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Last Chance To Enter The FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge 2017

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Oct 182017
 

Are you looking for support to implement your idea, and do you believe in fostering cooperation and creating consolidated international Smart City communities?

Well then, you're in luck, because FIWARE Mundus has decided to EXTEND the deadlinefor participation in the FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) until the end of this week! You now have until Sunday, October 22nd 23:59h (GMT+2) to get those applications in. Don't miss out!

Not sure what the FIWARE GCTC is all about? Allow us to break it down for you. The FIWARE GCTC 2017 aims to enable forward-looking partnerships between cities and communities in North America with organizations currently providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ solutions in Europe. But wait, that isn't all: Your proposal could receive up to $US 28,000 to speed up a Smart City Pilot! 

APPLY NOW and get those applications in before it's too late! 

 

FIWARE In Mexico: A Reality

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Oct 172017
 
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 with FIWARE Mexico and SmartSDK in the reinforcement of FIWARE as a reference platform in the Mexican ecosystem.
  • Within the scope of the Research and Education Working Group coordinated by CUDI in the project FIWARE Mexico, a workshop was organized in the City of Guadalajara as part of the ANUIES-TIC event. 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 the 2nd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities hosted in the City of Puebla, Tecnologico de Monterrey organized 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 provides ready-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.
 
Guest post by Jose Gonzalez (Interinnov / FIWARE Mundus)
 
 

Introducing The First FIWARE Tech Summit Speakers!

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Oct 132017
 

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!

Told you, you won’t want to miss this! Get your tickets NOW!

FIWARE Tour Guide Application now ready!

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Jan 082016
 
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One of the aspects we have been improving during the past few months is the availability of tutorial materials for FIWARE developers. After releasing the FIWARE Tour Guide, now we are proud to announce that the FIWARE Tour Guide Application is up and running. 

This tutorial application illustrates how to create a complete smart application by combining different FIWARE GEs and standard development technologies such as Node.JS and HTML5. It integrates data GEs (Orion Context Broker, Cosmos), IoT GEs (IDAS Iot Agents) and Security GEs. However, as the application has been built using docker-compose, you can play with the GEs on an individual basis as well. More details about this application can be found here.

The main functionality offered is the smart management of a big restaurant franchise, including reservations, reviews and all the parameters which have to do with managing each restaurant on a day by day basis. 

The application is an excellent example that will allow you to grasp the best from FIWARE Technologies and help you to understand, in a few minutes, how to set up a complete FIWARE development environment. Additionally, we have embraced docker as the technology that enables the instant availability of up and running GEs.

Try and tweak the Tour Guide application and if you have any feedback please contact us at http://ask.fiware.org

We will continue updating and refining the application, so please stay tuned and follow our repository

FIWARE in 2015: A Year of Products, Partnerships and Platforms

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Dec 302015
 
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As the sun sets on the 2015 year, we celebrate and give thanks to everyone who has contributed to making the FIWARE community what it is today. This year has been about building products, forging new partnerships and stabilizing our platform, and we are excited to enter into 2016 with a string ecosystem and a new generation of smart city apps built using FIWARE technologies and support structures.

PRODUCTS
2015 has been a turning point in the growth of the FIWARE platform. 2013 and 2014 (and even the start of 2015) were often about mentoring startups, funding accelerator and incubator programs, running hackathons, and building a suite of robust and fully-functional open APIs and generic enablers. But more than ever before, the real vision of FIWARE began to take shape this year, as production-ready apps started becoming available, all built on the FIWARE platform.

Companies like 3D internet-focused startup Cyberlightning is using FIWARE’s generic enablers to enable a self-learning industrial Internet of Things network.

Cities like Porto are using FIWARE technologies to enable a new generation of context-aware, smart mapping and mobility apps: app that let you reduce your contribution to air pollution and that guide you around traffic congestion all the way to a vacant car parking space.

Apps like Outbarriers that bring a TripAdvisor-like experience to travelers with visual impairment.

