This page lists the various European and international initiatives/programmes of interest to FIRE. A collaboration with the wider Future Internet community is a key priority for FIRE. This community consists of various European and international initiatives of interest to FIRE and vice versa. By collaboration the FIRE community can be strengthen and synergies between initiatives can be created. Below we list existing collaborations between FIRE and different initiatives, partnerships and programmes.
The main objectives of FIRE interaction with other initiatives are to promote and give visibility to FIRE facilities and FIRE research projects to the stakeholders involved in the initiatives, and to increase the usage of FIRE facilities by research projects supported by the initiative or by the community of this initiative at large, at European and at international level.
Objectives also include enlarging and strengthening the FIRE community and the FIRE facilities offer. Although the objectives highlighted in the previous section can also be addressed through participation in events organized by these initiatives, these two objectives can be achieved only by interacting directly with the people in charge of the initiatives.
EIT Digital is an initiative under the EC Knowledge and Innovation Communities investments with the mission to increase European sustainable growth and competiveness. EIT Digital applies a catalyst-carrier model for investments. Up to now, the EIT Digital partnership consists of 28 partners from research and industry. Some of these partners are also actors within FIRE (Fraunhofer, UPMC, LTU, Aalto and others). For some time there have been initiatives to examine how FIRE testbeds could be exploited within EIT Digital to extend the user-base of the facilities. For example partners from OpenLab, PII, OFELIA and TEFIS have provided access to FIRE testbeds for use within the framework of EIT Digital experimentation catalyst projects. Also, the platform of FIRE is being prepared to be used for educational purpose within EIT Digital. The key action lines where FIRE testbed are exploited this year are within Future Networks. Among all EIT Digital activities we have found the following FIRE projects as carriers: LAWA, Clommunity, Open Lab, Fed4FIRE, CI-FIRE, EAR-IT and TEFIS.
Identified values and synergies
- To exploits the testbed services of FIRE to a wider user-group including industry and SME´s.
- For EIT Digital to extend their available assets for innovation support
The Commission has set aside up to €700 million in public funding to develop the next generation of ubiquitous 5G communication systems during its seven-year Horizon 2020 programme. Key to the success of the 5G-PPP will be its ability to integrate various technologies and stakeholder groups.
For 5G PPP there are opportunities for testbeds to accelerate the route to market. Test beds can be essential for demonstration and validation of ideas and assumptions and to test for compliance. They can also be used explore opportunities whilst mitigating technical, operational and business risks.
The Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI PPP) is a 300 M€ initiative supporting FP7 research projects embedded in the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012. The aim is to set up an Internet infrastructure which can be efficiently used by several large-scale trial projects from application sectors such as transport, health and energy.
- Scaling up FIRE experiments to operate on larger FI-PPP facilities
- Increase relevance of FIRE in FI community
- Providing access to FIRE resources by FI-PPP stakeholders
- Enhance long-term sustainability of FIRE
- Aligning towards a single European federation of testbeds
- Avoid competition, duplication of effort
The pan-European research and education network GÉANT interconnects Europe’s 38 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). DANTE is the managing partner and operates GÉANT on behalf of Europe’s NRENs. As a starting point for defining possible future collaborations, it was first looked into how FIRE interacts with GÉANT at the moment. Currently, DANTE is a partner in the FIRE federation project Fed4FIRE. Within Fed4FIRE, the role of DANTE is to take care of the first-level support, so their primary role within the project is not to offer interconnections.
A handful of FIRE projects (CONFINE, BonFire, FEDERICA, OpenLab, and NOVI) have already been using GÉANT for their inter-site backbone connectivity.
Within Fed4FIRE the use Géant for interconnections between testbeds has been explored through the GÉANT AutoBAHN (Automated Bandwidth Allocation across Heterogeneous Networks) dynamic provisioning tool, which makes it possible for anyone with a 1Gig uplink to Géant to provision bandwidth-on-demand between two remote sites, without additional cost. Such experiments have already taken place and will further be explored in the scope of Fed4FIRE.
