FESTIVAL: Federated interoperable Smart ICT services development and testing platform

FESTIVAL is a EU-Japan collaborative project to develop the Internet of Things vision through test-beds and experimental facilities in smart cities.

FESTIVAL project’s vision is to provide IoT experimentation platforms providing interaction facility with physical environments and end-users, where experimenters can validate their Smart ICT service developments in various domains such as smart city, smart building, smart public services, smart shopping, participatory sensing, etc. both in European and Japanese societies.

FESTIVAL testbeds will connect cyber world to the physical world, from large scale deployments at a city scale, to small platforms in lab environments and dedicated physical spaces simulating real-life settings. Those platforms will be connected and federated via homogeneous access APIs with an “Experimentation as a Service” (EaaS) model for experimenters to test their added value services.

FESTIVAL will as much as possible make reuse of existing software and hardware available in Europe and in Japan for building such testbeds, taking advantage of long years of research work in Europe and Japan on federation of testbeds and more recently on IoT testbeds. Mutually applying European enablers for Japanese testbeds (and viceversa) in real-life trials that the project will organize, FESTIVAL will bring have a strong impact in bridging the gap among the aforementioned component technologies.

FESTIVAL, as a common testbed infrastructure for efficient communication and collaboration among stakeholders, will push European and Japanese IoT testbeds and their practices one step beyond the current state of the art.