NEC launches FIWARE Lab node for smart cities

NEC and NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NECTI) has announced the launch of a FIWARE Lab node in India for smart cities

FIWARE Lab node will encourage application developers, solution providers, government bodies and academia to experiment and innovate with FIWARE based solutions.

In conjunction with the launch of the new facility, NECTI has signed an MoU with Tech Mahindra, Hughes Systique and Mobilepedia to explore collaboration on joint development of FIWARE-based solutions.

“The FIWARE Lab node in India managed by NEC enables companies developing smart city solutions for India to keep their experiment data within India. FIWARE brings in royalty free standards for interfaces and data models that help to integrate applications easily, which can be an edge over others for the smart city opportunities in India,” said Ulrich Ahle, CEO, FIWARE Foundation through a video message during the launch event.

“With the launch of the FIWARE Lab Node, we provide ideal environment for verification of application based on the most recent and prominent container technology on the latest OpenStack platform. I firmly believe this will help application developers, solution providers and many others develop innovative solutions for smart cities,” said Naoki Hashitani, Senior Vice President, System Integration, Services & Engineering Operations Unit, NEC.

“We will promote the growth and expansion of FIWARE platform in India by introduce insights and know-how we have obtained from our FIWARE related Smart City projects around the world, including Spain, New Zealand and Portugal,” added Hashitani.

The NEC Group aims to achieve revenues of more than $150 million from India and other parts of South East Asia by fiscal year 2020 through FIWARE-based solutions aided by the FIWARE Lab node. Since last year, NECTI has built a capacity of 100 engineers in FIWARE and related IoT and smart city solutions and plans to enhance this to 250 engineers in the next year.

“I congratulate NEC Technologies India on the launch of the FIWARE lab node. Technologies which are open help encourage collaboration among companies and provide an environment for innovation,” said Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO, Center of Excellence – IoT, NASSCOM.

“At Tech Mahindra, we strongly believe in Open source platforms and solutions. We are excited to collaborate with NEC Technologies India in promoting the concept for the benefit of Citizens through various IoT solutions,” said Sanjeev Kumar, Head of Smart Cities (Global), Tech Mahindra.

“The FIWARE Lab node launch by NEC could not have come at a better time. India is aiming to become a hub of innovation and this lab node gives us an opportunity to work with NEC Technologies India in co-creating solutions and value added offerings in smart solutions,” said Vinod Sood, MD, Hughes Systique.

“Mobilepedia is the first non-European Gold member of FIWARE, and the first company in India to deploy FIWARE based solutions in any Indian smart city. We are willing to explore the possibility to collaborate with NEC Technologies India on various smart city solutions,” said Mukul Mahajan, Director, Mobilepedia.

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