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MPIGate: A Solution to Use Heterogeneous Networks for Assisted Living Applications

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4 Author(s)
Hugo Cruz-S'nchez ; INRIA, Villers-les-Nancy, France ; Lionel Havet ; Moutie Chehaider ; Ye-Qiong Song

Existing sensors and actuators, that can be used in an AAL (ambient assisting living) environment, work on heterogeneous network protocols, e.g., WiFi, Bluetooth, EIB/KNX and Zigbee. For a given sensor/actuator, the choice of its underlying communication protocol is optimized according to its bandwidth and/or energy needs. However, integrating sensors/actuators of heterogeneous network protocols into an AAL system arises interoperability problems. In this paper, we present MPIGate, a multi-protocol gateway and interface for assisted living applications. Besides its multiple communication drivers for supporting the different protocols, MPIGate also proposes a database for storing the last updated sensor data as well as an user interface for both transparent data access and easy application development. MPIGate has been deployed in a smart home technical test bed at our LORIA labs. We presents some first results and discuss the lessons learnt.

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Ubiquitous Intelligence & Computing and 9th International Conference on Autonomic & Trusted Computing (UIC/ATC), 2012 9th International Conference on

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4-7 Sept. 2012