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Internet of Things (IoT) Reference Architecture

To converge Internet of Thing devices with corporate IT solutions, teams require a Reference Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT).  The reference architecture must include  devices,  server-side capabilities, and cloud architecture required to interact with and manage the devices.  A reference architecture should provide architects and developers of IoT projects with an effective starting point that addresses major IoT project and system requirements.

A high-level IoT reference architecture may include the following layers (see figure 1):

  • External  Communications –  Web/Portal,  Dashboard,  APIs
  • Event  Processing  and  Analytics  (including  data  storage)
  • Aggregation  /  Bus  Layer  –  ESB  and  Message  Broker
  • Device  Communications
  • Devices

Cross-­‐cutting  layers  include:

  • Device and Application Management
  • Identity  and  Access  Management

IoT Reference Architecture


A more detailed architecture component description  can be found in the IoT Reference Architecture White Paper.



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