D1.3 Report on Pilot sites and Operational Requirements

The aim of this report is to present results of visits to the four pilot (DEMO) sites, selected by VICINITY partners, and to provide details of the operational requirements for the demonstrations at each site as the result of discussions with key stakeholders. Operational requirements focus on how the users will operate the system, including interfaces and interoperability with other systems. The four trials are in the domains: energy, building, healthcare and transport. By having a bottom-up build across four domains, VICINITY has the rare opportunity to identify and exploit cross-domain efficiencies, which would not become apparent with conventional single-domain solutions. By establishing operational requirements at the outset, the project may now progress to the system design stage allowing cross-domain synergies to be exploited. The double diamond model, as proposed by the British Council in 2005, has been adopted by the project as the methodology to be used. This allows for two stages of divergence and convergence over four phases of a design project: Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver. This report focuses on the first phase-Discover. 

This document summarises and presents the outcomes of the executed Tasks of WP 1 related to stakeholder’s operational requirements elicitation. It also introduces methods of visualising the outcomes in a concise way, allowing for cross-comparison and easy information analysis of the results from four DEMO locations in Martim Longo in Portugal; Oslo and Tromso in Norway and Pilea-Hortiatis in Greece. All DEMO sites have high replication potential, municipal scale relevance and involve wide stakeholder groups. 

The site surveys adopted a common knowledge-management approach across all pilot locations, identified similarities in interoperability challenges, allowed workshops to be conducted to further define use cases and to facilitate prioritisation of business and operational requirements for the VICINITY solution. 

Visual inspection of the premises and their context along with interactions with on- site operations teams facilitated cross-domain information flow, allowed the creation of visual materials and other artefacts to be used at various stages of the project. The exercise was complementary to the stakeholders’ interviews and to the DEMO site partners’ activities.

The outcomes of this deliverable serve as input to the following deliverables: D1.4 and D1.5 and take into consideration methodologies described in D1.1 and the analysis presented on barriers and opportunities in D1.2.