As you read this newsletter we have finished the selection of projects within our 1st open call. While it may sound easy, the 1st open call was, and still is, a challenge. We handled 45 submissions, together with 8 external evaluators who delivered 90 evaluations and 45 evaluation summary reports. This was particularly ambitious as several reviewers and members of our project management team were on holiday, so finding appropriate time slots for Skype meetings was at times difficult…
You now have the 6th VICINITY newsletter in your hands – or on your screen. The VICINITY cloud gateway implementation is now finished which means we have achieved a crucial milestone. The source code is published on GitHub and can be downloaded and used by a broad public. Together with our first open call, we are significantly increasing the visibility and impact of VICINITY.
The reader of this latest VICINITY newsletter will notice that we have achieved a lot in the few months since our last newsletter. And the newsletter shows that there will be more ahead.
We are proud to present the now already 4th newsletter on the VICINITY project. Why so many newsletters? Because actually, there is a lot of news. We had the successful review meeting in Brussels. We had the Demos of the VICINITY implementation in Brussels and in Athens. And: due to that we have a first running prototype. With many limitations, not really implementing every feature, but: it is there.
First public demonstration
We are all very excited about being able to present these news; Friday, 1st of September represented a milestone for VICINITY2020. We did for the first time publically demonstrate that we have a working version of nteroperability as a Service. Giant leaps always starts with small steps.
One of the key elements of VICINITY is the ability to cross boundaries between devices, allowing them to share data regardless of physical location, brand or functionality. This is exactly what happened on this grey and rainy Friday.
VICINITY is now at the end of its first reporting period. We have so far completed the VICINITY specification and have started on the implementation. What follows is a hot summer to review so far and to demonstrate the results. Time will show what is hotter: the summer or the workload and we all have a lot of work to do at the wrong time.
VICINITY is now in its most important phase, for several reasons. First, we are in the process of finishing the requirements and specification phase. Second, we are starting development of the software and getting more in-depth into modeling of the use cases. Third, we are facing our first real review in September.
VICINITY newsletters will serve as a fully accessible communication tool for the dissemination of important project news and the description of future steps. The first issue includes a summary and overview of results from the VICINITY project in that direction, giving brief answers to questions such as: