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Issue No. 01 - Jan.-Feb. (2017 vol. 34)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 54-61
Arne Broring , Siemens
Stefan Schmid , Bosch Corporate Research
Abdelmajid Khelil , Landshut University of Applied Sciences
Denis Kramer , Bosch Software Innovations
Danh Le Phuoc , Technical University of Berlin
Jelena Mitic , Siemens
Darko Anicic , Siemens
Ernest Teniente , Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) comprises vertically oriented platforms for things. Developers who want to use them need to negotiate access individually and adapt to the platform-specific API and information models. Having to perform these actions for each platform often outweighs the possible gains from adapting applications to multiple platforms. This fragmentation of the IoT and the missing interoperability result in high entry barriers for developers and prevent the emergence of broadly accepted IoT ecosystems. The BIG IoT (Bridging the Interoperability Gap of the IoT) project aims to ignite an IoT ecosystem as part of the European Platforms Initiative. As part of the project, researchers have devised an IoT ecosystem architecture. It employs five interoperability patterns that enable cross-platform interoperability and can help establish successful IoT ecosystems.
IoT ecosystems, interoperability, software architecture, software patterns, semantics, Internet of Things, IoT, BIG IoT, Bridging the Interoperability Gap of the IoT, software engineering, software development

A. Broring et al., "Enabling IoT Ecosystems through Platform Interoperability," in IEEE Software, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 54-61, 2017.
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