FIWARE DEVELOPERS’ WEEK: Start developing with FIWARE now!

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Apr 232015

Since the beginning of March, developers and SMEs had the chance to learn how to develop with FIWARE in FIWARE Developers’ Weeks, events organized by Telefónica and aiming to help developers start from scratch. Attendees could listen to the main FIWARE architects speaking about how this open technology allows to easily design and create smart mobile applications.

The first workshop, which gathered entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups, took place in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). This training event was opened by a speech by the FIWARE Coordinator and Chief Officer, Juanjo Hierro. Only a few weeks later, a second FIWARE Developers’ Week would take place in Brussels, where developers could also find Juanjo Hierro and the team of FIWARE experts. In just 4 days, participants attended both theoretical courses and did practical activities to learn how to build Future Internet applications. And while the FIWARE Developers’ Week was taking place, Brussels also hosted Net Futures 2015 Conference, where FIWARE Challenges were also organized.

In May 2015, another FIWARE Developers’ Week will take place in Vienna, where, once again, developers will learn how to make the most of Big Data, the Cloud, digital services, advanced 3D, APIs monetization or augmented reality, among others. But, if you cannot attend, you do not need to worry, because the previous FIWARE Developers' Weeks have been recorded and you can now wacth the presentations explaining the use of FIWARE, together with other materials that can make you start developing right now!

Don't forget to take a look at our Slideshare presentations and don't miss out the video tutorials in our Youtube channel!




FIWARE presence at 4YFN

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Mar 132015

Last week, FIWARE attended 4 Years From Now, an event related to Mobile World Congress that gathers the main actors of innovation, such as entrepreneurs, hundreds of startups and incubators. FIWARE participated with keynotes, conferences and workshops. But apart from that, our startups and accelerators were present during all our stay there. Lots of people came and asked about the opportunities that the FIWARE Accelerator Programme provides and could talk directly to teams that had been already selected.

Anyway, it was not only about networking. An important announcement by Telefonica, Orange, Engineering and Atos was made. The next step is joining forces to push common standards and thus, foster the efficient creation of Smart Cities.  

Find in this video all that we did there!

FIWARE at 4YFN Barcelona – Telefonica, Orange Engineering and Atos joining forces to push common standards for Smart Cities

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Mar 042015

Since last Monday, FIWARE has been present at 4 Years From Now in Barcelona, an event that gathers the main actor of innovation, such as entrepreneurs, hundreds of startups and incubators. As if it was a little Silicon Valley in Barcelona, attendees have discussed about different topics that are defining the next wave of digital services and that, thanks to technologies as FIWARE, are now real.

But, why was FIWARE there? In 4YFN, FIWARE was presenting its Accelerator Programme once more, a programme that is about to open its second open call and receive thousands of business proposals, as it already happened in the first open call. So far, 346 startups have been already selected from all the 3,217 proposals that were first submitted. These startups are already taking part in training sessions, workshops and, of course, are getting into a new digital market.

In FIWARE’s conferences and workshops, attendees can not only meet the FIWARE Accelerator Programme (thanks to the presence of some of the accelerators in our stand), but also learn how to manage context information at large scale (workshop by Fermín Galán), how to connect to the Internet of Things (workshop by Carlos Ralli), how to solve IoT problems (conference by Ville Mickelsson) or how to create rich WebRTC Multimedia Applications with FIWARE and Kurento (workshop by Luis López). But, if there was a conference that was worth attending, it definitely was the KeyNote speech by Juanjo Hierro and Nacho de Pinedo. You hear them and you can be sure that your app, if developed with FIWARE, will ROCK. They taught us how to make our app become the next hit.

FIWARE in 4YFN Barcelona


Now that the concept of “Smart City” is under (r)evolution, as it is not just focused on providing more efficient services, but on transforming cities into digital platforms for innovative citizen services, four leading companies announce their agreement to push common standards and join efforts to create a FIWARE Open Source Community. These are Telefonica, Orange, Engineering and Atos. “FIWARE does not just support a more efficient management of municipal services. It brings open standards enabling to transform cities into engines of growth”, explains Marieta Rivero, Chief Deputy Commercial Officer at Telefonica. “Using FIWARE, Smart Cities can deliver the platform, combining Open Data and the APIs based on which new innovative applications can be created”, she explained. The integration of Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data technologies, together with the support of Open Data policies, will create the conditions for a new period of intense transformation of cities into Smart Cities.

