Once again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended the FIWARE Tech Summit! We can truly look back on a fantastic event: 2 days with 95 speakers and 21 exhibitors, as well as 415attendees, attending various workshops, side events, tech sessions, vertical tracks and business sessions.
Especially for the occasion, we have created a brand new video for you to relive all the BEST MOMENTS of the Summit. Head on over to Youtube to check it out, and don't forget to give it a thumbs up.
The event might be over, but luckily we’re left with heaps of photos that perfectly capture its many highlights. And you know what they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Check out our special Photo Gallery to revisit the MANY memorable moments of the Summit.
Wish you could have another look at all the wonderful presentations? Fear not. We’ve collected as many presentationsas possible to allow you to go over all that was discussed during the event whenever you like.
We can’t wait for our next FIWARE Global Summit on 8-9 May, so be sure to save the date!Thanks for your continuous support, and see you all in Porto, Portugal.
Last week, the third edition of the Paris Open Source Summit took place in Paris, France. The event hereby replaced two pre-existing events: the Solutions Linux event and the Open World Forum. Paris Open Source is the first European Free and Open source event, aiming to exhibit the technological innovations, the reality and the economic dynamism of its solutions, as well as the societal impacts of this digital sector. The 2017 edition of the event focussed primarily on open innovation.
Engineering, a FIWARE Foundation Platinum Member, andKnowage,the professional open source suite for modern business analytics over traditional sources and big data systems, both attended the Summit last week.In addition, Alessandro Portosa, Software Engineer and Technical Consultant at Knowage Labs, presented Knowage's contribution to FIWAREwith regards to developing the new ecosystem for Smart Applications as part of the Collaborative EU Projects session on December 6th.
To watch Alessandro's entire presentation, be sure to head on over to Twitter.
On behalf of the FIWARE Foundation we'd like to thank EVERYONE who attended and contributed to the FIWARE Tech Summit in Málaga for coming, and for showing their support. With the collaboration of Promálaga and the City Council, and the support of the Regional Government and initiatives already present at local and regional levels, FIWARE returned to where its first Summit took place.
Each Summit has been an opportunity to meet and greet people that are working with us, often from far away; to watch the Community expand and the Platform evolve. With a special focus on our developers, the recent Tech Summit has shown how the knowledge and the questions surrounding FIWARE Open Source components have gotten more and more insightful.
Considering that roughly a year ago a lot of the attendees received their first introduction to the technology, the recent gathering in Málaga has proved that FIWARE has come a long way. Today, it is being used to create smart apps, to manage data and city services, to start enhancing intelligent industrial and food production, and to connect to the IoT on a daily basis. Now, those novice developers are becoming the new masters, the tech experts that will continue sharing the message and improving the Platform, deploying new functionalities for and from it, positioning FIWARE as the driving force towards the interconnected, open future that it is designed to be.
Today, we can look back on a successful event: 2 days with 95 speakers and 21 exhibitors showcasing. Over the course of the 2-day event, the 415 attendees had the opportunity to attend 10 workshops and tech sessions, as well as 5 vertical tracks and interesting business sessions. We are growing, Summit after Summit, increasing attendance by more than 30%, and looking forward to presenting new collaborations, varied activities and their most interesting contents, whilst educating and entertaining at the same time.
The FIWARE Tech Summit hosted the 1st Spanish Industrial Data Space Meeting on behalf of the Industrial Data Space Association and Industria Conectada 4.0 initiative, as well as a special track dedicated to Smart Cities. Last but certainly not least, winners of the FIWARE Zone Challenge, the IMPACT Accelerator Startup Pitch Challenge, and the GCTC Challenge were announced!
During the opening press conference, the City Mayor, D. Francisco de la Torre, announced the commitment between the FIWARE Foundation and the City of Málaga, to become the official headquarters of the FIWARE Tech Summit for the next 5 years. He pointed out how this event is proof of a mutual interest and support between the two parties. He also emphasized the importance of the technology and its innovative potential for urban development and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens, to overcome present and future societal and economic challenges. After that, the Mayor and the other public representatives at the press conference joined organizers and participants and visited the event, showing interest in the ‘Powered by FIWARE’ smart solutions present at the exhibition area.
The FIWARE Tech Summit may have come to an end but fear not, we already have our next event lined up for you! We therefore look forward to inviting you ALL to our next Summit in Porto, from 8-9 May, 2018.
The year might slowly be coming to a close but we’ve got ONE more FANTASTIC event lined up for you. I am, of course, talking about the FIWARE Tech Summit in Málaga from 28-29 November.
