Next Article in Journal
A Proposal for IoT Dynamic Routes Selection Based on Contextual Information
Previous Article in Journal
A Novel Inverse Solution of Contact Force Based on a Sparse Tactile Sensor Array
Article Menu
Issue 2 (February) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sensors 2018, 18(2), 352;

Microservices in Web Objects Enabled IoT Environment for Enhancing Reusability

Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul 02450, Korea
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 15 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 26 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
Full-Text   |   PDF [5031 KB, uploaded 26 January 2018]   |  


In the ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT) environment, reusing objects instead of creating new one has become important in academics and industries. The situation becomes complex due to the availability of a huge number of connected IoT objects, and each individual service creates a new object instead of reusing the existing one to fulfill a requirement. A well-standard mechanism not only improves the reusability of objects but also improves service modularity and extensibility, and reduces cost. Web Objects enabled IoT environment applies the principle of reusability of objects in multiple IoT application domains through central objects repository and microservices. To reuse objects with microservices and to maintain a relationship with them, this study presents an architecture of Web of Objects platform. In the case of a similar request for an object, the already instantiated object that exists in the same or from other domain can be reused. Reuse of objects through microservices avoids duplications, and reduces time to search and instantiate them from their registries. Further, this article presents an algorithm for microservices and related objects discovery that considers the reusability of objects through the central objects repository. To support the reusability of objects, the necessary algorithm for objects matching is also presented. To realize the reusability of objects in Web Objects enabled IoT environment, a prototype has been designed and implemented based on a use case scenario. Finally, the results of the prototype have been analyzed and discussed to validate the proposed approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: Web of Objects (WoO); microservices for IoT; objects reusability; Internet of Things (IoT) Web of Objects (WoO); microservices for IoT; objects reusability; Internet of Things (IoT)

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Jarwar, M.A.; Kibria, M.G.; Ali, S.; Chong, I. Microservices in Web Objects Enabled IoT Environment for Enhancing Reusability. Sensors 2018, 18, 352.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sensors EISSN 1424-8220 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top