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Sensors (Basel). 2019 Jul 12;19(14). pii: E3076. doi: 10.3390/s19143076.

CATSWoTS: Context Aware Trustworthy Social Web of Things System.

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Department of Computer Software Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad 44000, Pakistan.
2
Department of Computer Software Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad 44000, Pakistan. hammad.afzal@mcs.edu.pk.

Abstract

The inevitable revolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its benefits can be witnessed everywhere. Two major issues related to IoT are the interoperability and the identification of trustworthy things. The proposed Context-Aware Trustworthy Social Web of Things System (CATSWoTS) addresses the interoperability issue by incorporating web technologies including Service Oriented Architecture where each thing plays the role of a service provider as well as a role of service consumer. The aspect of social web helps in getting recommendations from social relations. It was identified that the context dependency of trust along with Quality of Service (QoS) criteria, for identifying and recommending trustworthy Web of Things (WoT), require more attention. For this purpose, the parameters of context awareness and the constraints of QoS are considered. The research focuses on the idea of a user-centric system where the profiles of each thing (level of trustworthiness) are being maintained at a centralized level and at a distributed level as well. The CATSWoTS evaluates service providers based on the mentioned parameters and the constraints and then identifies a suitable service provider. For this, a rule-based collaborative filtering approach is used. The efficacy of CATSWoTS is evaluated with a specifically designed environment using a real QoS data set. The results showed that the proposed novel technique fills the gap present in the state of the art. It performed well by dynamically identifying and recommending trustworthy services as per the requirements of a service seeker.

KEYWORDS:

IOT; Internet of Things; SOA; WoT; context-aware; quality of service; trust management

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