Open Virtual Neighbourhood Network to Connect IoT Infrastructures and Smart Objects - VICINITY

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  • Announcement: VICINITY has reached the most important milestones: the integrated VICINITY platform has been successfully implemented and its deployment at the proposed Demo sites is done. The project has been reviewed with very good outcomes and advices by the EC and PO reviewers.

  • Project outcomes: VICINITY testbed deployment, including Validation, Parameterization and Testing
    Several laboratory tests have been conducted in four different lab evironments (AAU Microgrid-IoT laboratory, CERTH/ITI Smart House, ATOS IoE lab, and UNIKL lab). The edge testing cases consist of 3 testing scenarios. The first test focused on stress registration properties and it has been verified that the VICINITY prototype can successfully deal with a registration with at least 10,000 properties. The second test is to identify the limit of parallel registrations. The testing results show that 64 adapters in parallel is the Limit of simultaneous registration in current VICINITY platform with light payload. The third test is to validate the platform performance for a GET request with large size of payload. The testing results verify that the VICINITY platform can successfully manage a GET request with 200,000 data.

  • The internal testing points track the use-cases defined for the pilot sites to verify the functional performance of VICINITY core components, adapters and value-added services (VAS), and ensure the expected operation. The tests cover mobility, building, energy, and eHealth domains and refer to privacy, GDPR VAS, LoRa, and FIWARE-compliant devices, an Omnet++ network simulator and the homomorphic encryption method. Moreover, it should be noticed that all the tests were passed directly or passed after corrections.

  • Project Outcomes: VICINITY Concept and Architecture
    VICINITY is built around the concept of connecting different IoT ecosystems through an open gateway API (providing interoperability as a service) which enables interaction with IoT objects (devices and value-added services) from other different ecosystems as if they were their own. The VICINITY interoperability services inter-connecting IoT ecosystems creates a common environment where value-added services utilizing different devices can be deployed and can operate across different domains, as shown Figure below.

VICINITY Nodes create a controlled VICINITY Peer-to-peer (P2P) Network based on these rules defined by VICINITY Neighbourhood Manager (see figure below – yellow and blue arrows) in VICINITY Cloud. In VICINITY P2P Network, VICINITY Nodes communicate user data directly between each other (red arrows). Moreover, the VICINITY P2P Network support VICINITY Node with security services (such as end-to-end encryption, data integrity, etc.) to ensure security and privacy of exchanged user data.

  • The VICINITY TV spot (in German) here

Project Description

Topic Description

Specific Challenge: The evolution of the Internet of Things embedded in Smart Environments and Platforms forming a web of "everythings" has been identified as one of the next big concepts to support societal changes and economic growth at an annual rate estimated at 20%.

The overall challenge is to deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) extended into a web of platforms for connected devices and objects. They support smart environments, businesses, services and persons with dynamic and adaptive configuration capabilities.

Project DescripTion:

Challenge – Nowadays various IoT networks are being deployed for sensing, measuring, controlling and business process optimization purposes while various IoT platforms are emerging on the market1 to manage these networks. Nevertheless, these infrastructures are mostly acting as isolated islands in the global IoT landscape while inter-connection of these islands might bring significant value added (such as an ecosystem running on close to zero energy for example). Exploitation of these benefits is however inhibited by various interoperability barriers that are present in the current IoT ecosystems. Such barriers are:

  • Lack of IoT protocol interoperability (systems are often vendor locked by design),
  • Interconnected smart objects of different owners require data sharing that raises serious privacy issues,
  • IoT component vendors might be reluctant to share interface specifications (Intellectual Property problem),
  • Large-scale integration imposes rules that are disadvantageous for particular participants.

Therefore, the present IoT landscape rather looks like a set of isolated islands shipped by different vendors serving for different domains. The ambition of the VICINITY project is to connect these islands into one global continent.

The VICINITY project will build and demonstrate a bottom-up ecosystem of decentralised interoperability of IoT infrastructures called virtual neighbourhood, where users can share the access to their smart objects without losing the control over them.

The solution will be based on an open interoperability gateway enabling different IoT networks to get connected into large ecosystems. The connections will be organised in a peer-to-per way, building social networks of smart objects called virtual neighbourhood. The operators of the particular IoT infrastructures can select which other systems they wish to connect to in a similar way as we are selecting friends in social networks, via a web-based neighbourhood manager where they can configure the scope of the cooperation with other systems (e.g. to decide which data are visible and which controls are applicable for a particular partner entity). Facilitating the integration of smart objects built on widely adopted standards the platform will be equipped with semantic discovery and dynamic configuration features automatically integrating such assets to VICINITY.

The power of cross-domain interoperability brought by VICINITY will be shown on a large-scale demonstration involving 8 sites in 7 countries. VICINITY will connect urban district and smart transport infrastructures in Norway, renewable site in Portugal and health-house in Greece. These real sites will be connected laboratory environments of smart grids in Denmark, M2M laboratories in Germany, intelligent building laboratories in Greece and last but not least IoE laboratories of ATOS in Spain.

VICINITY2020 - Bridging the smart devices



Global IoT Summit (GIoTS-2017), 06-09 June 2017, Geneva, Switzerland. Presented by Dr. Yajuan Guan

An Enhanced Hierarchical Control Strategy for the IoT Home Scale Microgrid, Presented by Dr. Yajuan Guan



Related Topics

Related link: vicinityh2020


Professor Josep M. Guerrero


Professor Juan C. Vasquez
Assistant Professor Yajuan Guan
Assoc. Professor Mehdi Savaghebi

Grant and Period

This project is granted by HORIZON 2020 – WORK PROGRAMME 2014-2015

Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2015
Publication date: 23-07-2014

Topic Addressed: ICT–30–2015: Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects Research & Innovation actions


  • TU Kaiserslautern (UNIKL), Germany
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece
  • Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark
  • OTE - Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece
  • bAvenir s.r.o. (BVR), Slovakia
  • Climate Associates Ltd (CAL), United Kingdom
  • InterSoft A.S. (IS), Slovakia
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • Gnomon Informatics S.A. (GNOMON), Greece
  • Tiny Mesh AS (TINYM), Norway
  • Associação Empresarial de Energia Solar de Alcoutim (ENERC), Portugal
  • Municipality of Pylaia-Hortiatis (MPH), Greece