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Open consultation for the White Paper: 5G Experimental Facilities in Europe – deadline 15 Jan. 2016

The White Paper on 5G Experimental Facilities in Europe produced by the Expert Group of Networld 2020 ETP has been made public on their web site.

A public consultation has been announced and the paper and the web form to provide comments is available in the web page:

http://networld2020.eu/sria-and-whitepapers/

Please distribute this information further to your constituencies as broadly as possible. Notice the deadline to provide comments is 15 January 2016.

For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Expert Group, Arturo Azcorra, by mail arturo DOT azcorra AT imdea DOT org

 

FIF member from Ireland, Prof. Willie Donnelly, among top 10 pioneers from Ireland helping to build a world of IoT

Professor Willie Donnelly, Waterford Institute of Technology President, founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at WIT and Irish member of the Future Internet Forum of Member States and Associated Countries (FIF) has been recognised as one of the top 10 pioneers leading the charge in building a world of Internet of Things (IoT).

Full article can be found here.

 

FIRE Forum 2015, European Experimental Infrastructure Driving Innovation, being held 9th December, 2015

The FIRE Forum 2015, with a banner heading entitled European Experimental Infrastructure Driving Innovation, is being held in Brussels on 9th December, 2015.

The objective of the FIRE Forum is to bring together representatives of all FIRE projects and the Experimental Platforms unit, to discuss technical issues of common interest regarding experimental facilities and (re)define experimentally-driven research to cope with the current demands for innovation. FIRE projects are invited to contribute with the proposed topics for discussion, and by means of panels and breakout sessions, activate productive discussions.

The 2015 FIRE Forum will have a brief organisational session back reporting from the recent Steering Group meetings and preparing the conditions for FIRE’s evolution towards 2020. The involvement and active collaboration of key players from the facility and starting projects are essential to FIRE so it can evolve following multiple paths that provide a coherent and consistent offering, in line with what companies and researchers need today, for paving the way towards FIRE innovation as part of the Horizons 2020 program.

There will be panel sessions in relation to both Networking and Networked Services and Applications, and each panel will invite new projects to present 1-2 slides and then participate in an interactive debate. Key questions to be explored include:

- What challenges are being addressed and how do the address key routes to impact for facility users?

- What technology platforms are emerging for EaaS, what resources are offered and how do they accelerate impact?

- Will projects provide convergent or divergent actions in FIRE+ in terms of both supported ecosystems and technologies?

Additional information on FIRE Forum 2015 can be found here.

EuCNC 2016 will be held in Athens, Greece, on June 27 – 30, 2016

EuCNC 2016 (European Conference on Networks and Communications) will be held in Athens, Greece, on June 27 - 30, 2016.

EuCNC 2016 is the 25th edition of a successful series of technical/scientific conferences, open to the world research community, sponsored also by the European Commission, with a focus that ranges from the physical layer to all types of supported applications. Particular focus in this edition will be on 5G technologies.

This year’s motto is: “The dawn of 5G

Aspects of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Air interfaces (PHY, MAC, RRM, respective developments towards 5G).
  • Optical communications/networks (access/core technologies, signal processing, components, etc.).
  • Software defined infrastructures (SDN, NFV, orchestration, etc.).
  • Management technologies (physical/virtualized resource management, predictive technologies, resilience and security, learning and self-optimization, cognition, architectures and standards).
  • Converging concepts (IoT/M2M, CPS, embedded and nanoscale systems, cloud/edge/fog computing, OTT, etc.).
  • Business aspects, vertical sectors, applications/services.
  • Testbeds and experiments.

Further useful links for your submissions:

All the information is available at http://www.eucnc.eu.

FORGE project has released its Newsletter – November 2015 issue

The Forging Online Education through FIRE (FORGE) project has released its Newsletter – November 2015 issue.

The newsletter covers the following topics:

  • FORGE Open Call – Update
  • UPMC course experience
  • What we are up to a.k.a. dissemination of FORGE

The newsletter can be found at http://ict-forge.eu/documents/newsletter/

FEDMA Data Protection and Ethics Event on 27th January, 2016

FEDMA, the Federation of European Data Driven Marketing, is holding the event ‘Data Protection and Ethics: bridging the gap in the data-driven world’ on the 27th of January to celebrate the Data Protection Day. The event will be hosted at the European Parliament.

Please find here below all the practical information:

Event title: ‘Data Protection and Ethics: bridging the gap in the data-driven world

Date: 27 January 2016

Place: Brussels, BELGIUM

Venue: European Parliament

Description: As EU decision makers are in the last steps of adoption of the new General Data Protection Regulation, this event will be the perfect occasion for the industry to voice its concerns as to the feasibility of the decision taken in Brussels and to question the practical implementation of the rules in the real, data-driven, world.

The evening will gather representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Data Protection regulators, lawyers, academics, consumers and the industry to discuss the challenges ahead: implementation.

The event will also focus on the notion of ethics around privacy and data protection. How ethics can be embedded in the practices of our data driven world and become an easy solutions for organisation to adopt.

Link and more information: http://www.fedma.org/index.php?id=30

For further information, please contact the FEDMA team at www.fedma.org

Network Technologies Newsletter — Issue Wed 18 Nov 2015 available

The European Commission’s Network Technologies Newsletter – Issue Wed 18 Nov. 2015 is now available at http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/eusciencehubnews/newsletter-specific-archive-detail.cfm?serviceId=137

In this newsletter, there are interesting news items in relation to Internet of Things, 5G, Horizon Prizes, and EU Calls & Consultations.

The pdf version of the newsletter is available here.

 

 

Net Futures conf 2016 on 20/21 April 2016 – Save the date !

Please find a message from Mário Campolargo, Director CONNECT/E “Net Futures”, regarding the Net Futures Conference 2016.

Dear Net Futures Community,
Net Futures 2015, a new innovative conference on the future of the internet was a success and we received very positive feedback from our community. This made us start thinking about the next edition!