“Innovation for Engineering is a key success factor continuously pursued from its birth back in 1980 […] In this context, we see our strategic and full involvement in FIWARE. It is a set of technologies allowing us to be leaders in the market of open solutions”, states Paolo Pandozy, CEO of Engineering; while Patrice Slupowski, Vice-President of Digital Innovation, Orange, says that “there is an incredible opportunity for European cities to take advantage of open solutions and a wide community of developers, to quickly bring digital services and innovations to their citizens”.

Our motto? “Simple, Open, Free and standardized: enabling the new future for Smart Cities services”. These combined efforts will surely lead us into a new concept of cities, into new environments where we will be able to live making the most of technology.

FIWARE Lab from the Engine Room

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Jan 082015
Future Internet Opportunities for Smart Cities

The following post has been written by Miguel Carrillo Pacheco, Project Manager at Telefonica R&D. We would like to thank him for his participation and his willingness to collaborate.

It seems like it was yesterday, but it was back in the summer of 2013 when Mrs Neelie Kroes, former Vice-President of the European Commission, officially launched the FIWARE Lab in Campus Party London. People saw the flashes, the CEOs giving speeches and the large audiences in great auditoriums. But … what stood behind the cameras?

To understand what made it possible we must know that a key partner joined the FIWARE consortium in June 2012, a year before launching the FIWARE Lab. manages RedIRIS, the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Spain, so they already had the know-how and experience required to provide the connectivity and the housing of servers of FIWARE Lab’s first node. Better still, they are in a company-neutral position as they are a governmental entity, related to the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Once learned about FIWARE, they enthusiastically supported us and, after the usual formal steps, they joined the consortium. You cannot imagine how much effort and determination it takes to build a new lab from scratch, and especially one of this magnitude: procurements of network switches and computing nodes, creation of data center facilities able to house them, network setup… Also, we needed the contribution of other public entities which were crucial for our success. Depending on the case, they contributed with room for the labs or even with computing capacity. We are speaking about the University of Cantabria and both the Seville and Malaga City Councils in a first phase, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in a second phase. All of them in connection with Santander and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Councils to provide Open Data to the platform.

After thousands of emails, a first production-ready FIWARE Lab was available for the Campus Party in London. FIWARE Lab has come a long way since then, the capacity is continuously growing and new nodes are joining. And this is not only about infrastructure and GEs, many cities are willing to join us and are starting to progressively publish their Open Data via FIWARE Lab.

The second major breakthrough of FIWARE Lab was the expansion to a European network of federated nodes thanks to the XIFI project. FIWARE is twinned with this project that focuses on the uptake, deployment and federation of instances of FIWARE facilities. This is achieved via one of their major results, FIWARE Ops, a collection of tools that ease the deployment, set-up and operation of FIWARE nodes expanding an existing FIWARE instance such as the FIWARE Lab, or the creation of new FIWARE instances.

Today, FIWARE Lab has turned into a truly pan-European network of federated nodes that keeps on growing to multiple locations (expected to reach 3000+ cores, 16TB+ Ram, 750TB+ HD soon). Users can decide on what location/node to deploy their service. All of the nodes are accessible by a single user portal and work in the same way, no matter where you are! Putting together current nodes and future incorporations, we already have many nodes: Spain, Trento, Lannion, Waterford, Berlin, Mexico, Zurich, Budapest, C4I, Karlskrona, Gent, Prague, two locations in the Athens area, Volos, Stockholm, Poznan, Crete, …

Wait! Did we say pan-European? We’d better say GLOBAL. Yes, a Mexican node comprising 1200+ servers funded by Infotec and Conacyt recently joined the FIWARE Lab and it is one of its more prominent nodes from October 2014 onwards. We are in talks with new incorporations from Brazil, Chile, Japan …

This is just the beginning; let us see what the future brings.

