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Internet of things

The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.

Internet of thingsImagine a world where everything can be both analogue and digitally approached - reformulates our relationship with objects – things- as well as the objects themselves. 
Any object that carries an RFID tag relates not only to you, but also through being read by a RFID reader nearby, to other objects, relations or values in a database.

An alternative view, from the world of the Semantic Web focuses instead on making all things (not just those electronic, smart, or RFID-enabled) addressable by the existing naming protocols, such as URI.

The “Internet of Things and Services” embraces a range of exciting internet-enabled technologies for individual life/work-style support as well as an opportunity for commercial and business exploitation of emerging technology platforms.

Network of linkThe key enabling research and commercially available technologies that underpin the Internet of Things & Services paradigm include:

  • middleware and service-oriented architectures,
  • virtualization,
  • Radio Frequency Identification,
  • sensor networking technologies,
  • semantic data fusion,
  • semantic-cooperative generalisation ontologies for selection and integration of services,
  • embedded intelligence.

The Internet of Services vision for business applications has been largely driven by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as the de-facto architecture.

Functionalities include: localization, sensing, identification,networking, processing and security, connectivity, applications, integration and the availability to communicate between objects.