Automating the Provisioning and Configuration of Devices in the Internet of Things

Pascal Hirmer, Uwe Breitenbücher, Ana Cristina Franco da Silva, Kálmán Képes, Bernhard Mitschang, Matthias Wieland


The Internet of Things benefits from an increasing number of interconnected technical devices. This has led to the existence of so-called smart environments, which encompass one or more devices sensing, acting, and automatically performing different tasks to enable their self-organization. Smart environments are divided into two parts: the physical environment and its digital representation, oftentimes referred to as digital twin. However, the automated binding and monitoring of devices of smart environments are still major issues. In this article we present a method and system architecture to cope with these challenges by enabling (i) easy modeling of sensors, actuators, devices, and their attributes, (ii) dynamic device binding based on their type, (iii) the access to devices using different paradigms, and (iv) the monitoring of smart environments in regard to failures or changes. We furthermore provide a prototypical implementation of the introduced approach.


Internet of Things; sensors; actuators; digital twin; ontologies; TOSCA

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DOI: 10.7250/csimq.2016-9.02


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