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The Internet of Things in the Cloud
A Middleware Perspective

ISBN 9781439892992
Published October 29, 2012 by CRC Press
392 Pages 107 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast and dynamic territory that is evolving rapidly, there has been a need for a book that offers a holistic view of the technologies and applications of the entire IoT spectrum. Filling this void, The Internet of Things in the Cloud: A Middleware Perspective provides a comprehensive introduction to the IoT and its development worldwide.

It gives you a panoramic view of the IoT landscape—focusing on the overall technological architecture and design of a tentatively unified IoT framework underpinned by Cloud computing from a middleware perspective. Organized into three sections, it:

  1. Describes the many facets of Internet of Things—including the four pillars of IoT and the three layer value chain of IoT
  2. Focuses on middleware, the glue and building blocks of a holistic IoT system on every layer of the architecture
  3. Explores Cloud computing and IoT as well as their synergy based on the common background of distributed processing

The book is based on the author’s two previous bestselling books (in Chinese) on IoT and Cloud computing and more than two decades of hands-on software/middleware programming and architecting experience at organizations such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, IBM, BEA Systems, and Silicon Valley startup Doubletwist. Tapping into this wealth of knowledge, the book categorizes the many facets of the IoT and proposes a number of paradigms and classifications about Internet of Things' mass and niche markets and technologies.

Table of Contents


The Third ICT Wave
Rise of the Machines
The IoT Kaleidoscope
Defining Internet of Things
IoT: A Web 3.0 View

Ubiquitous IoT Applications
A Panoramic View of IoT Applications
Important Vertical Applications
     Telematics and Intelligent Transport Systems
     Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles
     Smarter Planet and Smart Buildings

Four Pillars of IoT
The Horizontal, Verticals, and Four Pillars
M2M: The Internet of Devices
RFID: The Internet of Objects
WSN: The Internet of Transducers
SCADA: The Internet of Controllers

The DNA of IoT
DCM: Device, Connect, and Manage
Device: Things that Talk
Connect: Via Pervasive Networks
     Wired Networks
     Wireless Networks
     Satellite IoT
Manage: To Create New Business Value
     More Ingredients: LBS, GNSS, RTLS, and Others


Middleware and IoT
An Overview of Middleware
Communication Middleware for IoT
     MTC/M2M Middleware
     SCADA Middleware
     RFID Middleware
     WSN Middleware
LBS and Surveillance Middleware

Protocol Standards for IoT
Web of Things versus Internet of Things
     Two Pillars of the Web
IoT Protocol Standardization Efforts 
     M2M and WSN Protocols
     SCADA and RFID Protocols
     Issues with IoT Standardization
Unified Data Standards: A Challenging Task
     Unified Identification of Objects

Architecture Standardization for WoT
Platform Middleware for WoT
     Standards for M2M
     Frameworks for WSN
     Standards for SCADA
     Extensions on RFID Standards
Unified Multitier WoT Architecture
     SOA/EAI versus SODA/MAI
     OSGi: The Universal Middleware
     WoT Framework Based on Data Standards
WoT Portals and Business Intelligence
Challenges of IoT Information Security


Cloud Computing
What is Cloud Computing?
Grid/SOA and Cloud Computing
Cloud Middleware
NIST’s SPI Architecture and Cloud Standards
Cloud Providers and Systems

The Cloud of Things
The Internet of Things and Cloud Computing
Mobile Cloud Computing
MAI versus XaaS: The Long Tail and the Big Switch
The Cloud of Things Architecture
     Four Deployment Models
     Vertical Applications
     Fifteen Essential Features
     Four Technological Pillars
     Three Layers of IoT Systems
     Foundational Technological Enablers



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Honbo Zhou, Ph.D., is currently the general manager of Foton Fleet Telematics Co. Ltd. He was chief software scientist of TongFang Co. Ltd., executive director of the board and chief technology officer of Technovator Pte. Ltd., and chief operating officer of TongFang Software Co. Ltd. Dr. Zhou worked as a research associate on grid computing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory after receiving his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich in 1993. He also worked at IBM, BEA Systems (now Oracle), and other companies in the United States as a senior engineer or manager. He participated in the ASCI Blue Pacific project building the world’s fastest supercomputer in 1996 while at IBM as a software team lead and coordinator for its job scheduler. He masterminded and built a high-performance/cloud-computing system that accomplished the complete annotation of the human genome for the first time in the world while working at a startup in Silicon Valley, which was reported by media such as the San Francisco Chronicle and CNN. He has been one of the pioneers of the Internet of Things and machine-to- machine computing, leading a team of 100-plus developers to build TongFang’s flagship ezM2M Middleware Platform for dozens of vertical IoT applications since 2003, and he has authored two related books in Chinese. He is a frequently invited speaker and evangelist of IoT and cloud computing, adjunct professor of several universities, and vice president of the Middleware Association, and he is a member of a few other related professional associations in China.


This book brings together timely, mind provoking, and comprehensive materials to give you a better understanding of the IoT/M2M technological and business landscape on top of Cloud computing … . I also believe this book, which I highly recommend, is the first on the market that covers almost all of the related subjects.
—George (Aiping) Guo, Ph.D., CEO of TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd.