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A Proof-of-Concept for Semantically Interoperable Federation of IoT Experimentation Facilities

Network Planning and Mobile Communications Lab. Universidad de Cantabria, Edificio Ingeniería de Telecomunicación, Plaza de la Ciencia, Santander, 39005 Cantabria, Spain
Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH Guildford, UK
Fraunhofer FOKUS, Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31, 10589 Berlin, Germany
NEC Europe Ltd., Kurfürsten-Anlage 36, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
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Academic Editors: Mihai Lazarescu and Luciano Lavagno
Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1006;
Received: 29 April 2016 / Revised: 10 June 2016 / Accepted: 23 June 2016 / Published: 29 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Data in the IoT: from Sensing to Meaning)
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is unanimously identified as one of the main pillars of future smart scenarios. The potential of IoT technologies and deployments has been already demonstrated in a number of different application areas, including transport, energy, safety and healthcare. However, despite the growing number of IoT deployments, the majority of IoT applications tend to be self-contained, thereby forming application silos. A lightweight data centric integration and combination of these silos presents several challenges that still need to be addressed. Indeed, the ability to combine and synthesize data streams and services from diverse IoT platforms and testbeds, holds the promise to increase the potentiality of smart applications in terms of size, scope and targeted business context. In this article, a proof-of-concept implementation that federates two different IoT experimentation facilities by means of semantic-based technologies will be described. The specification and design of the implemented system and information models will be described together with the practical details of the developments carried out and its integration with the existing IoT platforms supporting the aforementioned testbeds. Overall, the system described in this paper demonstrates that it is possible to open new horizons in the development of IoT applications and experiments at a global scale, that transcend the (silo) boundaries of individual deployments, based on the semantic interconnection and interoperability of diverse IoT platforms and testbeds. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet-of-Things; testbed; federation; semantic; ontology; proof-of-concept Internet-of-Things; testbed; federation; semantic; ontology; proof-of-concept
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Lanza, J.; Sanchez, L.; Gomez, D.; Elsaleh, T.; Steinke, R.; Cirillo, F. A Proof-of-Concept for Semantically Interoperable Federation of IoT Experimentation Facilities. Sensors 2016, 16, 1006.

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Lanza J, Sanchez L, Gomez D, Elsaleh T, Steinke R, Cirillo F. A Proof-of-Concept for Semantically Interoperable Federation of IoT Experimentation Facilities. Sensors. 2016; 16(7):1006.

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Lanza, Jorge; Sanchez, Luis; Gomez, David; Elsaleh, Tarek; Steinke, Ronald; Cirillo, Flavio. 2016. "A Proof-of-Concept for Semantically Interoperable Federation of IoT Experimentation Facilities" Sensors 16, no. 7: 1006.

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