The massive amount of traffic required by the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm can be supported by the imminent arrival of 5G next-generation networks. However, the limited capacity of resources in IoT nodes, e.g., battery lifetime or buffer space, opens a challenge to be taken into account when proposing new routing solutions on IoT scenarios with intermittent connectivity. In this paper, we propose the concept of Opportunistic Context-Virtual Networks (OCVNs). The novelty of this approach is to create virtual groups of nodes that share interests in common for routing purposes. Therefore, only the nodes that are interested in the content of the messages that are flowing throughout the network are used as relaying nodes, providing their own resources for the sake of the communication. By leveraging the use of store-carry-and-forward mechanisms, a novel routing algorithm is proposed and evaluated over two realistic scenarios. Experimental results reveal that our solution outperforms other well-known opportunistic routing algorithms in terms of delivery probability and overhead ratio, while resource usage of relaying nodes is significantly reduced.
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