Innovation: Cloud Computing - A Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem

Worldsensing is awarded with the H2020 project mF2C that address the need for an open and coordinated management of fog and cloud computing. 

Barcelona, May 2017

Worldsesning has been awarded the action entitled ‘Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralized and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem — mF2C’ as described in the Grant Agreement number 730929. The mF2C is a 36-month Research Innovation Action (RIA) project funded by the European Union under the call H2020-ICT-2016, topic ICT-06-2016 Cloud Computing.

Fog computing brings cloud computing capabilities closer to the end-device and users, while enabling location dependent resource allocation, low latency services, and extending significantly the IoT services portfolio as well as market and business opportunities in the cloud sector. With the number of devices exponentially growing globally, new cloud and fog models are expected to emerge, paving the way for shared, collaborative, extensible mobile, volatile and dynamic compute, storage and network infrastructure. When put together, cloud and fog computing create a new stack of resources, which we refer to as Fog-to-Cloud (F2C), creating the need for a new, open and coordinated management ecosystem.

The mF2C project sets the goal of designing an open, secure, decentralized, multi-stakeholder management framework, including innovative programming models, privacy and security, data storage techniques, service creation, brokerage solutions, SLA policies, and resource orchestration methods. The proposed framework is expected to set the foundations for a novel distributed system architecture, developing a proof-of-concept system and platform, to be tested and validated in real-world use cases, as envisioned by the industrial partners in the consortium with significant interest in rapid innovation in the cloud computing sector.

Worldsensing´s expertise

Worldsensing is a market-leader in wireless monitoring and a provider of Operational Intelligence within the M2M and IoT industry. It has won numerous prizes and awards, has enjoyed vast press coverage by the WSJ and the BBC, has shaped many IoT/M2M standards, and has driven the R&D developments in Europe through participation of numerous FP7 projects.

Role in the project

The Barcelona-based IoT pioneer has three main contributions within mF2C project:

  • Provide input for real life IoT services and device requirements
  • Support the porting and integration process of the individual blocks in a reference architecture and lead the validation and assessment activities to guarantee the quality of the whole system: evaluate the performance/behavior of the management system in relevant tasks in WP5.
  • Exploitation of the project results by possibly adopting the developed technology for the company`s back end servers and fog computing solutions.

Company background

Worldsensing, founded in 2008, currently employs more than 60 people in Barcelona and London, has experienced stable growth over the last years, and was able to double revenues in 2016. In 2015, Worldsensing closed a Series-A round of investment led by Kibo Ventures, Fundación Jose Manuel Entrecanales, Mitsui & Co., Cisco Ventures, Endeavor and previous investors. Its core expertise lies in providing sensing and machine-to-machine devices and software solutions and services to cities and industrial companies. With a focus on developing integrated software and hardware solutions for both smart city and industrial applications, the company’s flagship products are its integrated City Operational Intelligence Solution Mobility, Loadsensing, the Connected Infrastructure Solution and Fastprk, its Parking Management System. As for smart traffic, a journey-time monitoring solution through its acquisition of the smart traffic giant Bitcarrier. It also offers seismic monitoring capabilities for engineering, oil/gas/water acquisition and CO2-sequestration purposes.

Project members

The project, led by ATOS, puts together a well-balanced European consortium of 10 partners, including companies, SMEs and research centers from 7 different countries: ATOS Spain (coordinator), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (UPC, Spain), Technische Universitat Braunschweig (TUBS, Germany), INTEL (Ireland), Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Spain), WORLDSENSING (UK), XLAB (Slovenia), SIXSQ (Switzerland), TISCALI (Italy) and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, UK).

 

mF2C webpage: http://www.mf2c-project.eu/
Worldsensing use case: http://www.mf2c-project.eu/use-case-1-emergency-situation-management-in-smart-city-esm/

 

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mF2C is a 36-month Research Innovation Action (RIA) project funded by the European Union under the call H2020-ICT-2016, topic ICT-06-2016 Cloud Computing.

 

About Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 50 employees in Barcelona, London and Los Angeles, Worldsensing is globally active and has already conducted projects in over 40 countries on 5 continents.

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