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Nuria de Lama, ICT Program Manager, Atos Research & Innovation
Vice-Secretary General, Big Data Value Association

Nuria de Lama studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has been working for 15 years in Research & Development in IT in different environments. After several years managing the department of International projects in an SME specialized in wireless and mobile technologies, she joined Atos in 2005, where she first led a Research Unit on Rural and Industrial development. In 2006 she was appointed Head of the Research unit on Semantics, Software and Service Engineering and since 2010 she is Representative of Atos Research and Innovation to the European Commission.

In that position she is responsible for the coordination of European research activities of Atos at EU level, contributing to the R&D strategy, partnerships and business development. This includes the participation of Atos in strategic initiatives such as Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and European Technology Platforms (ETP), mainly in the Future Internet and Big Data domains.  She is formal representative of Atos in European Technology Platform on Software and Services (NESSI), the CELTIC Plus Eureka program focused on Telecommunications, member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) and Vice-Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association. She is an active member of the Future Internet community, coordinating Atos project portfolio in the Future Internet Program, operatively involved in FIWARE ( as Collaboration Officer and member of the Future Internet Steering Board.

She has worked as independent expert for the European Commission in many occasions as proposal evaluator, project reviewer and rapporteur, and as a long track record of participation as speaker in international conferences and events.



Cities have to face many challenges nowadays. Some of the most relevant ones are: (1) Speed: cities tend to be very slow in changing and adapting to evolving needs, but digitization requires an agile approach ; (2) Scale: even though each city has particular characteristics and problems, there are commonalities between cities that can help to identify components and elements that could help to bring solutions to other cities; and (3) Solutions that avoid vendor lock-in; here open source frameworks can be a very useful tool, as much as standards that foster interoperability between different systems.

In this talk you will learn about one of the most ambitious developments that the European Commission has supported in the last years: FIWARE, the Open Service Platform that is ready to be used by different stakeholders in Europe and that provides a specific offering for Smart Cities.
The FIWARE platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. Besides, an open source reference implementation of each of the FIWARE components is publicly available so that multiple FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition. This talk will guide you through the process of discovering FIWARE functionalities as well as the context and conditions in which they can be used.

FIWARE strategy for Smart Cities is interlinked with the OASC initiative (Open and Agile Smart Cities), whose main objective is to create a Smart City market in Europe. OASC aims to kick start the use of a shared set of ways to develop systems once for multiple cities and make them interoperable between cities, and within a city. A Smart City needs solutions that can be implemented with respect for local practices and job creation. Furthermore, comparability, easy sharing of best practices, and avoiding vendor lock-in is necessary to enhance a Smart City: OASC, thus, provides linkage – to cities all over the world and to (EU) funding – and advocates de facto standards for participating cities.
Main principles supported by OASC include the use of shared APIs, a set of data models, and an open data platform for data publishing, together with a driven-by-implementation approach. FIWARE is the ultimate platform that can help smart cities to implement OASC principles and get access to a market of interoperable solutions.
There are currently 89 cities from 19 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific who have officially joined the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative.

Besides the insights of FIWARE as open platform and technical solution to implement OASC principles, you will get access to a set of comprehensive examples of cities that are already using FIWARE and the benefits achieved so far.







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