Deployment of IoT Edge and Fog Computing Technologies to Develop Smart Building Services

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Title: Deployment of IoT Edge and Fog Computing Technologies to Develop Smart Building Services
Authors: Ferrandez-Pastor, Francisco-Javier | Mora, Higinio | Jimeno-Morenilla, Antonio | Volckaert, Bruno
Research Group/s: Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores | UniCAD: Grupo de Investigación en CAD/CAM/CAE de la Universidad de Alicante
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación
Keywords: Fog computing | Cloud computing | Internet of things | Smart building | Smart energy management
Knowledge Area: Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores
Issue Date: 23-Oct-2018
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Ferrández-Pastor F-J, Mora H, Jimeno-Morenilla A, Volckaert B. Deployment of IoT Edge and Fog Computing Technologies to Develop Smart Building Services. Sustainability. 2018; 10(11):3832. doi:10.3390/su10113832
Abstract: Advances in embedded systems, based on System-on-a-Chip (SoC) architectures, have enabled the development of many commercial devices that are powerful enough to run operating systems and complex algorithms. These devices integrate a set of different sensors with connectivity, computing capacities and cost reduction. In this context, the Internet of Things (IoT) potential increases and introduces other development possibilities: “Things” can now increase computation near the source of the data; consequently, different IoT services can be deployed on local systems. This paradigm is known as “edge computing” and it integrates IoT technologies and cloud computing systems. Edge computing reduces the communications’ bandwidth needed between sensors and the central data centre. Management of sensors, actuators, embedded devices and other resources that may not be continuously connected to a network (such as smartphones) are required for this method. This trend is very attractive for smart building designs, where different subsystems (energy, climate control, security, comfort, user services, maintenance, and operating costs) must be integrated to develop intelligent facilities. In this work, a method to design smart services based on the edge computing paradigm is analysed and proposed. This novel approach overcomes some drawbacks of existing designs related to interoperability and scalability of services. An experimental architecture based on embedded devices is described. Energy management, security system, climate control and information services are the subsystems on which new smart facilities are implemented.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Industrial Computers and Computer Networks programme (I2RC) (2017/2018) funded by the University of Alicante, Wak9 Holding BV company under the eo-TICC project, the Valencian Innovation Agency under scientific innovation unit (UCIE Ars Innovatio) of the University of Alicante and by the Spanish Research Agency (AEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the project CloudDriver4Industry TIN2017-89266-R.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su10113832
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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