The FIWARE Foundation is the legal independent body providing shared resources to help achieving the FIWARE mission by promoting, augmenting, protecting, and validating the FIWARE technologies as well as the activities of the FIWARE community, empowering its members, including end users, developers, and stakeholders, for the benefit of the public and the entire ecosystem.
The FIWARE Foundation is open: anybody can join contributing to a transparent governance of FIWARE activities and rising through the ranks, based on merit.
The FIWARE Foundation has been constituted as a non-profit charitable association.
Using FIWARE technologies, organizations can capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalisation brought by combining the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud.
Using FIWARE technologies, developers can gather context information at large scale from many different sources. FIWARE also helps to easily process, analyse and visualize managed context information, easing the implementation of the smart behaviour and the enhanced user experience required by next-generation Smart Applications.
The FIWARE Technical Steering Committee governs the technical direction of the FIWARE platform and activities of the FIWARE Open Source Community. Governance of the rest of activities carried out by members of the FIWARE Community is organized through Ecosystem Support Committees.
of the FIWARE FOUNDATION
To bring best-of-breed tools to write great code, manage the development process and benefit from quality validation processes.
To access great software easing the development of new solutions, making the best use of the, being able to provide feedback and benefit from large-scale testing facilities.
To build a powerful, sustainable and profitable ecosystem and marketplace.
The new technologies integrated in FIWARE, fostering their adoption as de-facto standards.
The developers producing such new technologies.
The offering built with or around FIWARE Technologies.
The users of the FIWARE Technologies who build such offering.
The FIWARE ecosystem as a catalyser for economic opportunities.
Increasing interfaces for connectivity.
Bringing new enablers that extend the functionality provided by the FIWARE platform.
Increasing use cases for new application domains.
The FIWARE trademark.
The compliance with the FIWARE Code of Conduct.
FIWARE Technologies by ensuring they remain available as Open Source.
The openness, meritocracy and transparency which guides the decision making.
The labelling qualifying the Quality Assurance of the FIWARE Technologies.
Organizations that own the expertise to validate “Powered by FIWARE” solutions, “FIWARE IoT-ready” devices or people/organizations capable to provide FIWARE development, integration, training and consulting services.
The FIWARE Foundation
have the following bodies:
The body responsible of overall strategic direction, definition of bylaws of the FIWARE Foundation.
The body responsible for the daily operations and well-functioning of the FIWARE Foundation.
The body where technical decisions are taken.
The bodies where non-technical activities are coordinated.
Is the annual assembly of all members of the FIWARE Foundation.
Members of the FIWARE Foundation can be individuals and organizations of any kind.
There are four
levels of members:
Those who, strategically committing to FIWARE, hold the key responsibility in managing the Foundation. Any legally established organization, except non-profit organisations, may apply to become PM.
Those legally established organizations committed to FIWARE having an active role in pursuing the FIWARE Mission. Any legally established organization, except non-profit, may apply for GM.
Any natural person who contributes to the FIWARE Mission.
Non-profit legal entities that do not fall under any of the categories above; and contribute the FIWARE Mission.
PM AND GM STRATEGIC END USER MEMBER (SEU)
A special level of membership, dedicated to companies and organisations who are actually users of FIWARE-based solutions, but not developers nor providers of FIWARE or FIWARE-based solutions.
The Organization or Individual who wishes to become Member of the FIWARE Foundation shall:
Apply to the Secretary and provide the information
required by the Board of Directors.
Sign a Membership Agreement.
Signature of the Membership Agreement implies that the Organisation or Individual applying for membership complies with the obligations of FIWARE Foundation Members as defined in the Bylaws, the Association Code, the Fee Code, and the Code of Conduct.
Extended information about the governance bodies of the FIWARE Foundation, the membership, the specific rights and duties of each type of member and the process to become member, could be found at /foundation/bylaws.
FIWARE has gained relevance as the vendor-neutral platform defining standards that make it possible for all types of businesses and industries to build and share portable and interoperable smart solutions around the globe. The FIWARE Foundation business strategy is currently focused on three main application domains but may expand to other verticals based on demand:
FIWARE is enabling a new generation of smarter applications which exploit large scale, real-time ‘context information’. Our efforts focus on the promotion of the interoperability and the free flow of data within and between smart cities, the collaboration between cities for the adoption of common standards that can enable a landscape of diverse but interoperable Smart City solutions. FIWARE is boosting the creation of a sizable market on which developers can start investing and cities provide the basis for the development of an Economy of Data.
There are currently 89 cities from 19 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific thathave officially joined the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative whichis promoting the adoption of FIWARE standards.
According to recent studies, by 2050, food production must have increased by 70% to meet the demand of the growing worldwide population. Agricultural workers must take advantage of the technology available in order to optimize and correct inefficiencies through the whole process: the production of foodstuffs for citizens and livestock, the distribution and consumption of raw and processed products and the control and handling of by-products and food waste.
Agribusiness is one of the most vital domains where smart technologies need to be urgently applied. Leveraging mobile, web and data technologies to disrupt current agricultural sector is essential, turning a vast and sometimes old-fashioned business area, into a vibrant, productive and sustainable Smart Agribusiness.
The startups and SMEs, using the FIWARE Open Source platform to create new solutions, have been addressing all the challenges throughout the food value-chain and have been adding value to this industry by incorporating context-aware and Big Data management technology as an enabler for reorganizing our food systems, from the farm to the plate and to our waste disposal processes.
The digitization of the economy relies on how we take value of data. How we transform data into context information that can be processed (gathered and offered) in a standard way. A way that will enable the creation of smart digital systems based on the contextual interaction of applications, implementing processes between themselves and with physical and virtual objects, across the whole value chain. That includes connecting people by connecting their digital personas, through sensors and other devices.
This vision comprises the generation of data about the performance of the whole process, an output that can bring valuable insights for service providers/customers that want to improve and personalize the services they are delivering to their clients, while also selling business outcomes.
This is the principle behind the “Multi-Sided Markets”. The customers of one market may agree to share their data with some service providers and get in return a premium service at reduced or even zero cost. These service providers are then able to identify potential new revenue streams, based on the exchange of their data with other actors in the same or connected markets, helping to subsidize the infrastructure through which data is captured.
The hyper-connected vision around Industry 4.0 –an IoT-enabled Industrial Internet DataSpace– brings together contextual data from different parts and requires opening up the service platform layer, by using industry-friendly Open Source Standard platform components like the ones FIWARE is providing
Such approach allows the fast, cost-effective and sustainable creation of new and innovative digital services and products, being built by almost any type of actor in the industry and eventually moving their value added, from the platform layer to the application and market layer.
FIWARE Accelerator Programme
The FIWARE Accelerator Programme aims at promoting the take up of FIWARE technologies among solution integrators and application developers, with special focus on SMEs and start-ups. Initiating this programme, the EU launched an ambitious campaign in September 2014 mobilizing 80M€ to support SMEs and entrepreneurs developing innovative applications based on FIWARE. Similar campaigns may be defined, with private and/or public support in different regions, as part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme.
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Although it was born in Europe, FIWARE has been designed with a global ambition, so that the benefits that its adoption is bringing can spread to other regions. The FIWARE Mundus programme is designed to support this effort engaging local ICT players and domain stakeholders, and eventually liaising with local governments in different parts of the world, including North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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Think globally but act locally is a distinguishing mark of the FIWARE ecosystem. The network of FIWARE iHubs plays a fundamental role in building the community of developers adopting and contributing to FIWARE, providing the necessary local support at local level. The FIWARE iHubs Programme aims at supporting the creation and the operations of iHubs nodes worldwide.
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