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

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  • Official website http://vicinity-h2020.eu/vicinity
  • Official Twitter website here
  • Official Linkedin website here
  • Official youtube website here
  • Official facebook here
  • News: The Microgrid Research Programme hosted the H2020VICINITY General Assembly meeting at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg on June 24 and June 25, 2019. Click on the photo to zoom in.

  • News: Dr. Yajuan Guan will attend IoTsummit and the IoTweek . The first VICINITY paper will be presented there:

  • News: Dr. Yajuan Guan and Natalie Samovich presenting @VICINITY2020 project. Q&A session with all IoT_EPI projects in Geneva (Please see it the final version at the end of this page)

  • Annoucement: Dr Mehdi Savaghebi is a co-chair for a Special Session on Communications and Control in Power and Energy Systems will be held in conjunction with the 17th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband ICUWB’2017 in Salamanca, Spain, from September 12th to 15th, 2017. Deadline: April 24th, 2017. Please see more information here

  • Annoucement: There is a iTHINGS-2017 Special Session on Energy Internet - Integrating Internet of Things into the Smart Energy Systens. Deadline: March, 2017. Please see more information here
  • News: Dr Mehdi Savaghebi has presented a Tutorial at “23rd Int. Symp. Power Electron., Elec. Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM 2016)” organised by Naples Federico II University on 22 June 2016, in Capri, Italy. VICINITY project was also presented there. VICINITY was the topic of some interesting discussions and questions mainly focused on the benefits of utilizing IoT devices and platforms to ensure a highly reliable and optimized operation of smart energy systems with the focus on microgrids.
  • Dr. Yajuan Guan has been hired from this project. Her work is related to Vicinity Dissemination Activities, IoT Laboratory testing and overall system Integration.
  • News: Prof. Josep Guerrero and Associate Professor Juan C. Vasquez will attend the IoT Solutions World Congress #IOTSWC16 taking place October 25-27, 2016.
  • IoT-European Platforms Initiative & IoT-Meetup Austria have teamed up to foster collaboration and to become a joint driver for IoT in Austria and Europe. Please see all the details here
  • Professor Josep Guerrero, Dr. Juan Vasquez and Dr. Mehdi Savaghebi attended the haf-year project meeting last June 21-24 2016, in Valencia , Spain. VICINITY and 6 other projects is present at the IoT EPI meeting in Valencia #IOTEPI #Iot_EPI #VICINITY2020

  • There is an official brochure about VICINITY project dedicated to the Microgrid Research Programme. Please find it here.
  • Professor Josep Guerrero, Dr. Juan Vasquez and Dr. Mehdi Savaghebi attended the Kick-off meeting last 20-22 January 2016, hosted by Technical University of Kaiserslautern, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. See all the details here.

  • 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



  • A. Hovsto, Y. Guan, J. C. Vasquez, M. Savaghebi, J. M. Guerrero, M. Poveda-Villalon, R. Garcia-Castro, Enabling interoperability-as-a-service for connected IoT infrastructures and Smart Objects, pHealth2018, 12-14 Jun. 2018, Gjovik, Norway. 
  • Yajuan Guan, Juan C. Vasquez, Josep M. Guerrero, “A Novel Hierarchical Control Strategy for the Internet of Things based Home Scale Microgrid,” IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2017), 19-21 June 2017, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Semantic Discovery in the Web of Things, Fernando Serena, María Poveda-Villalón, Raúl García-Castro, EnWoT-The first International Workshop on Engineering the Web of Things, 05 June 2017, Roma, Italy.
  • Drivers, Standards and Platforms for the IoT: Towards a digital VICINITY, Carna Radojicic, Aida Mynzhasova, Christopher Heinz, Christoph Grimm, Juan Rico, Keith Dickerson, IEEE Technically Sponsored Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2017, 07-08 September 2017, London, UK.
  • An Open Virtual Neighbourhood Network to Connect IoT Infrastructures and Smart Objects – VICINITY, Yajuan Guan, Juan C. Vasquez, Josep M. Guerrero, Natalie Samovich, Stefan Vanya, Viktor Oravec, Raúl García-Castro, Fernando Serena, María Poveda-Villalón, Carna Radojicic, Christopher Heinz, Christoph Grimm, Athanasios Tryferidis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Keith Dickerson, Marek Paralic, Marek Skokan, Tomas Sabol,Global IoT Summit (GIoTS-2017), 06-09 June 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Optimal Real-time Dispatch for Integrated Energy Systems: An Ontology-Based Multi-Agent Approach. Anvari-Moghaddam, Amjad; Rahimi-Kian, Ashkan; Mirian, Maryam S.; Guerrero, Josep M. 7th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG’16). IEEE Press, 2016. p. 1-7.
  • An Efficient Multi-objective Approach for Designing of Communication Interfaces in Smart Grids. Ghasemkhani, Amir; Anvari-Moghaddam, Amjad; Guerrero, Josep M.; Bak-Jensen, Birgitte. Proceedings of IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2016). IEEE Press, 2016. p. 1-6.
  • Development and Integration of a HEMS with an Advanced Smart Metering Infrastructure. Diaz, Enrique Rodriguez; Palacios-Garcia, Emilio; Savaghebi, Mehdi; Quintero, Juan Carlos Vasquez; Guerrero, Josep M. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). 2016. p. 544 - 545.
  • Intelligent DC Homes in Future Sustainable Energy Systems: When efficiency and Intelligence Work Together. Diaz, Enrique Rodriguez; Quintero, Juan Carlos Vasquez; Guerrero, Josep M. IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 1, 03.2016, p. 74 - 80.
  • A knowledge discovery in databases approach for industrial microgrid planning. Gamarra, Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.; Montero , Eduardo. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 60, 07.2016, p. 615–630.


Related Topics

Related link: vicinityh2020


Professor Josep M. Guerrero
E-mail: joz@et.aau.dk


Professor Juan C. Vasquez
Postdoctoral Researcher 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