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Journal of Computer Networks and Communications
Volume 2016, Article ID 3292783, 17 pages
Research Article

Developing an On-Demand Cloud-Based Sensing-as-a-Service System for Internet of Things

1Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Computer System Institute, Hankyong National University, 327 Jungang-ro, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do 456-749, Republic of Korea
2Computer Engineering Department, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192, USA
3Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Received 14 May 2016; Revised 21 July 2016; Accepted 28 July 2016

Academic Editor: Jemal H. Abawajy

Copyright © 2016 Mihui Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices with various sensors has resulted in a focus on Cloud-based sensing-as-a-service (CSaaS) as a new value-added service, for example, providing temperature-sensing data via a cloud computing system. However, the industry encounters various challenges in the dynamic provisioning of on-demand CSaaS on diverse sensor networks. We require a system that will provide users with standardized access to various sensor networks and a level of abstraction that hides the underlying complexity. In this study, we aim to develop a cloud-based solution to address the challenges mentioned earlier. Our solution, SenseCloud, includes a sensor virtualization mechanism that interfaces with diverse sensor networks, a multitenancy mechanism that grants multiple users access to virtualized sensor networks while sharing the same underlying infrastructure, and a dynamic provisioning mechanism to allow the users to leverage the vast pool of resources on demand and on a pay-per-use basis. We implement a prototype of SenseCloud by using real sensors and verify the feasibility of our system and its performance. SenseCloud bridges the gap between sensor providers and sensor data consumers who wish to utilize sensor data.