The fifth FOKUS FUSECO Forum was successfully held in Berlin, Germany on November 13-14, 2014. The forum, entitled “Cloud-based ICT Platforms and Virtualized Networks for flexible Ecosystem enablement within Smart Cities”, was chaired by Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz and proofed again to be a premier international Forum for experts in the field as it was attended by 230 participants from 31 different countries. Through four parallel tutorials, interactive workshops and demonstrations on the new technological advances it was confirmed that based on global Future Internet research activities, the ongoing virtualization and “cloudification” of service and network infrastructures is globally progressing rapidly and that new application domains beyond voice and video communications are emerging majorly based on Machine-to-Machine communications under the banner of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.
Tutorial 1 “Emerging Cloud-based smart communication platforms for SmartCities”
The first tutorial performed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz and Dr. Niklas Blum was attended by around 45 delegates and set the floor for this year's FUSECO Forum. It introduced Smart Cities as a major Future Internet research use case which now becomes very relevant for the industry. The tutorial introduced all relevant technologies and showed the evolution path from Next Generation Network Service Delivery Platforms towards cloud-based, fully virtualized enabling platforms for diverse Smart City applications, such as eGovernment, eHealth, Smart Energy, etc. The tutorial was closed by an overview of the relevant FOKUS toolkits to prototype Smart City applications.
Workshop 1 - “Communication Clouds enabling new Service Ecosystems”
The half-day interactive workshop was led by Dr. Niklas Blum from Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany, and Serge Lachapelle from Google, Sweden.Session 1 titled “Taking the Pulse on Innovation and Disruption in the Telco Service Domain” was opened by Jürgen Galler who presented on opportunities for operators to innovate in the service layer to continue competing successfully with other service companies from the Internet and web domain. Gil Rosen described an approach by Deutsche Telekom building on-top of Jürgen’s presentation. Bjorn Remseth from Telenor Digital described current efforts of launching an MVNO by applying light-weight technologies ranging from OpenStack-based virtualization environments to open source service technologies. Carsten Bock from ng-voice presented on experiences and lessons-learned by deploying VoLTE in Bulgaria and South Africa based on an open source IMS and Asterisk. The current status of WebRTC and its upcoming roadmap was presented by Serge Lachapelle from Google and Paulo Chainho from PT Inovacao, Portugal, presented research activities to provide interoperability between different kind of signaling approaches based on WebRTC. The session was ended by a presentation from Stefan Weil from GSMA providing a status update on operator network APIs and a global, federated API solution.Session 2 titled “Deep Dive into Architecture, Media and Platforms for new Communication Services” was started with a presentation by Dave Nugent from PubNub describing how service-layer event-driven communication for cloud services can be used to provide a communication layer for IoT and human-to-human communication services. After this presentation Jeremie Lecomte from Fraunhofer IIS presented latest standardization activities for high-definition audio codecs for VoLTE. Henrik Lundin from Google’s WebRTC team gave an introduction into audio packet handling in Chrome to handle network congestion, packet loss and delay. Michail Rikakis from Sinch in Sweden presented an approach for in-app real-time communication enablement on mobile devices acting on top of operator networks. The second part of this session was opened by Robert Nyman from Mozilla giving a status update on Firefox OS. Martin Geddes gave an outlook on how communication should be handled in the future and who will own the content of the exchanged information and related privacy topics that should be addressed by researchers and product managers when designing future services. The session was closed with a presentation by Luis Lopez from the Kurento project describing and demoing a scalable cloud solution for advanced video communication services.
Tutorial 2 - “5G Foundations and Core Network Evolution: Radio, Convergence Core, Cognitive Management and Virtualisation (SDN/NFV)”
Tutorial 2 held by Dr. –Ing. Marius Corici (Fraunhofer FOKUS) and Giuseppe Carella (Fraunhofer FOKUS) provided a comprehensive overview of the network architecture evolution from current telecommunication networks towards 5G, including support of the new 5G radio access, LTE and WiFi, convergent core network support (integration of fixed, backhaul and satellite).
Workshop 2 - “Towards 5G: SDN/NFV, Convergence and Applications Enablement”
Tutorial 3 - “Uniform IoT/M2M Service Development in Smart Cities”
Workshop 3 - “IoT/M2M Platform Convergence and Services for Smart Cities”
The workshop included two sessions:
Session 1: “The Evolution from M2M towards IoT from Platforms and Architectures" was chaired by Enno Borchers from Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany. Mr. Enno Borchers opened the session with various M2M aspects from Deutsche Telekom perspectives. Ernst-Joachim Steffens from T-Labs Deutsche Telekom presented on farming 4.0 and related M2M architectures. Mr. Daniel Godde from Ericsson GmbH, Germany, presented the evolution of M2M for enabling smart cities. Finally, Emil Berthelsen from Machina Research, UK presented how platforms need to and are evolving to meet the changing requirements of M2M and IoT. He introduced the notion of Subnet of Things (SoTs) as the pathway of data environment.
Session 2: “Innovative M2M/IoT applications and services" was chaired by Prof. Manfred Hauswirth, Fraunhofer FOKUS director. Various verticals and services were presented during this session: Dr. Bernd Heinrichs, EMEAR Industrial IOT Solutions from CISCO, Germany, presented the role of Fog as edge computing node in an M2M/IoT environment with various capabilities and features. Gabriel Wetzel from Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, Germany, presented various solutions and smart city services that are based on M2M technologies. Dr. Stefan Covaci gave an overview about the FI-Star project as M2M/IoT-based solution in the health domain. Finally, Sascha Wolter from Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, showed various ways to use M2M technologies for developing creative and innovative services. The M2M workshop finalized the day with a panel, which included different panelists from various disciplines and domains. The panel addressed the current business and technical challenges for M2M and paved the way for the realization of the smart city vision.
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DAY 2 Conference
Ms. Archana Amarnath from Frost & Sullivan, UK talked first about “Global Smart City Market – A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity by 2020” and set by this talk the motivation for various Smart City projects around the world. Then Glenn Ricart, CTO of the US IGNITE initiative presented a snapshop of recent US activities in his talk “Smart City Prototyping in the US: Experiences from the IGNITE Program”. Finally, Prof. Thomas Michael Bohnert from ZHAW, Switzerland reported in his talk “FIWARE2FICore: Smart City Prototyping based on Future Internet enablers” about the most recent activities in the European Future Internet community, where new toolkits (Fi-Ops) and infrastructures (FI-Labs) are provided in several acceleration activities for SMEs. The session panel revealed, that network operators are in a very good strategic position to realise Smart City infrastructures and services.
Prof Magedanz closed the successful event by giving thanks to all the chairmen, speakers, panelists and the local organisation team. He pointed out, that it became clear during these two days, that based on global Future Internet research activities in the past and today, the ongoing virtualization and “cloudification” of service and network infrastructures is globally progressing rapidly and that new application domains beyond voice and video communications are majorly based on Machine-to-Machine communications emerging under the banner of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. In order to follow timely the progress in this hot field of applied research, Prof. Magedanz invited the FUSECO family to the next FOKUS FUSECO Forum in Berlin.