Based on an investment of more than 4 million Euro from all partners (with the European Commission contributing more than 2.5 Million Euro), the VITAL project represents a major effort to jumpstart the cost efficient development, deployment and operation of next generation Smart City applications. The project will run from September 2013 to August 2016. During this time, the consortium partners will develop novel solutions towards integrating heterogeneous IoT systems. This goes far beyond data integration, enabling integrated IoT services, which take advantage of individual services of these IoT systems, e.g. for discovery and filtering. The VITAL work plan consists of seven work packages.
The Work Packages
Work package WP1 is responsible for project management and coordination. This includes planning an maintaining software tool support as well as financial oversight.
Work package WP2 focusses on analysing requirements from all stakeholders engaged in the development, deployment and operation of the VITAL virtualization paradigm. This includes analyzing different IoT architectures and platforms, identifying legal, business and policy-related implications of the VITAL paradigm, and specifying scenarios and use cases for the VITAL framework. The WP is also responsible for the detailed technical architecture of VITAL.
Work package WP3 provides the technological underpinning needed to support the VITAL virtualization paradigm. The WP focusses on specifying platform-agnostic (meta) data models and semantics as well as secure and trusted virtualized access interfaces. In addition, WP3 explores how to adapt existing IoT architectures and platforms to the VITAL paradigm.
Work package WP4 is all about platform and business context agnostic, added-value functionalities at the VITAL virtualization layer, like semantic discovery of ICOs and services, filtering, event management and business process management.
Work package WP5 focuses on the creation of development, deployment, management and governance tools, which will support and accompany the VITAL virtualization layer. This includes a management and monitoring framework (along with accompanying tools) for ICOs, an (integrated) development environment, tools and techniques for SLA management, and a toolkit for the governance of large scale IoT applications.
Work package WP6 groups all activities to create an integrated VITAL system based on components produced in other technical workpackages (WP3-5).
Work package WP7 is taking care of dissemination as well as exploitation activities for the VITAL project and its results.