Apps like MejoraTuCuidad that bring city governments closer to their residents and enable a single, seamless process flow from citizen engagement around an amenity issue (like a pothole or graffiti) through to asset maintenance (like the city’s roadworks or graffiti removal departments) and back to the citizen (to inform them of the outcome). Using technology to enable a new communication and engagement with local residents builds trust in our city governments and uses the best of tech business’ user experience focused approach to how we manage our civic society.

There are now a wave of new apps emerging that make use of FIWARE, and it can be easy to miss out on everything that is happening. So in 2015, we launched myFIWAREstory to share those apps and experiences with you and between our community members.

#myFIWAREstory is a story made up of stories: start-ups, small to large companies, public and private organizations, end users and other stakeholders. All together they are building relationships within a sustainable, open and innovative system. All those voices are important and will be heard as MyFIWAREstory grows. It is a story of community openness, full of opportunities, not locked into any vendor. It is a story of context-aware behavior, of sustainable efforts and infrastructure, of providing an enhanced user experience. A story of market-building with straightforward and simple standards, of growing a sizable market based on the development of portable and interoperable applications, a market that attracts investors and users. It is a story of innovation and support towards our shared goals. It is your story. It is MyFIWAREstory.

PARTNERSHIPS
Throughout 2015, we welcomed new partnerships into the FIWARE ecosystem and created a map to visualize the growing community of SMEs, iHubs, and accelerators that make up FIWARE in action.

One of our key partnerships with the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative saw rapid growth this year, now reaching 75 cities from 15 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with cities participating in OASC. Together, we use a bottom-up, real world problem-solving approach with participating cities. First we focus on solving urban challenges and offering the FIWARE platform to cities to build tech solutions. Once those solutions are being built, we look at how that can scale to other member cities, and where standards might be able to help speed up the replication of successful initiatives. We believe this model, based on lean business methodologies and recognizing the pace of change of technology today, is the most appropriate way to ensure a citizen and community-centric design of our new city technologies.

A range of our other key partnerships this year included:
●    Working with the U.S. Global City Team Challenge and began working on a new round of projects for launch in mid June 2016
●    Partnering with TM Forum, a global IT business association, to bring a new range of APIs to FIWARE that will enable developers to create new business models for their civi technologies
●    Collaborated with the European Data Portal to make open data available to FIWARE developers
●    Participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
●    Partnering with Civity, Deloitte, Elba-Rec, Onetrail and Xcellent to create the first FIWARE Lab node in The Netherlands
●    Partnering with Infotec in Mexico to create the second FIWARE Lab node and bring smart city technologies to Mexican cities
●    Participating in The Mobile World Congress’ 4YFN event.

Perhaps most significantly, as 2015 concludes, we have announced a Core Industry Group initiative with Telefonica, Orange and Atos aimed at creating agreement to push common standards in designing smart cities solutions using the FIWARE platform. This industry-wide collaboration sends a message to startups and businesses of all sizes that they can trust in building on the FIWARE platform. It allows developers and cities themselves to be confident that the tech solutions they build on FIWARE will be replicable and can be scalable as potential businesses and community solutions.

PLATFORM
Throughout 2015, the FIWARE platform continued to expand, empowering more use cases and enabling integration with a wider range of services. In July, we introduced a Governance model for the FIWARE community, enabling greater transparency and a clearer, community-driven roadmap for our work. We have also continued to partner with challenges and accelerators to enable new apps and tech solutions for urban agriculture, quality of life, tourism and cultural heritage (amongst other themes) to be built in faster time and with more scalable opportunity, as apps can be replicated in a variety of city locations using the same platform infrastructure each time.

The FIWARE platform has also been able to integrate with more external services this year. SigFox Internet of Things devices, for example, are now easily able to be connected to the FIWARE platform. GIS and mapping leader ESRI has built a connector to enable integrating ESRI map products to the FIWARE platform.

2016 will see many more new connectors and integrators built that extend the use cases for the FIWARE platform and more easily enable developers to build value chains for their city and IoT solutions that bring new solutions to the lives of residents around the world.

WHAT WILL BE COMING IN 2016?

