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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2197237, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2197237
Research Article

A Smart Gateway Architecture for Improving Efficiency of Home Network Applications

1School of Information Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
2R&D Center, China Mobile Group Jiangsu Co., Ltd., Nanjing 210029, China
3School of Instrument Science and Engineering, Southeast University, 2 Sipailou, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210096, China

Received 26 September 2015; Accepted 29 November 2015

Academic Editor: Gwanggil Jeon

Copyright © 2016 Fei Ding 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.

Abstract

A smart home gateway plays an important role in the Internet of Things (IoT) system that takes responsibility for the connection between the network layer and the ubiquitous sensor network (USN) layer. Even though the home network application is developing rapidly, researches on the home gateway based open development architecture are less. This makes it difficult to extend the home network to support new applications, share service, and interoperate with other home network systems. An integrated access gateway (IAGW) is proposed in this paper which upward connects with the operator machine-to-machine platform (M2M P/F). In this home network scheme, the gateway provides standard interfaces for supporting various applications in home environments, ranging from on-site configuration to node and service access. In addition, communication management ability is also provided by M2M P/F. A testbed of a simple home network application system that includes the IAGW prototype is created to test its user interaction capabilities. Experimental results show that the proposed gateway provides significant flexibility for users to configure and deploy a home automation network; it can be applied to other monitoring areas and simultaneously supports a multi-ubiquitous sensor network.