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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Internet Technology, volume 7, numbers 1 and 2, 2014 // View article inttech_v7_n12_2014_8


Virtualization as a Driver for the Evolution of the Internet of Things: Remaining Challenges and Opportunities Towards Smart Cities

Authors:
Andreas Merentitis
Vangelis Gazis
Eleni Patouni
Florian Zeiger
Marco Huber
Nick Frangiadakis
Kostas Mathioudakis

Keywords: Sensor Networks, Sensor Virtualization, Machine to Machine Communications, Internet of Things, Future Internet

Abstract:
Fueled by advances in microelectronics, wireless communications and the availability of affordable mobile connectivity, the last decade has seen an unprecedented proliferation in the number of interconnected devices. This evolution is part of the transition to the Internet of Things (IoT), which envisions connecting anything at any time and place. While it can be argued we are already living in the IoT era, the next paradigm shift is already emerging on the horizon, targeting yet another order of magnitude increase in the number of interconnected devices and promising to bring people and processes in the equation. This is particularly important towards the vision of Smart Cities, where physical infrastructure is complemented by the availability of intellectual and social capital, increasing both urban competitiveness and quality of life. However, before such a paradigm shift can be realized, significant challenges with respect to scalability, cooperative communications, energy consumption, as well as convergence of sensor and analytics trends have to be resolved. In this paper we elaborate on the different trends, as well as the remaining open problems and we show how Sensor Virtualization Technology, capturing both the Virtual Sensors and Virtual Sensors Networks aspects, promises to alleviate or resolve these challenges, and pave the way towards the evolution of the Internet of Things.

Pages: 86 to 96

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2014. Used with permission.

Publication date: June 30, 2014

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2652

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