Techies, Developers, and Open Source enthusiasts rejoice, because DAY ONE of this event is dedicated solely to YOU, and YOU alone! During the Developers Dayyou will have the opportunity to learn how FIWARE technology can ease the development of YOUR smart application! We will provide documentation, hands-on experience, and open working styles to give you the possibility to be a standout FIWARE contributor and to hack your way to success.
Take part in a variety of useful and eye-opening tech workshops, such as
Business Intelligence and Analytics using Knowage
How to build your own IoT agent
Publishing Context Information as Right-time Open Data
Installing your first Context Broker in just 10 minutes (talkin’ about time efficiency)
Build real-time dashboards to monitor context
The afternoon will, in turn, be filled with interesting architecture case studies from the realms of Smart Cities, Smart Industry and Smart Agriculture aimed to inspire you, and to help you discover how FIWARE Tech can guide you towards your next success story.
The FIWARE Community is getting more and more global everyday, but it is worth mentioning that Mexico is a pioneering region in the expansion of the initiative. Jose Gonzalez, from FIWARE Mundus, has recently visited the country to cooperate withFIWARE MexicoandSmartSDKin the reinforcement of FIWARE as a reference platform in the Mexican ecosystem.
Within the scope of the Research and Education Working Group coordinated byCUDIin the project FIWARE Mexico, a workshop was organized in the City of Guadalajara as part of theANUIES-TICevent. This one-day activity helped to introduce FIWARE to several CIOs from Mexican universities and research centres, highlighting the benefits the open platform brings to experimentation, education and entrepreneurship. The workshop was complemented with a practical session on the use of the Orion Context Broker.
As part of the2nd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Citieshosted in the City of Puebla, Tecnologico de Monterreyorganized a workshop aimed at developers, integrators and hardware and software vendors interested in generating innovative solutions using FIWARE. Upon completion of the training, participants were able to understand the potential of the FIWARE platform and gain theoretical and practical skills to develop cloud computing and Internet applications.
FIWARE Mexico addresses the challenge of enhancing FIWARE-driven collaboration between Europe and Mexico, based on the adoption, deployment and improvement of FIWARE in Mexico. This will be used as a framework to open up new horizons for future cooperation in the ICT domain. The process will cultivate the conditions to support the FIWARE activities in Mexico, help it to go beyond the FIWARE Lab, and generate an effective bootstrap of a cohesive and growing innovation FIWARE-driven ecosystem.
SmartSDK is a FIWARE initiative that providesready-to-use bundles for the creation of Smart Services. All components adopted are based on FIWARE and add-ons are contributed to the FIWARE Community as Open Source. SmartSDK provides a set of reusable and cloud-native architecture patterns to simplify the development of Smart Services.
Our upcoming FIWARE Tech Summit is set to take place on the 28th and the 29th of November in Málaga, Spain, and believe us when we say, this is one event this year you won’t want to miss!
The event is for YOU and about YOU, and we look forward to welcoming the most talented developers and up-and-coming startups (Yes, you included!) to showcase their products and to learn how to implement FIWARE Technology!
But wait, there’s more! We’re currently getting a hold of some of the coolest speakers out there. We’re talking Peter Hopwood, our fantastic Master of Ceremony, and Johann Romefort, a Munich-based Tech Evangelist, who will also be a judge at our exciting startup competition for a fast track to be a part of the IMPACT Growth Accelerator!
BUT WAIT, there’s STILL more! Corporate stars, such as Christian Lindener, the CEO of Telefónica’s accelerator Wayra Germany, will be leading the corporate panel on why huge corporates are interested in doing business with start-ups. Bottom line: There's lots to look forward to!
FIWARE is helping power a major new city initiative that is helping one Brazilian city embark on an ambitious city-as-platform approach. The Brazilian startup VM9 is creating a smart cities platform that has already been adopted by the Brazilian city of Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro.
VM9 are currently working with Nova Friburgo to establish a digital interface for citizens to connect with the local municipality and to carry out tasks like checking and providing feedback on planning legislation, creating their own maps, or making a public service request.
Citizen Portal: Meio Ambiente Digital
“The Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Urban Development (“Secretaria do Meio Ambiente”) is the organ of municipal government in Nova Friburgo responsible for a great number of activities related to territorial management, including licensing and civil constructions monitoring, supervision of environment preservation areas, and urban planning”, explains Marcos Marconi, Founder and IT coordinator at VM9.
The Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Urban Development uses the VM9 Smart Cities Platform to provide better services to citizens and improve internal productivity through the portal Meio Ambiente Digital.
