Model-driven interoperability: engineering heterogeneous IoT systems

Paul Grace, Brian Pickering, Mike Surridge

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Interoperability remains a significant burden to the developers of Internet of Things systems. This is because resources and APIs are dynamically composed; they are highly heterogeneous in terms of their underlying communication technologies, protocols and data formats, and interoperability tools remain limited to enforcing standards-based approaches. In this paper, we propose model-based engineering methods to reduce the development effort towards ensuring that complex software systems interoperate with one another. Lightweight interoperability models can be specified in order to monitor and test the execution of running software so that interoperability problems can be quickly identified, and solutions put in place. A graphical model editor and testing tool are also presented to highlight how a visual model improves upon textual specifications. We show using case-studies from the FIWARE Future Internet Service domain that the software framework can support non-expert developers to address interoperability challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
JournalAnnals of telecommunications
Issue number3-4
Early online date25 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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