RESTful sensor web enablement services for wireless sensor networks

Mohsen Rouached*, Sana Baccar, Mohamed Abid

*Corresponding author for this work

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22 Citations (Scopus)


Due to the large number of sensor manufacturers and differing accompanying protocols, integrating diverse sensors into observation systems is not straightforward. A coherent infrastructure is needed to treat sensors in an interoperable, platform-independent and uniform way. The concept of the Sensor Web reflects such a kind of infrastructure for automatically discovering and accessing appropriate information from heterogeneous sensor devices over the Internet. In this context, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) established the Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) initiative that specifies standard interfaces and encodings to remotely access, encode and exchange the sensed data. However, SWE standards have several gaps that limitate its capabilities to achieve the sensor Web desires. In this paper, we address the problems related to the data format and the architectural style followed by the implementation of the SWE services. Indeed, we propose the adoption of the lightweight Representational State Transfer (REST) web services concept and the usage of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format as an alternative to the verbose XML one for the exchanged messages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 IEEE 8th World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2012
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE 8th World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2012 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2012Jun 29 2012


Other2012 IEEE 8th World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


  • Representational State Transfer
  • Sensor Web
  • Sensor Web Enablement
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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