Marconi says the current project for the digital portal has been divided into two phases. He explains:
The first objectives are:
To construct a robust municipal geospatial database to be publish for citizens and provide internal support for technicians of the Secretary during approval process of licensing and others, and
To simplify and improve the services offered for citizens from digital workflows of public requests and enhance internal management.
The second phase will start in 2017 and will be used to monitor air and water quality, environmental conditions, etc and to publish information to citizens through a variety of communication channels.
Marconi says that as a pilot project, Meio Ambiente Digital is already receiving much interest and praise.
Government and City as a Platform
In 2013, media publisher and tech visionary Tim O’Reilly wrote a key paper on “Government as a Platform”. This seminal text summarised the many global initiatives that demonstrate an emerging new approach to how government services are created and delivered. Instead of citizens being receivers of government services — with their main input being to vote every election cycle — O’Reilly envisions a new approach to government where “Internet technologies will allow us to rebuild the kind of participatory government”. O’Reilly describes the concept of Government as a Platform:
There is a new compact on the horizon: information produced by and on behalf of citizens is the lifeblood of the economy and the nation; government has a responsibility to treat that information as a national asset. Citizens are connected like never before and have the skill sets and passion to solve problems affecting them locally as well as nationally. Government information and services can be provided to citizens where and when they need them. Citizens are empowered to spark the innovation that will result in an improved approach to governance. In this model, government is a convener and an enabler rather than the first mover of civic action.
O’Reilly’s paper has encouraged the then-fledgling civic tech movement to evolve even further, and while we are still at the start of this journey, there are now many tech startups (like VM9) around the world focused on helping government engage with citizens and help citizens co-create government services and participatory mechanisms.
These ideas of government-as-a-platform are also being thought of in terms of the “City as a Platform”. In many ways, cities may be faster at being able to take up the challenge of evolving into platforms. Government institutions can be huge monoliths that must meet the diverse needs of a geographically dispersed population. Cities, on the other hand, are where we live, work, and play every day and are at a much more human scale of participation. We all want a say over the areas we live in, how accessible is our transport and walkability, our access to resources like schools, supermarkets, and childcare, our local air and water quality, our safety, and our free movement and leisure opportunities.
Historically, cities have been governed through nineteenth and twentieth-century ideas of civic organization and social norms. Much revolves around representative governance and centrally directed bureaucracies overseen by experts using strict, formal rules of procedure. Conceiving of cities as platforms represents a significant shift in how cities might function. An open platform honours self-organized, bottom-up participation in the style of open source software, for example. It regards rigid and complex rule-sets and non-transparency as irksome impediments.
VM9 as a City Platform Hub
Startups like VM9 are leveraging FIWARE to help cities implement this new platform model.
To make the ambitious project achievable, the VM9 team has divided its scope into 5 interconnected project areas, with each also able to operate as independent services.
Marconi lists these five areas as:
1. Internet of Things (IoT)
This module — called FI-Guardian — “is totally based on FIWARE GEs”, says Marconi. “It is being developed in partnership with the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) with a grant provided by National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) under the Human Resources in Strategic Areas (RHAE) initiative. The FIWARE components are deployed in the FIWARE Lab infrastructure hosted by UFU”.
Marconi shares an early iteration of how the IoT Module makes use of FIWARE to create an IoT module for use by the city and its partners:
2. Web Geographic Information System (WebGIS)
“Here we have a WebGIS module which manages a GeoSpatial Database to deliver interfaces to citizens as interactive maps, geospatial searches, and geoinformation publishing”, Marconi explains. In this way it can be used completely independently, but Marconi also says as part of the platform it is integrated with the business process management project to “create a powerful Territorial Intelligence System which helps analysts and technicians to conclude analyses about processes related to urban planning and city growth".
3. Business Process Management (BPM)
This is at the core of the first phase of Meio Ambiente Digital and is an excellent real world example of what city-as-a-platform can mean in practice. “It lets citizens make administrative requirements for the government, monitor the progress of processes, printing payslips, make online payments, and fulfil desired requirements. This could include building approvals, obtaining environmental licenses, any procedures that need administrative interaction between governments and citizens. It is based on an smart motor of logical workflow controls, dynamic and configurable forms, notifications panels, permission rules, and level of authorities. With this module, institutions can become more efficient and, at the same time, deliver comfort and simplicity to citizens and customers”, says Marconi.
4. Electronic Content Management (ECM)
“This delivers an advanced system to create interrelationship between contents (photos, videos, sites and documents in general) and geographic data, in order to structure rich computerized geographical information databases to be published to citizens or used for technical teams, in order to qualifies digital workflows”.