Review of the European Conference for the Future Internet (ECFI)

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Sep 182014

At last, after so much work, the FIWARE Accelerator Programme is now being presented at the European Conference for the Future Internet (ECFI) in Munich! Some 400 people are attending this meeting point where developers, entrepreneurs and accelerators can experience this technology first hand. Within the framework of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, the European Commission destines 80 million euros to fostering innovation and businesses on the Internet of the Future. The motto that could be heard among the conference stages and stands where the accelerators, entities in charge of distributing the funds, presented their target businesses was: “Not without FIWARE”. And the very same objective did Mario Campolargo, chair of Net Futures (European Commission), highlight when he said: “their goal is to promote business projects”.

In the style of a trade fair, ECFI showed its best face from the stands where IMG_1097the enterprises promoted FIWARE and its different strategic domains (Smart Cities, eHealth, Transport, Energy & Environment, AgriFood, Media & Content, Manufacturing & Logistics, and Social & Learning). While the press interviewed SmartCities projects’ developers (projects already in use in cities such as Málaga, Seville and Valencia), visitors exchanged their business cards and phone numbers while taking some coffee and presenting their ideas in different European languages. Representatives of other projects such as FoodLoop or Adevice were also present at the event and participated actively in it. The developers of another innovative project were also there. We are talking about Smartaxi, a Spanish app developed thanks to FIWARE, which allows taxi drivers to know where/when to find a higher number of customers. According to its webpage, the idea came to its developers’ minds thanks to a friend of theirs, who was a taxi driver himself.

In the halls of the School of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Munich, where two big slides connect the highest floors to the main floor, different speeches showed that the technology is now a reality and that businesses are about to become real with the support of this Private-Public Partnership.

Which open calls are already open?

If you have a bright idea and you want to be part of this revolutionary breakthrough, you can also participate in the FIWARE Accelerator Programme! Six of the whole amount of 16 accelerators have already opened their open calls and are waiting for your proposal. Let’s see what they seek:

  • Soul-FI: it aims to enhance the development of Smart Cities in the areas of energy, mobility, environment, resources, tourism and quality of life.  Is that your case? You have until the 31st of October to submit your proposal.
  • FI-Adopt: it will target highly innovative, yet realistic, and sustainable applications in the areas of learning and training, healthy behaviour and social integration. You also have until the 31st of October to submit your proposal.
  • CEED Tech: it longs to help young companies build viable products, launch them quickly and successfully raise capital in the domains of Smart Cities, energy, media and content, and manufacturing and logistics. Do you want to participate? Submit your proposal before the 15th of December.
  • SmartAgriFood: this accelerator will foster smart apps and services for agriculture. Do not miss this opportunity and submit your proposal before the 15th of November.
  • EuropeanPioneers:it is boosting digital media businesses in an intensive 8-month acceleration in the domains of Smart Cities, learning, social connected TV or pervasive gaming. Does it sound interesting to you? Submit your proposal before the 31st of October.  
  • FICHe: FICHe will accelerate eHealth app development across Europe. If you want to be part of that development, submit your proposal before the 31st of October.

But these accelerators are just a part of the whole FIWARE Accelerator Programme, in coming weeks, more and more calls will be open. Submit your project and be part of the future, the change, the progress. 


FIWARE Jump Conference: Boost SME’s and Startups with FIWARE

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Aug 212014
As soon as startups / SMEs begin to have results publish news about their projects and how they are developing.

Are you a Startup, SME or web-entrepreneur, eager to design new apps and services? Europe offers you a chance to receive financing and support to develop your next Future Internet project.

The European Commission makes €80 million in funding available for the development of new web applications that make use of the already developed FIWARE open source technology.

FIWARE is an innovative, open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services, at a scale not seen before. FIWARE API specifications are public and royalty-free, driven by the development of an open source reference implementation which accelerates the availability of commercial products and services based on FIWARE technologies.

The event is promoted by CMP and SOUL-FI. SOUL-FI is one of the FIWARE accelerators which aims to grow innovative web-based solutions and services applying FIWARE technology. SOUL-FI provides funding to startups and SMEs (over €5 million in grants) and targeted support services to talented entrepreneurs to help bring new products (apps and services) to market.

