By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Investigators discuss new findings in Software Research. According to news originating from Oslo, Norway, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Nowadays, the computational devices are everywhere. In malls, offices, streets, cars, and even homes, we can find devices providing and consuming functionality to improve the user satisfaction."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Oslo, "These devices include sensors that provide information about the environment state (e.g., temperature, occupancy, light levels), service providers (e.g., Internet TVs, GPS), smartphones (that contain user preferences), and actuators that act on the environment (e.g., closing the blinds, activating the alarm, changing the temperature). Although these devices exhibit communication capabilities, their integration into a larger monitoring system remains a challenging task, partly because of the strong heterogeneity of technologies and protocols. Therefore, in this article, we focus on home environments and propose a middleware solution, called DigiHome, that applies the Service Component Architecture (SCA) component model to integrate data and events generated by heterogeneous devices in this kind of environments. DigiHome exploits the SCA extensibility to incorporate the REpresentational State Transfer (REST) architectural style and, in this way, leverages on the integration of multiscale systems-of-systems (from wireless sensor networks to the Internet). Additionally, the platform applies Complex Event Processing technology that detects application-specific situations. We claim that the modularization of concerns fostered by DigiHome and materialized in a service-oriented architecture, makes it easier to incorporate new services and devices in smart home environments."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The benefits of the DigiHome platform are demonstrated on smart home scenarios covering home automation, emergency detection, and energy saving situations."
For more information on this research see: The DigiHome Service-Oriented Platform. Software-Practice & Experience, 2013;43(10):1205-1218. Software-Practice & Experience can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from D. Romero, University of Oslo, Dept. of Informat, N-0316 Oslo, Norway. Additional authors for this research include G. Hermosillo, A. Taherkordi, R. Nzekwa, R. Rouvoy and F. Eliassen.
Keywords for this news article include: Oslo, Norway, Europe, Software Research
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