An IoT-oriented Fast Prototyping Platform for BLE-based Star Topology Networks

Journal of Communications Software and Systems. 2019;15(2):138-149


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Journal Title: Journal of Communications Software and Systems

ISSN: 1845-6421 (Print); 1846-6079 (Online)

Publisher: Croatian Communications and Information Society (CCIS)

LCC Subject Category: Science: Mathematics: Instruments and machines: Electronic computers. Computer science: Computer software

Country of publisher: Croatia

Language of fulltext: English

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Lorenzo Invidia

Silvio Lucio Oliva

Andrea Palmieri

Luigi Patrono

Piercosimo Rametta


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Time From Submission to Publication: 6 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The Internet of Things (IoT) is characterized by many technologies, standards, tools and devices for a wide range of application fields and often, for the end-users (makers and developers), is hard to orientate in an equally wide range of offers from various manufacturers. In recent years, the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication protocol is achieving a large portion of the market, thanks to its low-power and low-cost orientation and its pervasiveness in mobile devices, like smartphones. For these reasons, BLE is increasingly used in IoT-oriented Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN), where a small set of devices arranged in star topology network and connected to a smartphone and a Wi-Fi gateway, can cover a large number of monitoring and controlling use case scenarios. This work presents the ST’s STM32 Open Development Environment (ODE), a complete suite of hardware and software tools representing a reference point for end-users willing to create BLE-based star topology networks for a wide range of applications. Through a simple use case in a smart home context, it is shown how all provided tools can be used to fast prototype applications addressing all user requirements.