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Atos takes part in XIFI, a major EU funded project to boost Future Internet

Atos joins Telefónica, Telecom Italia, Orange and other large Telco and IT players to build a pan-European open federation of test infrastructures. XIFI -eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet- with a €19M budget, will offer a unique marketplace where experimental services will be available.

Madrid, December 10, 2014. – Atos, an international company of information technology services, is a key partner in XIFI, an innovative project that will impulse Europe’s leadership in shaping the Internet of the Future. By 2016 Internet will be used by more than 3 billion of users, almost half of the world population. No doubt Internet is powering growth and creating jobs. Changes are faster and greater than ever and the nature of Internet, who uses it, how and for what, is changing rapidly too. Various big European IT players are part of the project XIFI (eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet) of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) program; an ambitious EU plan to contribute to the revitalization of European economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, while understanding internet as key economic-driver. The program is co-funded by the European Commission, which invests €12M, and by the 35 member organizations, up to a total of €19M. XIFI is building a pan-European infrastructure and the tools needed to support the deployment of Future Internet (FI) business applications. The federation of infrastructures deployed by XIFI allows web-entrepreneurs, young researchers, large companies and SMEs, to freely experiment FI applications, to “test and play”, and based on those experiments, build innovative applications and services. Atos has a prominent role as regards the different services and tools offered in this project. The Service and Tools work package, led by Atos, will provide the visual tools and services needed to allow the experimenters to manage and test the Generic Enablers or components in the context of the federation. These tools are the XIFI Marketplace, Resource Catalogue and recommender, Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring and accounting, interoperability and security surveillance. Atos role is to set up a robust and extensive federation environment in XIFI: a portal where all services are available. It will allow developers and experimenters managing instances by presenting a catalogue with the full-offering of resources available through a graphical user interface. The Marketplace will allow identifying, using, and comparing different services while providing recommendations, for example, selecting the more convenient node to be used depending on the user profile, skills or location. But the development of the FI does not stop there: technologists, as well as users, need to join forces to make it happen. XIFI supports Use Case and Accelerators projects covering different vertical sectors, such as smart cities, transport and logistics, media content, agriculture, etc., to ease the adoption of FI opportunities. Behind this lies the idea that European SMEs will be able to make use of FI technology and develop services without having to invest substantially in infrastructure and independently from vendors. Ultimately the powerful technology and strong collaboration dynamics that will result from XIFI have the potential to redefine the market. As it is trialed and adopted over time, it will become sustainable beyond the lifetime of any individual project. https://www.fi-xifi.eu/ https://twitter.com/XIFIProject

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