Combining Machine-to-Machine Communications with Intelligent Objects in Logistics

  • Javier Palafox-Albarran
  • Alexander Dannies
  • Bala Krishna Sanjeeva
  • Walter Lang
  • Reiner Jedermann
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 282)


The combination of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication and intelligent objects can largely improve the supervision of logistic processes. This requires global mobile communications and short-range wireless sensor nodes. We assembled a demonstrator using off-the-shelf hardware for tests and classroom experiments that shows the feasibility of implementation of the future Internet of Things. It includes the use of embedded devices to perform local intelligent data processing and allows an evaluation of the advantages of ubiquitous M2M communication on a laboratory scale. New software features can be deployed, either to the gateway-device in the form of OSGi-bundles or to the sensor nodes in the form of MIDlet-suites, by using M2M-technology. As an example, we programmed an algorithm for predicting temperature curves in a container using real acquired datasets. A gateway bridges the local and the global network. Sensor messages can be forwarded via email and SMS or be provided by a web server.


Internet of Things Machine-to-Machine Communications Ubiquitous Computing Wireless Sensor Networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Palafox-Albarran
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander Dannies
    • 1
  • Bala Krishna Sanjeeva
    • 1
  • Walter Lang
    • 1
  • Reiner Jedermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Microsensors, -actuators and -systems (IMSAS)University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.International Graduate School for Dynamics in LogisticsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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