NEC Corporation and NEC Technologies India Private Limited have launched a Fiware lab node in India to encourage application developers, solution providers, government bodies, and academia to experiment and innovate with Fiware-based solutions for smart cities. The new facility is expected to result in greater Fiware development within Asia, as now all experiment and research data can be kept within the boundaries of the region.
In conjunction with the launch of the new facility, NECTI signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with partners that include Tech Mahindra, Hughes Systique, and Mobilepedia in order to explore collaboration on joint development of Fiware-based solutions.
The NEC Group aims to achieve revenues of more than USD 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.
NEC welcomes organizations, entrepreneurs, and individuals to utilize this lab for learning Fiware, as well as to test their applications while capitalizing on Open Data published by cities and other organizations.
The Fiware Lab node, which is part of the Fiware community, is a non-commercial sandbox environment where innovation and experimentation based on Fiware technologies will take place. The lab node will be hosting IoT and smart city solutions for India and Asian countries. The new facility is the first Fiware Lab node in India endorsed by Fiware Foundation e.V., and the first Fiware Lab node in the world based on the latest OpenStack release named Pike.