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Enabling a Mobility Back-End as a Robust Service

Objective

EMBERS will bring to market a back-end for smart city mobility that is developed by a European small enterprise based upon its smart parking and smart traffic management products that two municipalities in Portugal currently deploy. The Mobility Back-end as a Service (MBaaS) replaces such all-in-one systems, in which a municipality purchases the full set of components from a single vendor. Instead, the city manager can purchase best-of-breed devices and apps developed by third parties, with the only constraint being that they interoperate with the back-end via a free, open, smart city mobility API. This domain-specific API lowers barriers to entry for app and device developers, making it easier for innovative SMEs to enter the market. Furthermore, the API is offered via a variety of generic interfaces, including oneM2M, ETSI M2M, OMA LWM2M, and FIWARE NGSI. EMBERS thus clears the way for developers and to municipalities that have adopted any one of these potential emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) communication standards. Beyond its primary goal of bringing the MBaaS to market, EMBERS will stimulate development of an entire ecosystem around the MBaaS smart city mobility API. Separating out the back-end from the other components will, however, require rigorous testing. EMBERS will experiment with the system on two testbeds that are part of the FIRE+ OneLab facility: the FUSECO Playground, for M2M communications, and FIT IoT-LAB, for wireless sensor devices. EMBERS will host a hackathon and an app challenge to bring in third party developers. The project will also include three demonstrators by third parties via an open call. These activities will contribute back to FIRE+ by demonstrating successful experimentation by SMEs developing close-to-market products. The project will also conduct real world pilots in two or more cities as a final step in bringing the MBaaS to market.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/smart city

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 542 937,50

Participants (4)

UBIWHERE LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 367 062,50
Address
Travessa Senhor Das Barrocas 38
3800 075 Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 429 475
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 411 500
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 248 550
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations