How Open-Source-Software is changing Polish cities

By leveraging on-premises platforms such as GitHub Enterprise, GitLab, or Azure DevOps Server, companies can break silos and realize some of the benefits of open source development, including faster speed by reducing friction between teams and improving quality by increasing the number of processes. In addition, companies that embed open source collaboration and transparency into their business model and culture will achieve greater efficiency, recruitment, retention, and trust in the marketplace. Open-source software has proven its worth, but not all uses are created equal.

Using OSCI, it is clear that the adoption of open source has surpassed the world’s leading software and technology companies. In addition, some companies release shared infrastructure projects and directly build their core business models on open source products. According to International Data Roksa Corporation, global independent open source software sales reached 1.8 billion US dollars in 2006, accounting for less than 1% of the global 230 billion US dollar market.

However, the success of FOSS operating systems such as Linux and BSD and FOSS-based companies such as Red Hat have changed their attitudes towards the software industry. Their business philosophy has also undergone tremendous changes, turning to free and open-source software (FOSS) development. FOSS is an all-encompassing term, including free software and open-source software. Although they describe similar development models, they have different cultures and philosophies. Moreover, the free software movement and the open-source software movement are online social movements behind the widespread adoption of FOSS.

What Open Source can do for your company

The transition step for many companies that go beyond consuming OSS is internal sourcing, applying open-source methodologies within the corporate perimeter, allowing different development teams to see and participate in what others are doing. For example, DevOps and Software Engineers support development and data science teams across Sunnyvale, Erodate Santa Monica, Cambridge, Kyiv, and Taipei.

The Gdansk Development Center calls its home one of the most advanced regions in Poland. It provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop technical and non-technical skills while working on exciting and challenging projects.

The center works closely with teams such as Amazon Lab126 (the group that designs and develops high-end consumer electronics) and Amazon Kindle (the team that provides software solutions for the Kindle Reader). Focused on distributed systems and technologies, such as text-to-speech and natural language understanding, to make a real difference for customers by inventing, improving, and creating world-class software.

Among our team, we proudly call family many software engineers, managers, and linguists working closely to design and implement solutions that will affect millions of customers worldwide. The company uses a variety of programming languages, such as Java, Python, Ruby, and JavaScript; Linux, Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, and other open source technologies; and the world’s leading AWS platform from Amazon.

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Different people coming together

People from different areas of the Gdansk IT ecosystem met and became friends by working together. At the same time, Volanto, a young and growing software manufacturer, approached the town hall and asked how they could support the city of Gdansk with their skills. Simply put, they offered to develop a free app as part of their CSR policy. Code for Poland Trojmiasto appreciated the idea and many participants asked to join the project.

Volanto provided project management, process promotion, office meeting space, and support to bring people together. This work included an analysis of the content of white papers and websites describing the SC Datezone strategy of six Polish cities (Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Gdansk) and their metropolises. The story began at the end of 2015 when a fascinating process began in Gdansk.

The Pet Adoption App from the Gdansk Animal Shelter is an innovative project. The City Hall, cyber activists, and a private company solve social problems using IT tools. Overall, EGNSS has tremendous potential to positively impact all existing applications using satellite technology and pave the way for new applications and services in the context of urban mobility and smart cities.

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Open Source Software has become essential for businesses

Another interesting example is the satellite data provider Blue Dot Solutions, which uses Galileo to provide Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for its trams and buses in Gdansk, Poland. Integrated with Galileo, the device can accurately detect obstacles on city streets and track driving habits, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of public transportation. In addition, this allows the GNSS receiver to verify the authenticity of the GNSS information and transmission entity, ensuring that it comes from a trusted source.

It is essential for organizations using OSS to work with their legal and security departments to develop and implement inventory and control policies for open source components in their supply chain.

Some local governments in Europe, such as Munich, the school system in Bolzano, Italy, and the Gdansk City Council in Poland, have turned to open source software, but most significant governments have not yet.

As the Open Source Initiative sought to encourage the use of the new term and propagate the principles it adhered to, commercial software vendors ran away from the concept of free software and universal access to application source code. As a result, in the late 1960s, the prevailing software business model changed.