We are happy to announce that Net Futures 2016 will take place on 20 and 21 April 2016 in Brussels.

Cloud, 5G, and the Internet of Things are the backbone of the digital economy. This edition will explore how future internet topics can best serve and benefit from the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy.

“Digital as a Driver for Growth” is crucial. It will be exciting to discover together how standards and interoperability, cloud computing, 5G, the Internet of Things, open service platforms, FIRE facilities and FIWARE technology can push the digital economy to maximum growth.

Innovative minds from Europe and beyond will be invited to speak at the conference and encourage participants into fruitful discussions and exchanges.

We will publish more information about the conference via @netfuturesEU (we will tweet under @netfuturesEU using the hashtag #netfutures16). The conference website will be up and running soon and registration will open in January/February 2016.

Please block these dates in your agenda and we look forward to welcoming you to next year’s Net Futures 2016 conference!

Best regards,
Mário Campolargo
European Commission
Director CONNECT/E “Net Futures”

FIRE Forum 2015 – a few seats left!

Only few seat are available for the FIRE forum 2015 in Brussels  on 9 Dec 2015.

Learn more and register at http://www.ict-fire.eu/news/view/article/fire-forum-2015-invitation.html

FIRE FORUM 2015 will be held 9th December 2015 – Registration is open

FIRE Forum 2015: European Experimental Infrastructure Driving Innovation

09h -17h Wednesday 9th December 2015
European Commission, DG Connect (VIP Room), Avenue de Beaulieu 5, Brussels (Belgium)

Are you an innovative player in the European Future Internet arena? Do you want to discover how the FIRE initiative can help boost your R&D efforts, discover novel networking approaches, reduce time to market and create broader innovation/commercial impact for your products and services?

Don’t miss the FIRE Forum 2015 as a great opportunity to learn about existing testing infrastructures (facilities) for experimentally driven technology innovation in areas such as advanced networking, IoT and cloud, and their use within a wide range of application areas including smart city, education, emergency management and land / air / underwater communication.

The diversity of FIRE testbeds and applications and the evolving federation of facilities create an exciting and unique opportunity to explore converged infrastructures and research challenges associated with resource management, interoperability, and Experimentation-as-a-Service concepts and, more generally, the emerging technology trends of the Future Internet.

At the FIRE Forum 2015 you will meet representatives of the FIRE projects, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders and initiatives to discuss the further development of experimental facilities, research and innovation, and how a federated European experimental infrastructure will drive innovation.

New funding opportunities are opening up within the context of the Information and Communication Technologies Call, H2020-ICT-2016-2017, and via the Open Calls that several ongoing FIRE projects will issue between December 2015 and January 2016. Discover these opportunities by coming to Brussels and actively participating to the FIRE Forum 2015!

Registration is FREE of charge, but places are limited! So hurry up, register and reserve your spot now!

FLEX 2nd Open Call Information

The FLEX project has announced the 2nd Open Call for experiments over the FLEX testbeds.

The FLEX project is looking for cutting edge research experiments using LTE and beyond equipment and existing FLEX tools.

The proposals should comply with the following information:

Overall Budget: € 900,000
Number of experiments to be funded: up to 10
Maximum Commission Funding per experiment: € 100,000 for innovative experiments
Number of partners per experiment: The target number of participants per experiment are 1-2
Type of participants: The profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in  the domain LTE research, that need to run experiments to further test, evaluate and optimize their solutions. The rules of participation are indicated in the Guide for applicants
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 12 Months
Language of the proposal: English
Call deadline: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 17:00h CET (Brussels time)
Contact for information on this call: Prof. Thanasis Korakis (UTH),
email: info@flex-project.eu

You may find more details and the necessary documents for submitting a proposal to this Open Call through the FLEX website http://flex-project.eu/open-calls/2nd-open-call, or you can contact the FLEX team at info@flex-project.eu.

On behalf of the FLEX project,

Nikos Makris

Research Engineer

University of Thessaly & CERTH

FIRE: FLEX open call

FLEX project has announced the 2nd Open Call for experiments over the FLEX testbeds.

FLEX project is looking for cutting edge research experiments using LTE and beyond equipment and existing FLEX tools.

The proposals should comply with the following information:

Overall Budget: € 900,000
Number of experiments to be funded: up to 10
Maximum Commission Funding per experiment: € 100,000 for innovative experiments
Number of partners per experiment: The target number of participants per experiment are 1-2
Type of participants: The profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain LTE research, that need to run experiments to further test, evaluate and optimize their solutions. The rules of participation are indicated in the Guide for applicants
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 12 Months
Language of the proposal: English
Call deadline: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 17:00h CET (Brussels time)
Contact for information on this call: Prof. Thanasis Korakis (UTH),
email: info@flex-project.eu

You may find more details and the necessary documents for submitting a proposal to this Open Call through the FLEX website http://flex-project.eu/open-calls/2nd-open-call, or you can contact the FLEX team at info@flex-project.eu.

FIRE Forum 2015, Dec 9th

The objective of this FIRE Forum 2015 is to bring together representatives of FIRE projects, the European Commission and other stakeholders and initiatives to discuss the further development of experimental facilities, research and innovation, and how a federated European experimental infrastructure will drive innovation.

This event will also give the opportunity to newcomers to network with key players in the FIRE arena in view of the ICT-2016 Call and will provide information about a number of Open Calls that ongoing FIRE projects will open towards the end of 2015/beginning of 2016. So don’t miss your chance and register FOR FREE as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.

Read more at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/events/fire-forum-2015.html

14th Future Internet Forum meeting held in parallel with ICT 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal

The 14th meeting of the Future Internet Forum (FIF) of Member States and Associated Countries (MS / AC) was held in parallel with ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform in Lisbon, Portugal during 20-22nd October, 2015.

The main topics of coverage during the 14th FIF meeting included follow ups from the 13th FIF meeting held during Net Futures 2015: born to scale, successes in relation to 5G-PPP, IoT and FIWARE and how relevant activities in the MS / AC on these topics could be leveraged in the EU programme and vice versa.

