VICINITY paths its way through Standardization and Platforms

VICINITY paths its way through Standardization and Platforms


VICINITY Pilots will be set up in the domains of eHealth, Smart Transport, Smart Energy and Smart Parking. Recommendations on standards are described in detail in VICINITY Deliverable D2.1 – "Analysis of Standardisation Context and Recommendations for Standards Involvement". Standards recommendations are divided into two parts:





The first covers standards groups in which VICINITY partners are actively involved and will contribute:

  • AIOTI (Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation) was set up by the EC in early 2015 in an attempt to generate a consensus on the standards needed to deploy the IoT globally. The following working groups may be relevant to the VICINITY: WG3 (Standardisation), WG4 (Policy), WG5 (Smart living for Ageing Well), WG7 (Wearables), WG8 (Smart Cities), WG9 (Smart mobility), WG12 (Smart Energy), WG13 (Smart Buildings and Architecture).
  • ETSI TC SmartM2M was set up to develop specifications for M2M services and applications focusing on IoT and Smart Cities. TC SmartM2M is currently mapping SAREF (Smart Appliances Reference Ontology) to the oneM2M Base Ontology and is also in the process of evolving SAREF and extending it to different domains. It has been agreed that it would be useful for VICINITY to participate in SmartM2M rather than in oneM2M to ensure that SAREF meets the requirements of the architecture and pilots.
  • W3C - OGC & WoT Interest Groups. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main standards organization that develops standards for the Web. Two of its main activities are relevant to VICINITY: the Web of Data and the Web of Things. From the Data activity (and its predecessor the Semantic Web), VICINITY will use the set of standards defined for representing data on the Web describing ontologies that give meaning to such data (Web Ontology Language, OWL), querying such data (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language), and providing REST interfaces to access them (Linked Data Platform, LDP).
  • ITU-T SG20 - IoT and applications including smart cities and communities. SG20 has drafted an IoT Standards Roadmap. The services offered and the objectives of VICINITY trials could be contributed to SG20 with a view to developing new ITU Recommendations or Supplements.
  • IEEE IoT WG - P2413 Architectural Framework for the IoT. VICINITY will contribute to the further development of this architectural framework.
  • CEN TC 278 / ISO TC 204 ITS Standards. CEN TC 278 is heavily integrated with ISO TC 204 and covers Transport Telematics and Traffic, which may be relevant to the VICINITY Smart Grid and Parking use case.

The second group covers standards groups that will be monitored during the lifetime of the project:

  • ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 (Information Security) and WG10 (Internet of Things). ISO/IEC SC27 covers development of standards for the protection of information. This includes generic methods, techniques and guidelines to address both security and privacy aspects.
  • OneM2M Partnership Project base ontology. The work on semantics/ontologies is carried out in WG MAS (Management Abstraction and Semantics). This is developing a Base Ontology based on the requirements of specific ontologies such as SAREF.
  • Continua Health Alliance. The Continua Health Alliance standard addresses the fundamentals of data exchange between medical devices. This standard is required for the VICINITY eHealth at Home pilot.
  • USEF Universal Smart Energy Framework. USEF partners are working together to deliver the foundations of one integrated system which benefits all players - new and traditional energy companies and consumers.
  • CECED European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufactures.
  • ITS (Information Technology Services) groups in ETSI, ITU, BSI.
  • CEN/CLC/ETSI SSCC-CG (Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Coordination Group) which is looking at standards for cross-domain use cases in smart cities.

Comparison of SW/HW platforms for the IoT gateway

Towards achieving interoperability at lower, device level VICINITY has been considered one of the following IoT software frameworks:

  • OpenHAB SmartHome Framework.
  • AllJoyn.
  • DeviceHive IoT Framework.
  • OpenRemote.
  • Iotivity.

To meet the requirements for an IoT Hardware Platform, the following candidates have been considered:

  • Banana Pro.
  • Cubieboard 3 (Cubietrack).
  • RaspberryPI3ModelB.
  • Pine A64.
  • Intel Edison.

A final decision on which platform to use will be made after the requirements of the VICINITY pilot sites are identified.