FIWARE Space: un año en retrospectiva

Llevamos ya una semana del nuevo año, y es quizá el momento apropiado para echar la vista atrás. Sin saber con seguridad que nos puede deparar 2022, parece buena idea hacer inventario de las experiencias de un año marcado por la recuperación de los espacios y eventos que tuvimos que omitir en 2020, por la vuelta al trabajo de buena parte del ecosistema empresarial, y en general por un paulatino retorno a la (nueva) normalidad.

Eventos no faltaron, desde luego: desde Málaga, donde la Diputación de Badajoz tuvo una representación fundamental en el Foro Greencities y Smart Agrifood, pasando por el Smart Small Cities de Don Benito, hasta Barcelona, donde el centro FIWARE Space de Badajoz tuvo la oportunidad de  compartir espacio con la Fundación FIWARE en el Smart City Expo World Congress (una exitosa colaboración con precedente en el FIWARE Smart Fest organizado unos meses antes). Aunque restringidos a los últimos meses del año como consecuencia de la pandemia, estos eventos han representado una magnífica oportunidad para dar a conocer el trabajo realizado en la provincia: uno de los primeros y mejores ejemplos de territorio inteligente a nivel nacional y europeo.

También realizamos algunos eventos propios: siguiendo la línea iniciada en 2019, este año acogimos alumnado de formación profesional para una jornada de difusión de la tecnología Smart en nuestro Hackathon de 2021, el Smart City Workshop. También coordinamos el Reto IoT 2021 de Diputación de Badajoz, por el que se dotó de 25.000 € a la empresa ganadora, ExControl, para desarrollar un sistema de monitorización de tráfico para las carreteras de la provincia.

El día a día, por otra parte, estuvo ocupado en su mayor parte por actividades realizadas en el centro, como los numerosos talleres y procesos de mentorización este año acogimos a un nuevo ciclo de empresas mentorizadas, una de las cuales, SRM Consulting, ya cuenta con soluciones en el Marketplace FIWARE. También recibimos un flujo continuo de visitas: desde empresas del ecosistema local a equipos de distintas administraciones , pasando por organismos propios de la región , por no hablar de los muchas personas que se acercaron a conocer nuestro centro, e interesarse por la oferta de formación y actividades.

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Por último, no podemos dejar de destacar que este ha sido un año importante de cara a la colaboración con entidades de dentro y fuera del país: trabajando con organismos como el Gran Telescopio de Canarias o el Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa, y culminando con la firma de un acuerdo de colaboración con el Instituto Ciudades del Futuro en Argentina, para la reproducción en el país latinoamericano de tecnología ya implementada en nuestro territorio.

En definitiva, 2021 ha sido un año en el que, aunque sintiendo todavía el inevitable peso del 2020, hemos conseguido tomar una buena velocidad, avanzando hacia un territorio cada vez más conectado, que permita a nuestra región disfrutar de todas las ventajas del mundo digital.

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FIWARE SPACE

 

FIWARE Space is the innovation center of the Provincial Council of Badajoz to bring the new technologies of IoT and Big Data to citizens, SMEs and start-ups. It is constituted as an official Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) in Badajoz province to promote the digitization and transformation of companies through technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and artificial intelligence with FIWARE as data connector from different sources.

This center is part of a global project called “Badajoz Es Más“, which aims to develop municipalities with a better quality of life through sustainable development. The objective is clear: to turn the province of Badajoz into an Intelligent Territory or a “Smart Province”. In order to achieve this goal, it is a must to involve the local companies, the public administration and the citizens.

FIWARE Space coordinates the activity related to the knowledge, use and possibilities offered by the Provincial Platform for Smart Management of Public Services, which allows the integration of information from different smart services in one place, to facilitate the analysis and management of services that are the responsibility of the Provincial Council of Badajoz. This platform uses the latest technologies promoted by the European Commission about how to integrate near real-time data and how to manage context information.

FIWARE Space is a non-profit innovation center that aims to make the technological knowledge and tools of the “Badajoz Es Más” project available to different entities, among which are:

 

– Public administrations
– Municipalities
– Small and medium enterprises
– The teaching and research staff of the university and other educational institutions
– The entrepreneurs
– The citizens

One of the main goals of this center is to support our small and medium enterprises through the digital transformation of the province. For this, the center offers to these entities de following services.

 

SERVICES

– A 2-month mentoring program to go deeper in the technology knowledge and the opportunities that are behind the intelligent province development, to know first-hand the technological work that is being carried out and how to take advantages of this digital transformation. In these 2 months, the company will adapt its solution or service to a FIWARE smart solution, thus being compatible with the platform used by the Badajoz Provincial council that connects all the data sources of the province, and with any other smart city platform that uses this technology.

– Specialized consulting and technical support for the integration of solutions in FIWARE. We help the creation and adaptation of data models, architecture knowledge and the possibilities of integrating into this European standard.

– Certification of solutions in the FIWARE Marketplace website of the FIWARE Foundation. We advise on how to apply with the solution developed to obtain the different certifications.

– Advice on acceleration programs. After the completion of the mentoring program, we try to find a suitable European acceleration program to take the project to the next level.

– Physical location for the development of integration in FIWARE. We have a physical space in which you can work to integrate the solution into FIWARE, with the tools and support of the technical office.

– Theoretical and practical training workshops. Every Friday of the year we conduct workshops to learn more about how a smart city works and what’s the technology behind.

– Visits to the innovation center. Interested people or entities can visit the center once a week to see first hand the digital transformation that is taking place in the province and meet the real solutions that are being installed.

 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR PYMES

 

FIWARE Space also carries out some unique activities throughout the year:

– Hackathons. Workday in which, by teams, a real technological problem is solved by multidisciplinary teams.

– IoT challenge. Companies are presented to solve a real problem of the province through technology. Once the applications have been submitted, an evaluating court chooses the winner, who will receive an economic endowment to carry out his idea and put it into operation in the province.

– Design Thinking Workshop. Workshop that aims to foster creativity through innovative new methodologies that will allow us to go deep in a specific challenge.

 

EVENTS

In addition to all this, FIWARE Space, in the hands of the Badajoz Provincial Council, participates in different local, national and international events in which it provides visibility to the local companies with the aim to contribute to the expansion of this companies in other regions.

Finally, it should be noted that FIWARE Space is considered as a 2-star FIWARE iHub, catalogued by the FIWARE Foundation, thanks to the work and the number of activities carried out to bring new technologies to citizens.