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Sensors 2014, 14(9), 15687-15713; doi:10.3390/s140915687

Modeling IoT-Based Solutions Using Human-Centric Wireless Sensor Networks

Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile, Beauchef 851, Santiago 8370459, Chile
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers, IIIE, UNS-CONICET, Alem 1253, Bahía Blanca 8000, Argentina
Department of Computer Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Jordi Girona Salgado 1, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Received: 25 April 2014 / Revised: 6 August 2014 / Accepted: 15 August 2014 / Published: 25 August 2014
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has inspired solutions that are already available for addressing problems in various application scenarios, such as healthcare, security, emergency support and tourism. However, there is no clear approach to modeling these systems and envisioning their capabilities at the design time. Therefore, the process of designing these systems is ad hoc and its real impact is evaluated once the solution is already implemented, which is risky and expensive. This paper proposes a modeling approach that uses human-centric wireless sensor networks to specify and evaluate models of IoT-based systems at the time of design, avoiding the need to spend time and effort on early implementations of immature designs. It allows designers to focus on the system design, leaving the implementation decisions for a next phase. The article illustrates the usefulness of this proposal through a running example, showing the design of an IoT-based solution to support the first responses during medium-sized or large urban incidents. The case study used in the proposal evaluation is based on a real train crash. The proposed modeling approach can be used to design IoT-based systems for other application scenarios, e.g., to support security operatives or monitor chronic patients in their homes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; modeling approach; human-centric wireless sensor networks; emergency response; urban emergencies; ambient intelligence; information sharing Internet of Things; modeling approach; human-centric wireless sensor networks; emergency response; urban emergencies; ambient intelligence; information sharing

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Monares, Á.; Ochoa, S.F.; Santos, R.; Orozco, J.; Meseguer, R. Modeling IoT-Based Solutions Using Human-Centric Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2014, 14, 15687-15713.

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