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FIWARE & the SHOP4CF architecture


About This Course

This course is a comprehensive introduction to FIWARE and is specifically designed for system integrators, tech providers, and C-level executives who are eager to harness the potential of FIWARE in the context of SHOP4CF. Throughout this course, we will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage the power of FIWARE as a core enabler of digital and human-centric technologies for the connected factory domain.

On the one hand, we will examine how FIWARE-based approaches can enhance efficiency, productivity, and security in factories, while generating added value through adaptability, creativity, and agility. As a system integrator, you will learn how to seamlessly integrate FIWARE technologies into connected factories, optimizing efficiency, productivity, and security. Technology providers will gain valuable insights into developing and deploying FIWARE-based solutions that prioritize human-centricity and generate added value.

On the other hand, we will explore the relevance and significance of FIWARE beyond its technical aspects. The aim is to help C-level executives acquire the strategic understanding needed to make informed decisions regarding the adoption and implementation of FIWARE in their organizations. Understanding the significance of open standards and open source will also be a core focus while keeping the transformative potential of FIWARE technology and standards in the connected factory domain as a major driver.

By the end of this course, manufacturers, system integrators, tech providers, and developers will have gained in-depth knowledge of FIWARE and its practical applications in smart industry domains.

Course Structure

The course is organized into five modules that encompass the following areas:

Module 1, Introduction, serves as an overall introduction to this comprehensive course on FIWARE, which is specifically tailored for system integrators, technology providers, and C-level executives eager to harness its potential within the context of SHOP4CF. The module provides the essential background knowledge necessary to understand the added value and leverage the power of FIWARE as a core enabler of digital and human-centric technologies in the connected factory domain. We will explore the fundamental concepts and principles behind FIWARE, laying the foundation for more in-depth discussions in the subsequent modules.

Module 2, FIWARE for Manufacturers (I): Vision, provides manufacturing industry decision-makers with comprehensive insights into FIWARE's vision for Connected Factories. The module explores FIWARE's vision for both current and future Connected Factories, emphasizing its alignment with the evolving manufacturing landscape. The main reference use cases are briefly introduced and will be further developed in Module 3.

Module 3, FIWARE for Manufacturers (II): Value Proposition, is a deep exploration of the value that FIWARE brings to the manufacturing sector. The module begins by providing an overview of the overall value proposition of FIWARE within manufacturing contexts. You'll gain insights into the potential benefits and solutions that FIWARE can offer to manufacturers. Then, the value proposition is further developed through a series of reference use cases, including Manufacturing Asset Management, Manufacturing Operations Management, and Sales and Operations Management. These use cases offer real-world examples of how FIWARE can drive value across various aspects of manufacturing, from optimizing asset management to streamlining operations and enhancing sales strategies.

Module 4, Technical Aspects (I): Architectural Considerations, provides an in-depth exploration of the technical aspects of FIWARE. This module begins with an overview of the overall context, key stakeholders, and the challenges posed by problematic custom integrations compared to adopting an open platform approach. You'll gain valuable insights into how to effectively adopt and leverage FIWARE within your projects. The module also introduces the FIWARE Reference Architecture Model, offering a simplified view to help you understand the core principles. Finally, you will delve into a reference use cases which is broken down into four distinct scenarios, including Work Order Execution, Batch Order Execution, Advanced Production Planning and Control, and the cutting-edge concept of the Hyperconnected Factory.

Module 5, Technical Considerations (II): Platform Building Blocks, is the final section of the course. The first part offers a comprehensive exploration of the major FIWARE Platform building blocks, while the second part serves as a conclusion, featuring a course recap and a brief overview of potential next steps to delve deeper into the FIWARE ecosystem.


  • Introduction

  • FIWARE Overview for C-Level Executives

    • Overall Value Proposition
    • Deep Dive into the Value Proposition: Reference use Cases
      • Manufacturing Asset Management
      • Manufacturing Operations Management
      • Sales and Operations Management
    • Cross-cutting Challenges
  • Technical Aspects (I): Architectural Considerations

    • Overall Context
    • Introduction to the FIWARE Reference Architecture Model (Simplified View)
    • Architectural Considerations: Reference Use Case and detailed scenarios
  • Technical Considerations (II): Platform Building Blocks

    • The NGSI API
    • Smart Data Models
    • The FIWARE Catalogue
    • References to Core Tutorials and Training Materials
    • Course Recap
    • FIWARE roadmap highlights and potential next steps after this course


  • Understanding the relevance of FIWARE technology and standards

  • Understanding the relevance of FIWARE beyond technology

  • Exploring the benefits and opportunities of adopting FIWARE in connected factories

  • Getting familiar with core technical aspects such as the FIWARE Reference Architecture, the NGSI API, Smart Data Models, the FIWARE Catalogue, and FIWARE training materials

  • Getting familiar with core recommendations and best practices for incorporating FIWARE in SHOP4CF contexts

Course staff

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  • Mr. Francisco Melendez

    /I. Overview/ I am a Mobile Robotics Engineer and Researcher with more than 10 years of experience in web-enabled robotics applications. As the FIWARE’s Technical Expert on Robotics and automation my work focuses on application scenarios where robots interact with FIWARE-based Digital twins. Linkedin:

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