James Clarke of the TSSG group of Waterford Institute of Technology played a key role in the organisation of a panel session on global cooperation for the 1st annual FIWARE Summit held 13-15th December, 2016 in Málaga, Spain.
The first FIWARE Summit kick started a new stage for the open community of developers, users, companies, cities, accelerators, researchers, public authorities and non-profit organizations in a 3-day event.
The theme of the Summit was “FIWARE is Moving Forward, Going Global; Together, we build FIWARE!”
Due to his work in coordinating the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, in which one of the created Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnerships is on bringing FIWARE to the India context, Mr. Clarke was invited to join the newly established FIWARE Foundation, which was formally registered on October 28th, 2016, with headquarters in Berlin, aimed at supporting the continued growth of FIWARE, the open source platform called to become the de-facto standard for development of IoT-enabled smart services. In addition, Mr. Clarke was also invited to a newly established FIWARE Mundus Committee, the element of FIWARE looking after the global reach of FIWARE
In the organisation phase of the FIWARE Summit over the last months, Mr. Clarke was asked to identify a speaker from India with experience in FIWARE for a panel session entitled Going Global: The FIWARE Mundus programme.
In the panel session, the FI-MEDIA project was praised for bringing this Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership on FIWARE to India and the C2C was represented by Mr. Ajith Balakumar of Forthcode Technologies, a start-up company based in Bangalore, India. Forthcode Technologies has developed a smart city demonstrator for the city of Eindhoven, Netherlands, based on FIWARE. The experience of replacing a proprietary system with FIWARE was recounted and it was carried out in a short period of 2 months, due to the modularity of FIWARE and the user interface was also developed by Forthcode Technologies. Accroding to Mr. Balakumar, “This demonstrator was very much appreciated by the city council and discussions are ongoing to take it to the next level”.
During the session, Mr. Balakumar compared FIWARE to an operating system, “whereas you don’t have to worry about the nuts and bolts of how it works. You can just connect IoT sensors and controllers and define rules in the Rule engine to go live quickly. Without FIWARE, I would have to put 20-30 people working on the various components, IoT device manager, rule engine, big data integration, etc.”, stated Mr. Balakumar.
Forthcode Technologies is also working on a FIWARE based system in Kerala in South India to improve quality of services in terms of water supply and street lighting in villages. ”If this project goes ahead, 1,900+ villages will be connected to the FIWARE platform”, according to Mr. Balakumar.
Mr. Balakumar concluded by thanking the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, which is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India, and the FIWARE Mundus programme for enabling this important networking activity at the FIWARE summit, which enabled him to “network with the larger FIWARE community to find other FIWARE related applications and services and even source IoT components, including low cost sensors, that could be brought into the India context on mass scale”.
Other distinguished panellists in the session were from the USA, Japan, Mexico, Spain, France and Morocco. The panellists exchanged experiences and willingness to cooperate globally on sharing best practices and lessons learned in their activities.