Platform Services approach to strengthen Value Chain and Business Opportunities

author: Ana Robnik, Iskratel d.o.o.
published: Dec. 1, 2014,   recorded: September 2014,   views: 1796


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The business idea "Platform services" addresses aggregation of fragmented competences of Slovenian ICT companies and introduces cutting-edge technologies and business models for cloud computing and other technologies that go beyond Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service (IaaS/PaaS). Platform services approach with pre-integrated services sold via industrial partners' sales channels extends the classical business co-operation among partners and reaches a wider range of customers. The variety of platform services that run on open source cloud infrastructure is also a perfect match for the proposed cloud solutions for public sector and business customers in Slovenia and abroad.

Pre-integrated “Platform services” run in harmony on carrier rather IT cloud infrastructure including also legacy applications. Telecommunications and IT services, services for privacy, security and trust, services for business intelligence and data analytics on big and open data and domain specific services are essential as contextual services that can be used via open interfaces and their orchestration for a variety of vertical sectors (public sectors, energy, safe society, transport, smart city and community etc.). By adding also other technology enablers - like machine type communication (M2M, IoT), network functions virtualization and softwarisation among others - this approach strengthens value chain and business opportunities significantly and brings a long-term sustainable model for innovation, new jobs and business growth.

Industrial partners within ecosystem (Iskratel, d.o.o., Kranj, Alpineon razvoj in raziskave, d.o.o., Astec d.o.o., NIL Podatkovne komunikacije d.o.o., RC IKT, d.o.o., SMART COM D.O.O., XLAB D.O.O., Skupina FMC d.o.o., ZZI D.O.O., I-ROSE, d.o.o., PRONET, Kranj, d.o.o., INVIDA d.o.o., SETCCE, d.o.o.) will work together with the research organizations (the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Jožef Stefan Institut) and Zavod E-Oblak. With the sale of Platform services by industrial partners the ecosystem of above-mentioned partners will promote cloud computing within public sector and also within the ICT and vertical sectors essentially. Beside cloud computing this programme contributes to usage and usefulness of other technologies and also to success and innovation of individual partner and our customers.

The programme Platform Services will offer with the upgrade of commercially-available open source solution for infrastructure and platform and with the support for legacy services and rich set of pre-integrated services for public sector also a perfect match for the Slovenian public sector cloud solutions.

It is worth pointing out that a field of Platform services usage in vertical sectors has already been recognized within the programme “Safe Society” that will bring innovative solutions for the operational communications, services and applications for the 112 operational centres (PSAPs) in Slovenia and abroad. It will also offer solutions for operational and tactical communications and applications of the first responders (policy, fire brigades, ambulance, civil protection, etc.) and applications for general public, safe objects and transport.

A representative example of such solutions is a vehicle emergency call system eCall which is based on the pan-European emergency number 112. As a result of the research project eCall4All in Slovenia the proof of concept for the system 112 eCall has been carried out successfully, where the eCall Node runs in a cloud and performs harmonization between public and private eCall via APIs. The eCall service helps achieve EU goals to reduce serious injuries and casualties in road traffic by 50%.

Beside the ecosystem of above-mentioned partners within the programme “Platform Services” another ecosystem of the 20 Slovenian partners within the programme “Safe Society” has been set up practically at the same time and is very active. It consists of industrial and research partners and the ICT Technology Network.

The both programmes have strong support from the The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

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