Toward opportunistic services for the industrial Internet of Things

Giancarlo Fortino, Claudio Savaglio, Mengchu Zhou

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Services are expected to represent the real drivers for all Internet of Things (IoT) application scenarios, including Industrial IoT (IIoT). Indeed, rather than focusing only on products, enterprises are now investing on product-service hybrids to improve operational efficiency, boost productivity and, most importantly, build new markets, hence diversifying their revenues. In this direction, IoT service modeling is a crucial activity requiring a multi-facet in-depth examination. In this paper, we first discuss the importance of IoT services by eliciting related benefits and challenges. Then, we tackle service modeling from both a developer-oriented (comprising highlevel descriptive metamodels and ontologies) and an enterprise-oriented (comprising operational models subject to formal verification and execution, such as extensions of the conventional Business Process Models, Petri Nets and WorkFlows) perspective, providing a conceptual mapping between these two complementary approaches. The proposed new paradigm of 'Opportunistic IoT Service' extends the available models by explicitly considering essential features for service provision, i.e., dynamicity, context-awareness, co-location and transience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 13th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509067800
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Event13th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2017 - Xi'an, China
Duration: Aug 20 2017Aug 23 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)2161-8070
ISSN (Electronic)2161-8089


Other13th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Automation
  • Cyberphysical Services
  • Internet of Things


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