The Web of Things - Challenges and Enabling Technologies [chapter]

Sujith Samuel Mathew, Yacine Atif, Quan Z. Sheng, Zakaria Maamar
2013 Studies in Computational Intelligence  
Advances in ubiquitous computing and embedded systems are closing the gap between the physical and virtual worlds. With the Internet becoming the platform of choice for communication, ubiquitous computing faces new opportunities and challenges. Today, things like refrigerators and bathroom scales are becoming Internet enabled and the trend is increasing with Internet penetration predicted to cover a wide range of physical appliances. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an active research area,
more » ... ing on connecting real-world things over TCP/IP. This trend has recently triggered the research community to ponder the use of the Web (HTTP) as an application platform for integrating things on the Internet. The Web is now evolving from an information portal to an application platform for connecting people and things together. Harnessing physical things into the virtual world using Web standards also enriches the arena of conventional Web services to unleash data and function of physical things to be participants on the information highway. In this chapter, we introduce the Web of Things (WoT) as an application platform for the world of heterogeneous things around us. We reveal the state of the art in research and discuss the models and technologies driving the WoT to support future ambient environments where people and things interact seamlessly.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34952-2_1 fatcat:bxtt7a2ysvbxvi7opqe46ic52e