During this information session (English spoken), we will provide more insight about the FIWARE technology and the FIWARE Accelerators program. In addition, we’ll focus on the first open calls, launched in Sep/Oct 2014. Selected projects will start end 2014, early 2015.

Participation in this event is free of charge, however we kindly ask you to register.

Friday, September 5th, we welcome you!

Venue: Palácio da Bolsa
Address: Rua Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto


Event agenda: Friday, 5th September 2014

12:15-13:30 Reception with ‘walking lunch’, with exposition of FIWARE Accelerators & network

13:30-14:00 Welcome and opening, by the Porto Chairman (to be confirmed), European Commission (Jesus Villasante), SOUL-FI project coordinator (Carlos Bento).

14:00-14:30 FI-WARE Opportunities, by Jesus Villasante                                           …from funding opportunities to FIWARE technology and application worldwide!

14:30-16:10 FI-WARE Technology and Use-cases

1. FIWARE technology – from simplicity to business generation, by Thomas Bohnert

2. Presentation of use cases for:

  • Smart-cities & mobility by Sergio García Gómez from Telefónica
  • Health & Well-being, by Maria João Barros from Eurescom
  • Multimedia & Gaming by Artur Serra from i2cat
  • Smart-AgriFood by Eloi Montcada Plusfresh

​3. Round table with external moderator (45min)

16:10-16:30 Break and ‘walking coffee’, explore FIWARE Accelerators opportunities

16:30-17:00 SMEs | Startups | Web-entrepreneurs: Acceleration programs & offers by FIWARE Accelerators representatives.

17:00-17:30 Closing remarks & drinks, by Portuguese Government representative.


For further information contact Nuno Varandas at Instituto Pedro Nunes []

SOUL-FI poster

The first Spanish city to centralize all municipal information will do it on a FI-WARE based platform!

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May 272014

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Valencia City Council has announced that it has awarded the Valencia Smart City tender to Telefónica. It will be the first Spanish city to centralise all of its municipal information through a smart city technological solution and will be based on the European FI-WARE standard.  

The base of the software will consist of 350 sensors that will manage the municipal services of the city. Traffic, street lighting, gardens, local police, pollution, cleaning and waste collection and weather services will be constantly monitored and connected to a network.

The capital of the Valencia region becomes the only Spanish city to bring together all of its services through 350 connected sensors, allowing for the management of public resources through a single connectivity platform and enhancing various areas such as transport, energy efficiency and environmental services.

Javier Castro, general manager of Telefónica in the region of Valencia, Murcia and the Balearic Islands, emphasised the company’s commitment to the project, stating: “Telefónica has the firm intention of making the city of Valencia a global benchmark in smart cities.” In Castro’s opinion, “Telefónica has developed the best solution on the market, one capable of guaranteeing resource sustainability, more accurate incident reporting in real-time and more robust solutions to problems.”

Out of all of the proposals presented, the City Council judged Telefónica’s Smart City solution as the most advanced. The platform is designed to monitor everything happening in the city and set out strategies that increase efficiency, thereby improving the quality of life for the inhabitants of Valencia and the thousands of tourists who visit the city every year.

Reducing public spending, optimising management efficiency and improving quality of service are the main objectives of this platform. The regional general manager at Telefónica highlighted some of the practical uses for the platform:

City managers will know what is happening in the city in real-time and can cancel automatic irrigation on rainy days, open traffic lights to let an ambulance through, switch on street lights on a cloudy day to improve visibility and notify citizens where there are free parking spaces, along with many other possibilities.

Telefónica’s IoT (Internet of Things) platform adheres to the specification of the European FI-WARE standard. It consists of the FI-WARE services developed by Telefónica I+D, which are considered essential for defining an advanced smart city platform. The platform is offered as a service from the Telefónica Cloud. In addition, the open innovation ecosystem created around FI-Lab (FI-WARE's online experimentation lab) will simplify use of Open Data generated through the platform, allowing collaboration with entrepreneurs in Valencia and boosting ICT services in the city.

Through the implementation of this platform Valencia will become a technological capital, with efficient infrastructure for the likes of telecommunications, energy, transport, emergency and security services and maintenance programmes. All of these services will be constantly monitored and connected to a network, which will lead to enhanced efficiency and new high-quality services.

