Involved in various Future Internet projects, Sigma Orionis is part of the FIWARE initiative and has recently contributed to the release of the FIWARE Media & Content Lab, an online platform where innovative SMEs can access a set of web technologies to boost their businesses.
Part of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP), the FIWARE initiative, dedicated to fostering innovation in European SMEs, provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. Besides, an open source reference implementation of each of the FIWARE components is publicly available so that multiple FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition.
In the framework of the FIcontent project, aiming at developing the FIWARE technology enablers for media and content, in particular Social Connected TV (HbbTV, second screen, audio mining, etc.), Smart City Services (open city database, POIs, context aware recommendation, etc.) and Pervasive Games (augmented-reality games based on toys, location-based games, city-wide games, etc.), Sigma Orionis has been involved in the task force that released the FIWARE Media & Content Lab.
The FIWARE Media and Content Lab is a non-commercial sandbox environment where innovation and experimentation based on FIWARE technologies take place. Beyond allowing access to all information about the technologies (description, programmer guide, installation guide, tutorial, usage videos, terms & conditions, support), this Lab allows users to test these technologies through live demos, to modify and run their client-side code, then even to start and monitor instances via various tools facilitating usage and deployment. Entrepreneurs and developers can thus embed these technologies on their applications easily. More explanations are available in this presentation of the FIWARE Media & Content Lab.