The meeting also included discussions on the future strategy of the FIF in the coming year.

In addition, the coordination and support project of the FIF, ceFIMS-CONNECT, held a dedicated workshop for the FIF members on the status and benefits of the FIF Repository Database (FIF RDB), which is a comprehensive data management system designed specifically for the FIF members to encapsulate the Future Internet Research and Innovation ecosystems and their associated funding activities in their countries in a coordinated space.

Sweden: Swedish Agenda for the Future Internet

Shared by Peter Nõu, VINNOVA

Vinnova has sponsored ‘internet industry’ to come together and analyse and propose what needs and should be done in the ‘future internet’. As a result a report called Swedish Agenda for  the Future Internet has been published. The public review process of said report is happening right now.

NEM Summit 2015

The New European Media (NEM) Initiative is organising 8th NEM Summit – the main annual event of the NEM European Technology Platform – and is inviting you to participate at the event.

The NEM Summit 2015 is organized in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and will be held on 15/16 October 2015 at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland).

This edition of the NEM Summit will again have an interesting programme which will include:

  • Several keynotes from world-wide-recognised experts
  • Investment Forum
  • 20th NEM General Assembly
  • Exhibition

… and may opportunities for networking in a nice ambient of the Frankfurter Buchmesse

More details about programme of the NEM Summit 2015 can be found on the NEM Initiative website – http://nem-initiative.org/.

In order to attend the NEM Summit 2015, including the 20th NEM General Assembly, please, register through the NEM website.

September FIRE and FIWARE Newsletters

See the September FIRE and FIWARE Newsletters.

CREW and FED4FIRE co-organise the 19th Work meeting of the Wireless Community on “Experimental Facilities for Robust Wireless Solutions” – Thursday 29 October, 12h30 at imec – Leuven

The closing public event of the CREW project, the 19th work meeting of the Wireless Community on “Experimental Facilities for Robust Wireless Solutions”, is being held on Thursday 29th October, 12h30 at imec – Leuven.

This workshop is co-organized by the Fed4FIRE project. There will be many demonstrations illustrating how FIRE test facilities can be used for experimentation with cognitive radios.

Check the Wireless Community website for a detailed programme with abstracts and registration information.

The 3rd ceFIMS-CONNECT Newsletter is now available!

The 3rd ceFIMS-CONNECT Newsletter is now available at: http://www.cefims.eu/fif/newsletter-august-2015/.

In the 3rd ceFIMS-CONNECT Newsletter, you can find an update on the ceFIMS-CONNECT repository database development and ongoing Future Internet and 5G related developments in Austria,  Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Moreover, it presents a summary of the latest FIRE workshops and FIRE+ extension with new projects, FIWARE initiatives for boosting FIWARE usage beyond the FI-PPP programme, and first phase projects of the 5G-PPP. Finally, the newsletter highlights the upcoming events including the upcoming ICT 2015 conference, where the 14th FIF meeting will be held also.

CONTENTS

WELCOME| FIF and ceFIMS-CONNECT ACTIVITIES | MONITOR NEWS FROM NATIONAL INITIATIVES | NEWS FROM JOINT EUROPEAN INITIATIVES | UPCOMING EVENTS |PROJECT CONTACTS

Below, we highlight the news received from Member States via the ceFIMS-CONNECT Monitor service. A big thank you to those who shared posts with us.

Austria: Austrian Iot Day 2015 And IctProfiles Service

Following the great success of the European Internet of Things Conference Global IoT Day Event in Vienna, on 04.11.2015 “The Austrian IoT Day 2015″ will take place on 04.11.2015. Also Austria promotes its free online service for partner search. Read more …

Ireland: FIWARE Mundus visit in SE Ireland

A meeting was held in Waterford, Ireland between the FIWARE Mundus programme representatives and interested representatives from South East Ireland, with the view to setting up an official FIWARE region in the South East of Ireland. Read more …

Hungary: Hungarian MTA-BME Future Internet Research Group

In the 2nd 5G Monitor, Vilmos Németh from Hungarian National Innovation Office summarizes the research works carried by MTA-BME Future Internet Research Group at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in the area of 5G. Read more …

Malta: MoU between Huawei and Maltese Government

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maltese government research and develop technologies in the country. Read more …

Poland: PSNC to launch commercial FIWARE node

As a growing number of SMEs funded by A16 Accelerators are bringing FIWARE-based products to the market, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center has decided to launch a commercial FIWARE node, providing these companies with a highly reliable infrastructure and support. Read more …

Portugal: AIOTI mirror platform and FIWARE and H2020 event

The National Portuguese ICT Cluster – TICE.PT recently created the “Plataforma Espelho” (“Mirror Platform”) initiative, which aims to extend the contact od Portugal initiatives with European Technology Platforms in the area of ICT. Read more…

Spain: Future Internet and 5G initiatives

Following the previous year’s support activities to Future Internet in Spain, the Administration (mainly Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) and the ICT industry (AMETIC – Spanish ICT industries association – through the Future Internet Spanish Technology Platform, es.INTERNET) have kept on providing information and encouraging national SMEs participating on FI-PPP as well as on national calls. Read more…

 

New focus points on FIWARE national workshops organisation

FIWARE programme promotion at local level has been crucial for involving startups and SMEs not only to FIWARE, but also to Europe research and innovation environment.

Extensive experience of ceFIMS-CONNECT partners extracted from (co-)organizing and running different events and actions related to FIWARE programme promotion in 2014  have been compiled into a recommendations report available at http://www.cefims.eu/2014/11/fiware-accelerator-recommendations/.

