The FIWARE Foundation is a non-profit association with the mission: “to build an open, sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that eases the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors.” (more)
The FIWARE open source components and open data models are building blocks to build Smart Solutions from, but it’s not an IoT platform in itself. If a platform, like Sensative’s Yggio, is based upon FIWARE, it has a high level of interchangeability, minimizing vendor lock-in. It makes FIWARE-based solutions a strong contender to the large technology vendors’ IoT solutions.
For a recent and vendor-independent competitive analysis, see this report.
Multiple IoT platforms for cities exist on the market today. How do they compare? What arguments exist on the open source vs proprietary solutions divide? How do these platforms compare in costs, functionality, security and ecosystem?
The TASC study represents a comparative market scan that aims to provide city leaders obtain insights that will help them make informed decisions in this space.
One of the essential differences between FIWARE and IoT platforms developed by technology vendors is the degree of openness and interoperability. The philosophy behind FIWARE is that technology should be accessible for everyone, focusing on interoperability, modularity, and customizability.
IoT is not a stand-alone technology. Data should seamlessly merge with data from other relevant sources. FIWARE provides standardized data formats and API to simplify this integration.
Open Source, minimizing vendor lock-in
FIWARE building blocks are 100% open source and can be easily embedded by ecosystem partners to design their solutions and reduce vendor lock-in risks. In addition, the standardized API means that services can operate on different vendor platforms.
Scalable at low cost
The FIWARE platform components are royalty-free in themselves, meaning that the only thing driving costs is the usage and load on the hosting environment and the costs for commercial extensions.
Low platform security
Security experts often criticize the FIWARE architecture for “not being secured by design.”
Low on functionality
FIWARE lacks visualization, geospatial analysis, and usability. It is apparent that FIWARE focuses on the core IoT platform capabilities and not so much on the tools and capabilities around the data.
Lack of vendor support
Open Source makes the code easily accessible at no cost, but it does not guarantee the operational side, such as competence transfer, implementation support, or system management.
FIWARE iHubs facilitate collaboration between scientific research, non for profit, public and private businesses, access to training and mentoring, and fostering an entrepreneurial culture and new paths for business to flourish. The ultimate goal is to focus on building communities that will, in turn, enable local digital businesses to thrive not only at a regional but on a global level.
FIWARE OIL iHub (Lund, Sweden): Focused on the domains of smart cities, smart building, smart energy, smart water, smart agrifood, smart shipping, smart transport, smart industry, and smart health, the iHub aims to – among other objectives – leverage on the existing open smart city network in Lund (LOSC) operated by FIWARE Foundation member Sensative and powered by the FIWARE compliant IoT platform Yggio as a living lab for smart research and innovation projects.
Since Yggio focuses on IoT interoperability we have decided to provide integrations to leading tools and partners, rather than developing our own modules.
The Data Management Framework is the core of the City Innovation Platform for collecting, processing, and storing data from IoT as well as many other data sources, with a focus on data quality, security, privacy, common data models, and tools for storing open, linked, and big data.
The Data Market is where all types of data are made available, following license, price models, and access rights that the provider of the data determines. In the Data Market catalog, requesters can access data via standardized APIs (with associated tools).
PowerBI by Microsoft is a popular business analytics service that delivers insights to enable fast, informed decisions.
T-kartor is a leading provider of geospatial products and services for municipalities and defense customers all over the world.
T-Kartor creates and maintains geographical information, maps, and charts. They develop solutions to deliver data, information, and products in innovative ways, including live IoT data provided through the Yggio API.
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