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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 880-910;

A Semantics-Rich Information Technology Architecture for Smart Buildings

Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Received: 25 July 2014 / Revised: 21 October 2014 / Accepted: 21 October 2014 / Published: 4 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Automation Systems)
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The design of smart homes, buildings and environments currently suffers from a low maturity of available methodologies and tools. Technologies, devices and protocols strongly bias the design process towards vertical integration, and more flexible solutions based on separation of design concerns are seldom applied. As a result, the current landscape of smart environments is mostly populated by defectively designed solutions where application requirements (e.g., end-user functionality) are too often mixed and intertwined with technical requirements (e.g., managing the network of devices). A mature and effective design process must, instead, rely on a clear separation between the application layer and the underlying enabling technologies, to enable effective design reuse. The role of smart gateways is to enable this separation of concerns and to provide an abstracted view of available automation technology to higher software layers. This paper presents a blueprint for the information technology (IT) architecture of smart buildings that builds on top of established software engineering practices, such as model-driven development and semantic representation, and that avoids many pitfalls inherent in legacy approaches. The paper will also present a representative use case where the approach has been applied and the corresponding modeling and software tools. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart buildings; smart gateway; semantic web; interoperability; OSGi; model-driven smart buildings; smart gateway; semantic web; interoperability; OSGi; model-driven

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Bonino, D.; Corno, F.; De Russis, L. A Semantics-Rich Information Technology Architecture for Smart Buildings. Buildings 2014, 4, 880-910.

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