One of the major pieces of groundwork completed in 2015 was our consultation process around a governance model for the FIWARE community. This was an important stepping stone for building a truly open source project basis for FIWARE. The FIWARE Community is an independent open community whose members are committed to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors”.

Early in 2016, this work will take the next step: the launch of the FIWARE Foundation which will be the open source organization that oversees the FIWARE project. To date, we have bootstrapped an organizing body, and in early 2016 will be announcing the initial members of the Foundation that will help steer our FIWARE open source community.

In addition to this organizational work,  if 2015 has been about building products, extending partnerships and consolidating our platform, we hope a major theme of 2016 will be about bringing an equity dimension to how FIWARE is used around the globe. This has been a part of our core mission from the very start, and as we continue to grow, we do not want to lose sight of this focus and opportunity.

Already, the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative meeting on January 21 during European Smart City Week in Brussels will have the theme of “empowering the change makers within cities”, and from February 16 – 18 in Puebla, Mexico, FIWARE will participate in the Smart City Expo with a focus on leveraging innovation to create equitable solutions across the Latin American region.

We will be working in 2016 to not only extend the FIWARE platform and to support our partnerships around the globe, but also to incorporate an equity dimension into the way we all work to build the next generation of smart city technologies.

#myFIWAREstory: the story of AEInnova

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Dec 132015
 
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The team of AEInnova was expecting to spend the 13th of November 2015 like the previous days, facing the challenges that any entrepreneurial initiative brings, especially in the R&D field. However, everything changed when they got to know that AEInnova was one of the 15 European Energy Startups to be invited to the Generate 15 Semifinals in Groningen on the 22nd and 23rd of November. The Generate 15 was the first Startup Event promoted by the Energy Academy Europe and it was built as an acceleration program to support Energy Startups from all over Europe to build scalable and innovative businesses, faster than they would be able to do on their own.

All the finalists then had to prepare for the Finals on 22nd and 23rd of November with a two-day customized programme. Together with a aeinnova1team of experienced business coaches, the top-facilitator and expert coach Neil Sheridan provided an intensive programme to sharpen the skills of the Energy Startups. As a representative of AEInnova, Gerard Altayó, AEInnova’s Business Developer, attended the two days event. After that, all Startups were ready to give their best and pitch their business ideas. Raul Aragonés, AEInnova’s CEO, did not want to miss the opportunity and joined Gerard in the semifinal pitch. Both presented their idea to a reputed group of business experts and, at the end, AEInnova was selected as one of the Final Five Energy Startups who had the chance to pitch in the Finals of Generate 15 on the 24th of November.

On the 24th, the Finals took place at the Energy Convention and five innovative Energy Startups had the opportunity to pitch in front of a high-profile jury of investors, scientists and established entrepreneurs; the winner receiving €15,000. Unfortunately, the prize stayed in the Netherlands but AEInnova’s opportunities brought to Barcelona a huge learning experience, some interesting contacts and the conviction that AEInnova’s business idea has an enormous potential. That is just the beginning. This is their story…

Apps Speak Louder Than Words

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Dec 022015
 
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It is hardly possible to remember when the word “smart” was first used to describe a service, or some kind of technology, or a city. Shortly after we heard someone speak about smartphones for the first time, we were speaking of smart televisions, smart washing machines or even smart houses. But none of them were showing what we understood as smart behavior. Or maybe they were, ‘cause, in the end, what do we mean by “smart”? Smart means context-aware, i.e. able to receive and analyze all of the data that is generated and transmitted around a particular device. So, maybe a fridge will never quote Plato by heart or get touched by a sonnet, but it can already count the number of, say, eggs it contains and, in case they are less than expected, tell you that you should go to the supermarket before you run out of them.

If that happens with just an appliance, imagine which the expectations were for a whole city. The whole urban area could be translated into data that, once interpreted, could be used for the benefit of citizens. You don’t need to go that far to see that, because, even if we did not notice, smartness has come to stay. When FIWARE was born, it offered a set of APIs that were supposed to fulfill those smart functionalities that developers may want to implement in their applications. After a while, they proved to be quite useful for urban data and environments.

