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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 484;

Dynamic Involvement of Real World Objects in the IoT: A Consensus-Based Cooperation Approach

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE), University of Cagliari, Cagliari 09123, Italy
GreenShare Srl, Cagliari 09128, Italy
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Academic Editors: Giovanni Pau, Claude Chaudet, Dixian Zhao and Mario Collotta
Received: 16 November 2016 / Revised: 15 February 2017 / Accepted: 22 February 2017 / Published: 1 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Next Generation Wireless Technologies for Internet of Things)
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A significant role in the Internet of Things (IoT) will be taken by mobile and low-cost unstable devices, which autonomously self-organize and introduce highly dynamic and heterogeneous scenarios for the deployment of distributed applications. This entails the devices to cooperate to dynamically find the suitable combination of their involvement so as to improve the system reliability while following the changes in their status. Focusing on the above scenario, we propose a distributed algorithm for resources allocation that is run by devices that can perform the same task required by the applications, allowing for a flexible and dynamic binding of the requested services with the physical IoT devices. It is based on a consensus approach, which maximizes the lifetime of groups of nodes involved and ensures the fulfillment of the requested Quality of Information (QoI) requirements. Experiments have been conducted with real devices, showing an improvement of device lifetime of more than 20 % , with respect to a uniform distribution of tasks. View Full-Text
Keywords: resource allocation; Internet of Things; virtual objects resource allocation; Internet of Things; virtual objects

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Pilloni, V.; Atzori, L.; Mallus, M. Dynamic Involvement of Real World Objects in the IoT: A Consensus-Based Cooperation Approach. Sensors 2017, 17, 484.

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