D5.3 VICINITY value-added services deployment, validation, upgrade and evaluation

The deliverable D5.3 – Value-Added services deployment, validation, upgrade and evaluation, is a report on the realisation, upgrades, refinements and updates of the implemented use cases and Value-Added services of each pilot site, that were performed during T5.3. It is a continuation of the previously submitted work in deliverables D5.1 and D5.2. This deliverable presents the agile development of the Value-Added services and User Interfaces per pilot site, based on the evaluation on both technical and business perspectives (WP8) and the actual installation and deployment of the IoT infrastructure (WP7).

Improvements on the offered services, were implemented following the feedback that pilot sites have received during the Value-Added services operation in real-life conditions. The pilot sites had to overcome several challenges concerning business and technical aspects, like the user acceptance of the services and the fast prototyping and integration of new functionalities and improvements. Through this iterative process, upgraded versions of the offered services and solutions as well as new services were implemented and added to the VICINITY Platform. The use cases have also evolved a lot, even further from the initial expectations, thanks to the valuable new insights from the stakeholders and the continuous software development work of the pilot sites teams. 

The work of this task was very important for the development of mature IoT services, that are re-usable and IoT vendor agnostic, since they are communicating with the IoT devices in a well-defined, interoperable way through the VICINITY platform. The implemented updates add even more value to the VICINITY Platform, which apart from the interoperability as a service, offers also an IoT service registry that serves as an IoT Marketplace.

In this deliverable, the methodology that was followed for providing continuous updates on the Value-Added services as well as the User Interfaces, is presented together with the methodology for this deliverable’s reporting procedure. In the next paragraphs, each pilot site has presented the corrective and perfective maintenance activities that it performed in order to cover new or changed user requirements and/or fix any issues, so as to provide an enhanced version of the offered services to the end-users. Moreover, new Value-Added services and User Interfaces that were implemented to address new user requirements or as a proof of concept of VICINITY functionalities are also presented. The templates that were used for reporting this work in a uniform way are placed as an Annex.