Opening the Home: a Web Service Approach to Domotics

Aiello, Marco and Marchese, Maurizio and Busetta, Paolo and Calabrese, Gaetano (2004) Opening the Home: a Web Service Approach to Domotics. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    The pervasiveness of smart appliances in the home, the increase of computational power of traditional home appliances, and the widespread adoption of wireless networking are creating a unique opportunity in domotics. The challenge lies in moving from a set of isolated devices towards a network of home appliances interoperating and scaling seamlessly to provide services to the home user. The major barriers to achieve this is the abundance of non-interoperable domotics standards and the lack of a generally agreed architecture. We propose a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for the interaction of home appliances and the creation of value added services based on standard web services. In particular, we propose the use of WS-Notification as the basic layer for device interoperation. We have experimented the proposed architecture in the context of a project for the assistance of the elder citizen. We provide preliminary results for the case of fall-detection. Addressing the operability of different sensors yields, for the first time, to an integrated and scalable system that detects falls by fusing data transported via a truly vendor-independent publish/subscribe mechanism.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA076 Computer software
    Report Number: DIT-04-109
    Repository staff approval on: 23 Dec 2004

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