Third newsletter, September 2015

Dear reader,

You are receiving the third edition of the CloudOpting newsletter, giving you information about the latest project highlights.

Due to the ongoing development of the first CloudOpting platform and service catalogue prototype—which we are excited to make available to the public soon—a special edition of our newsletter will be published by mid December, including all news around it.

Enjoy your reading!

The CloudOpting consortium

About CloudOpting

CloudOpting project is aimed at the development of a novel approach to bring public services to the cloud. The primary objective of CloudOpting to deliver a set of tools that will allow local authorities and public administrations to share their services with citizens and third-parties, and migrate existing IT systems on the cloud. This will allow for the reduction of related investment and expenses as a result of an aggregate demand and the measurement and control of costs.

For more information about the project and its objectives, please check our previous newsletters or go to our webpage through
the links below.

CloudOpting services catalog

Still under development, but we are glad to announce that the CloudOpting catalog URL is already available!
CloudOpting services catalog

Under development...

CloudOpting experiments

In the previous edition of the CloudOpting newsletter, we introduced two experiments from the CloudOpting service catalogue (Next to me and Business Portal). In this issue we provide information about City Agenda and Energy Generation and Consumption Dashboard.

City Agenda

City Agenda is an application that aims to increase citizen participation by keeping them updated with the schedule of events and activities organized in their city or in any other city. This mobile application allows citizens to look for cultural and leisure activities, the application provides a list of events which are occurring today or in any established date, including a: map of events, list of events, search tool for events, and the possibility of saving favorite events.

The solution is easy to use and intuitive. The user selects the date on a calendar and gets immediately all events happening in the city. The list of events can also be visualized over a map, allowing also looking for events in any other location or filtering the events by means of tags. Once an event is selected the application shows detailed information, including address, timing, route to the event, and allows adding it to your personal calendar or sharing it through any other application.

The application can also very easily be adapted to any city willing to provide this service. In fact, the only requirement is that event data are available through any of the most common open data formats.

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Energy Generation and Consumption Dashboard

The service transforms a home (or business premises) into a smart space where the power, lighting and heating can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet. In addition, electricity use and pre-set options can be monitored to manage lighting or powered devices to meet the space requirements or reduce energy consumption.

  • Availability and Access: the hardware must be purchased either directly from Electric Corby, The free application to control the energy usage must be downloaded from the app store or Google Play. Energy usage and generation monitors will be available throughout Europe, however equipment that requires a socket to be plugged in is currently only available in the UK and Denmark.
  • Reuse and Redistribution: The data obtained from the energy monitoring and generation will be anonymized to protect the interest of the client, however the data will be available to be analysed to garner an insight into public trends of energy usage.
  • Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, reuse and redistribute providing the hardware is compatible with the infrastructure in the region (e.g. sockets and energy outlets) – There should be no discrimination against fields of endeavor or against persons or groups.

Scope and purpose of the service

The main goals of the Energy dashboard and Monitoring are to:

  • Increase understanding of public trends in energy usage;
  • Develop carbon neutral buildings;
  • Reduce energy costs/optimizing energy use.

CloudOpting services catalogue

The CloudOpting services will be hosted in our catalogue, which will will focus on offering three types of ready-to-use vertical solutions to public administrations: Mobile Applications, Open Data and Energy Efficiency.
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Is CloudOpting right for you?

CloudOpting offers value to three customer types, being either private or public institutions.
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Would you like to become part of CloudOpting? Get in touch with us and we will offer you a tailored solution that can meet the needs of your organization!

Upcoming events

Smart City Expo World Congress 2015

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 9am to Thursday, Nov. 19th, 7pm

64 Avinguda Joan Carles I

L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

This will be the 5th edition of the SCE, a worldwide event that brings together cities, companies and institutions seeking for the most relevant and innovative solutions regarding the smart cities sector. More information about the location of CloudOpting within the venue will be announced soon through our webpage and Twitter account.

DockerCon (TBC)

Monday, Nov. 16th, 9am to Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7pm

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, CT

DockerCon ​Europe ​2015 ​is ​a ​two-day ​Docker-centric ​conference ​ that ​is ​organized ​by ​Docker, ​Inc. ​It ​will ​feature ​topics ​and ​ content ​about ​all ​aspects ​of ​Docker ​and ​will ​be ​suitable ​for ​ Developers, ​DevOps, ​Ops, ​System ​Administrators ​and ​C-level ​ executives. More information about the presence of CloudOpting at the event will be published soon through our website and Twitter account. ​

Next General Assembly in Corby

From the 7th-8th October, Corby will host the Annual General Assembly for the CloudOpting project, which will see delegates from the consortium travelling to Corby from across Europe. A Coding Week will also be taking place from the 5th October.

A press release about the event will soon be published in local Corby media and our website.

Past events

SMAU - CloudOpting day

April 2015. CloudOpting was present at the SMAU event held in Turin from 29-30 April 2015. The CloudOpting session attracted more than 80 visitors coming to learn more about the project and the opportunities it will offer to public administrations.

GA in Bucharest

July was a good month for the CloudOpting partners to gather in Bucharest for a three-day GA, where the underlying tools and approach to achieve the core objectives of the project were discussed. The opportunity that all members of the consortium were present at the event was also beneficial for the discussions over the business sustainability work package and commercialization models of the CloudOpting solution.

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Stay tuned!

The @cloudopting twitter account has been created and is continuously used to share interesting news and events related to the project as well as other technology areas. The project website is available at and features the latest updates around the project status. Make sure you are the first to receive CloudOpting news and event invitations – join our newsletter mailing list at on our website.