“Smart Cities are of strategic interest for all of us” – FI-WARE for Smart Cities

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May 142014
Future Internet Opportunities for Smart Cities

The strategic interest of Smart Cities was the main theme of the seminar Future Internet Opportunities in Smart City Environments, held at the auditorium of the Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society, in Madrid. Several speakers discussed the opportunities that Future Internet platforms (such as FI-WARE and its open ecosystem, FI-Lab) could bring to Spanish cities in order to provide better services for its citizens. 

Representatives from several cities in Spain (A Coruña, Valencia, Rivas-Vaciamadrid and Seville) spoke about their efforts and chosen solutions to build Smart City services in areas such as traffic, e-government, energy efficiency, public lighting or emergency management. They also reflected on the importance of Open Data and difficulties they had come accross, such as the lack of legal frameworks and the hard choice of deciding what platform adapts best to their local and regional needs.   

"We are working through trial and error. We know What we want, be we still have to figure out How we want to do it" said Juan Gascón, from AMETIC.  Francisco Ramírez, from the city of Seville, added "It is very important to share experiences between cities. We need to collaborate, work together, share lessons learned" 

During the session dedicated to technological platforms that make Smart City services possible, Francisco Jariego from Telefonica R&D, presented FI-WARE: A Can't-Miss Opportunity for Spain [slides in Spanish] Jariego started his speech describing his views on Smart Cities "Cities are the best innovation machine we've invented. Innovation happens in cities. And, although we all know that the word Smart has been abused, I want to reclaim its true meaning. Smart means intelligent, but it can also mean elegant. To me, it means to have Cities we actually want to live in" But in order to work towards Smart Cities he pointed out "Technology itself is not enough. The Ecosystem is key

Jariego explained why Telefonica is betting strongly on FI-WARE:

"FI-WARE is offering the technology and the ecosystem. On one hand, a technology with open specifications, driven by implementation. On the other, an experimental enviroment that contains real data from cities (…) built with participation from both large companies and SMEs, Universities and research centers"... He described FI-WARE as pan-European effort with a international vocation, and mentioned the agreements to have FI-Lab nodes in Mexico and Brazil as the first examples of FI-WARE's first steps towards internationalization across EU borders. 

To further explain the Future Internet European strategy, Jesus Villasante, from the European Commision, explained how the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) has been working on building this ambitious platform since 2011. "First of all, let me stress that FI-WARE is an open platform that comes from Europe. It does not belong to a single company, to a single country. It is European".

In 2011 we looked at several trends: computing capabilities and data growing as we've never seen before, the emergence of cloud computing, the internet of things… trends that are defining the Future of Internet. All of this is built in FI-WARE (…) an open technological infrastructure with 60 modules, called Generic Enablers, based on the most innovative technologies there are to date (…) We then had large scale trials across multiple domains  – health, energy, agrifood, multimedia… and after verifying the potential of the technology we are now expanding it, making it accessible, for free, to thousands of startups and web entrepreneurs that can generate the innovation ecosystems we need

Villasante then talked about the Future Internet Accelerator program that is being launched in Fall 2014, with 80 million euros in funding distributed through 16 Accelerators, each one specialized in different themes (from open data and smart cities to multimedia, from 3D printing to cleantech, healthcare, creativity, agrifood…) and in located all over Europe. 

Five representatives of Future Internet Accelerators (FINODEX, SOUL-FI, CREATI-FI, FI-ADOPT, FABULOUS) were also attended to speak at this seminar, and gave the audience in Madrid a glimpse of what will come starting September. 

Last but not least, Jesús Cañadas, from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Toursim, and Tomás de Miguel, from red.ES,  announced that there will be simultaneous events dedicated to FI-WARE and FI-Lab in Spanish cities (Valencia, Seville and Las Palmas) with workshops, information sessions and hackathons.   

In conclusion, yesterday we saw how several Spanish cities, companies and public administrations have faith and great expectations on FI-WARE's growth. We have some very, very interesting years to come! 

Thanks to AMETIC, es.INTERNET, APROTECH2020, MINETUR, and CDTI for their support.