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Semantic Modeling of a VLC-Enabled Task Automation Platform for Smart Offices

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Intelligent Systems Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Avenida Complutense 30, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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R&D Department, BEIA Consult International, 041386 Bucharest, Romania
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Academic Editor: José Santa
Electronics 2022, 11(3), 326; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11030326
Received: 23 December 2021 / Revised: 18 January 2022 / Accepted: 19 January 2022 / Published: 20 January 2022
The evolution of ambient intelligence has introduced a range of new opportunities to improve people’s well-being. One of these opportunities is the use of these technologies to enhance workplaces and improve employees’ comfort and productivity. However, these technologies often entail two major challenges: the requirement for fast and reliable data transmission between the vast number of devices connected simultaneously, and the interoperability between these devices. Conventional communication technologies present some drawbacks in these kinds of systems, such as lower data rates and electromagnetic interference, which have prompted research into new wireless communication technologies. One of these technologies is visible light communication (VLC), which uses existing light in an environment to transmit data. Its characteristics make it an up-and-coming technology for IoT services but also aggravate the interoperability challenge. To facilitate the continuous communication of the enormous amount of heterogeneous data generated, highly agile data models are required. The semantic approach tackles this problem by switching from ad hoc application-centric representation models and formats to a formal definition of concepts and relationships. This paper aims to advance the state of the art by proposing a semantic vocabulary for an intelligent automation platform with VLC enabled, which benefits from the advantages of VLC while ensuring the scalability and interoperability of all system components. Thus, the main contributions of this work are threefold: (i) the design and definition of a semantic model for an automation platform; (ii) the development of a prototype automation platform based on a VLC-based communication system; and (iii) the integration and validation of the proposed semantic model in the VLC-based automation platform. View Full-Text
Keywords: semantic modeling; task automation; visible light communication; smart office; environment adaptation; ambient intelligence semantic modeling; task automation; visible light communication; smart office; environment adaptation; ambient intelligence
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Muñoz, S.; Iglesias, C.A.; Scheianu, A.; Suciu, G. Semantic Modeling of a VLC-Enabled Task Automation Platform for Smart Offices. Electronics 2022, 11, 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11030326

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Muñoz S, Iglesias CA, Scheianu A, Suciu G. Semantic Modeling of a VLC-Enabled Task Automation Platform for Smart Offices. Electronics. 2022; 11(3):326. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11030326

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Muñoz, Sergio, Carlos A. Iglesias, Andrei Scheianu, and George Suciu. 2022. "Semantic Modeling of a VLC-Enabled Task Automation Platform for Smart Offices" Electronics 11, no. 3: 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11030326

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