Major European and global companies and research centres have joined their skills in the FIcontent initiative to drive innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity. This initiative aims at developing and experimenting across Europe cutting edge ICT platforms devoted to applications and services in the areas of social connected TV, smart city services, and pervasive games. Any European stakeholders, particularly developers and SMEs, willing to innovate and boost their business can access and use these open platforms. Whilst doing so they will receive support from the FIcontent companies and research centres. Various open calls has offered funding to different stakeholders. FIcontent is part of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) flagship programme supported by the European Commission: a total investment of €600M over 5 years to build Europe’s Future Internet. Join the FIcontent community now!
You can download the FIcontent brochure here.
Technicolor, FIcontent coordinator
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Its world class research and innovation laboratories and its creative talent pool enable Technicolor to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors.
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)
DFKI is one of the largest non-profit research institutes in the field of innovative software technology. Its ASR research group, involved in FIcontent, particularly focuses on interactive 3D graphics for the Future Internet.
Disney Research Zurich
Disney Research Zurich is part of a group of research laboratories within The Walt Disney Company that share the common mission of inventing new technologies for media & entertainment.
ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. The experience in rendering and augmented reality is a perfect match for the AR game platform.
Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
Fraunhofer FOKUS develops solutions for the communication systems of tomorrow and explores how communication networks will contribute to a more convenient and more secure living. Thus, the institute is an important link between industry, governmental administration and the people.
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
At Fraunhofer IAIS, we support companies with technologies to archive and semantically access large textual and audiovisual data collections. For FIcontent we develop multimedia indexing technologies.
Grassroots Arts is a strategic media innovation company offering creative concepts, vision, know-how, talent and a network of Media Artists and Designers for media research projects and productions.
i2CAT Foundation Internet and Digital Innovation in Catalonia
i2CAT Foundation is a research organization located in Barcelona that promotes research and innovation in advanced Internet technology in an open innovation environment.
Imaginlab is a Next Generation Network Testbed and Living Lab. It is dedicated to Future Internet experimentation for telecom operators, broadcasters, content providers and application developers.
Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik GmbH
IRT is a specialised media technology R&D institution. In the project, we demonstrate features that can help create new TV experiences – bringing together second screens, personalisation and HbbTV.
Lancaster will be involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of a series of Social Connected TV services that will be deployed onto our existing IPTV platform within the University campus.
Pixelpark is one of the leading interactive service providers in Germany. They develop creative and value-enhancing communication and eBusiness solutions.
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) is the public broadcaster for Berlin and Brandenburg. We have extensive knowledge in the production and distribution of high quality, innovative content and services.
Sigma Orionis is a company based in Sophia Antipolis, providing “research, studies and consultancies connecting research and innovation to markets”, namely in the ICT sector, and organizing the annual NEM Summit.
Studio Gobo Ltd
Studio Gobo are a small boutique video game developer based on the south coast of England. We project bright ideas that GO Beyond Ordinary. We are passionate about video games and toys and how that might be affected in the future by The Internet of Things.
Thales Communications & Security
TCS, subsidiary of the Thales Group, is a world leader in critical information systems. In FI-Content 2, TCS develops Cloud Computing platform technologies to enable highly available and elastic multimedia applications.
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
The Walt Disney Company Ltd is recognised as one of the leading video game industrial research labs. We develop ground-breaking technologies for gaming platforms used throughout Disney business units.
Unused technologies are meaningless. eBiz drives relevant technologies to deliver better apps. For customers, for the open source community, for people.
Open data, internet of things, smart cities, mobility, utilities, data journalism… OpenDataSoft builds a SaaS platform for publishing, sharing and reusing data in multiple contexts.
LCI is a dynamic start-up based in Novi Sad, Serbia with IoT and wireless SDN competencies as applied to the Context extraction and predictive Data Analytics services offered to its global customers.
Fincons Group is a leading System Integrator active in Europe since 30 years, providing tailored and end-to-end software solutions to tier-1 players in several markets, with significative presence in the Media sector.
TAKOMAT GmbH is a private commercial SME founded in April 2008. TAKOMAT develops award-winning serious games and game technology for interactive 3D-character behaviour. Their games fuse emotional storytelling and complex learning with simulations.
MIVOQ is a brand new company operating in the field of speech technologies. MIVOQ develops innovative solutions for Text To Speech synthesis and its personalization.
BitTubes provides next generation technology for interactive video. In the project our technology will be extended for deployment in a social platform that connects videos with knowledge forming a videopedia.
Metropolitano de Tenerife S.A. (MTSA)
Constituted on 2001, MTSA is a Public Private Partnership Company who was founded to launch an alternative means of transport in the form of railway lines on the island of Tenerife.
Prodevelop is a Spanish company specialized in applying geospatial technologies to create innovative solutions for tourism, transport or public administration. In FI-Content2, Prodevelop will generate valuable geolocated data coming from open sources.
DunavNET offers state-ot-the-art products and services in the Internet of Things, mobile gaming and mobile commerce domains utilizing innovative technology such as Augmented Reality and wireless sensor networks.
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
UPV is a University that attracts the best students and trains professionals with a recognised, prestigious level of excellence which is highly valued by local and international employers. The relevance of UPV’s research outputs underpins the strong international presence of the institution, which has close collaborative links with the best universities in the world.
The FIcontent initiative has been developing in the context of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) programme supported by the European Commission.
Our core activity is to deliver a common technical platform that application providers can use to build, host and operate content applications for their end users. It offers interested developers and SMEs runtime containers and a catalogue of homogeneous APIs to use:
Services developed for Social connected TV, Smart city services and Pervasive game platform applications, which can be combined to deliver new cross-domain applications;
Tools and services to simplify the process of building, deploying, monitoring and managing content-related applications on top of Cloud infrastructures and Content Delivery Networks so that the appropriate Quality of Service is met.
Two successive sets of real-world experimentation of the platform for each of the three targeted application areas (Social connected TV, Smart city services and Pervasive games) will be conducted in 6 European locations: Brittany (France), Berlin, Cologne, Barcelona, Zurich and Lancaster, with the support of local public authorities. The size of each test will range from 20 to 1 000 users (user panels, households).
The overall objective of the initiative is to allow the largest community of European developers, SMEs, web entrepreneurs, etc. to access and use these platforms. Interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to our newsletter, join our community on Facebook and LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter in order to be kept informed of latest developments, to interact with us and the rest of the community, to know when and where to meet us, and to understand how to receive a funding to get fully involved in the initiative.
Three opportunities to get funded have been offered so far:
The “Open Call” of the FIcontent initiative (available budget: 1,35 million € – deadline: early 2014) has selected developers and SMEs to be included into the present FIcontent partnership and be involved in developments and experimentation planned in 2014,
A Call for proposal of the European Commission (deadline: end of 2013), to cover Phase 3 of the FI-PPP programme through which an even greater number of developers and SMEs will be involved in 2014 and beyond.
Various competitions (hackathons, app challenges…) launched by the FIcontent initiative will award the best ideas and apps developed on top of the three open platforms
We have been developing cutting-edge open platforms aiming at innovative applications and services in the areas of social connected TV, smart city services, and pervasive games. Our objective is that the largest community of developers, SMEs, web entrepreneurs, etc. can access and use these platforms.
The best way to discover these platforms, and to get support accessing and using them, is to meet us at the various events we are organizing or contributing to, all over Europe.