Since no new FIWARE calls are expected, the content and orientation of these promotion events may evolve. The new focus points we recommend are:

  • Promote national funding programmes where using FI-WARE is a plus for the proposals, either creating specific FI-WARE oriented funding instrument or identifying already existing programmes where FI-WARE technology is welcome.
  • Promote startups and SMEs having succeed in FI-WARE. These companies and their representatives can share their experience in FI-WARE and is highly recommendable to give them a slot. The benefit is double: for the audience to know more about real experiences, and for the speakers to promote their work.
  • Inform about new FI-WARE related initiatives such as the OASC (The Open & Agile Smart Cities) or the AIOTI  (The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation). These people can provide to newcomers some keys to approach successfully FI-WARE solutions.

 

Portugal launches the “AIOTI – Plataforma Espelho Portuguesa” (“AIOTI – Portuguese Mirror Platform”)

Shared by Department of Information Society, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

The National Portuguese ICT Cluster – TICE.PT recently created the “Plataforma Espelho” (“Mirror Platform”) initiative, which aims to extend the contact od Portugal initiatives with European Technology Platforms in the area of ICT. This initiative is based on the Alliance for the Internet of Things (AIOTI) launched by the European Commission and several key IoT players. Its goal is to aggregate national authorities vertically- and horizontally within these topics (but also others that are identified as priorities for the national context) to maximize the collaboration and involvement of national entities with global AIOTI platform. The “Plataforma Espelho” mission includes the organization of events and workshops to promote interaction and discussion at national level.

See more details here (only in Portuguese).

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Future Internet and FIWARE ecosystems in Portugal

Shared by Department of Information Society, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

Portugal continues to foster its growing Future Internet ecosystem. Engaged with its responsibilities in Information Society public policies, the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), in collaboration with the IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, organized a whole day event dedicated to the Future Internet and FIWARE opportunities within the Horizon 2020. Together with the participation of the European Commission (Mário Campolargo) and FIWARE Tech (Sérgio Garcia Gomez), which contributed for the attendees to better understand the European and world-wide trends and strategies for the Future Internet and the FIWARE framework, the event had the participation of FIWARE Accelerators (SOUL-FI and INCENSe) and SMEs and entrepreneurs who shared their experiences (see the event’s programme here).

The advantage of the openness provided by FIWARE, which represents an opportunity to companies to easily deliver applications into the market, was one of the key messages of the event.  The event also enhanced the central role of FIWARE Accelerators in the whole FIWARE ecosystem.

 

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Spain: Digital Economy and Society Strategic Action

By Jesús Cañadas, National Innovation Office, Spain

The Ministry of Industry, through the Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society, launches R&D&I national calls for projects in a yearly basis. Since 2009, these calls include topics regarding Future Internet, always in harmony with the European ICT priorities in FP7 and, more recently, H2020.

The Digital Economy and Society Strategic Action mobilized 200 M€ for 2015 call. It includes future internet related topics as well a specific line on 5G technology. Call was published on 20th May and closed last 18th June. Today, the call is under evaluation, but according to the submissions the topic on 5G has certainly arisen the interest of a number of proposals.

The Spanish R&D&i strategy regarding ICT has been in the same line than the European for years. This fact, together with the national Future Internet ecosystem organization, has become essential not only for the development of Future Internet project at national level, but also for the success of the Spanish entities in the European calls such as those in the framework of the FI-PPP. The bet for 5G has, again, the commitment of the Spanish Administration and industry.

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Spain: Smart Cities call in Spain

By Jesús Cañadas, National Innovation Office, Spain

The Spanish Government, though the Ministry of Industry, has approved in July 2015 the allocation of 78 M€ to promote smart cities. This initiative is broken down into two new calls, the “second call for smart cities” (which gives continuity to the first one launched in 2014) and a specific call for “smart islands”, equipped with a budget of 48 and 30 M€ respectively, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

These calls are launched in the framework of the Digital Agenda for Spain, the current reference ICT national strategy, and particularly within the Smart Cities National Plan, recently updated up to 188 M€.

The second call for smart cities is addressed to local authorities of more than 20,000 inhabitants of all Spain. This instrument will fund a maximum of 80% of the actions envisaged by the different beneficiary projects, which shall not exceed 8 million euros of budget.

The smart islands call is addressed to local administrations which manage public services in the whole of the territory of any island of the Balearic or Canary Islands. 100% of the actions will be covered and initiatives shall not exceed 10 million euros of budget.

Objectives include innovation for improving local services in terms of sustainability, efficiency, accessibility, interoperability and openness. Eligible activities may include consulting and analysis, provision of technological infrastructure, implementation of software solutions, actions enabling the availability of open data, development of software applications or training, among others.

Deadlines for these calls are in October 2015 and execution phase will extend up to 3 years.

These calls confirm the commitment of Spain to the Smart Cities.

Spain: Future Internet support in Spain

By Jesús Cañadas, National Innovation Office, Spain

Following the previous year’s support activities to Future Internet in Spain, the Administration (mainly Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) and the ICT industry (AMETIC – Spanish ICT industries association – through the Future Internet Spanish Technology Platform, es.INTERNET) have kept on providing information and encouraging national SMEs participating on FI-PPP as well as on national calls. Periodic coordination meetings have been held in order to plan and organize strategy and events.

Highlighted actions are:

  • The heroes of the Future Internet (Madrid, 21st May 2015)
  • International conference on Future Internet (planning in progress, expected date: October 2015)

The heroes of the Future Internet (Madrid, 21st May 2015)

FIWARE accelerate programme is already working and delivering first results. During 2014, Spanish Future Internet ecosystem has organized different events and workshops focused on presenting and giving information about FIWARE and its accelerators (13th May, 24th September, 15th-17th October 2014). The strategy for 2015 still considers giving information about the remaining opportunities (last open calls), but mainly focuses on the results and the experience acquired by the beneficiaries of the programme, the SMEs that are actually working and developing their projects and business with FIWARE under EC support. 21st May’s event have highlighted entrepreneurship.

