A lightweight Web of Things Open Platform to facilitate context data management and personalized healthcare services creation

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Apr 29;11(5):4676-713. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110504676.


In the last few years, many health monitoring systems have been designed to fullfil the needs of a large range of scenarios. Although many of those systems provide good ad hoc solutions, most of them lack of mechanisms that allow them to be easily reused. This paper is focused on describing an open platform, the micro Web of Things Open Platform (µWoTOP), which has been conceived to improve the connectivity and reusability of context data to deliver different kinds of health, wellness and ambient home care services. µWoTOP is based on a resource-oriented architecture which may be embedded in mobile and resource constrained devices enabling access to biometric, ambient or activity sensors and actuator resources through uniform interfaces defined according to a RESTful fashion. Additionally, µWoTOP manages two communication modes which allow delivering user context information according to different methods, depending on the requirements of the consumer application. It also generates alert messages based on standards related to health care and risk management, such as the Common Alerting Protocol, in order to make its outputs compatible with existing systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Health Services*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Software*