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Validation of Semantic Interoperability between IoT Platforms

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... Various new research challenges and future directions are also discussed in detail. In paper [41], authors have proposed a solution for Semantic IoT interoperability by combining SDN, NFV, and IoT. The future directions of this paper are to provide a bridge between various IoT platforms and frameworks. ...
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In the coming few years, there is going to be rapid advancement in terms of technology like 5G, 6G, etc. When we think about 5G, the performance of the internet is going to increase multifold. The 5G i.e. fifth-generation network is going to be very heterogeneous. There is a need for a standardized solution to the issues in this technology. In this work, we are trying to understand the problems specifically in IoT (Internet of Things) area of 5G. In the literature survey, we found out that various solutions have been proposed in the area of the Internet of Things, but there is a lack of some generic solutions for all IoT projects. Every project works excellent in its closed and specified environment. When we try to connect multiple IoT projects, there is a big problem of interoperability. Some ICT standardization organizations have proposed some solutions to interoperability to overcome this scenario. Few solutions have been proposed by some authors to provide interoperability using semantic technologies. The solution for this problem of heterogeneous IoT can be provided using the semantic technologies in combination with that of SDN (Software Defined Network), NFV (Network Function Virtualization), and Cloud infrastructure.
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The Web of Things (WoT) recommendations of the W3C have been introduced to enable interoperability between different Internet of Things platforms. Although previous studies have confirmed the practical applicability of the WoT specifications, research in regard to the scalability of the WoT is still missing. To fill this particular gap, this work describes a practical case study to investigate the characteristics of the WoT in the context of large scale deployments. To this end, a system is designed and implemented, adapting the WoT architecture and consisting of a simulation of virtual Things, which communicate with a Thing Directory and a client application in the form of a rule engine. To evaluate this system it is deployed to a cluster of inexpensive web servers under realistic conditions using state of the art authorization services and transport layer security. The evaluation of the system is performed by simulating up to 200.000 virtual entities, measuring the systems stability and correct functionality. The results show, that the current implementation is able to operate stable and correctly with 20.000 virtual entities, with parts of the system being barely under load. The protocols implemented and technologies used, particularly HTTP and MQTT, provide opportunities to scale the system vertically and horizontally, although the use of HTTP could become a bottleneck in larger implementations.
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