Platform as a service gateway for the Fog of Things

Verba, N., Chao, K.-M., James, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9274-7803, Goldsmith, D., Fei, X. and Stan, S.-D., 2017. Platform as a service gateway for the Fog of Things. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 33, pp. 243-257. ISSN 1474-0346

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Internet of Things (IoT), one of the key research topics in recent years, together with concepts from Fog Computing, brings rapid advancements in Smart City, Monitoring Systems, industrial control, transportation and other fields. These applications require a reconfigurable sensor architecture that can span multiple scenarios, devices and use cases that allow storage, networking and computational resources to be efficiently used on the edge of the network. There are a number of platforms and gateway architectures that have been proposed to manage these components and enable application deployment. These approaches lack horizontal integration between multiple providers as well as higher order functionalities like load balancing and clustering. This is partly due to the strongly coupled nature of the deployed applications, a lack of abstraction of device communication layers as well as a lock-in for communication protocols. This is a major obstacle for the development of a protocol agnostic application environment that allows for single application to be migrated and to work with multiple peripheral devices with varying protocols from different local gateways. This research looks at existing platforms and their shortcomings as well as proposes a messaging based modular gateway platform that enables clustering of gateways and the abstraction of peripheral communication protocols. This allows applications to send and receive messages regardless of their location and destination device protocol, creating a more uniform development environment. Furthermore, it results in a more streamlined application development and testing while providing more efficient use of the gateways resources. Our evaluation of a prototype for the system shows the need for the migration of resources and the QoS advantages of such a system. The presented use-case scenarios show that clustering can prove to be an advantage in certain use-cases as well as the deployment of a larger testing and control environment through the platform.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Advanced Engineering Informatics
Creators: Verba, N., Chao, K.-M., James, A., Goldsmith, D., Fei, X. and Stan, S.-D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: August 2017
Volume: 33
ISSN: 1474-0346
S1474034616301872Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Feb 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 08:22

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