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Latency Evaluation of an IoT Bluetooth 5 Opportunistic Edge Computing System

4 pagesPublished: February 16, 2023


There are more and more IoT devices that need to be interconnected with each other to perform compute-intensive tasks due to their limitations in terms of storage, computing power and energy consumption. However, IoT devices encounter the problem of the lack of wireless connectivity in places where they are deployed or where they are traveling through. A solution to this problem consists in the use of opportunistic systems, which provide connectivity and processing resources efficiently by reducing remote communications to the cloud. Opportunistic networks are considered useful both in IoT scenarios where the cloud becomes saturated (e.g., due to an excessive amount of concurrent communications or to Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks), as well as in those areas where wireless communications coverage is not available, such as it frequently occurs in rural areas or during natural disasters, wars or when other factors cause network outages. This paper presents the design of a novel opportunistic Edge Computing system based on the use of Bluetooth 5 and Single Board Computers (SBCs). To illustrate the performance and feasibility of the proposed system, latency tests are presented. For such latency tests, an experimental testbed was built by communicating two separate IoT networks (each network consisted of an IoT node and an opportunistic Edge Computing gateway). The tests calculated the time of message propagation from one end node to another. The obtained results show that the developed system obtains latencies between 850 and 1200ms, depending on the scenario, which make the solution viable for many application scenarios with low latency requirements.

Keyphrases: Bluetooth 5, Edge Computing, IoT, opportunistic

In: Alvaro Leitao and Lucía Ramos (editors). Proceedings of V XoveTIC Conference. XoveTIC 2022, vol 14, pages 163--166

BibTeX entry
  author    = {\textbackslash{}'Angel Niebla-Montero and Iv\textbackslash{}'an Froiz-M\textbackslash{}'iguez and Paula Fraga-Lamas and Tiago M. Fern\textbackslash{}'andez-Caram\textbackslash{}'es},
  title     = {Latency Evaluation of an IoT Bluetooth 5 Opportunistic Edge Computing System},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of V XoveTIC Conference. XoveTIC 2022},
  editor    = {Alvaro Leitao and Luc\textbackslash{}'ia Ramos},
  series    = {Kalpa Publications in Computing},
  volume    = {14},
  pages     = {163--166},
  year      = {2023},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2515-1762},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/6nwq}}
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