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Minutes of the FIA Steering Board phone conference on 3 February 2012

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Anne-Marie Sassen, Bernard Barani, Rüdiger Martin, Vishal Jain, Kurt Tutschku, Petra Turkama, Didier Bourse, Dolores Ordóňez, Markus Fiedler, Ana Garcia, John Domingue, Jacques Magen, Roberto Giménez, Anastasius Gavras, Hans Schaffers, Antonio Jara, Malte Behrmann, Trevor Peirce, James Davey, Alex Galis, Nancy Alonistioti, Serge Fdida, Frank Le Gall


Dana Petcu, Michael Boniface

1. Societal View on Smart Cities and Services Enabled by the Future Internet

  • Four sessions of around 25 min each plus a final panel session of 20 min. 2-3 speakers for each session.
  • Each session focuses on one specific question
    • Smart cities Service Concepts
    • Citizen-Centric Cities enabled by Open Networks and Open Data
    • How the Future Internet enables Smart Cities Service Models for Wellbeing, Welfare and Sustainability
    • Business models and change strategies implementing smarter cities service concepts
  • Action: Overlapping with SC application and services. More focus must be given on social innovation. To be re-discussed off-line

2.  Smart City application and services

  • One single session with 10 short presentations, and discussion on a list of predefined questions + open discussion
  • Action: Too many presentations. Reduce the number of speakers and ensure there is no overlap with previous session

3.  Smart Cities and Big Data

  • Articulated around three communities:
    • Those who generate SC data
    • Those who distribute SC data
    • Those creating tools for management of SC data

4.  Smart City Infrastructure

  • Around the questions "what are the infrastructure required for SC needs" and "what are the ongoing projects to meet those requirements".
  • 4 panels of 30/35 minutes
  • Action: Consider reducing the number of panels to 2, and try to look beyond ICT infrastructures. For instance, the energy side could be involved for smart grids/meters in order to include an aspect of integration with other infrastructures.
  • The demonstration of INFINITY and call for use of the repository is very positive

5.  Internet of Things and Future Internet Architecture

  • 2 panels / sessions of around 40 minutes
    • ID/Locator architectures and solutions
    • Privacy, security and Trust
  • Plus one closing session
  • Action: There is possible overlap with the security panel proposed in the previous session on Smart city infrastructure. This needs to be checked and to see whether it is better to integrate the security panel of smart city infrastructures in this session.

6.  IoT applications and business models

  • Inputs from IoT community
    • IoT activities
    • Interactive session: success stories, applications, business models
    • Call for participation
  • Actions: Question 2 in the objectives of the workshop seems not so relevant (How cross-fertilisation can be better promoted between IoT and Future Internet community). Smart Santander might be replaced by CORONIS or OUTSMART (in general it needs to be avoided that the same projects are in all sessions saying the same things). For the show cases event, a smaller number of presentations might be preferable, so that there is some time to dedicate to each one.

7.  Open Platforms for Innovation

  • EU and US approaches of Future Internet in three parts:
    • EU and US views on FI programmes
    • Panel discussion
    • Q/As with the audience

8.  Novel networking and Relationship with Applications - The Value of Information Flows between Applications and Networks

  • Contributes to the understanding of the technical and economical value of information exchange between smart applications, services and networks

9.  Games, Networks and Clouds: What are the requirements?

  • Proposed format is OK,
  • Action: include a speaker on Cloud aspects instead of Standards aspects. Anastasias Gavras will contact Malte Behrmann for possible speakers.

10.  Standardisation

  • Proposed format is OK
  • Real content will come later, after call for participation has led to results

11.  Interoperability between Clouds at Several Layers

  • Session was not discussed, but at first reading setup looks good. Good to have the link between software – networks – IOT, as is planned.

12.  Impact of HTML5

  • W3C withdrew its proposal for this session. Vishal Jain is now in contact with NEM to develop this session further. They will work together to make a proposal.


Timeline for preparation:
10/02/2012  For selected session abstracts online on FIA Aalborg webpage.
03/03/2012  Final descriptions of chosen sessions ready; speakers confirmed and content stable.
09/03/2012  Phone conference between session representatives and FIA Steering Committee; last decision point on further direction.
14/03/2012  Final session descriptions online on FIA Aalborg webpage.

