AURORAL is delivering an interoperable digital environment, based on the results of VICINITY project, that connects various data sources, smart objects and online services  with the aim of unlocking advanced digitalisation of European rural areas and their economies.  It builds on an open, API-based, interoperable and federated Internet of Things (IoT) architecture and includes a reference implementation supporting flexible integration of heterogeneous services, bridging the interoperability gap of the smart object platforms and creating markets for services in rural areas.  The added-value and impact, brought by AURORAL will be demonstrated by cost-efficient and flexible cross-domain applications through large-scale pilots in several European regions (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Portugal, Spain and Italy).