The EU-supported FI-WARE project is developing an ‘ecosystem’ around building blocks which makes it easier for the developer community and entrepreneurs to come up with innovative applications. The project is a cornerstone of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) scheme – see also pages 5 and 13 – and delivers technology building blocks called ‘generic enablers’ (GEs) which can be used by a large set of applications in any industry. Examples are cloud hosting, ‘big data’ analysis, marketplace creation, Internet of Things management, security monitoring, identity management, etc.
Around 50 GEs have been developed to date, many of which are made available via FI-WARE’s Open Innovation Lab (FI-LAB). This lab provides a cloud facility, where third parties can set up and configure – free of charge – the virtual infrastructure (computing, network, storage) to run, test and validate their own experimental Future Internet applications.
Such applications will be able to make use of services provided by global or dedicated FI-WARE GE implementation ‘instances’ and the FI-LAB Cloud – collectively referred to as FI-LAB Services. Relying on dedicated FI-WARE Security GE implementations, applications deployed on FI-LAB will boost identity management and control for end-users.
Due to limited capacity and expected high demand, use of FI-LAB Services will be subject to certain restrictions in terms of resources allocated, access time and service levels provided (based on the ‘best-effort’ principle).
“FI-WARE wants to ease connection of the FI-LAB to experimental facilities to enrich the offering for third parties,” notes the project team. Examples include APIs for smart cities or digital-home living labs or other smart spaces.
That way, the team continues, FI-LAB will not be limited to “innovative technologies” alone, but it will also provide access to real data which, combined with these technologies, provide a greater value-added.