Minutes of the FIA Steering Board phone conference on 6 December 2011

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The steering committee has gone over all proposed topics in Google moderator, starting with the most popular topics first: four sessions on Smart Cities have been selected, two on Internet of Things and six on other topics. Some  sessions group several proposed topics into one area in which several specific proposals have been received. Sometimes a very popular topic has not been chosen since it addressed an area which was already discussed on previous FIAs according to the Steering Committee or for lack of further slots.

Selected sessions and corresponding topics:

1. Societal View on Smart Cities

Suggested session organisers:

Suggested focus of the session: needs and demands of smart cities as well as an overview of good practices and pilots towards smarter cities.

Steering Committee contact: Nick Wainwright

Their submissions were:

Dolores Ordóñez, Prodigy Consultores Smart Cities and Regions: an evolution to destination hubs. Holistic analysis of needs and demands of Smart Cities and Smart Citizens, leading to new generation of services, applications and infrastructures.
Roberto Gimenez for Safecity, Instant Mobility and Envirofi Safety, Mobility and Environmental Sustainability in Smart Cities - Future Internet Enablement for Citizens' wellbeing, welfare and sustainable Economies.
Hans Schaffers, FIREBALL How can cities, citizens and SMEs pro-actively shape the large scale adoption of Internet of Things, creating dynamic marketplaces for research, innovation and business creation? What are the good practices and pilots towards Smarter Cities?
Khaldoun Alagha Digital Cities of the Future: How to increase the part of Citizens in the city life: Open network, open data, privacy. Demonstrations on the works of EIT ICT labs on future cities are shown. Applications on safety and transportation will be presented.

Several other submissions were made that could relate to this topic. It is up to the organisers to decide if they would like to include some of these ideas in the session:

  • Franck Le Gall
  • Luis M. Correia
  • German M Fajardo Muriel
  • Marc Pallot
  • Brane Semolic
Franck Benchmarking framework initiatives for smart cities and IoT deployments will be presented. Benchmarking dimensions of interest will be discussed in panels involving various stakeholders (policy makers, technology providers, users)
Luis M. Correia SCs are a means of making services available to citizens, companies and authorities. How can ICT contribute to EGovernment, Health, Inclusion and Assisted Living, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency, and Environment?
German M Fajardo Muriel What is below the surface of the 10 smartest cities? The competitiveness and economic growth of smart cities is widely advertised on talent and knowledge and not on learning and innovation. There is a need to go underground to define the best model.
Marc Pallot (INRIA) Tackling societal issues - How to fill the gap between Future Internet (FI) technology push and Smart City application pull? How to make the FI innovation environment accessible to citizens who have ideas about Smart Services?
Brane Semolic SC concept needs holistic and simultaneous approach to achieve major transformations and changes of technical, organizational and behavioural competence of citizens and local authorities.

2. Smart City Applications and Services

Suggested session organisers:

  • Ana Garcia
  • Gianluca Ripa
  • Andreas Metzger

Steering Committee contact: Mike Boniface

Their submissions were:

Ana Garcia City as a service. Citizens as developers: Future Internet, Open Data and Living Labs enabling citizens and SMEs to become the core of Smart Cities.
Gianluca Ripa (CEFRIEL) How can municipalities, authorities and media provide context aware services and contents to citizens and tourists while they are moving around in the city exploiting sensor capabilities and intelligence of smart things/infrastructures and people?
Andreas Metzger How to Feed People in Smart Cities? Sustainable transport & logistics through Future Internet technology: Addressing key economic & ecological needs in delivering goods to inhabitants of future mega cities.

3. Smart Cities and Big Data

Suggested session organisers:

  • Srjdan Krco
  • Joern Kohlhammer
  • Freddy Lecue
  • Not identifiable: AILab

Steering Committee contact: John Domingue

Their submissions were:

Krco, IOT-i Cost effective, real-time capturing of city "rhythm", data streams processing, decision making, information dissemination. City requirements, good practices and experiences from deployment. Views of OUTSMART, SmartSantander, Peripheria, iCORE
Joern Kohlhammer, Fraunhofer IGD Visual Analytics: Towards intelligent interactive internet and security solutions. How can visualization and data mining get combined to solve the challenges of big data in the Future Internet and in Smart Cities?
AILab Big Data and Smart Cities: capturing the spatio-temporal and social pulse of the city. The event will focus on meaningful applications and the data that can enable them.
Freddy Lecue Capturing the Pulse of Cities: Data from citizen, systems and things is the single most scalable resource available to City stakeholders but difficult to publish, organize, discover and consume, especially in a real-time context.