Identified values and synergies
- To make it possible inter-site backbone connectivity of FIRE facilities by using Géant
- relatively unconstrained access (no filtering, virtually no bandwidth limitations) facilitating testing and measurement
- The potential for extension of Géant service offerings with testbed as a service
The European Network of Living Labs – ENoLL
The European Network of Living Labs www.openlivinglabs.eu, launched in 2006 – has today more than 300 members in more than 30 countries all active in strengthening European and worldwide innovation capability and capacity by empowering citizen and users to be active partners of innovation. In the FIRE community there are some Living Labs involved as partners in different projects . They represent mainly Living Labs more closely connected to Future Internet research. Botnia Living Lab, 3D Innovation Lab, iMinds-iLab.o and Forum Virium are some of them. The Living Labs are environments for user-driven open innovation and their key mission is to engage users.
- To extend the FIRE offerings with human side” of the Future Internet and by this attract a wider user-group
- To reach new markets together and by this enhance their individual longer term sustainability.
The connected Smart Cities network is part of the FIRE community and consists of a portfolio of Smart City projects mainly funded under the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme – ICT PSP started in 2010. The network serve as a forum for cities and other actors to work together and share their experience and knowledge in order to create a compelling evidence base for the role of ‘Smart Cities’ in enabling smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. The network is working closely with the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) Smart Cities Working Group to generate ideas and discussion about why and how cities are defining themselves as ’smart’.
Within FIRE there are Smart City related projects, e.g. Organicity and Select4Cities (older finished projects: Smart Santander, EAR-IT IoT Lab, TRESCIMO and Smart& Social).
- Technology transfer for development of new technologies and services to adress societal challenges in cities,
- Knowledge transfer for acquisition of new competencies on both sides
Celtic-Plus is an industry-driven European research initiative to define, perform and finance through public and private funding common research projects in the area of telecommunications, new media, future Internet, and applications & services focusing on a new “Smart Connected World” paradigm. Celtic-Plus is a EUREKA ICT cluster and is part of the inter-governmental EUREKA network.
Celtic-Plus is open to any type of company covering the Celtic-Plus research areas, large industry as well as small companies or universities and research organisations.
Celtic-Plus is supported by most of the major European players in communication technologies and involves many industry and academic players of the telecommunications sector. Interaction with Celtic could help raise FIRE visibility and usage of facilities both by research projects and by the Celtic community; and it could also help in setting up interactions with test beds and facilities from operators and vendors at national or private level.
Net Futures – former FIA
The Future Internet Assembly (FIA) was created in March 2008 by the European Commission and the Member States, with support from many research projects and the related European Technology Platforms eMobility, NEM, ISI and EPoSS, in order to coordinate the activities towards a coordinated European approach to the Future Internet. In April 2014 the last FIA took place and FIA will be drastically re-designed and re-structured to better accommodate the objectives of the new framework program Horizon 2020. The new conference will be called Net Futures Conference.
FIRE was one of the constituencies (clusters) of the FIA. FIRE will be active in the development of the new Net Futures Conferences.
The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to help Europe’s citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. It is the first of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020, the EU’s strategy to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth. Launched in May 2010, the DAE contains 101 actions, grouped around seven priority areas.
The Digital Agenda contains 101 actions, in 7 pillars, which will help to reboot the EU economy and enable Europe’s citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. The Digital Agenda contains 13 specific goals which encapsulate the digital transformation to be achieved. And this is where there are synergies with FIRE – FIRE as a platform for experimentation of the future Internet and the digital society. Different consultations are initiated: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/newsroom/all/consultations
The IoT wider community comprises of different IoT initiatives one is the IoT initiative (IoT-i), a EU Framework Programme 7 project, started in September 2010, that brings together key actors from all relevant but currently fragmented IoT communities in Europe to work jointly towards a common vision of the Internet of Things. It represents the first serious attempt in building a unified IoT community in Europe, going across boundaries of disparate technology sectors, in order to create a joint European strategic vision of the Internet of Things and aligning this vision with the current developments on the Future Internet.