The event has been organized by AMETIC through Watify (European entrepreneurship campaign) and es.INTERNET, and was supported by the Madrid city Hall and the Ministry of Industry. The brief opening session, with representatives from industry and different levels of the Administration (Ministry and city Hall) left patent that the Spanish success on the Future Internet European programmes are not fruit of chance, but of a coordinated work between industry and Administration, covering European, national, regional and local levels.

The main session consisted on speeches from some selected projects and SMEs funded by FIWARE programme: KOIKI, PGPlaning Plice, StoormFlow, 3DENT, INEVIO, Smart-TV solutions in e-health, STEPLA, Plactherm and WIIM were projects exposed by their own promoters and developers, the real protagonists of the Future Internet.

The second session gave the floor to some of the accelerator’s representatives. FINODEX, FABULOUS, SOUL-FI, CREATI-FI, IMPACT, FICHe, INCENSe and FI-C3 commented also the details and particularities of each, results, new opportunities, and calendar. This session ended with an additional speech to explain future FIWARE commercial development (topic of interest for SMEs and participants in FIWARE programme)

Planning International conference on Future Internet (expected October 2015)

The Ministry of Industry is planning a conference to show the Spanish ICT technological ability and its enormous potential, tackling topics as Future Internet, 5G, Smart Cities or Industry 4.0 and adopting an international framework (focused on Latam).

Plan includes high level institutional speeches, exhibition area and plenary session addressing main topics.

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Austria: Austrian IOT Days 2015 and ICTprofiles online directory for partner search

Shared by Thomas Zergoi, FFG, Austria

Following the great success of the European Internet of Things Conference Global IoT Day Event #gide2015 in Vienna which was attended by over 500 participants, on 04.11.2015 Seidler Consulting and IoT Austria will organize “The Austrian IoT Day 2015“. The conference to demonstrate the potentials of the Internet of Things in Austria (#taid2015) will be held in Vienna’s Museum Quarter. The agenda includes:
- IoT Conference with 14 presentations and a prominent panel discussion
- IoT Talks Special: Industrial 4.0 with 8 special speakers
- IoT Academy with 14 workshops
- IoT Exhibition with more than 30 exhibitors
- and IoT Party – the great celebration of the IoT community from 22:00

Looking for research partners in Austria? ICTprofiles (http://www.ictprofiles.at) offers a free online service, tailor-made to help you to find Austrian partners for your ICT research and development projects – either in the context of EU-funded Research and Development projects (Horizon 2020 Programme, Active Assisted Living Joint Programme) or within a broader search for technology-orientated partnerships (Joint Technology Initiatives). All profile entries on ICTprofiles Austria are quality-checked by the Austrian ICT National Contact Point (NCP). The service includes details of more than hundred Austrian ICT companies, research and development organisations, ICT users and end users.

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Poland: Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center to launch the first commercial FIWARE node in Poland

Shared by Cezary Mazurek, Adam Olszewski, Piotr Pawałowski, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland

Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) (http://psnc.pl), one of the leading research and development centres in Poland, has been strongly involved in the FIWARE programme (http://fiware.org) since its start. PSNC is committed to build a complete FIWARE ecosystem, and has so far provided FIWARE Lab infrastructure, funding and support for SMEs within a FIWARE A16 Acceleration Programme and established the Poznań Internet Innovation Hub (http://www.i3h.eu). To ensure a high level of FIWARE exploitation, PSNC works closely with key Future Internet stakeholders across Poland: Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, ICT National Contact Point, National Centre for Research and Development. Additionally, PSNC representatives are participating in several working groups on regional Smart Specialization Strategy for Wielkopolska.

As a growing number of SMEs funded by A16 Accelerators are bringing FIWARE-based products to the market, PSNC has decided to launch a commercial FIWARE node, providing these companies with a highly reliable infrastructure and support. FIWARE related services are going to be launched by the end of 2015 with an initial focus on SMEs from eHealth and mHealth areas. In the beginning of 2016, the node will be opened for all A16 SMEs and other companies interested in using a commercial FIWARE ecosystem to bring innovative Future Internet solutions to the market.

On top of FIWARE node, PSNC is planning to open its ICT laboratories to provide the most demanding entrepreneurs with advanced R&D services and tools including security testing, trainings or access to cutting edge IoT and Future Internet laboratories. The services will be provided by TechInnowacje, a company fully owned by PSNC and supporting the commercialization of PSNC’s projects results and technology transfer processes.

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Malta: Huawei and Malta signed MoU to test 5G

Shared by Roderick Marmara, Malta

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maltese government research and develop technologies in the country.

The MoU includes a commitment by Huawei to start testing 5G. The understanding also implies that the company will help the country develop its digital Malta strategy. The strategy includes a nationwide fibre-to-home project and fibre wire connectivity to other countries aside from Sicily.

Read more at: maltatoday.com.mt and timesofmalta.com

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Digital Assembly 2015 Riga – ‘One Europe, One Digital Single Market’ – online videos available

The Digital Assembly 2015 took place on 17 and 18 June, 2015 in Riga, Latvia (detailed programme). It featured inspirational speeches by successful entrepreneurs and public authorities, networking opportunities and workshops. Some of the key topics of the Digital Single Market strategy on the agenda were:

  • Digital skills,
  • Trust and confidence,
  • Creative content,
  • Ensuring access and connectivity,
  • Building the digital economy for businesses and consumers,
  • Promoting e-society,
  • Digitising European industries and enterprises.

The playlist for videos taken during the two day event can be found here.