5. Digital Communication Management (DCM)
This area will connect the IoT module — for example, for measuring air and water quality and environmental conditions — with communication channels that share the information in an accessible format to citizens and business.
In stage one, the focus is on the WebGIS (project 2), automated workflows for citizen engagement with planning and service requests (project 3) and content management that supports these areas (project 4).
Marconi says modules 2, 3, and 4 are all now working and available to citizens, having been deployed on April 18th this year.
In early 2017, VM9 will focus on the IoT (project 1) as document communication (project 5).
FIWARE generic enablers, such as the GIS Data Provider GE, are being used to power the current work in stage one to enable citizens to create their own maps through the Meio Ambiente platform. “We also have the strong intention to use Kurento GE in the project related to Digital Communication Management”, says Marconi.
A true smart city platform solution goes beyond efficiency of public service delivery to look at local economic development opportunities, and Marconi is excited about the work that VM9 has planned in this regard:
"Combos IOT is the next challenge for VM9. These will be pre-built packages of hardware and software, integrated with the VM9 Platform and focused on specific needs of the market, such as: environmental monitoring, health, urban mobility, etc. The objective is to simplify and accelerate the IoT adoption for our customers, through the delivery of complete solutions (plug-and-play) for specific IoT vertical markets".
The VM9 team is now racing to complete all module work by March 2017.
Blog, DevelopersComments Off on FIWARE and NGSIv2: towards harmonized APIs and data models for real-time context data
FIWARE is enabling a new generation of smarter applications which exploit large scale, real-time ‘context information’. Particularly, the NGSI version 2 API is aimed at making developer’s life easier, by providing simpler but powerful RESTful interfaces. Markedly, the combination of NGSI version 2 and harmonized data models enables the creation of portability at the data layer. As a result, a myriad of end-user applications can seamlessly work and interoperate in different scenarios, namely smart cities.
During 2015, GSMA, FIWARE (represented by Telefónica I+D) and Korea Telecom have been working on a project called ‘IoT Big Data Ecosystem’ (IoTBDE). One of the most interesting results of the IoTBDE project is a set of harmonized data models exposed through NGSI version 2. These harmonized data models have been instantiated in different datasets, which encompass actual data coming from different and original sources (cities, public organisms).
Additionally, the referred datasets have been used by real world showcases, demoed with great success at MWC 2016, The datasets have engaged remarkably well, both with cities (Porto, Santander, Seville, Antwerp) and with accelerated SMEs. In fact, such pilot datasets are a proof of a concept with a view to developing further standardization, particularly in the context of the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative.
The work already done has been focusing on the following data models and accompanying datasets:
Point of interest (entity type PointOfInterest). It models different points of interest such as public parking lots, weather or air quality stations, and others. The pilot dataset includes data both from cities and from public organisms.
forecast (entity type WeatherForecast). It models a weather forecast, including all the expected values for the different variables (temperature, humidity, wind speed, maximum, minimum, etc.). In the pilot datasets, the weather forecasts come from public state meteorology agencies, from Spain (AEMET) and Portugal (IPMA).
observed (entity type WeatherObserved). It represents weather observations offered by the automated weather stations owned by AEMET.
alarms (entity type WeatherAlarm). They correspond to weather alarms provided by the European Meteoalarm service.
Ambient observed (entity type AmbientObserved). This entity type corresponds to the observations of the air quality in a city. The pilot dataset offers real time pollution data from the city of Madrid. Also, the data from Santander and Porto is currently following the same data model.
Parking (StreetParking or ParkingLot). Smart parking data models capture information that is needed to optimize car mobility in cities. The pilot dataset includes data from Santander. The cities of Seville, Antwerp and Porto are currently offering their data following the same data model.
Practical examples of using the NGSIv2 API, implementation details and additional information, are all provided at the Github repository of the project.
The IoTBDE project has enabled the experimentation, and validated the suitability of the FIWARE-NGSIv2 (APIs plus harmonized data models) as a universal mechanism for sharing context data of different nature. Further work, which will be conducted together with GSMA, other telco operators and with the whole FIWARE Community, will involve the refinement and improvement of NGSI version 2 by including linked data features (JSON-LD), and the commencement of a more formal standardization work around data models.
Last but not least, we encourage entrepreneurs, developers and researchers to contribute to this exciting work and to continue experimenting and building nice stuff with FIWARE and its open APIs!
Jose Manuel Cantera Fonseca. Technological Expert (Telefónica I+D)