The international FOKUS FUSECO FORUM series is a follow-up to the popular FOKUS IMS Workshop series held from 2004 to 2009. The FOKUS IMS Workshop was devoted to Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies and multimedia services which can be enabled by the IP Multimedia System (IMS). However, by 2009 it became obvious that IMS technology represents just one important control platform for human-to-human multimedia communications, providing services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS). Within the overall convergence between mobile telecommunication and Internet other topics became more emminent.
Hence, we started in 2010 to turn more towards the impacts of alternative control and service delivery platform technologies and also to take into account new emerging application domains inspired by internet technologies. Services will be delivered seamlessly via different wireless broadband networks onto smartphones, tablet PCs, and other emerging mobile internet devices. At that point we also witnessed the rising notion of the Future Internet (FI) as a container for advances in the fields of Internet of Services (IoS), Internet of Things (IoT) and Network of the Future (NoF). Those developments motivated us to change the focus of our workshop and created the new label of FUSECO standing for future seamleass communication for our new workshop series.
The 1st FOKUS FUSECO FORUM 2010 under the motto of “Business and Technical Challenges of Seamless Service Provision in Converging Next Generation Fixed and Mobile Networks” was concentrating on investigating the challenges and potentialities of the new mobile core network infrastructure and its relationship with IMS services and Over-The-Top (OTT) internet applications. This first in its series event has attracted 150 experts from 21 nations received good feedback and encouraged us to proceed along this line.
The 2nd FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2011 held in the new Fraunhofer Forum in the heart of Berlin on November 17 & 18, was themed “From FMC toward Total Convergence: New Applications and Platforms for Converging Mobile and Fixed Next Generation Networks and the Emerging Future Internet” and we looked at the expected impacts of the Future Internet on NGN infrastructure and service evolution. 200 people from 30 nations attended that event.
The 3rd FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2012 themed “Convergence of Human-to-Human and Machine-to-Machine Communications within Emerging Open Smart City ICT Infrastructures – Using Open APIs, RCS, IMS, MTC, EPC, and LTE as Enablers for Emerging Future Internet Application Domains” was held at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in Berlin on November 15 & 16. The conference looked deep into the enablement of Smart Cities by appropriate ICT infrastructures, namely IMS, M2M (Machine Type Communications - MTC), and OTT platforms running above different mobile broadband networks interconnected by emerging EPC core networks. We managed to attract 200 delegates from more than 30 nations
The 4th FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2013 themed “Smart Communications Platforms for Seamless Smart City Applications“ was held in Berlin on November 28 & 29, looking at Fixed and Mobile Next Generation Networks Evolution towards virtualized network control and service platforms and Seamless Cloud-based H2H and M2M Applications. discussing Network Virtualization and Open Flow, cloud based human-to-human (H2H) and machine-to-machine (M2M) service provision, as well as recent WebRTC and HTML5 advances. Participation increased again to ca. 230 participants from over 28 nations
The 5th FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2014 themed “Cloud-based ICT Platforms and Virtualized Networks for flexible Ecosystem enablement within Smart Cities” was held in Berlin on November 13 & 14 looking at the impacts of Cloud technologies on all levels of Smart Systems ranging from emerging 5G and Software Defined Networks (SDNs) up to virtualized network control and Cloud-based Service Delivery Platforms supporting IoT/M2M as well as multimedia Web Realtime Control (WebRTC) Applications. discussing new trends such as Network Evolution towards 5G, NFV and SDN/Open Flow; Internet of Things (IoT) / M2M; Cloud-based Networks and Service Platforms; as well as recent advances in the provision of Open Smart City Testbeds.