Internet of Things Environment for Service Creation and Testing (IoT.est)

To date implementations of Internet of Things architectures are confined to particular application areas and tailored to meet only the limited requirements of their narrow applications. The ICT workprogramme highlights the importance of interoperability between the silo solutions and different technologies used in these disjointed sectors. Sensors/objects that provide information or perform as actuators implementing actions in the real world are plentiful and the range of communication technologies, networking protocols, information types and data formats used to exchange information or control data is vast.
To overcome technology & sector boundaries and therefore dynamically design and integrate new types of services and generate new business opportunities requires a dynamic service creation environment that gathers and exploits data and information from sensors and actuators that use different communication technologies/formats. To accelerate the introduction of new IoT enabled business services (in short IoT services) an effective dynamic service creation environment architecture needs to provide:
1. Orchestration, i.e. composition, of business services based on re-usable IoT service components,
2. Self-management capable components for automated configuration and testing of services for “things”,
3. Abstraction of the heterogeneity of underlying technologies to ensure interoperability. IoT.est is developing a test-driven service creation environment (SCE) for Internet of Things enabled business services. The SCE will enable the acquisition of data and control/actuation of sensors, objects and actuators.
The project will provide the means and tools to define and instantiate IoT services that exploit data across domain boundaries and facilitate run-time monitoring which enables autonomous service adaptation to environment/context and network parameter (e.g. QoS) changes. The project prototypes its major concepts and will evaluate the results for exploitation towards future IoT service creation, deployment and testing products.