An Architecture for Interoperable IoT Ecosystems

  • Stefan SchmidEmail author
  • Arne Bröring
  • Denis Kramer
  • Sebastian Käbisch
  • Achille Zappa
  • Martin Lorenz
  • Yong Wang
  • Andreas Rausch
  • Luca Gioppo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10218)


The Internet of Things (IoT) is maturing and more and more IoT platforms that give access to things are emerging. However, the real potential of the IoT lies in growing IoT cross-domain ecosystems on top of these platforms that will deliver new, unanticipated value added applications and services. We identified two crucial aspects that are important to grow an IoT ecosystem: (i) interoperability to enable cross-platform and even cross-domain application developments on top of IoT platforms as well as (ii) marketplaces to share and monetize IoT resources. Having these two crucial pillars of an IoT ecosystem in mind, we present in this article the BIG IoT architecture as the foundation to establish IoT ecosystems. The architecture fulfills essential requirements that have been assessed among industry and research organizations as part of the BIG IoT project. We demonstrate a first proof-of-concept implementation in the context of an exemplary smart cities scenario.


Internet of Things Architecture Interoperability Marketplace 



This work is financially supported by the project “Bridging the Interoperability Gap” (BIG IoT) funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 688038.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Schmid
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arne Bröring
    • 2
  • Denis Kramer
    • 3
  • Sebastian Käbisch
    • 2
  • Achille Zappa
    • 4
  • Martin Lorenz
    • 5
  • Yong Wang
    • 6
  • Andreas Rausch
    • 6
  • Luca Gioppo
    • 7
  1. 1.Robert Bosch GmbHStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Siemens AGMunichGermany
  3. 3.Bosch Software Innovations GmbHStuttgartGermany
  4. 4.Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsNUI GalwayGalwayIreland
  5. 5.Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbHViennaAustria
  6. 6.Technical University ClausthalClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany
  7. 7.CSI-PiemonteTorinoItaly

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