Sensing and Actuation as a Service: A New Development for Clouds

TitleSensing and Actuation as a Service: A New Development for Clouds
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2012
AuthorsDistefano, S., G. Merlino, and A. Puliafito
Conference NameNetwork Computing and Applications (NCA), 2012 11th IEEE International Symposium on
Date Published25/08/2012
Conference LocationPiscataway, NJ

Cloud computing is among the hottest trends in ICT, aiming at providing on-demand computing and storage resources with guarantees on the quality of service. A limit of current Cloud implementations is the absence of mechanisms to effectively manage inputs from the physical world. Our idea is to move towards a pervasive Cloud, providing facilities and solutions able to interact with the surrounding environment enabling development of new and value added services. In this vision also mobile devices, such as PDAs, usually equipped with several sensors and actuators, have to be included in the overall picture. Mobile devices and their respective owners can decide whether, how and when to contribute to the Cloud, thus introducing further unknowns. In order to deal with all such issues, in this paper we propose a solution that gives way to the Sensing and Actuation as a Service (SAaaS) paradigm, a step towards the creation of a Cloud of sensors and actuators. This paper mainly focuses on the implementation of the underlying infrastructure at the basis of the SAaaS. An ad-hoc architecture and some preliminary background on this challenging vision are provided and discussed.