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Evolution of FIRE: Facilities, Services and Collaboration Strategies for Sustainability - Part II

Hans Schaffers - Aalto University School of Business, Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research
Jean-Charles Point - JCP-Consult
Milon Gupta - Eurescom GmbH
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The key objective of this workshop is to explore ways of making FIRE facilities and services sustainable after EC funding has expired. FIRE has brought Europe several large-scale test beds and platforms addressing a broad range of technologies, applications and services for the Future Internet. These facilities enable research in key Future Internet technologies and have already supported advanced experiments proving that experimentally-driven research and innovation are key mechanisms for the development of the Future Internet. 

From this point of departure, this workshop will discuss the envisaged pathways of FIRE towards sustainability, based on an analysis of its existing capabilities and resources, the current and future demand for FIRE testbed services, and the positioning of FIRE facilities within the Future Internet ecosystem. 

The workshop identifies and discusses opportunities for technical, infrastructural, service-related, business and organizational collaboration towards economic viability within as well as outside of FIRE, in particular addressing FIRE’s role in relation to other large-scale Future Internet initiatives as well as towards the demands of business players. 

The future role of FIRE is explored as regards providing a platform for European SME innovation and business creation. The workshop targets potential providers of testbeds, FIRE projects, developers and operators of facilities from FIRE, the FI-PPP and EIT ICT Labs, Living Labs, national and regional testbeds, and users - or potential users - of such facilities, including SMEs and large enterprises.



This session aims to explore collaboration opportunities between FIRE facility providers and a diversity of actors and initiatives in Europe and beyond. The session will present and discuss different aspects of these opportunities, including the underlying business models, requirements for economic viability, and the development path towards implementing concrete collaborations. Speakers will represent both representatives of FIRE facilities as well as potential collaboration partners and other stakeholders from industry, Future Internet initiatives, EIT ICT Labs, and national initiatives.

Moderator: Milon Gupta (Eurescom, CI-FIRE)

  • Serge Fdida (UPMC, OpenLab, CI-FIRE): "The Collaboration Between FIRE and EIT ICT Labs"
  • Mauro Campanella (GARR): "Perspectives for collaboration between FIRE and GÉANT"
  • Wim Vandenberghe (iMinds, FED4FIRE): “Collaboration between FIRE and GENI".
Panel Discussion

This interactive final session integrates the findings of the previous three sessions into a roadmap and action plan for FIRE sustainability. The basis of the roadmap is the future evolution of FIRE, including the development of the market, customers, facilities, services etc. The session will be organised as an interactive debate with the audience.

Moderator: Martin Pott ( Martel Consulting, CI-FIRE, FUSION, AmpliFIRE)

  • Paul Grace (IT Innovation, AmpliFIRE): "FIRE Roadmap towards 2020"
  • Interactive discussion with the audience on FIRE Roadmap towards 2020
Tuesday, 18 Mar
Pre-FIA Workshop