Recent advances in information-centric networking-based internet of things (ICN-IoT)

Sobia Arshad, Muhammad Awais Azam, Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Jonathan Loo

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Information-centric networking (ICN) is being realized as a promising approach to accomplish the shortcomings of current Internet protocol-address-based networking. ICN models are based on naming the content to get rid of address-space scarcity, accessing the content via name-based-routing, and caching the content at intermediate nodes to provide reliable, efficient data delivery, and self-certifying contents to ensure better security. Obvious benefits of ICN in terms of fast and efficient data delivery and improved reliability raises ICN as highly promising networking model for Internet of Things (IoT) like environments. IoT aims to connect anyone and/or anything at any time by any path on any place. From last decade, IoT attracts both industry and research communities. IoT is an emerging research field and still in its infancy. Thus, this paper presents the potential of ICN for IoT by providing state-of-the-art literature survey. We discuss briefly the feasibility of ICN features and their models (and architectures) in the context of IoT. Subsequently, we present a comprehensive survey on ICN-based caching, naming, security, and mobility approaches for IoT with appropriate classification. Furthermore, we present operating systems and simulation tools for ICN-IoT. Finally, we provide important research challenges and issues faced by ICN for IoT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8478349
Pages (from-to)2128-2158
Number of pages31
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Content centric networking (CCN)
  • ICN-IoT caching schemes
  • ICN-IoT mobility schemes
  • ICN-IoT naming schemes
  • ICN-IoT security schemes
  • information-centric networking (ICN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • named data networking (NDN)


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