 

FIRE activities at the EuCNC 2015 next week, 29.6.-2.7.2015 in Paris

Here is a comprehensive list of the FIRE activities at the EuCNC 2015 conference in Paris next week: 

Workshop 2: 5G Testbeds and Hands-On Experimental Research 
Date: Monday, 29th June 2015, 09:00-18:00; Room 12 

The workshop will be jointly organised by the AmpliFIRE, CREW, and WiSHFUL projects, which are part of the FIRE initiative, with participation from the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform and from the 5G Infrastructure Association. 
The workshop will last for a full day: 
* The morning session will be focused on initiating a general discussion on 5G and experimental test beds. 
* The afternoon session will be dedicated to discussing specific technical issues that are on the table at this stage, and the steps that can be taken to resolve these issues. A hands-on tutorial of the OneLab experimental facility will also be presented. 
The detailed information of the workshop is available at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/events/5g-testbeds-and-hands-on-experimental-research-workshop-eucnc-2015.html

FIRE projects at the EuCNC Exhibition 

Exhibition Opening hours: 
* Tuesday 09:00 – 19:30 
* Wednesday 09:00 – 17:30 
* Thursday 09:00 – 14:00 

The FIRE projects having demonstration booths at the EuCNC2015 exhibition are: 
* Stand 2: Fed4FIRE – Common federation framework for FIRE 
* Stand 4: FELIX – Federated Test-Beds for Large-Scale Experiments between Europe and Japan 
* Stand 8: CREW – Cognitive Radio Experimentation World / WiSHFUL – Wireless SW and HW platforms for radio and network control 
* Stand 23: SUNRISE – Underwater IoT 
* Stand 33: SmartFIRE – Testbed Innovations for Experimenting with Wired and Wireless SDNs 
* Stand 35: FLEX – Open Experimental Infrastructure on LTE and beyond. 
All demo details on the FIRE web at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/news/view/article/eucnc2015-european-conference-on-networks-and-communications.html

News and Tweets collection 
To stay in touch easier with the latest news about the EuCNC 2015, the News and Tweet highlights (#EuCNC2015, @EuCNC) are now collected together with the regular FIRE projects’ and related initiatives’ News at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/news/fire-project-news.html
Bookmark this web page and follow easier the Future Internet News and Tweets! 

Stay tuned, spread the word and enjoy next week @EuCNC 2015! 

FIRE News at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/news.html 
FIRE information web portal: http://www.ict-fire.eu 
FIRE general enquiries: mailto: contact(at)ict-fire.eu

ceFIMS-CONNECT Monitor open call – Submit your article on Future Internet and 5G initiatives!

ceFIMS-CONNECT is looking for short articles describing Future Internet and 5G initiatives and developments in European countries.

Started in December, 2014, as a dedicated publication for the FIF members, the Monitor concept is now extended to all national Future Internet and 5G stakeholders, including three different types of Monitors:

  • FIF Monitor – existing publication contributions from FIF members summarizing national FI and 5G developments, success stories, best practices;
  • FI Monitor – contributions from National and European projects or initiatives with special interest in the Future Internet (FI) domain;
  • 5G Monitor –contributions from all projects or initiatives (national and European) with special interest in the 5th generation mobile networks.

If you have news to share, please E-mail submission to alicja (at) man (dot) poznan (dot) pl or jclarke (at) tssg (dot) org or submit to our LinkedIn group discussion. Article submissions typically range from 600 to 1,000 words, with a short feature on the author(s)
See the template and example submissions at http://www.cefims.eu/publications/#monitors

Submissions received will be highlighted in the ceFIMS-CONNECT and FIRE newsletters, reaching well over 1,000 targets.

Registration for ICT 2015 Lisbon is open!

Registration for ICT 2015 has just opened.

ICT 2015, whose theme is “Innovate, Connect, Transform” will be held on 20-22th October, 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Register today and join the ICT enthusiasts from research and academia, politics, industry, start-ups, investors.

Free registration gives you access to the ICT 2015 conference, networking, exhibition activities and much more!
Read more…

FORGE May 2015 Newsletter issue released

The FIRE project project FORGE (Forging Online Education through FIRE) May 2015 Newsletter issue has been released.

In the May 2015 issue:

  • Opening the FORGE platform – the end of the 1st round, launch of the 2nd round of proposals;
  • iMinds course experience;
  • TCP congestion control Course;
  • What FORGE are up to a.k.a. dissemination of FORGE

Download it from: http://ict-forge.eu/documents/newsletter/

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Johann M. Marquez-Barja
—————————————-
CTVR / the telecommunications research centre.
Trinity College Dublin.
marquejm AT tcd DOT ie / johann AT marquez-barja DOT com http://www.marquez-barja.com

Feedback survey available for participants of H2020-ICT-2014-2 call on “Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet”

If you took part in the H2020-ICT-2014-2 call on “Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet”, you may consider to take part in the feedback survey as described in the letter below.

Dear All,

In the context of over 80 project proposals being submitted for the H2020-ICT-2014-2 call on “Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet”, otherwise known as the 5G-PPP, the 5G-Infrastructure-Association would like to get your feedback on your experience with the process and the Association support activities and to use this information to further improve the process for phase two of the 5G-PPP.

All information collected in this survey will only be used in anonymised form to summarise the ICT community’s views and to define recommendations for the preparation of the 5G-PPP phase two and beyond. The summarised views will be publically available on the www.5g-ppp.eu website and the survey data collected will be deleted once the summarised reports have been finalised.  Please do not complete the survey if you do not agree with the Data collected being used for these purposes

The Survey is available @ http://5g-ppp.eu/5g-infrastructure-association-survey-on-the-5g-ppp-phase-one-project-proposal-process/

The Password to access it is:  phase1survey

Many thanks in advance,

The 5G-Infrastructure Association

Sent on behalf of the 5G-I-A.

 

Dr. Didier BOURSE
Director, European Research Cooperation
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
Route de Villejust
F-91620 NOZAY
Office: +33 (0)1 6040 6087
Mobile: +33 (0)6 4800 8971
Email: Didier_Arnaud.Bourse@alcatel-lucent.com

 

European Conference on Networks & Communications (EUCNC 2015): Preliminary programme and register now to avail of early bird registration until 29th May!

The European Conference on Networks & Communications (EUCNC 2015) is being held on 29 June – 2 July 2015 in Paris, France.

Check out the preliminary programme and register now!

The EUCNC is the key annual event for showcasing EU funded research and innovation, as well as for presenting the latest developments in this area. This year’s theme will be “5G, Shaping the Vision”.

