Contrasting Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor Network from a Conceptual Overview

Johana A. Manrique, Johan S. Rueda-Rueda, Jesus M.T. Portocarrero

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Abstract

The number of Internet-connected everyday objects grows thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). The trend with this new paradigm where smart embedded devices, people, and systems are connected, is that over the next few years we could see a shift in the notion of what it means to be 'on the Internet'. In this context, Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology is an essential component of IoT because it consists of a collection of sensor nodes connected through wireless channels, capable of providing digital interfaces to the real-world things. Moreover, as it occurs in IoT, specific WSN applications can be applied to a wide variety of domains like health, agriculture, logistics, wearable computing and others. However, recent works considered as WSN applications are being called as IoT applications without distinguishing the new features that characterize this denomination. Hence, in this paper we propose to contrast IoT and WSN from a conceptual overview, aiming to find out the relationship between them and to highlight their differences in terms of (i) the thesaurus proposed by IEEE, ACM and UNESCO, (ii) by performing a chronological review of the concepts since these terms appeared, (iii) the definition issued by reference organizations and researchers, and (iv) the main application requirements addressed by reference architectures proposed for both fields of study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things; IEEE Green Computing and Communications; IEEE Cyber, Physical, and Social Computing; IEEE Smart Data, iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-Smart Data 2016
EditorsXingang Liu, Tie Qiu, Yayong Li, Bin Guo, Zhaolong Ning, Kaixuan Lu, Mianxiong Dong
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages252-257
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509058808
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2017
Event9th IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things, 12th IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, 9th IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical, and Social Computing and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Smart Data, iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-Smart Data 2016 - Chengdu, China
Duration: 16 Dec 201619 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things; IEEE Green Computing and Communications; IEEE Cyber, Physical, and Social Computing; IEEE Smart Data, iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-Smart Data 2016

Conference

Conference9th IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things, 12th IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, 9th IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical, and Social Computing and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Smart Data, iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-Smart Data 2016
Country/TerritoryChina
CityChengdu
Period16/12/1619/12/16

Keywords

  • Conceptual overview
  • Internet of things
  • Wireless Sensor Network

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