Materializing City-as-Platform projects’. Linked to this solution, VM9 is also part of a real case implementation, on the Global South Award finalist project around Nova Friburgo and its smart city development. FIWARE is powering a initiative that is helping the Brazilian city to embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach.
At our stand, VM9 will show how is currently working to establish a digital interface available for citizens, to connect them with the local municipality. The platform is focus on easing and promoting tasks like checking and providing feedback on planning legislation, creating their own maps, or making a public service request.

FIWARE will be also present in three special Parallel and Plenary sessions:

· ‘Real-time open data fuelling the next generation of urban services’ (DT 01) – Parallel session: Tuesday 15, 11:30-12:30h. With Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the FIWARE Foundation.

· ‘Open, flexible, scalable city platforms’ (DT 06) – Parallel Session. Thursday 17, 10:00- 11:00 h. With Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs, TMForum 

· ‘Collaborative partnerships to achieve urban common goals’ (PL 05) – Plenary session. Wednesday. 16, 17:15-18:15 h. Conducted by Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the  FIWARE Foundation.

croma_bblueOn Wednesday and part of the Smart City Party Context at the Congress Area, a special show will take place after the Smart City Awards ceremony: the 'CROMA pixel dance performance'. Powered by FIWARE technologies, CROMA is a project developed by HandMadeDance and Pelayo Méndez and was one of the winning projects of the Creative Ring Challenge, featured in La Mercè 2016 program.
Two stages will be connected, sharing images from each other and combining them through their walls thanks to the FIWARE technologies. Audio reactive software and a colour rule game will be controlling the room’s digital environment during the show.

More collaborations and activities during the event will be announced soon. Our participation during the SCEWC, as well as the highlights of the Congress, could be followed through the FIWARE owned media channels (fiware.org and our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles). Don't forget to use #SCEWC16 and #FIWARE when commenting about this Smart City Expo World Congress and our activities during the event.

Link to the event:
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Link to registration:
https://registration.firabarcelona.com/#/tickets/selection

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#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.