Validating SAREF in a Smart Home Environment

Roderick van der Weerdt*, Victor de Boer, Laura Daniele, Barry Nouwt

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SAREF is an ontology created to enable interoperability between smart devices. While the IoT community has shown interest and understanding of SAREF as a means for interoperability, there is a lack in the literature of practical examples to implement SAREF in real applications. In order to validate the practical implementation of SAREF we perform two experiments. First we map IoT data available in a smart home into RDF using SAREF. In the second part of the paper an IoT environment is created by using the Knowledge Engine, a framework created to allow communication between smart devices, operating on Raspberry Pi’s emulating IoT devices, where the communication of the IoT devices is performed by sharing knowledge represented with SAREF. These experiments demonstrate that SAREF is an ontology that is successfully applicable in different situations, with data-mapping showing that SAREF is able to represent the information of different smart devices and by using the Knowledge Engine showing that SAREF can enable interoperability between smart devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetadata and Semantic Research
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference, MTSR 2020, Madrid, Spain, December 2–4, 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsEmmanouel Garoufallou, María-Antonia Ovalle-Perandones
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030719036
ISBN (Print)9783030719029
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event14th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research, MTSR 2020 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1355 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference14th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research, MTSR 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. This work is part of the Interconnect project ( which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 857237.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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  • Data mapping
  • IoT
  • Ontology
  • Smart home


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