Register before May 29th to benefit from early bird registration fees.

Read more

Digital Assembly 2015 (DA15) being held in Riga, Latvia on 17-18th June, 2015

The Latvian Presidency and European Commission are organising a Digital Assembly 2015 event on 17/06/2015 and 18/06/2015 at the Riga National Library.

The format of the assembly is based around plenary sessions and workshops (e.g. Building trust and confidence online), concentrating on key topics of the Digital Single Market strategy.

Please note that this is an invitation only event.

The 20th FIRE Newsletter is now available

The AmpliFIRE Support Action has published the 20th FIRE Newsletter, which is available at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/home/publications/newsletters.html.

The 20th edition of the FIRE Newsletter contains interesting information about ongoing testbeds developments such as Open Access, Open Calls, latest news from the FIRE projects, and upcoming events such as the IoT Week on 16th – 18th June (Lisbon), the EuCNC’2015 on 29th June – 2nd July (Paris) and the ICT’2015 event on 20th – 22nd October (Lisbon).

The newsletter also contains short summaries and links to meeting reports of the most relevant events that occurred since the previous Newsletter edition.

All of the FIRE Newsletters are available at the FIRE web portal at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/home/publications/newsletters.html.

More FIRE News at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/news.html
FIRE information web portal: http://www.ict-fire.eu
FIRE general enquiries: contact(at)ict-fire.eu

NetWorld2020 Workshop “Looking Beyond 5G” being held during EUCNC on 29th June, 2015

On 29th June, 2015, the NetWorld2020 Joint Expert Group and Vision Group Workshop on “Looking Beyond 5G” will be held at Room Molière, Palais des Congrès of Issy les Moulineau, Paris, France.

Held as part of the EUCNC’2015 conference, the workshop objective is to identify disruptive technologies and clean-slate approaches for new, very advanced communication systems.

The format of the dynamic workshop is 15 minute long presentation slots comprised of 10 minutes presentation and 5 minutes discussions per presentation.

Registration is mandatory at the link:
https://www.eventbrite.de/e/networld2020-expert-group-workshop-tickets-16560153866

The event programme can be found here –> Workshop Program v7.

Call for networking sessions – ICT 2015 – deadline extended to 11 May 2015, 17.00 CET!

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a Networking Session at ICT 2015 has been extended until the 11th of May 2015, 17.00 CET.

The networking sessions are informal discussion groups organised by stakeholders participating in ICT 2015.

Have a look at the selection criteria, in order to have more information on the sessions and to get some tips on how to prepare your proposal.

Additional information regarding the extension can be found here.

International Conference on Autonomic Future Internet Standardisation and Surrounding Ecosystem – 19 June 2015

International Conference on Autonomic Future Internet Standardisation and Surrounding Ecosystem which will take place in Sophia Antipolis on 19 June 2015.

This conference, organised by the EU-China FIRE project under the aegis of the European Commission, will bring together key speakers from Europe and China to discuss the global status of Autonomic Future Internet Standardisation and share their experiences and knowledge on the topic.

More info and detailed agenda here. Registration: http://bit.ly/1IJ0WgC

See other interesting upcoming events at http://www.cefims.eu/events/

 

FIWARE newsletter is available

The latest FIWARE Newsletter is available!

Read about a new round of calls has just been opened by FIWARE accelerators and more here.

 

 

2nd release of ceFIMS-CONNECT 5G Monitor – Hungarian FI/5G Research Group

ceFIMS-CONNECT is delighted to announce the publication of 2nd 5G Monitor. In this issue Vilmos Németh from Hungarian National Innovation Office summarizes the research works carried by MTA-BME Future Internet Research Group at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in the area of 5G. Read -> 2nd-5G Monitor-Hungary_March2015.

You too can share your national or European best practices, success stories and developments in the area of Future Internet and 5G.
Submit your article!

To publish an item via the ceFIMS-CONNECT Monitor, please email to the contacts below:
ceFIMS-CONNECT Project Coordinator: James Clarke: jclarke (at) tssg (dot) org
ceFIMS-CONNECT Dissemination Coordinator: Alicja Laskowska: alicja (at) man (dot) Poznan (dot) pl
See http://www.cefims.eu/publications/ for more details

 

FORGE Open Call

The FORGE platform is now open!
The FORGE project has published an Open Call for the development or use of experiment-driven courses using the FORGE tools together with the FIRE facilities. The Open Call is launched as continuous open access to the FORGE tools, meaning that no strict procedures for proposal submission and evaluation will be applied.
The call offers free access to the FORGE tools and processes and guaranteed training and support by the FORGE consortium covering guided training and technical assistance.
Moreover, the participants will be acknowledged as associate partners and will receive wide recognition and high visibility through the project’s website.

The open call submission cut-off date: Friday, May 15, 2015
More information and detailed instructions are available at: http://ict-forge.eu/opencall/

Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2015 in Espoo, Finland on 7th-9th June, 2015

The global thought leadership event, Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2015, will take place in the vibrant city of Espoo, Finland on 7th-9th June (welcoming event on evening of 7th June from 17:00 – 22:00).

Like the previous editions, in 2015, thought leaders are invited to share their Open Innovation findings in the practice. The industrial and socio-economic aspects will be strongly presented in this two-day conference.

Following the tradition, the conference will be organised by the European Commission DG CONNECT’s Open Innovation Group (OISPG) together with Intel Labs Europe, Aalto University and City of Espoo, and other partners.

 The event will be in context of the new European Commission priorities elaborating on Open Innovation 2.0 from the following angles:  Innovation Ecosystems, Open Innovation 2.0 Scale-up and Regional Innovation Systems.

Cross-cutting themes will include the Power of Crowds; Experimentation and Prototyping; Quadruple Helix Innovation in Practise; and Open Engagement Platforms for Innovation.

A draft agenda of the event can be found here –> DraftAgendaoftheOI2Conference2015.

Registration is available here.

