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R&D challenges and solutions for mobile cyber-physical applications and supporting Internet services


The powerful processors and variety of sensors in new and planned mobile Internet devices, such as Apple’s iPhone and Android-based smartphones, can be leveraged to build cyber-physical applications that collect sensor data from the real world and communicate it back to Internet services for processing and aggregation. This article presents key R&D challenges facing developers of mobile cyber-physical applications that integrate with Internet services and summarizes emerging solutions to address these challenges. For example, application software should be architected to conserve power, which motivates R&D on tools that can predict the power consumption characteristics of mobile software architectures. Other R&D challenges involve the relative paucity of work on software and sensor data collection architectures that cater to the powerful capabilities and cyber-physical aspects of mobile Internet devices, which motivates R&D on architectures tailored to the latest mobile Internet devices.


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White, J., Clarke, S., Groba, C. et al. R&D challenges and solutions for mobile cyber-physical applications and supporting Internet services. J Internet Serv Appl 1, 45–56 (2010).

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  • Cyber-physical applications
  • Mobile computing
  • Sensor networks
  • Software product-lines
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Software architectures