In 2011 the European Commission together with the major ICT players launched an ambitious project: the realization of innovative open source technologies made in Europe, created with the aim of enable the creation and the development of new internet-based products and services. They created FIWARE, a public-private partnership able to invest half billion of euro to stimulate the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing a set of innovative tools able to ease the realization of new ideas. FIWARE provides cloud hosting services based on OpenStack technology and a set of components offering a number of added-value functions “as a service”, the Generic Enablers: they are open standard APIs that make it easier to connect to the Internet of Things, process data and media in real-time at large scale, perform BigData analysis or incorporate advanced features to interact with the users, so FIWARE can be considered as an open alternative to existing proprietary Internet platforms. All the Generic Enablers are listed in a catalogue, where users can find documentation, instructions on how to create an instance and a reference person which is the point of contact between users and the developer of the technology and that provides support on specific aspects of each Enabler. Here are some services available:
- Cosmos is an on-demand hadoop infrastructure developed by Telefonica which performs Big Data analysis;
- Wirecloud, a web-based mashup platform dedicated to those who need to develop an operational dashboard;
- Kurento for real-time video stream processing;
- Orion, a context broker which handles data about context at large scale.