Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a framework that standardizes communications for the Internet of Things (IoT). To build the framework, the team developed algorithms for handling the different source types, communication modes, and data types that are sent over the Internet. The researchers also devised methods for managing interactions among data sources that use varying and unpredictable data rates. The result was flexible generic data-fusion software (FUSE) that simplifies interactions with sensor networks.
The technical challenges of creating an IoT framework include receiving and transmitting sensor data that use different communication protocols and modalities, as well as digesting and processing a variety of data encodings and formats, and dealing with timing differences between incoming data sources, the researchers say.
The FUSE framework is designed to be massively distributable, and it allows for the integration of older devices that utilize diverse hardware and software designs. FUSE "can grow and change as a business, facility, or campus changes over time," says Georgia Tech's Heyward Adams, leader of the FUSE project.
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