CONNECT: CONtextual NamE disCovery for blockchain-based services in the IoT

Vanesa Daza, Roberto Di Pietro, Ivan Klimek, Matteo Signorini

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

41 Scopus citations


The Internet of Things is gaining momentum thanks to the provided vision of seamlessly interconnected devices. However, a unified way to discover and to interact with the surrounding smart environment is missing. As an outcome, we have been assisting to the development of heterogeneous ecosystems, where each service provider adopts its own protocol - thus preventing IoT devices from interacting when belonging to different providers. And, the same is happening again for the blockchain technology which provides a robust and trusted way to accomplish tasks - unfortunately not providing interoperability thus creating the same heterogeneous ecosystems above highlighted. In this context, the fundamental research question we address is how do we find things or services in the Internet of Things. In this paper, we propose the first IoT discovery approach which provides an answer to the above question by exploiting hierarchical and universal multi-layered blockchains. Our approach does neither define new standards nor force service providers to change their own protocol. On the contrary, it leverages the existing and publicly available information obtained from each single blockchain to have a better knowledge of the surrounding environment. The proposed approach is detailed and discussed with the support of relevant use cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017
EditorsMerouane Debbah, David Gesbert, Abdelhamid Mellouk
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467389990
StatePublished - Jul 28 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: May 21 2017May 25 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is partly supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502 ) and Project TEC2015-66228-P (MINECO/FEDER,UE). Furthermore, the authors would like to thank Identities of Things Discussion Group within Kantara Initiative for their input on open challenges in industrial name resolving and discovery.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'CONNECT: CONtextual NamE disCovery for blockchain-based services in the IoT'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this