The Future Internet (FI) is an emerging, open, communications infrastructure, which supports more services and applications and is better coupled to users and the physical world. The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) initiative aims to promote FI adoption by supporting the development of a common platform supporting large-scale trials running on a wide range of FI infrastructure. XIFI will address the infrastructure element of this initiative, by paving the way for a unified European market for FI facilities. The creation of a sustainable pan-European open federation of test infrastructures is a key milestone, overcoming the current fragmentation of European infrastructure into isolated test beds that are individually unable to support large-scale trials, and opening the way for widespread and replicable exploitation of FI services and applications.
XIFI will establish a marketplace for test infrastructures and FI services. It will be able to cope with large trial deployments involving the users as the centre of the innovation process. This will initially be achieved by setting up a core federation of test infrastructures comprised of five nodes, and by leveraging on-going efforts in the area of FI infrastructures and pilots (FIRE, EIT ICT Labs, CIP pilots, Living Labs, etc.) assisted by investments in pan-European infrastructure such as GÉANT. Later, more infrastructures will be added to the federation, preparing to respond to a broader set of FI users and experimenters.
The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) aims to:
- increase the effectiveness of business processes and of the operation of infrastructures
- derive possible innovative business models in the involved sectors, and
- strengthen the competitive position of European industry
The FI-PPP programme is organised in three phases. Phase I is dedicated to the identification of the requirements of the use cases and the development of the FIWARE Generic Enablers (GEs). Phase II is dedicated to the availability of the test infrastructure and the validation of the GEs by early large-scale trials: Finally, phase III is dedicated to the operation of a stable infrastructure for large-scale trials and the expansion of its usage by FI developers, service providers and users at large.
The XIFI project will address the needs of advanced infrastructures, helping them adopt the GEs, and participate in use case and early trial projects. XIFI will support FI-PPP large-scale trials of innovative ICT services in Europe by leveraging existing infrastructure capacity, and augmenting its capabilities by using the FI-PPP GEs provided by the FIWARE project. XIFI will thereby make the GEs' capabilities available on advanced infrastructures across Europe at local, regional, national and European level.