Crucial to the furtherment of smart cities, FIWARE is an independent community whose members are committed to building an open and sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards which will faciilitate the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

The work of the FIWARE community has five pillars:  the FIWARE platform; the FIWARE Lab; FIWARE Accelerate; FIWARE Mundus; and FIWARE iHubs. The Fiware platform provides a simple yet powerful set of APIs that facilitate the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. The FIWARE Lab is a non-commercial sandbox environment for FIWARE-based innovation and experimentation. FIWARE Accelerate is promoting the take-up of FIWARE technologies among solution integrators and application developers. FIWARE Mundus is taking FIWARE global. And FIWARE iHubs is supporting the worldwide establishment of iHub nodes.

The first EIP-SCC Citizen Focus Cluster Addressing Privacy in Smart Cities webinar is now available on Vimeo.

The first EIP-SCC Citizen Focus Action Cluster Addressing Privacy in Smart Cities webinar focused on privacy in smart cities from the demand-side perspective.

The webinar was lead by Antonio Kung, Chair of the Citizen-Centric Approach to Data Initiative and CTO at Trialog for the past 30 years, and Chris Cooper, Co-Chair of the Initiative and founding director of KnowNow Information Organization.

The webinar can be watched here.

E-Forum is pleased to communicate the work of two identity management-related projects:  City.Risks and ROUTE-TO-PA.

City.Risks is a three year project funded by the H2020 programme. The project started in May 2015 and its main objective is to increase the perception of security of citizens in urban areas by activating in a more transparent and sustainable way their participation in communities, through which information and interventions can be provided both to proactively protect citizens from falling victims to criminal activities as well as to reactively provide more timely and effective response and assistance. To achieve this objective, the City.Risks project will leverage a set of innovative technologies, city infrastructures, and available data sources but, more importantly, will aim at making citizens' smartphones the modern tool for increasing their personal and collective sense of security. The project will design and develop an innovative ecosystem of mobile services that will transform citizens' smartphones and tablets into a tool to collect, visualise and share safety-critical information with the appropriate authorities and communities. The project will rely on a wide spectrum of available technologies to design and implement an interactive framework including authorities and citizens, through mobile applications that will allow to prevent or mitigate the impact of crime incidents or other security threats in a collaborative way. Thus, it will contribute to an increase of the citizens' perception of security, which will be measured and validated in real-life scenarios and conditions through the deployment and operation of pilot trials in several selected cities. More information on City.Risks can be found at www.cityrisks.eu.

ROUTE-TO-PA is a multidisciplinary innovation project, that, by combining expertise and research in the fields of e-government, computer science, learning science and economy, is aiming to improve the impact, towards citizens and within society, of ICT-based technology platforms for transparency. ROUTE-TO-PA posits that Information and Communication Technologies for Transparency must improve the engagement of citizens by making them able to socially interact over open data, by forming or joining existing online communities that share common interest and discuss common issues of relevance to local policy, service delivery, and regulation. Moreover, ROUTE-TO-PA aims at further engaging citizens by providing a robust and more holistic understanding of transparency which will underpin the next generation open data based transparency initiatives and ensure that published data is of value to citizens. ROUTE-TO-PA will deliver innovative and engaging ICT platforms to ensure citizen-friendly, conscious and effective access to open data. More information on ROUTE-TO-PA can be found at http://www.routetopa.eu/.

E-FORUM is set to lead an ICT2015 (Lisbon, 20-22 October) networking session showcasing successful EU smart city applications within the leading Chinese smart cities and providing an opportunity for interested European parties to secure future across-China deployment. The session will principally utilise a “Dragon’s Den” format - a format which, by introducing a number of SMEs to Chinese companies and smart cities, proved successful during the UK-China Smart Cities project. Further information can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/ict2015/item.cfm?id=15789.

On 15-17 September, Marseille will host World e-ID and Cyber-Security:  Identification and Protection Services for Government, Mobility and Enterprise.

Above all else, the 11th edition of the World e-ID Congress will highlight the huge potential of the shift from traditional credentials to digital identity services. It will focus on:

  • The most inspiring e-ID roll-outs
  • Leveraging e-ID for eGov and corporate security
  • Key technological advances
  • Cyber-security regulations
  • And cyber-security and critical infrastructures

 

For further information click here.

E-Forum is now heading the dissemination of EKSISTENZ.

EKSISTENZ is a capability project in line with Call 6 of the Security Research Program and specifically with activity 10.1 “Security of Citizens.” The project is also very much focussed upon Topic SEC-2013.1.1-2 - “Stronger Identity for EU citizens.”

In essence, the mission of EKSISTENZ is to deliver a set of innovative and interoperable tools, procedures, methods and processes that will tackle identity theft in the EU. The entire life-cycle of identity will be taken into account and the privacy of citizens will always be considered paramount. In order to demonstrate the achievement of its mission, EKSISTENZ will develop a proof of concept relating to banking/finance that will be proven as scalable and deployable at the national level.

EKSISTENZ combats the identity thief: a thief who today searches through recycled materials, phishes, spoofs, sends scam emails, employs viruses, trojans and key loggers. And EKSISTENZ will do this by creating a real and strong link between the citizen and its primary identity document. EKSISTENZ will: strengthen the existing electronic-based primary identity document and associated bearer authentication method using biometric features and/or prior knowledge about the legitimate holder; derive from the primary identity document secondary identities; verify primary and secondary identities and the bearers of such identities; and use the European network STORK in order to provide bilateral recognition solutions of primary identity between EU member states.

The key objectives of EKSISTENZ are: develop innovative and interoperable components protecting the citizen from identity thieves; assess the technical maturity of the tools by taking into account the outcome results of the proof of concept in a linked governmental/services environment; strengthen citizen privacy by generating trusted and dedicated secondary identity.

The EKSISTENZ website can be found here.