13th FIF meeting held on 25-26th March, 2015 as part of NetFutures 2015

The 13th meeting of the Future Internet Forum of Member States / Associated Countries (FIF) was held on 25-26th March, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, co-located with “Net Futures 2015: born to scale” conference organized by European Commission.

The environs where the 2 day meeting occurred co-located with Net Futures 2015: born to scale was an opportunity to deepen the idea that Digital Single Market (DSM) is one of the priorities for a vibrant digital economy and society by complementing the telecommunications regulatory environment, modernising copyright rules, simplifying rules for consumers making online and digital purchases, enhancing cyber-security and mainstreaming digitalisation.

The 13th FIF meeting focused on H2020 activities, the closing results of the 5G-PPP call, measures increasing support and uptake of the FI-PPP in Member States / Associated Countries, and the results and successes of the FIWARE Accelerate program, which funds developers and entrepreneurs, and ignites the rolling-out of the ecosystem.

13th Future Internet Forum (FIF) meeting held in parallel with Net Futures 2015

The 13th FIF meeting was held over two days on 25-26th March, 2015, co-located with Net Futures 2015: born to scale.

It provided an opportunity to discuss the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of the Commission priorities. Currently, work is being developed internally to see Future Internet (FI) aspects embedded from the start in the DSM, like Internet of Things, Cloud, and free flow of data in the EU, amongst others.

The FIF meeting structure was designed to enable the FIF participants an opportunity to sit through the Plenaries, with the participation of Commissioner Oettinger, and visit the Exhibitions over the two days.

3rd Fed4FIRE Competitive Call for SME Experimenters

The EU project Fed4FIRE (http://www.fed4fire.eu/) is organising its third competitive open call for SME experimenters, with an opportunity for SMEs to receive funding of up to 15,000€ per experiment for selected SMEs.

Fed4FIRE involves more than 20 different testbeds which can be made available for remote experiments by SMEs -€“ to test prototypes, products, services and applications, protocols, etc. -€“ by using sophisticated Fed4FIRE tools to set-up and control the experiments.

In addition, the SME experimenters will be supported by experts from the Fed4FIRE project during all phases of the experimentation.

Important notes:
- interested SMEs have to submit proposals for experiments by following all defined requirements for the call
- experiment proposals can be submitted by a single SME organisation only

Deadlines:
- Feasibility check deadline: 29 April 2015, at 17:00 Brussels local time
- Submission deadline: 12 May 2015, at 17:00 Brussels local time

Further information and all required conditions for the open call can be found at the Fed4FIRE website at http://www.fed4fire.eu/.

The 19th FIRE Newsletter is now available!

The 19th FIRE Newsletter is now available at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/home/publications/newsletters.html.

In this FIRE Newsletter, you will find a lot of interesting information about ongoing developments and upcoming events in FIRE, such as Open Access, recently published newsletters and FIRE Brochure 2015 and the upcoming events.

In particular it brings the attention to the Net Futures 2015 on 25th – 26th March in Brussels next week. The FIRE Community Workshop and the 2nd CI-FIRE Industry Workshop on 24th March will “open” the FIRE activities as a “pre-workshop” for the Net Futures 2015. FIRE will be active and visible at the Net Futures 2015. Starting with the Experimental Platforms Concertation meeting (invitation only) in the morning of 25th March, at the exhibition on both days seven FIRE demo booths will show their latest innovative FIRE results. There also will be FIRE speakers at the Net Futures 2015 Perfect Pitch Panel on Wednesday. ceFIMS-CONNECT is supproting the FIRE booth.

All of the FIRE Newsletters are available at the FIRE web portal at: http://www.ict-fire.eu/home/publications/newsletters.html.

ceFIMS-CONNECT 2nd newsletter

The 2nd ceFIMS-CONNECT Newsletter is now available at: http://www.cefims.eu/fif/newsletter-february-2015/

The newsletter aims at monitoring and promotion of FI initiatives at both European and Member States level.
In the 2nd ceFIMS-CONNECT Newsletter, focus is on important information regarding project developments, ongoing Future Internet and 5G related developments in Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.
In particular, we are delighted to announce the publication of two new types of its Monitor i.e. FI Monitor and 5G Monitors describing Spannish SmartAppCity and a new 5G European initiative – ICIRRUS.
The newsletter summarizes also the FIRE+ extension with new projects, FIWARE Phase 3 momentum and first call of 5G-PPP initiative, as well as a newly created joint Working Group of NEM and Networld2020.
Finally, it highlights the upcoming Net Futures 2015 conference and other important events of relevance to the Future Internet Forum of Member States and Associated Countries (FIF), national Future Internet stakeholders, joint European FI initiatives (e.g. FIRE, FI-PPP and 5G-PPP) and the ceFIMS-CONNECT project.

Two new ceFIMS-CONNECT Monitors published

In December, 2014, ceFIMS-CONNECT launched its first version of a dedicated publication entitled FIF Monitor, where the FIF members could highlight events, projects, initiatives, best practices, etc. related to Future Internet activities in their countries. The Member State highlighted in the first FIF Monitor was Hungary, which can be found here –> FIF-Monitor-Hungary_Dec2014.

Due to the popularity of the concept and following our call for success stories and receipt of many entries from FIF as well as stakeholders from National and EU Research & Innovation communities in both FI and 5G, the project has decided to extend the Monitor concept to include three different types of Monitors, including the following:

  • FIF Monitor – existing publication contributions from FIF members summarizing national FI and 5G developments, success stories, best practices;
  • FI Monitor – contributions from National and European projects or initiatives with special interest in the Future Internet (FI) domain;
  • 5G Monitor –contributions from all projects or initiatives (national and European) with special interest in the 5th generation mobile networks.

ceFIMS-CONNECT are delighted to announce the publication of their first FI Monitor and 5G Monitors today here  –>  FI Monitor – Spain – SmartAppCity and 5G Monitor – European initiatives – ICIRRUS.