What is the Internet of the Future?

The Internet has dominated the world. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Spotify, YouTube, VR Porn, and many more seem inseparable from our daily activities. But does this technology just stop here? Certainly not! The evolution continues!

The Internet of the Future is the evolution of the web and its influence on different activities of human endeavor. The Internet stopped being just a communications network to become the main global telecommunications infrastructure, which supports an infinity of services and applications that support all human activities, be they research, economics, politics, culture, among other.

It can be said that this society is “digitized and interconnected”, but its resources and capacities are limited, generating bottlenecks in its operation. Different initiatives, research and projects are being carried out worldwide, exclusively dedicated to a transformation towards what is called the Internet of the future.

Internet of the Future is a term that is used globally to group the different activities of a political, regulatory, technological and socio-economic nature related and dedicated to strengthening the future development of the Internet. These developments are expected to bring new opportunities and challenges for the current information society, such as:

  • Definition of policies and technical and socio-economic aspects for the operation and exchange of information.
  • The development of new network architectures and data models.
  • The analysis of information technologies, smart applications and new services and professions.
  • Increased transport capacity, connectivity and bandwidth.
  • Offer all users a safe, efficient, reliable and robust environment that guarantees open, dynamic and decentralized access to the network and its information; that is scalable, flexible and adapts its performance to the needs of users and their context.

The European Commission (EC) and the main ICT companies launched an ambitious public-private partnership around the Internet of the Future (Future Internet Public Private Partnership – FI-PPP). Its objective of giving European companies the opportunity to better compete in this field. The work has matured into a global initiative, open to all those regions that share the ambition to create an innovation ecosystem based on open standards.

The platform developed by the FI-PPP program has been called FIWARE. To facilitate its adoption, the FI-PPP has followed an industry-led approach, so that research results in the platform ecosystem (infrastructures, devices, applications and services) can be quickly transferred to the industry, promoting its use for experimentation and validation of projects in real application contexts.

Main objectives:

  1. Provide public services that allow cities and countries to operate more intelligently and efficiently with better integration of Internet capabilities, providing not only connectivity, but also data processing.
  2. Provide FI-PPP partners with an experimentation platform that has sufficient resources to create innovative solutions: infrastructures, applications, devices, services and new technologies.
  3. Provide a single place that brings together customers and solution providers from the level of definition, experimentation and development of the solution, to its use.

The FIWARE Application Programming Interface (API) specifications are public and royalty-free, driven through open source development, accelerating the availability of commercial products and services. The creation of a sustainable innovation ecosystem around FIWARE is materialized through FI-Lab, an instance that allows experimentation with technology.

FIWARE Phases

The operation model is made up of three phases:

  • Phase 1: Data collection and specification of requirements of the possible areas of use of the platform.
  • Phase 2: Development of applications that implement the requirements of the possible areas of use of the platform
  • Phase 3: Use and propagation of the FIWARE platform. In this phase, its extensive use is proposed. The objective is to summon small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and entrepreneurs to make use of the infrastructure, the Generic Enablers, use cases for the development of services and applications of the Internet of the Future.

The evolution of the Internet will continue and that European project is only a small part of it.

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