There are already a variety of standards and proprietary platforms for the Internet of Things. At the communication level there are a limited number of standards, e.g. WiFi or ZigBee. Hence, exchanging data between IoT devices is not the problem.

The problem is the discovery and classification of services, and the communication at the semantic layer that is summarized under the term “Machine to Machine communication (M2M)”. Achieving interoperability and establishing services at this level is much more challenging and requires semantic knowledge from different domains and the ability to discover and classify services of things in general. This is difficult to standardize as it changes rapidly and is dependent on particular applications, locations and use cases.

The VICINITY project will build and demonstrate a platform and ecosystem that provides “interoperability as a service” for infrastructures in the Internet of Things.

Partners: ATOS Spain SA (Spain), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (Greece), Gnomon Informatics S.A. (Greece), Tiny Mesh AS (Norway), Hafenstrom AS (Norway), Enercoutim (Portugal), Gorenje Gospodinjski Aparati D.D. (Slovenia), Bavenir S.R.O. (Slovakia), Climate Associates Ltd (United Kingdom), Intersoft A.S. (Slovakia), Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Aalborg University (Denmark), Technical University of Madrid (Spain), Municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis (Greece)