UNICORN meeting in Cyprus

UNICORN meeting in Cyprus

UNICORN project meeting in Cyprus: another step to improve multi-cloud software for SMEs and startups

The initiative will reduce software release time and provide a design and management tool.

The UNICORN project, co-financed by the European Union under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme, brings together leading European research/academic institutions, industries and SMEs in the field of cloud and software technologies, which are meeting in Cyprus on the 1-2 June.

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Cloud Incubator Hub, Murcia: best business incubator in Spain 2016

Cloud Incubator Hub, Murcia: best business incubator in Spain 2016

45% of start-ups do not make it to the three-year mark

Cloud Incubator Hub (Murcia) was the best business incubator in Spain in 2016, followed by Andalucía Emprende (Seville) and La Salle Technova (Barcelona), according to the 2016/2017 Ranking drawn up by FUNCAS [Savings Bank Foundation] and King Juan Carlos University. Both institutions looked at the current situation for business incubators in Spain and, for the first time this year, business accelerators too, as catalysts which develop the country's business landscape. This, in a context where, over the last several years, entrepreneurial activity has become a driving force for the economy and a key element adding to innovation, competitiveness and growth.

These initiatives improve societies’ entrepreneurial abilities and are key to start-ups having a positive impact on economies, although they are fragile and experience a high failure rate. More than 20% of new businesses fail in their first year, 15% disappear in their second year and approximately 10% die off in their third year, suggesting that there is still a way to go to ensure better survival rates, leading to employment creation and prosperity. Incubators (training organisations enabling companies to grow and develop) and accelerators (short, intensive incubation programmes) are raising business survival rates to around 90%.

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A Testbed to Evaluate the FIWARE-Based IoT Platform in the Domain of Precision Agriculture

A Testbed to Evaluate the FIWARE-Based IoT Platform in the Domain of Precision Agriculture

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) represent one of the most promising technologies for precision farming. Over the next few years, a significant increase in the use of such systems on commercial farms is expected. WSNs present a number of problems, regarding scalability, interoperability, communications, connectivity with databases and data processing. Different Internet of Things middleware is appearing to overcome these challenges. This paper checks whether one of these middleware, FIWARE, is suitable for the development of agricultural applications. To the authors’ knowledge, there are no works that show how to use FIWARE in precision agriculture and study its appropriateness, its scalability and its efficiency for this kind of applications. To do this, a testbed has been designed and implemented to simulate different deployments and load conditions. The testbed is a typical FIWARE application, complete, yet simple and comprehensible enough to show the main features and components of FIWARE, as well as the complexity of using this technology. Although the testbed has been deployed in a laboratory environment, its design is based on the analysis of an Internet of Things use case scenario in the domain of precision agriculture.

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IoT World in Dublin

IoT World in Dublin

16 Startup Scaleup startups goes to IoT World in Dublin for Demo Day

During 6 months Startup Scaleup supported its second batch of 78 IoT startups. On 21st and 22nd November the TOP 16 startups will present their products at IoT World conference in Dublin.

For the last six months, 78 startups had access to a IoT tailor-made accelerator programme with courses, tools and resources to prepare teams for anything, from business growth and international expansion to getting their products ready and becoming investor magnets.

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IoTers Week in Google Campus Madrid

IoTers Week in Google Campus Madrid

20 Internet of Things startups will begin their acceleration at Google Campus Madrid, with the help of Startups Europe

From smart appliances that emulate great chefs to interconnected toys developed by children themselves

IoTers Week Madrid, an intense week of acceleration for startups specialized in Internet of Things, will join 20 startups from different European cities at Google Campus Madrid from the 27th until the 30th of June.

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IoTphile. Sensing the world of IoT

IoTphile. Sensing the world of IoT

In a world full of objects connected to Internet, the sensor is the first point of interaction between the objects and their environment.

Ranging from applications for smart-homes, autonomous driving, wearables, etc. to smart-farming, all use a network of sensor nodes capable of translating physical variables (temperature, light, etc.) into electrical signals that are processed and transmitted to a cloud that shares the information.

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