Virtualized programmable InTerfAces for smart, secure and cost-effective IoT depLoyments in smart cities

VITAL is a European ICT research project funded by the European Commission under Framework Program 7. Partners from Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey are developing a novel virtualization layer for the next generation of integrated and technology independent smart city systems. Current Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications are based on multiple architectures, standards and platforms. This has led to a highly fragmented IoT landscape specifically in the area of smart cities. Smart cities typically comprise several different IoT deployments that have been developed and deployed independently, e.g., for smart homes, smart industrial automation, smart transport, and smart buildings. These technological silos are in many cases caused by organizational silos in local government, e.g., the separation of law enforcement from the department of transportation.

There is a pressing need to remove these silos, allowing cities to share data across systems and to coordinate processes across domains, thereby improving sustainability and quality of life. In response to this need, VITAL realizes a radical shift in the development, deployment and operation of IoT applications. It introduces an abstract virtualized digital layer that will operate across multiple IoT architectures, platforms and business contexts. Added-value services on top of this layer will provide higher level functionalities like e.g. data filtering and complex event processing that integrate services of existing IoT systems. This will allow solution providers to (re-) use a wider range of data streams, thereby increasing the scope of potential applications and enabling a more connected approach to smart city development. Applications will be able to integrate data and services between different organisational units as well as between different smart cities, reducing the amount of necessary infrastructure inside a city. Application developers will be able to reuse their applications in different cities, greatly reducing development effort and time.

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