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Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1115;

Wireless Sensor Network-Based Service Provisioning by a Brokering Platform

Institute ITACA, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ingegneria Informatica, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00173 Roma, Italy
Center of Telecommunications Research, King’s College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK
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Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 8 May 2017 / Accepted: 9 May 2017 / Published: 12 May 2017
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This paper proposes a business model for providing services based on the Internet of Things through a platform that intermediates between human users and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). The platform seeks to maximize its profit through posting both the price charged to each user and the price paid to each WSN. A complete analysis of the profit maximization problem is performed in this paper. We show that the service provider maximizes its profit by incentivizing all users and all Wireless Sensor Infrastructure Providers (WSIPs) to join the platform. This is true not only when the number of users is high, but also when it is moderate, provided that the costs that the users bear do not trespass a cost ceiling. This cost ceiling depends on the number of WSIPs, on the value of the intrinsic value of the service and on the externality that the WSIP has on the user utility. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless sensor networks; two-sided markets; service provision wireless sensor networks; two-sided markets; service provision

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Guijarro, L.; Pla, V.; Vidal, J.R.; Naldi, M.; Mahmoodi, T. Wireless Sensor Network-Based Service Provisioning by a Brokering Platform. Sensors 2017, 17, 1115.

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