Thursday, July 17, 2014

Internet of Things (IoT) Reference Architecture

To converge Internet of Thing devices with corporate IT solutions, teams require a Reference Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT). The reference architecture must include devices, server-side capabilities, and cloud architecture required to interact with and manage the devices. A reference architecture should provide architects and developers of IoT projects with an effective starting point that addresses major IoT project and system requirements.

A high-level IoT reference architecture may include the following layers (see figure 1):

  • External Communications - Web/Portal, Dashboard, APIs 
  • Event Processing and Analytics (including data storage) 
  • Aggregation / Bus Layer – ESB and Message Broker 
  • Device Communications 
  • Devices

Cross-­‐cutting layers include:

  •  Device and Application Management 
  • Identity and Access Management
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