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Internet of things virtual networks: bringing network virtualization to resource-constrained devices

Isam Ishaq (UGent) , Jeroen Hoebeke (UGent) , Ingrid Moerman (UGent) and Piet Demeester (UGent)
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Networks of smart resource-constrained objects, such as sensors and actuators, can support a wide range of application domains. In most cases these networks were proprietary and stand-alone. More recently, many efforts have been undertaken to connect these networks to the Internet using standard protocols. Current solutions that integrate smart resource-constrained objects into the Internet are mostly gateway-based. In these solutions, security, firewalling, protocol translations and intelligence are implemented by gateways at the border of the Internet and the resource-constrained networks. In this paper, we introduce a complementary approach to facilitate the realization of what is called the Internet of Things. Our approach focuses on the objects, both resource-constrained and non-constrained, that need to cooperate by integrating them into a secured virtual network, named an Internet of Things Virtual Network or IoT-VN. Inside this IoT-VN full end-to-end communication can take place through the use of protocols that take the limitations of the most resource-constrained devices into account. We describe how this concept maps to several generic use cases and, as such, can constitute a valid alternative approach for supporting selected applications. A first implementation demonstrating the key concepts of this approach is described. It illustrates the feasibility of integrating resource-constrained devices into virtual networks, but also reveals open challenges.
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network architecture, end-to-end communication, virtual network, virtualization, actuators, sensors, IBCN, Internet of things, resource-constrained devices

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Ishaq, Isam et al. “Internet of Things Virtual Networks: Bringing Network Virtualization to Resource-constrained Devices.” 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012). New York, NY, USA: IEEE, 2012. 293–300. Print.
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Ishaq, I., Hoebeke, J., Moerman, I., & Demeester, P. (2012). Internet of things virtual networks: bringing network virtualization to resource-constrained devices. 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012) (pp. 293–300). Presented at the 2012 IEEE/ACM International conference on Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom 2012) ; IEEE International conference on Internet of Things ; 5th IEEE International conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (IEEE CPSCom 2012), New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Ishaq, Isam, Jeroen Hoebeke, Ingrid Moerman, and Piet Demeester. 2012. “Internet of Things Virtual Networks: Bringing Network Virtualization to Resource-constrained Devices.” In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012), 293–300. New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Ishaq, Isam, Jeroen Hoebeke, Ingrid Moerman, and Piet Demeester. 2012. “Internet of Things Virtual Networks: Bringing Network Virtualization to Resource-constrained Devices.” In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012), 293–300. New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Ishaq I, Hoebeke J, Moerman I, Demeester P. Internet of things virtual networks: bringing network virtualization to resource-constrained devices. 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012). New York, NY, USA: IEEE; 2012. p. 293–300.
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I. Ishaq, J. Hoebeke, I. Moerman, and P. Demeester, “Internet of things virtual networks: bringing network virtualization to resource-constrained devices,” in 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012), Besançon, France, 2012, pp. 293–300.
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  abstract     = {Networks of smart resource-constrained objects, such as sensors and actuators, can support a wide range of application domains. In most cases these networks were proprietary and stand-alone. More recently, many efforts have been undertaken to connect these networks to the Internet using standard protocols. Current solutions that integrate smart resource-constrained objects into the Internet are mostly gateway-based. In these solutions, security, firewalling, protocol translations and intelligence are implemented by gateways at the border of the Internet and the resource-constrained networks. In this paper, we introduce a complementary approach to facilitate the realization of what is called the Internet of Things. Our approach focuses on the objects, both resource-constrained and non-constrained, that need to cooperate by integrating them into a secured virtual network, named an Internet of Things Virtual Network or IoT-VN. Inside this IoT-VN full end-to-end communication can take place through the use of protocols that take the limitations of the most resource-constrained devices into account. We describe how this concept maps to several generic use cases and, as such, can constitute a valid alternative approach for supporting selected applications. A first implementation demonstrating the key concepts of this approach is described. It illustrates the feasibility of integrating resource-constrained devices into virtual networks, but also reveals open challenges.},
  author       = {Ishaq, Isam and Hoebeke, Jeroen and Moerman, Ingrid and Demeester, Piet},
  booktitle    = {2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012)},
  isbn         = {9781467351461},
  keywords     = {network architecture,end-to-end communication,virtual network,virtualization,actuators,sensors,IBCN,Internet of things,resource-constrained devices},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Besançon, France},
  pages        = {293--300},
  publisher    = {IEEE},
  title        = {Internet of things virtual networks: bringing network virtualization to resource-constrained devices},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GreenCom.2012.152},
  year         = {2012},
}

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