VICINITY will engage new partners through 2 Open calls with a budget of €500K. One open call will be devoted to system integrators for Integration of IoT infrastructures deployed at public facilities in the domain of healthcare, smart grids, transport or intelligent buildings. Another open call will look for value added services over IoT infrastructure in the domain of healthcare, smart grids, transport or intelligent buildings.
Society is about to see a major shift in the accountability of organisations that make use of individuals’ personal data. Currently people give implied consent for the use of personal data on many occasions, such as when they accept the terms and conditions associated with downloading a new app. Less than 1% of people understand what personal data might be collected and how it might be used.
VICINITY Test Labs will support the activities of the prototyping and testing of the early VICINITY infrastructure available, currently consisting of: AAU Microgrid IoT Laboratory in Denmark, CERTH Test Laboratory in Greece, ATOS IoE Laboratory in Spain.
The H2020 project VICINITY aims at providing “Interoperability as a service” through VICINITY Cloud services to setup semantic interoperability including device discovery and peer-to-peer network of VICINITY Nodes to exchange context-aware user data in secure and privacy preserving manner.
VICINITY Pilots will be set up in the domains of eHealth, Smart Transport, Smart Energy and Smart Parking. Recommendations on standards are described in detail in VICINITY Deliverable D2.1 – "Analysis of Standardisation Context and Recommendations for Standards Involvement".
Many of the stakeholders are facing decisions as to adaptation of new technologies, and decisions on matters they have little or no knowledge about. In today’s dynamic world with so many large disruptive approaches and changing business models, it is difficult for decision makers to identify, prioritise and fully adapt and trust the new opportunities beyond viewing them as limitations.
In the context of the VICINITY project, a Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) has been formed at the very start, supporting the project in order to facilitate the participation of related stakeholders.
April 24 to April 28, 2017
VICINITY will be demonstrated at the Hannover Trade Fair 2017 from April 24 to 28 during its project lifetime in the domains of Energy, Mobility, E-Health and Building Automation. However, the concept is directly applicable to other domains like e.g. Industry 4.0 as well. Researchers from the Technical University (TU) Kaiserslautern (Christopher Heinz and Johannes Kölsch) will present the VICINITY project at the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Hall 2, Stand B40).
A common meeting of all the 7 approved projects under the ICT-30-2015 call took place in Valencia from 21st to 24th of June 2016, fostered by the IoT-EPI project. This was a great chance for the VICINITY consortium to get to know in person the people behind each of the projects, sharing views and seeking for collaboration opportunities within the project lifetime and beyond.
VICINITY project brought public attention from its early beginning, having the chance to present its core objectives and potential impact it can bring to the greater public through the German television. The project coordinator, Dr. Christoph Grimm of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, highlighted the key objectives and the rationale behind the VICINITY concept, broadcasted on 21 January 2016 on SWR television of the ARD group.