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FESTIVAL Report Summary

Project ID: 643275
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - FESTIVAL (FEderated interoperable SmarT ICT services deVelopment And testing pLatforms)

Reporting period: 2015-10-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The development of the Internet of Things is set to have a strong impact on many aspects of society. Test-beds and experimental facilities, both of small scale and up to city scale, will be an essential enabler to facilitate and validate the development of this vision. There have been long years of research work in Europe and Japan on federation of testbeds and more recently on IoT testbeds. FESTIVAL aims at leveraging those testbeds by a federation approach where experimenters can seamlessly perform their experiments taking benefit of various software and hardware enablers provided both in Europe and in Japan. Facilitating the access to those test-beds to a large community of experimenters is a key asset to the development of a large and active community of application developers, necessary to address the many challenges faced by European and Japanese societies.
The main objectives of the project can be summarized by the following list:
• Exploit existing European and Japanese assets to enable IoT data collection and processing.
• Enable federation and interoperability of the testbeds through a common API.
• Build services and experimentation over the federated testbeds cutting across various application domains (energy, building, shopping…).
• Offer access to external experimenters in both Europe and Japan through Experimentation as a Service model.
• Evaluate the technical, economic and societal performance of the experimentations.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

While the first year of the project was dedicated to building use cases, extracting requirements for the federated testbed platform and building its architecture, the 2nd year has been dedicated to its implementation and testing. Furthermore, experiments from 3 identified domains, namely smart building, smart energy and smart shopping, have been updated in this 2nd year.

WP1 has focused on finalising the architecture of the FESTIVAL’s Experimentation as a Service platform. The Deliverable 1.4 has provided the final architecture.

Based on the defined architecture, WP2 has done a first integration work among the EU-Japan components at the beginning of the 2nd year, which have been reported in the Deliverable 2.4. It then defined the FESTIVAL data model and APIs for different “drivers”, which provide specific connections to different types of testbeds (open data, IoT, IT, living lab). WP2 then implemented all the identified drivers and tested the main ones. The results of this development and testing work have been provided in the Deliverable 2.2.

The WP3 is divided into 3 main task each one dealing with identified application domains, which are smart building, smart energy and smart shopping, WP3 has performed various experiments, such as Energy Management in data Center, Environmentally aware smart station, people counting with smart and privacy friendly smart cameras, connected shop, art & sciences, etc. The latest update of the experiments has been provided in the Deliverable 3.2. FESTIVAL Project is also opening its testbeds to external experimenters.The descriptions and process for the call for experimenters have been described in the Deliverable 3.3.

In the second year the Workpackage 4 has focused on the evaluation framework and provided updates with respect to the 1st year work. Deliverable 4.3 described the evolution of the framework defined in the deliverable 4.2. A final set of Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS) indicators has been defined and implemented.

Besides the progress on the technical workpackages, WP5 has continued on being active in dissemination of its results (published scientific papers, co-organised workshops, presented the project in several European and Japanese events, etc.) to ensure the reach of its results to a broad community and increase its public awareness. The Deliverable 5.5 provides an update on the project’s dissemination activities and plan. The deliverable has also provided an update on the individual exploitation plans of the partners.

Finally, the Workpackage 6 has been working to ensure the smooth execution of the project, monitoring the project progress and ensuring that they are in line with the project objectives. Another objective of the WP is to ensure the impact by the FESTIVAL project in EU-Japan collaboration opportunities. Deliverable 6.5 summarises the first identified opportunities and means to measure the EU-JP impact.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The main expected impact of the FESTIVAL project is to initiate (and maintain) this collaboration initiative in the domain of IoT and Smart ICT services domains and bring it beyond the project lifetime with sustainable exploitation plans. More concretely, the project aims at defining future collaboration plans within the consortium, contracts between the industrial and academic partners, and continuous exchange of experiences and best practices between various FESTIVAL stakeholders.

FESTIVAL project expects to have substantial impact from different angles: strategic impact on European and Japanese collaboration, technological impact of the FESTIVAL results in the IoT services domain, economic impact and societal impact for the future city life.
For instance:
Strategic impact on EU-Japan collaboration
- Start a sustainable EU-Japan collaboration initiative Maintain EU-JP collaboration initiative in IoT testbeds beyond the project lifetime.
- Provide sustainable exploitation plans for project achievements
Technological impact:
- Provide a standard and homogeneous way to access to EU-Japan testbeds through a set of API, tools and open components available in an Experimentation as a Service model.
- Define, implement and test an open architecture jointly defined by European and Japanese organizations
- Provide physical IoT experimentation platforms for European and Japanese researchers
- Reuse of cross continent assets, mutual benefit of know-how and lessons learned
Economic Impact:
- Provide open access to European and Japanese startups/SMEs to allow them doing experiments on the federated testbeds
- Foster economic development in local environments thanks to smart ICT services in smart shopping domain
- Identify new market opportunities for IoT players
- Build testbed oriented business models
Societal impact:
- Strengthen citizens involvement and awareness of the community life (reduce energy consumption, increase their involvement with participatory sensing applications, etc.)
- Use art to increase awareness of citizens for new technologies

In the 2nd year, the project has achieved in building the federated platform that will allow European and Japanese stakeholders (researchers, SMEs, startups, etc.) to access the federated IoT, IT and open data resources. The project has launched an open call for experimenters to attract external users realising their experiments on top of the FESTIVAL federated platform.

The cooperation between Europe and Japan has been excellent over the first two periods, leading to many exchanges of knowledge and information. Researchers on both side have learned more about existing research and resources on the other side, and real collaboration work has been produced thanks to physical meetings and regular online exchanges. We can already foresee that this project will lead to future cooperation between Europe and Japan researchers, and potentially through the EaaS model lead to common exploitation opportunities.

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