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UNICORN consortium meets in Rimini

On the 7th and 8th of June UNICORN held its plenary and technical meeting, hosted by Maggioli, in Rimini.

Besides ‘business as usual’ (such as discussions on the progress and results in different WPs, planning of the next months, etc.), project partners had some efficient workshops! Technical partners were working in the Integration session lead by UBITECH, while DIN kept the rest busy, developing the Project Plan for the CEN Workshop Agreement (see more about UNICORN’s standardisation activities here).

In addition, the project partners contributed to the Market Analysis, Business Plan and Innovation Management by developing their UNICORN Customer Empathy Maps in a workshop organised by Steinbeis.

What are the results? You will surely see them in the following months, just don’t forget to request our newsletter and follow us on Twitter!

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Unicorn is a novel framework that helps SMEs and START-UPS to adopt cloud computing for the deployment of services. Developers can focus on developing their services using the suggested development paradigm and let Unicorn Orchestrator handle elasticity, security, resilience and performance across heterogeneous clouds, such as public or private enterprise clouds, or even hybrid clouds.

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UNICORN contributes to the European standardization

The UNICORN project consortium has made a decision to develop and produce a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and thereof contribute to the European standardization environment. Although the CWA is not formally a European Standard, and involves no obligation at national level, it is considered as an important step towards the development of the European standard. In addition, the production process of the CWA is much faster and more flexible, thus it is more suitable for the project.

Production of the CEN Workshop Agreement will allow UNICORN to better and faster exploit the project results. The produced standard, or, in this case, the CWA, increases the interoperability and enables the comparison of UNICORN’s outcomes with the products already existing in the market. In addition, it will ensure a better dissemination of the UNICORN’s results to a wider community.

What is the CEN Workshop Agreement and how does it work?

Workshop Agreements are considered as the consensus documents developed during the workshops where any interested stakeholder can participate. First of all, the Project Plan and other relevant documents have to be submitted to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC). The CCMC examines the documents and then publishes the draft Project Plan on their website for at least 30 days. In this way, all the interested stakeholders can get informed about the standardization proposal, and can submit their comments or express their interest to participate in the CWA development process.

At least 30 days after the publication of the draft Project Plan, the kick off meeting for the CWA can take place, where the Project Plan gets approved by the participants and a chairperson of the CEN-Workshop gets appointed. From this point on, the development of the CWA starts, and an entire process can take, on average, between 10-12 months. It is much faster than developing an actual standard, thus more suitable for the UNICORN project which will end in 2020.

In the lifespan of the CWA (which is 3 years, and can be extended to another 3), the CWA can get transformed into another type of standards deliverable, such as a Technical Specification or full European standard.

Next steps of the UNICORN consortium

In the next UNICORN consortium meeting (June, 2018), consortium partner DIN, which leads the standardisation activities, will organise a workshop on standard development. Together with other consortium partners, they will prepare the documents needed to initiate the CWA (draft Project Plan, self-assessment, analysis of interest).  Afterwards, DIN will submit these documents to the CCMC, and continue with the CWA development process.

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UNICORN will showcase its latest innovations at the IOT WEEK Bilbao 2018

UNICORN is ready for another international event! The next one is the IOT WEEK, to be held in Bilbao (from 4th until 7th of June 2018). One partner from the consortium, Cloud Incubator Hub, will be one of the exhibitors. Participants are welcomed to visit the stand to know more about UNICORN cloud computing software for SMEs and startups.

The IoT Week gathers the community of stakeholders engaged in developing new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions.

Experts, researchers, IoT focused companies, research centres, European research projects, start-ups and international organizations will identify emerging trends and technologies that will impact the future.

The event is co-organized by the IoT Forum and IK4-TEKNIKER. The programme is available here.

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