Energy-Aware Smart Connectivity for IoT Networks: Enabling Smart Ports

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Ozturk M., Jaber M., Imran M. A.

Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, vol.2018, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


© 2018 Metin Ozturk et al.The Internet of Things (IoT) is spreading much faster than the speed at which the supporting technology is maturing. Today, there are tens of wireless technologies competing for IoT and a myriad of IoT devices with disparate capabilities and constraints. Moreover, each of many verticals employing IoT networks dictates distinctive and differential network qualities. In this work, we present a context-aware framework that jointly optimises the connectivity and computational speed of the IoT network to deliver the qualities required by each vertical. Based on a smart port application, we identify energy efficiency, security, and response time as essential quality features and consider a wireless realisation of IoT connectivity using short range and long-range technologies. We propose a reinforcement learning technique and demonstrate significant reduction in energy consumption while meeting the quality requirements of all related applications.