FUSECO 2014 BaliICCLab participated in the first FUSECO (Future Seamless Communications) Forum in Asia, held in Bali, Indonesia on the 9th and 10th June 2014. The Forum was organised jointly by PT Telekom Indonesia and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The event was attended by around 300 guests from 14 countries and hosted talks on several technical and business aspects of emerging ecosystems within Smart cities and more.

The two day event featured four keynotes, six technical sessions, one vendor session and a final panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the establishment of smart cities infrastructure. In addition to the above, vendor exhibition from Huawei, Fiberhome, ZTE, Cisco and Fraunhofer were presented.

The first day of the Forum began with the opening talk by Prof.Dr. Thomas Magedanz (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Ir. Joddy Hernady and Ir. Indra Utoyo (Telekon Group Indonesia). Following the opening, two keynotes were presented. First by Prof. Dr. Radu P-Zeletin on “ICT Convergence enabling Smart Cities” and the second keynote by Indra Utoyo on “Enabling a Converged World though Ecosystem Solution”.

Three technical sessions followed the keynotes, first being “Digital Lifestyle and Smart City Applications as drivers for mobile broadband network evolution”, chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo (Uni. of Chile), The second session was “Smart City Network- Evolution Path from LTE towards 5G and SDN” chaired by Prof. Rui Aguiar (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal) and finally the third session “Internet of Things/M2M as backbone of smart cities” was chaired by Dr. Adel Al-Hezmi (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany) and Prof. Noel Crespi (Telkom Sued Paris).

The first day ended with a Balinese beach party and buffet for the delegates, giving them a chance to discuss on the subjects opened at the Forum and show a glimpse of the local food, dance and music.

The second day of the Forum started with two keynotes, first on “Mastering the Innovation Challenges of the Future Network Operators in an Emerging IoT World” by Dr. Roberto Minerva (Telekom Italia) and the second by Ir. Rizkan Chandra who talked on the challenges of the transition from a telecommunications company into a digital company.

Like the first day, three technical sessions followed the keynotes. First on “Future Internet Technologies and Enablers as Foundation for Smart Cities” chaired by Serge Fdida (UPMC Sorbonne University, France), sessions 2nd and 3rd (of Day 2) were on “Smart Cities- Best practices and current rollout plans” , 2nd chaired by Dr. Niklas Blum (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany) and Prof. Akihiro Nakao (Tokyo University, Japan) and the final session was chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo (Uni. of Chile) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Supavadee Aramvith (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand).

On the 2nd day our own Thomas Bohnert gave a talk on FIWARE – A European Perspective on enabling Future Internet and Smart Cities. He was also one of the panelist on Panel-Smart City Ecosystems, Challenges, and Opportunities.Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 21.42.00

After the technical sessions concluded, a Dedicated Best Practice Vendor Session brought the Vendor exhibitors (mentioned above) to the stage to present their current engagements in Cloud based IMS deployments, Smart City portals and solutions in China.

The event ended with a final announcement, based on the successful execution of the first FFAsia, that the second FUSECO Forum Asia to be held in Bali again in mid 2015, which will also feature an additional IEEE FUSECO Workshop.

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