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The Web of Things is Coming Soon

Dave Raggett <>

13 November 2013, Shenzhen, China

W3C 2013 TPAC Meeting

The Web of Things is Coming Soon

Break-out Session


The Web has extended beyond desktop computers, and is now starting to embrace the world of things

What is the Web of Things?

Applying Web technologies to realize the potential arising from the blend of cloud computing, big data, mobility, consumers and the Internet of Things*!

*The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. Kevin Ashton, 1999

Markets of Services

architecture diagram

With thanks to the EU Compose Project.

What is the Web of Things?

Many use cases, many challenges!

Application Areas

Some Challenges

  • Smart Cities -- transport, power, water, governance ...
  • Smart Homes -- home automation, security, entertainment, ...
  • Smart Enterprises -- live information and improved control
  • Home Healthcare -- improved outcomes and lower costs
  • Retail and Richer Shopping Experiences
  • Scalability
  • Security
  • Interoperability
  • Coping with continuing change
    • communication technologies and business models
  • Privacy and personal control
  • Threats to individual freedoms

Smart Cities

Sydney at night

Smart Cities

Smart City Expo

Smart Meters

power meter gas meter

Enable people to learn to reduce their consumption, and lower the cost of their bills. If lots of people do this, we can reduce risk of power cuts from overloaded power grids, and help the environment!

Open Source Hardware

arduino board  espruino board raspberry-pi
Plus lots of sensors, actuators and communications modules

Publishing your sensor data

cosm world map cosm sensor info cosm sensor detail

With thanks to Xively, formerly known as Cosm

Web of Things

A Web of services with scripts, data, metadata and physical things

Overlay Network Model

Decoupling applications and services from things best dealt with at a lower level in the stack

Objects as Proxies for Services

objects and hidden messaging layer

Scripts running within browser, or embedded agent or in the cloud.

Services as Public and Private Agents Acting on Our Behalf

public agents and private agents behind firewalls

Personal Zones

Webinos and personal zones

Pluggable Cloud-Based Services

service defined with scripts and metadata

A Web of Services

Cloud based Services

What is W3C doing about
the Web of Things?

We want to hear from you!

You are welcome to raise other questions.