Many of the stakeholders are facing decisions as to adaptation of new technologies, and decisions on matters they have little or no knowledge about. In today’s dynamic world with so many large disruptive approaches and changing business models, it is difficult for decision makers to identify, prioritise and fully adapt and trust the new opportunities beyond viewing them as limitations.
In the context of the VICINITY project, a Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) has been formed at the very start, supporting the project in order to facilitate the participation of related stakeholders.
April 24 to April 28, 2017
VICINITY will be demonstrated at the Hannover Trade Fair 2017 from April 24 to 28 during its project lifetime in the domains of Energy, Mobility, E-Health and Building Automation. However, the concept is directly applicable to other domains like e.g. Industry 4.0 as well. Researchers from the Technical University (TU) Kaiserslautern (Christopher Heinz and Johannes Kölsch) will present the VICINITY project at the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Hall 2, Stand B40).
A common meeting of all the 7 approved projects under the ICT-30-2015 call took place in Valencia from 21st to 24th of June 2016, fostered by the IoT-EPI project. This was a great chance for the VICINITY consortium to get to know in person the people behind each of the projects, sharing views and seeking for collaboration opportunities within the project lifetime and beyond.
VICINITY project brought public attention from its early beginning, having the chance to present its core objectives and potential impact it can bring to the greater public through the German television. The project coordinator, Dr. Christoph Grimm of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, highlighted the key objectives and the rationale behind the VICINITY concept, broadcasted on 21 January 2016 on SWR television of the ARD group.
On 20-22 January 2016, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern hosted the kick-off meeting of the VICINITY project in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The project, funded by EU Programme Horizon 2020, brings together 15 partners from 9 European countries with leading-edge scientific knowledge and innovation capabilities from the research community (4), industry (3), SMEs (7) and municipalities (1).