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NEC announces smart cities Fiware lab node in India

NEC welcomes organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals to utilise lab for learning Fiware, as well as to test applications

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The Fiware Lab node will enable developers to keep their experiment data within India
The Fiware Lab node will enable developers to keep their experiment data within India

NEC Corporation and NEC Technologies India (NECTI) have introduced a Fiware lab node in India with the aim of encouraging application developers, solution providers, government bodies and academia to develop solutions for smart cities.

 

In conjunction with the launch of the new facility, NECTI has signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with partners that include Tech Mahindra, Hughes Systique and Mobilepedia to explore collaboration on joint development of Fiware-based solutions.


“With the launch of the Fiware Lab Node, we provide ideal environment for verification of application based on the most recent and prominent container technology on the latest OpenStack platform. "I firmly believe this will help application developers, solution providers and many others develop innovative solutions for smart cities,” said Naoki Hashitani, senior vice president, system integration, services & engineering operations unit, NEC Corporation.

 

“We will promote the growth and expansion of Fiware platform in India by introducing insights and know-how we have obtained from our Fiware related smart city projects around the world, including Spain, New Zealand and Portugal.”

 

The NEC Group aims to achieve revenues of more than $150m from India and other parts of South East Asia by fiscal year 2020 through Fiware-based solutions aided by the Fiware lab node.

 

Since last year, NECTI has built a capacity of 100 engineers in Fiware and related IoT and smart city solutions and plans to boost this to 250 engineers in the next year.

 

“The Fiware lab node in India managed by NEC enables companies developing smart city solutions for India to keep their experiment data within India. [It] brings in royalty free standards for interfaces and data models that help to integrate applications easily, which can be an edge over others for the smart city opportunities in India,” said Ulrich Ahle, CEO of Fiware Foundation.


NEC said it welcomes organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals to utilise lab for learning Fiware, as well as to test their applications while capitalising on open data published by cities and other organisations.

 

“At Tech Mahindra, we strongly believe in open source platforms and solutions. We are excited to collaborate with NEC Technologies India in promoting the concept for the benefit of citizens through various IoT solutions”, added Sanjeev Kumar, head of smart cities (global), Tech Mahindra.

 

More than 20 companies and organisations were represented at the inauguration event including Tech Mahindra, Hughes Systique and Mobilepedia, which indicated interest in working with NEC on the development of solutions using Fiware.

 

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