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Scalable Cloud–Sensor Architecture for the Internet of Things

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number3
Volume3
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)285-298
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date13/07/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Recent advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) and pervasive and ubiquitous computing provide a glimpse into the future of our planet and reveal exciting visions of many smart things: smart cities, smart homes, smart cars, and other smart spaces such as malls, workplaces, hotels, schools, and much more. Driven by a technological revolution offering “low-power many things and wireless almost everything,” we could, in only a decade, envision and prototype impressive smart space systems that improve quality of life, enhance awareness of resources and the environment, and enrich users' experience. However, prototyping is one thing and actual large-scale deployments are another. The massive scale of sensors and devices that will be deployed in smart cities of the future will be challenging. Without an ecosystem and a scalable architecture in place, it will be extremely difficult to manage or program such an expanding and massive IoT. In this paper, we introduce the Cloud-Edge-Beneath (CEB) architecture and present its salient scalability features. We also present a validation study based on an event-driven programming model demonstrating CEB's scaling behavior in face of IoT expansion and under dynamically increasing loads.