Thing Federation as a Service: Foundations and Demonstration

Zakaria Maamar, Khouloud Boukadi, Emir Ugljanin, Thar Baker, Muhammad Asim, Mohammed Al-Khafajiy, Djamal Benslimane, Hasna El Alaoui El Abdallaoui

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This paper presents the design and implementation guidelines of thing federation-as-a-service. The large and growing number of things compliant with the Internet-of-Things (IoT) principles need to be “harnessed” so, that, things’ collective over individual behaviors prevail. A federation gathers necessary things together according to the needs and requirements of the situation that this federation is tasked to handle. Two types of federations exist: planned whose things are all known at design-time and ad-hoc whose things are known after a competitive selection at run-time. In this paper, federations handle situations about emergency services that involve different stakeholders with different backgrounds raising the complexity of ensuring a successful delivery of these services. A system for patient emergency transfer following a tunnel closure is implemented demonstrating the technical doability of thing federation-as-a-service.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModel and Data Engineering
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, MEDI 2018, Marrakesh, Morocco, October 24–26, 2018, Proceedings
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030008567
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018


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