IoT-A Architectural Reference Model

IoT-A, the European Lighthouse Integrated Project has addressed for three years the Internet-of-Things Architecture, and created the proposed architectural reference model together with the definition of an initial set of key building blocks. Together they are envisioned as foundations for fostering the emerging Internet of Things. Using an experimental paradigm, IoT-A combined top-down reasoning about architectural principles and design guidelines with simulation and prototyping in exploring the technical consequences of architectural design choices. This architectural model is now being maintained by the IoT Forum.
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  • Latest update: September 25, 2014
  • Developed by: IoT-A project
  • Contact name: Francois Carrez
  • Contact email: [email protected]
    • BUTLER Integrated System Architecture (more details)
      • Relation type: Reference relationship
      • Validation: The BUTLER Architecture is compliant with IoT-A Architectural Reference Model. IoT-A has had a major influence on BUTLER through its Architectural Reference Model (ARM)
      • Completeness of the relation: 100%
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You can start discovering the Architectural Reference Model for the IoT through the (ARM) Introduction Booklet
The full specification is downloadable here: “D1.5 – Final Architectural Reference Model for the IoT
All project deliverables are available on the project website.

Service level

Technology Readiness Level

6 - technology demonstrated in relevant environment


The privacy and security within the IoT-A architecture reference model is discussed within D4.2 - Concepts and Solutions for Privacy and Security in the Resolution Infrastructure