FIRESTATION provided the FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative with an active support hub that guided and coordinated the demands and requirements of experimentation in the context of future networks and services. The heterogeneous and modular field of Future Internet Research and Experimentation with its national and international stakeholder groups required information sharing, cohesion, community building and a single point of contact to coordinate and promote the FIRE approach with respect to the following requirements.
- Facilities needed synchronisation, resource optimisation, and collaboration with one another in order to offer customers the best possible service and ensure their sustainability beyond project lifetimes.
- Researchers needed correct and timely knowledge about the available resources, along with easy access and highly usable and appropriate tools.
The purpose of Firestation was:
- To connect stakeholders to allow for the most efficient bilateral (and multilateral when and if appropriate) collaboration, reduce duplication of work, share experiences and best practices, and work for the future of experimental research.
- To move the FIRE Facility towards a more customer-driven, dynamic, effective, sustainable, easy-to-access and easy-to-use experimental platform.
- To intensify the collaboration amongst the FIRE Community, for example, all FIRE projects and stakeholders, such as other testing facilities and their customers (projects, researchers from academia and industry).
Project partners designed, built and operated a multi-site Cloud prototype FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems at all stages of the R&D lifecycle, targeting the services research sector of the Future Internet community.
FIRESTATION has received EC research funding.