Interoperability of Heterogeneous IoT Platforms



Horizon 2020


01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018


Flavio Fuart
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687283.

INTER-IoT project is aiming at the design, implementation and experimentation of an open cross-layer framework and associated methodology to provide voluntary interoperability among heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. The project will allow developing effectively and efficiently smart IoT applications, atop different heterogeneous IoT platforms, spanning single and/or multiple application domains.

The two application domains and use cases addressed in the project and in which the IoT framework will be applied are m-health and port transportation and logistics. The project outcome may optimize different operations (e.g. increasing efficiency in transportation time; reducing CO2 emission in a port environment; improving access control and safety; improving remote patient attendance and increase the number of subject that surgery units can assist using the mobile devices with the same resources; reducing time spent in hospitals premises or reduce the time dedicated to the assistance activities carried out directly at the surgery with advantage for subjects in charge and also benefits those waiting, i.e. reduction of the waiting list) in the two addresses domains, but it may be extended to other application domains in which there is a need to interconnect different IoT architectures already deployed. The project may deal with interoperability at different layers.

The INTER-IoT systemic approach, which will be created within the project together with necessary software tools and end-user applications, will provide ways of overcoming interoperability problems between heterogeneous IoT systems across the communication/software stack, including: devices, networks, middleware, application services, and data/semantics. Henceforth, reuse and integration of existing and future (even standard) IoT systems will be facilitated and made possible to obtain interoperable ecosystems of IoT platforms.

XLAB’s role

XLAB will focus on the security aspects of the network interoperability, based on a security-by-design; network virtualization and interoperability merge points, leading the analysis of these approaches, but in particular of the overlay middleware, and in the communication services (WP3). XLAB will investigate the data needs of different IoT devices and Application Services, participating in the design and planning of the framework (WP4, WP5). Additional contributions to the project include integration activities of the components in which XLAB has been involved, developing an evaluation plan, comprising a comprehensive methodology, for the quantitative and qualitative assessment of INTER-IoT, identification of exploitation opportunities and creation of innovative business models (WP6, WP7, WP8).