NEC Europe is one of the first technology providers to be awarded the ’Powered by Fiware’ certificate
NEC Europe and its smart city solution, the Cloud City Operation Centre (CCOC), has received “powered by Fiware” certification from the Fiware Foundation.
NEC joined the Fiware Foundation, a non-profit organisation promoting the dissemination of Fiware technology which aims to accelerate smart city and smart industry businesses utilising Internet of Things (IoT), earlier this year.
The accreditation recognises that the smart city platform is fully aligned with Fiware standards, to ease the development of new applications in multiple vertical sectors.
The CCOC will manage information at large scale and gather context information coming from different and highly distributed sources. These could be end users, sensor networks and all kinds of information systems, including social networks. It processes the information in order to perform smart actions, including prediction and prescriptions.
“NEC deeply believes in openness and collaboration. Our product strategy for digital transformation is fully based on it as well, and there is no better representation of those values than Fiware,” said Jose Luis Maté, CTO of public services at NEC Europe.
“We leverage [its] implementation-driven software to build smarter applications in sectors such as smart cities.”
The CCOC solution collects real-time data of information from around a city, it automates the analysis, and allows for the swift provision of municipal services, which in turn is said to reduce the workload at monitoring centres.
The public operational costs can be reduced using NEC’s technology to crunch and visualise the data, which means city planners can focus on taking decisions for the public welfare, improving the daily operation and coordination of multiple city services, bolstering security and ultimately improving the quality of life for residents.
Fiware is an open source initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards for the development of smart applications in multiple sectors.
The Fiware platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and also combines components enabling the connection to the Internet of Things with context information management and big data services on the cloud.
The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. An open source reference implementation of each of the components is publicly available so that multiple providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition, the foundation said.
NEC was the first Japanese company to join the foundation and has joined the board of directors and its technical steering committee.
NEC’s CCOC will be on display in the NEC booth during Smart City Expo World Congress, which is being held 14-16 November 2017 in Barcelona.
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