4. Smart City Infrastructure

Suggested session organisers:

Steering Committee contact: Nancy Alonistioti

Their submissions were:

Jacques Magen (InterInnov) ICT infrastructures are central to the smartness of cities. How can such infrastructures help foster more sustainable, and modern cities, and help develop sectors such as e-government, e-health, intelligent transportation systems, and smart grids?
Thierry "How to manage connected things in a Smart City environment?" is a critical question to provide new services and value for citizens because heterogeneous connected things related to several different stakeholders would rise.
Jim Clarke What are the future and emerging ICT security threats to smart cities and how to best deal with them ensuring the development of smart cities instead of dumb targets.
Luis M. Correia Cities suffer impact from the deployment of mobile networks base stations. Which aspects from the energy efficiency perspectives of these networks will then impact on citizens and business in the cities, contributing to a Smart City approach?
Rafael Socorro (ACCIONA) ES4IB Intelligent Built environments and embedded urban infrastructure need the FI to create sustainable and friendly cities. This workshop aims to discuss results of ARTEMIS projects in this area in the context of the FIA community.

5. IoT and FI Architectures

Suggested session organisers:

  • Srjdan Krco
  • Antonio Jara

Steering Committee contact: Stephan Haller

Their submissions were:

Krco, IOT-i IoT and FI architectures: synergies and enabling technologies. End to end interoperability, semantics, embedding security and privacy, IPv6 role. Input from IOT-i, IOT-A, IOT-6, BUTLER, ebbits, OPENIOT, CALIPSO, IOT.EST, IOT@Work, IOT-A
Antonio Jara Internet of Things - Global connectivity based on IPv6. Moving towards the integration of IPv6 for devices which are not supporting either IPv6 or 6LoWPAN. New adaptations for the things to the Future Internet, towards a Future Internet of Things.

6. IoT Applications and Business Models

Suggested session organisers:

  • Srjdan Krco
  • Not identifiable: ejennings
  • Not identifiable: TV

Steering Committee contact: Stephan Haller

Their submissions were:

Krco - IOT-i IoT Forum meets FIA: Role of IoT in FI as seen from the societal, economical and legal perspectives. What are the most important aspects in the city context? Cross disseminating between Assembly and Forum. Input from IOT-A, IOT-I, ELLIOT, PROBE-IT
ejennings What new opportunities for sharing within and amongst communities will emerge from leveraging the combined information and intelligence resultant from the emergent Internet Of Things (IoT) and Social Mobile computing revolution?
TV Where is a business value of the sensor data collected? Who and how is going to make sense out of huge amount of data? Connecting to network is not easy (even today), do you really expect citizens to develop applications? They want to use them.

Another submission was made that could relate to this topic. It is up to the organisers to check and to decide if they would like to include some of these ideas in the session:

  • Hugues Vincent
Hugues Vincent Choreographies of business and thing-based services for the Future Internet: architecture, use cases and (open-source) business models?

7. Open Platforms for Innovation


Suggested session organisers:

Steering committee contact: Alex Galis

Their submissions were:

Petra Turkama for FI PPP Open and common technology platforms as enablers for cross domain application implementations. How can technology platforms accelerate public-private co-creation, enhance capabilities, and act as catalysts for business development in Smart Cities?
Didier Bourse EU and US Approaches for Future Internet: FIRE / GENI and FI PPP / IGNITE. Different complementary perspectives, technical challenges and business models.

8. Novel Networking and Relationship with Applications

Suggested session organisers:

Steering committee contact: Kurt Tutschku

Their submissions were:

Georgios Gardikis Collaborative Networking: novel paradigms and business models for sharing network infrastructures
Markus Fiedler How can we improve the interconnection of smart applications and networks? The session will bring together application and network architects to discuss information flows, techniques and methods for efficient interweaving of applications and networks

9. Interoperability between Clouds at Several Layers

Suggested session organiser:

  • Dana Petcu

Steering committee contact: Alex Galis

Her submission was:

Dana Petcu Portability and interoperability between Clouds - how can we reach them?

10. Impact of HTML 5

Comment: Please try to shape it like an interactive tutorial.

