Identifiers play an important role in the Internet of Things (IoT). Identification of the Thing itself comes immediately into my mind. Also the use of identifiers as communication addresses like IP and Ethernet MAC addresses is an obvious application. However, there are more applications for identifiers. For the design, but also for the use of IoT solutions it is therefore important to know the various usages of identifiers, the related requirements, interoperability, security and privacy issues and which standards are available for them.
The work in this project showed that identifiers are used in IoT to identify various types of entities for many purposes and within different contexts.
Use cases include identifiers for things, users, data, locations, services and applications.
With the classification of identifiers and the categorization of requirements, the report provides a structure that may help system architects and developers to understand the type of identifiers that they need for their solution and guide them in selecting the specific identifier schemes. In general no single identification scheme fits all needs. Furthermore many identifications are already standardized and in use. The report therefore does not define or recommend specific solutions and standards, but provides examples and summaries to indicate what has to be taken into account when considering identifiers in IoT.
The AIOTI report “Identifiers in IoT” is available at https://aioti.eu/.../AIOTI-Identifiers_in_IoT-1_0.pdf.
The European Alliance for IoT and Edge Computing Innovation, AIOTI, aims to lead, promote, bridge and collaborate in IoT and Edge Computing and other converging technologies research and innovation, standardization and ecosystem building, providing IoT and Edge Computing deployment for European businesses creating benefits for European society (https://aioti.eu).
The European Alliance for IoT and Edge Computing Innovation, AIOTI, https://aioti.eu.
The AIOTI report on Identifiers in IoT, https://aioti.eu/.../AIOTI-Identifiers_in_IoT-1_0.pdf .
AIOTI WG03 High Level Architecture (HLA), Release 3.0, June 2017.
China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) & Research Cluster on the Internet‐of‐Things (IERC) EU‐China Joint White Paper on Internet‐of‐Things Identification, V1.0, 31.10.2014, http://www.caict.ac.cn/kxyj/qwfb/bps/201804/P020151211378917384331.pdf .