A Design of GS1 EPCglobal Application Level Events Extension for IoT Applications

Chao-Wen TSENG  Yu-Chang CHEN  Chua-Huang HUANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E99-D   No.1   pp.30-39
Publication Date: 2016/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015NTP0002
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on the Architectures, Protocols, and Applications for the Future Internet)
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Keyword: 
EPCglobal ALE,  EPCIS,  IEEE 1451,  Internet of Things,  RFID tag,  transducer,  

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Summary: 
EPCglobal architecture framework is divided into identify, capture, and share layers and defines a collection of standards. It is not fully adequate to build IoT applications because the transducer capability is lacking. IEEE 1451 is a set of standards that defines data exchange format, communication protocols, and various connection interfaces between sensors/actuators and transducer interface modules. By appending IEEE 1451 transducer capability to EPCglobal architecture framework, a consistent EPC scheme expression for heterogeneous things can be achieved at identify layer. It is benefit to extend the upper layers of EPCglobal architecture framework seamlessly. In this paper, we put our emphasis on how to leverage the transducer capability at the capture layer. A device cycle, transducer cycle specification, and transducer cycle report are introduced to collect and process sensor/actuator data. The design and implementation of GS1 EPCglobal Application Level Events (ALE) modules extension are proposed for explaining the design philosophy and verifying the feasibility. It will interact with the capture and query services of EPC Information Services (EPCIS) for IoT applications at the share layer. By cooperating and interacting with these layers of EPCglobal architecture framework, the IoT architecture EPCglobal+ based on international standards is built.