Suggested session organisers:

  • Philipp Hoschka
  • Vishal Jain

Steering Committee contact: Christophe Diot

Their submissions were:

Philipp Hoschka What will be the impact of HTML 5 for the future services on the Internet? What can you do with it today? Will it really be able to replace mobile applications? And will it replace proprietary Web media technologies? What's its role in TV services?
Vishal Jain What is the impact of HTML5 on mobile app development and other enterprise back-end as well as cloud systems. Are HTML5 and related technologies fully understood and what level of abstration is it bringing for app development.

Another submission was made that could relate to this topic. It is up to the organisers to check and to decide if they would like to include some of these ideas in the session:

  • Olexiy Chudnovskyy
Olexiy Chudnovskyy End user in the Future Internet: How to empower end users to develop their own applications? End user assistance, service compositions, mashups. Challenges, achievements and open questions.

11. Games, Networks and Clouds: What are the requirements?

Suggested session organiser:

Steering committee contact: Anastasius Gavras

His contribution was:

Malte Behrmann Digital games - drivers of innovation

12. Standardisation

Suggested session organisers:

Steering Committee contact: Didier Bourse

Their contributions were:

Franck Le Gall Presentations of expected contributions to standards by research projects will be called. Presentations will be focused and moderated by a panel of SDO representatives. Outcome will contribute to standardization roadmap for IoT, WoT and smart cities.
Sathya Rao IoT is the next evolution of Internet. But, how far new developments in this area are following the standards and methodologies is an open question, and needs coordinated approach on future research activities and standards development

Another submission was made that could relate to this topic. It is up to the organisers to check and to decide if they would like to include some of these ideas in the session.

Jesper Thestrup How can we make the FI interoperable with open standards so that companies (focus on SMEs) can migrate to the emerging productservice system (PSS) world producing Eco-PSS such as products and services for smart energy systems in smart cities.

Not retained:

Henrik Lundgren Smart Living: How can home networks in the Future Internet support the explosion of user generated content, ubiquitous access to everything, as well as embrace emerging services like e-health, home automation, and energy management?
Henri Fourdeux More than 50% (and growing) of internet traffic is now represented by video & audio content. How AV CONTENT will impact the Future Internet infrastructure? Through a dedicated session, we propose to present results achieved by the FI-CONTENT Project.
Vera Stavroulaki for the iCore project Making IoT smarter: moving beyond simple M2M applications towards a fully-fledged, intelligent IoT. How can the usage of cognitive technologies, agent systems, semantic reasoning and AI techniques help in building the Future Internet of Things?
Nick Papanikolaou (HP) Digital democracy - how will the Future Internet affect the way citizens interact with governments? How will we make FI available to everyone?
Martin Waldburger The freedom of digital choice vs. the need for global regulatory frameworks
Martin Waldburger Content pollution - dealing with user autonomy
Martin Waldburger Technology in support of/as a threat to global diversity
Henning Arendt "privacy by design" is an accepted concept to prepare new technology early on for privacy requirements. However, it is not well defined yet, what is needed for future developments of sensor networks, enabled citizens and autonomous networks,
Jean-Dominique Meunier Smart networked communities: What are the innovative applications & the technological innovation which can lead to completely new service paradigms in smart cities? Challenges and examples from the NEM Community ( ie social media.
Antonio Cimmino Communication among machines and humans - How software robots shall evolve in the internet of future
M.Ozgur Gungor How can we stabilize the reliability of information in the age of hyperconnectivity where M2M communication and social networking will generate real-time substantial data ?
Luis Miguel Pinho Embedded Systems for the Smart Grid. The session will aggregate projects focusing on embedded intelligence for the energy optimization in buildings and enable their active participation in the future smart grid environment.
Olga Interface with technology for all citizens - how to empower as many citizens as possible to benefit from these technologies?
CIDIPRINT Are mobile ad-hoc clouds a feature or a threat for the Citizen within the Future Internet - what will be when the "Game" is over? - imagine smart mobile devices form in a stadium during a match a mobile cloud to run a attack against an infrastructure.
J Sesena The interconnection of trade and recreational harbours in Europe through IoT and permanent online connection. How to modernize a maritime sector through the contribution of Internet of Things tools.
Mike How to create better information services with the mobile web connection on any place and real time access? Make an environmental data output lift connected to open entry social network?
Jesper Thestrup FI must support ecosystems that allow dynamic, real time business transactions between actors. So we need novel FI Enterprise Infrastructures that support identification, publishing and trading of value objects between large numbers of stakeholders.
Heike If citizens become active developers - how will this impact on ownership and financing of services? Will the leadership change de facto from elected politicians to active citizens?
Niki Lambropoulos What are the cognitive, technological and digital competencies for capable citizens in 2050? Then we can make the systems to fit them.

