FIRE STATION, which runs from June 2010 to May 2013 provides the European Commission's FIRE Initiative with an active hub that matches, guides and co-ordinates demand for experimentation facilities in the context of future networks and services. The heterogeneous and modular field of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) with its national and international stakeholder groups requires information sharing, cohesion building, community building and a single point of contact to co-ordinate and promote the FIRE approach.
Figure: FIRE STATION structure and relationships. Click on the image to see an interactive map on the PlanetLab Europe website

FIRE STATION contains a FIRE Office and a FIRE Architecture Board. The FIRE Office serves as the single contact point and the mediator when either looking for the right experimental resources or new customers for the facilities. The FIRE Architecture Board involves all FIRE facility builders to jointly decide on the strategy and means to co-ordinate and facilitate the development of FIRE facility offerings to support the evolving needs of the customers. FIRE STATION increases the global collaboration between relevant stakeholders, promotes experimentally-driven approach in future internet research and intensifies the usage experimental facilities, ultimately speeding up the development process of new systems and services.

The purpose of FIRE STATION is to join forces 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.