Transparent CoAP Services to IoT Endpoints through ICN Operator Networks

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  • Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Linköping University


The Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) is a specialized web transfer protocol which is intended to be used for constrained networks and devices. CoAP and its extensions (e.g., CoAP observe and group communication) provide the potential for developing novel applications in the Internet-of-Things (IoT). However, a full-fledged CoAP-based application may require significant computing capability, power, and storage capacity in IoT devices. To address these challenges, we present the design, implementation, and experimentation with the CoAP handler which provides transparent CoAP services through the ICN core network. In addition, we demonstrate how the CoAP traffic over an ICN network can unleash the full potential of the CoAP, shifting both overhead and complexity from the (constrained) endpoints to the ICN network. The experiments prove that the CoAP Handler helps to decrease the required computation complexity, communication overhead, and state management of the CoAP server.


Original languageEnglish
Article number1339
Number of pages21
JournalSensors (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • CoAP, ICN, IoT

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