A Collaborative Cyber-Physical Microservices Platform – the SITL-IoT Case

Carlos Gonçalves, A. Luís Osório, Luís M. Camarinha-Matos, Tiago M. Dias, José Tavares

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Managing heterogeneous software and hardware artifacts from multiple suppliers is a complex and challenging process. The integration of sensors, actuators, and their controllers, modeled as IoT elements, also presents significant challenges. Typically, a vendor supplies one or more parts, each one with its proprietary interface, which may raise vendor lock-in and supplier dependencies that can compromise the replacement of some of the artifacts by equivalent ones from competing vendors. The research presented in this paper addresses such challenges in the context of the SITL-IoT project aiming at transforming an industrial agri-food environment towards an open, integrated system-of-systems. We present and discuss a reference implementation of a collaborative platform to simplify the management of different artifacts, supplied by alternative suppliers, modeled as services. More specifically, the concepts of ISystem (Informatic System), CES (Cooperation Enabled Service), and Service are used to manage the different elements that compose an agri-food environment transparently and uniformly. We argue that the adopted model simplifies the collaboration among technology suppliers along the life cycle maintenance and evolution of their enabled products.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart and Sustainable Collaborative Networks 4.0 - 22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Xavier Boucher, Xavier Boucher, Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-85969-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-85968-8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021
Event22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 22 Nov 202124 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume629 IFIPAICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Collaborative networks
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Internet of things
  • Microservices
  • Systems integration


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