Minutes of the FIA Steering board meeting on 26 October


Alex Galis
Nick Wainwright
Neelie Prasad
Ramjee Prasad
Mirko Presser
Didier Bourse
John Domingue
Ruediger Martin (EC)
Anne-Marie Sassen (EC)

Feedback on FIA Poznan:

Organisation of FIA Poznan was very good, food was nice, atmosphere was excellent. Thanks to PSNC and the Polish presidency!

Quality of plenary sessions was good and of parallel sessions was mixed. Merging different ideas that are posed in the Google moderator doesn't always work out. Be more selective in selection of topics.

Very many side activities and networking is happening during the FI week. This is good, but the essence also needs to be good and that can only happen with good sessions.

Alex Galis finds it important we show progress on designing the FI. Progress is achieved through the working groups. See below for further discussion.

In order to assure the quality of the sessions, proposers of ideas should also include short CV and related work in session description. This can be done from the next FIA after Aalborg, because Eurescom will develop an alternative for Google moderator. For Aalborg Google Moderator will still be used and the amount of input for one idea is very limited.

More non-ICT people should be involved.

Should be continued bi-annually? The people in the room said yes, but of course with a good amount of new content every time. So now the whole steering committee needs to think of possible new and interesting topics and understand who could organise these. Then we need to ask those people to submit an idea in google moderator before 2 december on

Working groups

Recently all working groups have been asked to update their webpresence to make it more clear what they do and how people can be involved. See

A short overview of our findings:

  • FIArch is working well and progressing
  • FIA Roadmap is working well and progressing but should now develop a concrete plan on how to finish it and how it can achieve the necessary impact.
  • FIA Book: is going well, but announcement for new book needs to be send around. I have just warned Federico Alvarez about that .
  • Standardisation: is progressing but is a difficult topic.
  • International Collaboration: They want to stop.
  • Socio-economics: Are working well
  • Service offering: Are representing the services project in the different working groups
  • FIRE: Are working well, but is perhaps a cluster
  • Real world internet: Are working well, but is perhaps a cluster
  • FINES: Are working well, but is perhaps a cluster
  • Future Content Networks: Are working well, but is perhaps a cluster
  • Trust and Security: Are working well, but is perhaps a cluster
  • Linked Data: Are not really a working group but would like to become one.

Can clusters be working groups? Didier didn't think that was a good idea. He wrote the following: From his perspective WG shall be (1) working and (2) group. As such (this is just one example), I do not consider Linked Data as a FIA WG (website up-dated last time before November 2010). I also do not consider Enterprise as a FIA WG, this is for sure a Cluster but not a FIA WG. We may potentially have the WGs and the Clusters listed on the FIA portal webpage, listing on one hand the FIA WGs (hyperlinked to their website/Wiki) and on the other hand the full list of FIA-connected Clusters (also hyperlinked to their website/Wiki). I see FIA WGs as inter-domains (e.g. FIA transversal issues) groups and clusters as intra-domains groups. Introducing this clarification would help FIA work to be better understood from the inside/outside.

Michael wrote that he believes we need to take the working groups seriously. Currently the Steering committee does little in terms of reviewing and directing the working groups. A practical solution on how to do this is not decided yet.

Conclusion (if everybody agrees with this): The above list is the list of working groups, int coll will stop. In the next FIA newsletter we can make a call for new working groups + a suggestion on how to review and direct them. Is there any gap we see glooming that needs to be filled? For Bernard that would be something on classification of results of FIA. This is very difficult but certainly worthwhile to think about that. And something on dissemination. Any other idea?

FIA Aalborg

  • Evening 9 may 2012: Reception
  • 10&11 May FIA
  • 10 May Gala dinner
  • 9 May Internet of Things meeting
  • 8 May FINES meeting
  • Sponsors can have booths

Steering board renewal

Steering board would be evolve on a yearly basis. It might be time again to do a call for new volunteers and renew the board. This can also be done in the next newsletter.