@article{(Open Science Index):https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10009100,
	  title     = {Introduction of an Approach of Complex Virtual Devices to Achieve Device Interoperability in Smart Building Systems},
	  author    = {Thomas Meier},
	  country	= {},
	  institution	= {},
	  abstract     = {One of the major challenges for sustainable smart
building systems is to support device interoperability, i.e. connecting
sensor or actuator devices from different vendors, and present their
functionality to the external applications. Furthermore, smart building
systems are supposed to connect with devices that are not available
yet, i.e. devices that become available on the market sometime later.
It is of vital importance that a sustainable smart building platform
provides an appropriate external interface that can be leveraged
by external applications and smart services. An external platform
interface must be stable and independent of specific devices and
should support flexible and scalable usage scenarios. A typical
approach applied in smart home systems is based on a generic
device interface used within the smart building platform. Device
functions, even of rather complex devices, are mapped to that generic
base type interface by means of specific device drivers. Our new
approach, presented in this work, extends that approach by using the
smart building system’s rule engine to create complex virtual devices
that can represent the most diverse properties of real devices. We
examined and evaluated both approaches by means of a practical
case study using a smart building system that we have developed.
We show that the solution we present allows the highest degree
of flexibility without affecting external application interface stability
and scalability. In contrast to other systems our approach supports
complex virtual device configuration on application layer (e.g. by
administration users) instead of device configuration at platform layer
(e.g. platform operators). Based on our work, we can show that
our approach supports almost arbitrarily flexible use case scenarios
without affecting the external application interface stability. However,
the cost of this approach is additional appropriate configuration
overhead and additional resource consumption at the IoT platform
level that must be considered by platform operators. We conclude
that the concept of complex virtual devices presented in this work
can be applied to improve the usability and device interoperability of
sustainable intelligent building systems significantly.},
	    journal   = {International Journal of Urban and Civil Engineering},
	  volume    = {12},
	  number    = {6},
	  year      = {2018},
	  pages     = {604 - 611},
	  ee        = {https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10009100},
	  url   	= {https://publications.waset.org/vol/138},
	  bibsource = {https://publications.waset.org/},
	  issn  	= {eISSN: 1307-6892},
	  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
	  index 	= {Open Science Index 138, 2018},