Exploring the use of DNS as a search engine for the Web of Things

Andreas Kamilaris, Koula Papakonstantinou, Andreas Pitsillides

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14 Citations (Scopus)


Sensor technology is becoming pervasive in our everyday lives, measuring the real world around us. The Internet of Things enables sensor devices to become active citizens of the Internet, while the Web of Things envisions interoperability between these devices and their services. An important problem remains the need for discovering these devices and services globally, ad hoc in real-time, within acceptable time delays. Attempting to solve this problem using the existing Internet infrastructure, we explore the exploitation of the Domain Name System (DNS) as a scalable and ubiquitous directory mechanism for embedded devices. We examine the feasibility of this approach by performing a simulation involving up to one million embedded devices, to test system performance and scalability. Finally, we discuss practical issues and the overall potential of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2014 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 6 Mar 20148 Mar 2014


Conference2014 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2014
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • DNS
  • Domain Name System
  • Embedded Devices
  • Environmental Services
  • Search Engine
  • Sensors
  • Service Discovery
  • Web of Thing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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