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Alastria and FIWARE Foundation collaborate on next-generation Blockchain use cases for Data Spaces

Alastria and FIWARE Foundation collaborate on next-generation Blockchain use cases for Data Spaces
    • Alastria and FIWARE Foundation have been bringing Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) at the core ofPowered by FIWARE Smart Solutions and Data Spaces, leveraging EU standards.
    • Pioneer use cases for the sectors of Public Administration and Agrifood are now available showcasing how jointly developed components support full traceability and certification of processes.
    • Both organisations are collaborating towards the design of how Decentralised Identity and Access Management (IAM), traceability of transactions between participants, and the federation of marketplace services from different providers can be materialised in Data Spaces.
    • Components developed are confirmed to be designed for the support of the integration with European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI).

    Berlin, Madrid – March 16, 2022.- Collaborating already since 2020 Alastria and FIWARE Foundation jointly follow the objective of accelerating digitalization in different sectors, helping public and private organisations to bring higher trust and transparency through the adoption of Blockchain and DLT technologies. This powerful collaboration focuses on two fronts: 1) How to deal with the integration of these enabling technologies into the architecture of smart solutions Powered by FIWARE, and 2) How to integrate FIWARE and Blockchain/DLT technologies to bring the basis for materialisation of Data Spaces enabling trusted and effective data sharing among different organisations. The collaboration has successfully translated into the availability of open source software components that will help to speed up projects with great impact on society, being the pioneer of use cases already demonstrating this.

    Integration of Blockchain technologies in Powered by FIWARE architectures

    The integration of Blockchain technologies in architectures based on FIWARE is now achievable thanks to the development of new components for the transparent and trusted logging of information associated with Digital Twin Data transactions in Blockchain networks. Juanjo Hierro, CTO at FIWARE Foundation, explains: “These components, already tested within the Alastria and other Blockchain networks, allow the configuration of those transactions within a Powered by FIWARE system that should generate a log in the blockchain and what information should be stored with it. These log records will facilitate audits of processes that have been automated using FIWARE in order to ensure transparency or certify the quality of these processes”.  

    The integration has been tested in Public Administrations as part of the TOKEN project and in the Agrifood sector within the Cattlechain project, both funded by the EU. The TOKEN project demonstrates how the transparency, integrity, and traceability of processes run by Public Administrations is guaranteed. This is due to the fact that log records stored in the blockchain cannot be manipulated.

    One of the pioneer use cases in this domain is currently being implemented by the city of Santander. Cattlechain project addresses the development of components to be incorporated into the Digitanimalplatform, which already today helps cattle monitoring and improve processes linked to extensive livestock farming (addressing more than 6,000 farmers in 60 countries).

    The main objective of this project is to ensure full traceability of animal welfare  indicators collected by sensors and processed by a new generation of AI algorithms. Thanks to components developed in the project, quality seals can be issued and associated with produced meat boxes, guaranteeing that the living conditions of animals meet the highest animal welfare standards with full transparency and traceability throughout the entire supply chain, connecting farmers with consumers.

    The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has contemplated the creation of a Digital Innovation Hub focused on FIWARE technologies as part of the PERTE Plan (Strategic Projects for the Economic Recovery and Transformation). Therefore, full traceability and transparency of processes associated with other use cases in the Agrifood sector can be explored based on the integration of FIWARE and Alastria technologies.

    “These real-world use cases help to demonstrate how FIWARE and Alastria technologies can already be integrated today to address real-life challenges and to deliver actual impact,” adds Jesús Ruiz, CTO at Alastria.

    Blockchain technologies at the core of Data Spaces 

    Data Spaces, being key elements of the European Data Strategy, have been additionally brought to focus in this collaboration. It is expected to not develop such Data Spaces from scratch but, based on open standards widely adopted in the market, to leverage common building blocks previously defined in the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme.

    Contributing to this strategy, FIWARE Foundation and Alastria are working closely together on the definition of building blocks for the creation of Data Spaces in various sectors. Results are already being used for early experimentation in EU funded projects like i4Trust or in technical convergence discussions taking place within the Data Spaces Business Alliance recently launched by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), FIWARE Foundation, Gaia-X and the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA), all of them being considered reference organisations for Data Spaces in Europe.

    Alastria and FIWARE have agreed to specifically work in these fields and towards these objectives:

    • Trust and data sovereignty: Incorporation of Decentralised Identity (DID) mechanisms based on verifiable credentials/presentations (VC/VPs) following the most recent W3C standards. These mechanisms have been identified as the basis for the definition of IAM services in Gaia-X.
    • Data exchange traceability: FIWARE adaptors integrated with Blockchain networks to facilitate the traceability of transactions between participants.
    • Data value creation: Federation of multiple marketplaces sharing a single catalogue of service and service offering descriptions, and implementing the standard TM Forum APIs[5] on top of Blockchain networks such as the Alastria one. The format for storing service descriptions and service-linked offers will be based on VC/ VPs, as specified in Gaia-X.

    Considering Alastria’s strategy towards technological convergence with EBSI, results from the aforementioned areas will  support the realisation of EBSI-compatible Data Spaces.

    Alastria’s president, Miguel Angel Dominguez, says:

    “Our collaboration with FIWARE Foundation helps us to get closer to the core of current developments around Data Spaces in Europe and beyond with Data Spaces Business Alliance being in a major driver’s seat.  We are looking forward to contributing with Blockchain technologies to the Data Spaces mission for the materialisation of Data Spaces in practice”.

    “Alastria represents a leading Blockchain initiative in Europe, and we are extremely happy to extend our collaboration. This partnership is instrumental for the design of core building blocks in Data Spaces. The fact that there is quite a large number of companies already experienced in FIWARE technologies in Spain brings a significant opportunity to position this country at the forefront of the creation of Data Spaces in Europe. This goes hand in hand with the principles we are promoting with the Data Spaces Business Alliance,” adds Ulrich Ahle, CEO of FIWARE Foundation.