75 cities from all over the world have already joined what we have called the Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative, an effort to standardize the procedures that cities use when coping with data. Some of them, such as Porto (Portugal), are making such a great use of these standards that have become an example of what a smart city must be, while also fostering its existing entrepreneurial tissue with collaborations such as the one with Ubiwhere. The common incentive shared by both cities and initiatives is the drive to form a collaborative network and to deploy strategies with a common objective to promote cities. This ecosystem provides the standards to integrate data, where the FIWARE platform offers endless opportunities to work with other entities in order to achieve this goal. It allows the collaboration, the sharing of knowledge and the integration of data in order to create application and advance smart cities.  This is the fuel that engines the applications making cities become smart cities.

The focus on real-time data is something that the European Open Data Portal has also considered when making its agreement with FIWARE. From now on, the data that is contained in that portal will not only be part of the archive, but will also be shown in real time. That update offers a wide range of possibilities. Not only is the offering of data important, but also the treatment that we, as users, make of them; an aspect that has also been considered in the joint effort of TM Forum and FIWARE to improve the management of data. TM Forum’s Ecosystem APIs, including Product Catalog, Product Ordering and Product Inventory, will be incorporated within the specifications and open source reference implementation of the FIWARE Business Framework. This Framework enables the management and the monetization of different kinds of digital assets involving multiple partners.

And now, looking back on all that has been done since the FIWARE adventure began, the trace that we have left behind is not only that of agreements and intentions, but a group of applications that are already offering smart services. Hostabee, MejoraTuCiudad, BatSharing, TalkyCar… The list seems almost endless. And their success has turned out to be ours, ‘cause the real goal of our work has always been making them able to manage data from cities to build real applications for real users. It is true, we can hardly remember the first time we heard someone using “smart” to define a service, but we are so glad and thankful to have become part of that trend, that it is our commitment to keep on working to create the smartest of places for citizens.

 

Dutch cities collaborate on Open and Agile Smart Cities

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Nov 302015
 
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Amersfoort – Six Dutch cities signed the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) letter of intent to join an initiative that will create smart cities based on the needs of cities and communities. Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Rotterdam and Utrecht declared to join forces and accelerate the smart city wave by adapting the FIWARE Lab NL platform.

The Dutch Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative aims to create an open smart city based on the needs of the market. Cities need interoperability and standards to boost competitiveness by avoiding vendor lock-in, comparability to benchmark performance, and easy sharing of best practices. But most of all, they need practical solutions.

The Dutch OASC cities achieve their vision by adopting four simple mechanisms:

1. Disclose data

To ensure that all cities and developers can disclose the already existing data, FIWARE Lab NL created a CKAN environment in which data will be free to use, but the ownership will remain at the person responsible for delivering the data. In addition to the CKAN environment a CITY SDK solution will enable developers to connect several datasets with each other.

2. Implementation attitude

The participating OASC cities, interested companies and developers also have the opportunity to hand over specific projects and problems that include the use of data for integrated smart city solutions. The lab aims to deliver solutions that will lead to practical implementations within the OASC cities for governments, companies or other developers.

3. OASC cities and their communities

The OASC cities will support regional, national and international open data events like IT Smart Cities at Amersfoort or Amsterdam Smart City. The FIWARE Lab NL will also organise several OASC challenges. These meet-ups will challenge application developers to develop open and agile application for the smart cities by aligning different projects and to create a successful data platform.

4. European connection

FIWARE Lab NL will coordinate open smart city activities in the Netherlands with a connection with the OASC cities. Every city will create alliances with different projects within their city to ensure the local and regional commitment. Amersfoort will remain to be the coordinating city for all the OASC cities. This project will also explore the European potential of the data platform and share results on regular meetings and events.

About FIWARE Lab NL

Fiware Lab NL is the initiative of a consortium with members Deloitte, Civity, Elba-Rec, Onetrail and Xcellent. The Province of Utrecht supports this investment in this innovation infrastructure. Fiware Lab NL is located in Utrecht and Amersfoort.