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Sensor integration into heterogeneous Service Platform and domain adaption

Keywords: GSM-R, ETSI TS102.690, Sun SPOT, M2M platform, wireless sensor, mobile integration, web integration, virtualization, web-services, Internet of Things, Connected Objects, COOS, 802.15.4

  • Masterthesis at UNIK (with involvement of Telenor Objects and Norwegian Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket JBV))
  • Sensor access in heterogeneous environments
  • From sensors to services - towards sensor integration for the Internet of Things
  • Integration of mobile sensors into M2M (connected objects) platform
  • Sensor integration for open service platforms
  • Integration of sensors into Heterogenous Service Platform


Presentation 27. Jan, 2011can be downloaded here Δ

The MasterThesis is delivered (20. December 2010) and can be downloaded here Δ



The Internet of the Future has the goal of including sensor information into decision making processes. This means that the input from sensor data and devices need to be integrated into a service platform. Such a service platform has different dimensions, and may cover aspects of communication, virtualization, security, access, service management, and business integration.

However, state-of-art sensors, actuators and their corresponding networks are facing divergence rather than convergence. Heterogeneity of sensor nodes, routing protocols, and programming environments, operating platform and data models is the big hindrance of successful uptake of wireless sensor networks (WSN). Different standardization initiatives are going on to solve these heterogeneity issues. Telenor Objects Shepherd platform, an instance of ETSI TS102.690, provides the base line for integrating the sensor world with the service platform. However, the platform supports only few sensor nodes and actuators that limit its applicability in different domains with different sensor nodes.

This work tries to establish an integration approach for various sensor platforms to enhance the Shepherd platform capabilities. The goal of this thesis is to incorporate sensors from one domain, here: the National Rail Authority, into a public accessible platform for machine to machine (M2M) communications. 

Task Details

  • Study and analyze the ETSI TS102.690 and Telenor Objects Shepherd platform
  • Study and analyze the Sun SPOT sensor platform and GSM-R
  • Propose a generic integration approach, meaning that with little effort it is possible to integrate any given sensor platform with Shepherd platform based on the developed integration patterns
  • Implement the proposed approach for SUN SPOT sensor platform
  • Performance analysis of the implementation.


Outcome of this thesis is design patterns for integrating sensor platform with Shepherd platform and set of API, helping in establishing the communication with the sensor platform.

Thesis title

"Sensor integration into Heterogenous Service Platform and domain adaption"

Thesis contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

  • 1.1 Research approaches 2
  • 1.2 Related works
  • 1.3 Problem statement
  • 1.4 Proposal for solution
  • 1.5 Structure of thesis

Chapter 2. State-of-the-art

  • 2.1 Domain specific - one railway system
  • 2.2 Networking
    • 2.2.1 Wireless Sensor Networks
    • 2.2.2 Machine-to-Machine
    • 2.2.3 The standard ETSI TS 102.690
  • 2.3 Network technologies
    • 2.3.1 GSM-R
    • 2.3.2 GSM as the basis for GSM-R
    • 2.3.3 GSM-R network as important interoperability
  • 2.4 The sensors
    • 2.4.1 GPS
    • 2.4.2 SunSPOT
  • 2.5 Telenor Objects as middleware layer
    • 2.5.1 The Shepherd platform
    • 2.5.2 Connectivities
    • 2.5.3 An overview of integrations

Chapter 3. Adaption to National Rail Administration

  • 3.1 Scenarios with sensor integrations
  • 3.2 Components integrity
  • 3.3 System implementation overview

Chapter 4. Implementation

  • 4.1 Testbeds
    • 4.4.1 Virtual setting
    • 4.4.2 Physical setting
  • 4.2 Description of the prototype
    • 4.2.1 The main core of the codes
    • 4.2.2 Part I - Developing of SunSPOT application
    • 4.2.3 Part II - Developing of Host application and communication with ShepherdŽ platform
  • 4.3 Achievements and prototype demostration

Chapter 5. Demonstration at ITEA2 Co-Summit

  • 5.1 Artemis pShield project
  • 5.2 Exhibition and Demonstration

Chapter 6. Performance, discussion and evaluation

  • 6.1 Backgrounds
  • 6.2 Performance analysis
  • 6.3 Performance measurements
  • 6.2 Discussion and Evaluation
  • 6.3 Future works

Chapter 7. Conclusions

Appendixes (i - xvi)

Bibliography (xix)

Contacts: (please update your info at People)
Yen Pham, , m: 954 92 176
Sarfraz Alam, , p: 6484 4754, m: 4639 3153
Josef Noll, , p: 6484 4745, m: 9083 8066

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