Why Interoperability Matters to Your or Any IoT Solution

With an increasing number of open source solutions and more than 400 companies offering IoT platforms in 2017, their interoperability and collaboration remains quite challenging to achieve. Interoperability is essential for IoT, since the lack of interoperable solutions prevents their widespread deployment. Interoperable solutions facilitate rapid creation of IoT applications across platforms and domains, where app developers do not need to own nor operate the IoT infrastructure and platforms. They also create new revenue streams for infrastructure and platform providers due to an increased user/developer base.

This talk will present the interoperability middleware designed and developed by the H2020 project symbIoTe which is published as open source and available at https://github.com/symbiote-h2020.  With more than 25 released components and 130,000 LOC, symbIoTe is a unique solution for interoperability which can integrate and open up access to resources operated by both open source and closed commercial platforms. You will learn about semantic interoperability and search, attribute-based access control, mechanisms for bartering and trading in the context of IoT, and why all these concepts matter to an IoT solution. The talk will also showcase symbIoTe-enabled IoT apps.

To learn more about the symbIoTe middleware, visit https://middleware.symbiote-h2020.eu/.


Ivana Podnar Žarko is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia (UNIZG-FER) where she teaches distributed information systems. She received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from UNIZG-FER, in 1996, 1999 and 2004, respectively.

She is affiliated with the Department of Telecommunications at UNIZG-FER from 1997. She was a guest researcher and research associate at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She was promoted to Full Professor in December 2017. She has participated in a number of research projects funded by national and EU funds, and is currently leading the UNIZG-FER Internet of Things Laboratory. Ivana Podnar Žarko was the Technical Manager of the H2020 project symbIoTe: Symbiosis of smart objects across IoT environments, and is currently participating in the Centre of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems, the first national center of excellence in the field of technical sciences in Croatia. She has co-authored more than 60 scientific journal and conference papers in the area of large-scale distributed systems, IoT, and Big data processing, and acted as a program committee member for a number of international conferences and workshops.

Prof. Ivana Podnar Žarko is a member of IEEE and was the Chapter Chair of IEEE Communications Society, Croatia Chapter (2011-2014). She has received the award for engineering excellence from the IEEE Croatia Section in 2013.

More information: https://www.fer.unizg.hr/en/ivana.podnar_zarko

Technical cosponsorship:

IEEE Austria Section
IEEE Austria Section

IEEE Croatia Section
IEEE Croatia Section

IEEE Communications
/ Microwave Theory and Techniques
Societies Joint Austria Chapter

IEEE ComSoc Croatia Chapter
IEEE ComSoc Croatia Chapter


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