Title: A smart home foundation scheme based on open source hardware and cloud computing

Authors: Wei Zhou; Jian Xu; Bin Wang

Addresses: Computer Engineering Institute, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao, China ' Software College, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China ' Computer Engineering Institute, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao, China

Abstract: In recent years, many internet of things (IoT) platforms based on cloud computing have been proposed for general purpose applications. Though many similar platforms or schemes particular for smart home applications have been proposed, many issues such as multiple connectivity due to diversity of smart home applications and supporting for real-time operations have not been solved properly. We propose a smart home foundation scheme adopting open source hardware devices and cloud computing technology to explore these issues. In this scheme, Arduino Yun-based smart hardware devices can connect to the cloud server through multiple network connectivity. By utilising Spacebrew technology, a bidirectional real-time communication can be implemented which provides a solid foundation for real-time operations of smart home. The core functions of the scheme are exposed through RESTful web services in a SaaS (short for software as a service) manner and can be called by various clients and other applications. Demonstrative applications show that the proposed smart home foundation scheme provides adequate support for creating smart home applications based on wireless open source hardware devices.

Keywords: smart homes; Arduino Yun; RESTful web services; Spacebrew; real-time operation; open source hardware; cloud computing; internet of things; IoT; wireless devices; SaaS; software as a service.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPT.2017.10003842

International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology, 2017 Vol.10 No.1, pp.13 - 21

Received: 10 Jul 2015
Accepted: 11 May 2016

Published online: 13 Mar 2017 *

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