Within FIRE today there is a “sub-community” engaging IoT-oriented testbeds (Smart Santander, Hobnet, WISEBED and SUNRISE) and use-case projects such as EAR-IT and RelyOnIT.
Identified opportunities for collaboration is to exploit the FIRE IoT testbed to the wider IoT community and to package the FIRE service offering portfolio to serve more specifically IoT R&D requirements.
NetWorld2020 is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services. Communications networks enable interaction between users of various types of equipment, either mobile or fixed; they are the foundation of the Internet. The NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform gathers players of the communications networks sector: industry leaders, innovative SMEs, and leading academic institutions.
As this initiative just started recently the future synergies and collaboration opportunities must be identified together. Several FIRe partners are also members of NetWorld 2020.
NESSI is a European Technology Platform active in Information and Communication Technologies for contributing to the research and innovation space of Software and Service. NESSI stands for the Networked European Software and Service Initiative. It provides a platform for the community from industry and academia.
NESSI encompasses all the major stakeholders in the software and services domain. Interaction with NESSI could help raise FIRE visibility and usage of facilities both by research projects and by the software and services community.
The NetworkedElectronic Media (NEM) European Technology Platform addresses the convergence of media, communications, consumer electronics, and IT.
NEM encompasses all the major stakeholders in the multimedia and home networks domain. Interaction with NEM could help raise FIRE visibility and usage of facilities both by research projects and by the multimedia community.
The Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI) is the European Technology Platform on Satellite Communications.
ISI encompasses all the major stakeholders in the satcom domain. Interaction with ISI could help raise FIRE visibility and usage of facilities both by research projects and by the satcom community.
Brief description / Web site
ITEA is the EUREKA Cluster programme supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services (SiSS). ITEA stimulates the creation of an open community of R&D actors, companies, research institutes and countries active in SiSS.
ITEA3 is supported by most of the major European players in software and embedded systems technologies and involves many industry and academic players of these sectors. Interaction with ITEA2 could help raise FIRE visibility and usage of facilities both by research projects and by the ITEA2 community, especially now that there are more service-oriented projects in FIRE.
The processes of standardisation are complex; the EU paper “Standardisation for a competitive and innovative Europe: a vision for 2020” shows that the EU is well aware of the importance of these processes for European competitiveness. The various international Internet standards-setting organisations, such as IETF, ETSI, W3C, and ITU, take different approaches and have different conditions of entry, but in general are quite open, although there are financial or technological barriers to entry for innovative SMEs.
FIRE testbeds are configured following well known standards and the facility providers have extensive experience, not only in the Future Internet but often in predecessor technologies, and a deep understanding of the configuration of their systems, and are able to use this knowledge to support experimenters whose expertise is in their own application area.
FIRE facilities are available to validate on-going standards in collaboration with the standardisation organisations, so that more European researchers get involved in standards development and building standards complying test methodologies to help the experimenters to have a better leap in the market place.
Some standardization organizations where FIRE partners are active
ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.
The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations specialized agency for ICT. The ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and assists in the development and coordination of worldwidetechnical standards.
Brief description / Web site
- Austria – Future Internet Austria ;
- Belgium – IBBT ; Finland – ICT SHOK ;
- France – Groupe de Reflexion Internet du Futur – Flab;
- Germany – G-Lab; Ireland – Future Internet; Italy – TERIT;
- Luxembourg – IPV6 Council;
- Spain – Spanish Technology Platform convergent towards Future Internet;
- Sweden – Ambient Sweden;
- The Netherlands – Future Internet;
- UK – Future Internet Strategy Group; etc.
(Full list of initiatives available in the document “Member States activities on Future Internet” –cf. http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/foi/library/docs/fif_compendium.pdf)
Direct interactions with national initiatives may prove of added value in addition to the interaction with FIF, in order to enlarge the community of FIRE facilities and FIRE users / research projects.