Winners of 1st FLAME Open Call announced

The outcomes of FLAME’s first Open Call have been announced and six winners have been selected.

FLAME’s first open call requested experiments that explore edge experiences considering consumers’ desire for personalised, localised and interactive media content delivered through current and emerging human-computer interfaces used in outside spaces or between outside and inside spaces. The call opened on 9 April and deadline for submissions was 10 June 2018.

The Call attracted 32 bids altogether, which were almost evenly split between the project’s locations in Barcelona and Bristol (with 17 and 15 bids, respectively). The bids came from a good spread of organisations including SMEs, universities, research institutes and large companies (see graph below: Participation to Open Call 1: per type of organisation).

Of the six experiments to be funded, the call specified two industry trials and four SMEs trials. The call requested innovative companies or research centers that offered:

  • Business to Business (B2B) media services and middleware supporting production and delivery of new forms of geo-located/localised interactive media content
  • Business to Consumer (B2C) applications depending on production and consumption of highly localised VoD and live streaming services.

The winners of the funded experiments, of which at least two will be chosen each to run in Bristol and Barcelona, were:

  • Be-Memories, HOP Ubiquitous
  • MEMPHIS, MOG Technologies
  • RAISE, Eight Bells Ltd
  • Prosuming live media content in 5G enabled smart cities, TNO
  • Video for Cellular V2X V2FLAME, FICOSA

“We were impressed by the high-calibre of bids in response to FLAME’s first open call this year. Among the proposals received, a relevant number not only presented innovative solutions but also demonstrated an high expertise in the Future Media Internet ecosystem,” said Maria Chiara Campodonico, Project Manager at Martel Innovate and in charge of managing the FLAME Open Calls Steering Committee.

“Due to the first call specification and allocation of resources, we are only able to fund these six projects for now, but we hope to have a similar high level of participation in further open calls,” said Campodonico.

FLAME Project Coordinator Michael Boniface added “FLAME represents a significant opportunity for companies wanting to understand the potential feasibility of 5G media platforms and benefits to consumers. The successful projects will now join the FLAME ecosystem to conduct ground-breaking experiments and trials to transform user experience and media service delivery using software defined infrastructures and the mobile edge”.

The six winners of the 1st FLAME Open Call will start their experimentation in Bristol and Barcelona soon.

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