Telefónica I+D, a research and development arm for the Telefonica group, has formed a new partnership with the Korean operator KT Corporation to strengthen the FIWARE platform as the de facto standard for the development of solutions and services that connect to the Internet of Things (IoT). To this end, both companies will collaborate in supporting the activities of the free software community that will be created with the goal of maintaining and evolving the API specs (programming interfaces) of the FIWARE platform. This community will also maintain and evolve open-source guidelines for the implementation of specs that can be used as a guide by the rest of the industry, thereby encouraging the emergence of alternative platform operators.
In addition, Telefónica I+D and KT will work together to develop models of data standards for connected objects and devices in the future. These models will, combined with FIWARE APIs, facilitate portability and interoperability of the solutions deployed on IoT platforms supported by different carriers.
In addition, as part of the Mobile World Congress, both companies have already borne the first fruits of this collaboration, in the form of the IDE project (IoT Data Ecosystem), launched with the GSMA. This initiative is geared towards adopting standards that help the creation of a contextual data exchange ecosystem that includes information from connected devices.
Telefónica has also joined hands with Orange, Engineering and Atos to leverage FIWARE Open Source Community to foster and support the evolution of standards for Smart Cities.