FIspace is a business-to-business (B2B) collaboration platform. It works like a social network, like LinkedIn or Facebook. Once registered, contacting affiliates is simple, secure and easy. Here is what you can do on FIspace:
But the platform does not end there. FIspace prepares to maintain an app store like those known for smart phones and tablets.
Technology provides endless possibilities for companies to improve performance, act smarter or be more efficient. But small- and medium-sized companies often don’t have the resources to invest in this technology or only need a fraction of what software companies provide. Often, a particular app is enough to help solving a very particular problem. Apps could help to process or interpret data and make suggestions or give advice. For example: an app can predict rain and advices a farmer against spraying his field that day. Looking for more examples? View here the first 29 apps that are in the pipeline for the agri-food-, transport- and logistics sectors.
Via FIspace it is simple to get in contact with app developers that creates tailor-made apps for any business collaboration.
Companies keep a vast amount of information on their products and processes in their systems and data repositories. But when it comes to making this data available to affiliates, along with the product itself, it is a matter of hand-written files, printouts, paperwork or e-mail attachments. With the right apps, most of this data could be exchanged automatically.
In contrast to general social networks, FIspace (app) developers acknowledge that companies require much more control over this sensitive data. They must be ensured that only authorized individuals or organizations have access and can use their data. FIspace does not store the data exchanged between companies. It only stores the links between companies and the rules and conditions for data sharing.
Moreover, companies need much higher standards of security for their data management. The Future Internet technology, on which FIspace is built, makes this possible, e.g. by encryption or selective access rights.
As a use case project in Phase 2 of the FI-PPP, FIspace aims at developing and validating novel Future-Internet-enabled solutions to address the pressing challenges arising in collaborative business networks, focussing on use cases from the agri-food, transport and logistics industries. FIspace will focus on exploiting, incorporating and validating the Generic Enablers provided by the FI-PPP Core Platform with the aim of realising an extensible collaboration service for business networks together with a set of innovative test applications that allow for radical improvements in how networked businesses can work in the future. Those solutions will be demonstrated and tested through early trials on experimentation sites across Europe. The project results will be open to the FI-PPP program and the general public, and the pro-active engagement of larger user communities and external solution providers will foster innovation and industrial uptake planned for Phase 3 of the FI-PPP.