Working Group B: Services, Devices and Service Architectures

“Better look for EnE (efficiency and experience) rather than LnG (layers and generations)”


WG B addresses research aspects focusing on applications, services, service architectures, and software platforms for smart devices (like phones, tablets, integrated devices, etc.) taking part in the Wireless Future Internet era. In particular, WG B covers topics such as enhanced user experience for novel applications by using user-context, profiles and optimization techniques, better user policy management as well as software-development approaches for cross-platform services and service infrastructure management.

Major challenges

  • Emphasize services and not just technologies
  • Ease the use of services and devices
  • Provide the needed services at the right time and place


  • Broaden the understanding of current services and service architectures' limitations and shortcomings and the design choices that led up to them
  • Identify options where such architectures could be improved
  • Approaches and tools for creating new, sustainable applications, services and service infrastructures
  • Ensure that new architectures stay open to new technical developments, reducing the amount of implicit assumptions built into the architectures
  • Understanding recent mobile software platforms, especially those deployed on smart mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.)
  • Definition of technical visions on services, applications and needed infrastructures related to the wireless Future Internet (FI) era.
  • Facilitation of worldwide technical interactions, with industry and academia, on aspects related to the introduction of new services and applications, using smart devices in the FI era.

It is envisaged that WG B will address the following groups of research areas .

Requirements for services and service architectures in the wireless FI era

WGB will work in close cooperation with WGA to define business and user drivers for applications, services, and service infrastructures in the Wireless Future Internet. WGB will create technology roadmaps for service infrastructures in the Wireless FI era and derive technical and functional requirements for enabling applications and services in the Future Internet. WGB will consider existing and upcoming software platforms, especially deployed on mobile devices, as well as security and trust requirements in the development of future services and service architectures.

Application and Service Architectures in the wireless FI era

In its work WGB addresses all areas relevant to application and service architectures and software platforms related to wireless Future Internet. WGB contributes to paradigms, methods, mechanisms, technologies, platforms, and frameworks related to the architectures of wireless Future Internet to support end-user needs. WGB considers physical architectures of various standardization bodies (e.g. 3GPP, etc.), systems architectures for software and informational services in the Future Internet as well as current and upcoming trends such as cloud based service development.

Application and Service aspects in the Wireless FI era

In addition to application and service architectures WGB will address issues relevant to dynamic creation and deployment of applications and services in wireless Future Internet. WGB will consider application and service development frameworks targeted for cross-platform development of advanced service scenarios. Easy way of sharing and deploying of own services and to create service compositions in various environments such as clouds are emphasized. Cooperation will be done with WGA to validate existing user interface paradigms and to define more suitable user interface approaches to interact with a multitude of services and devices simultaneously in a secure and trusted way.

Devices in the Wireless FI era

An understanding of multiplicity of user device classes and usage sectors in the wireless Future Internet era offers the opportunity to guide the application and service development for better user experience. Requirements for each device, device class and usage sector need to be assessed to avoid malfunctions, or negative usage experiences. WGB will address issues relevant to the development of applications and services for various devices in a unified way. The understanding of various software platforms and cross-platform development is seen important.

White papers and production process

White papers aim the present the related work, state-of-the-art and ways to go beyond state-of-the-art of the selected topic.

White paper process

  • Identify a suitable topic and inform WG chair
  • First contributor creates a draft of the white paper
  • Draft is presented at the WWRF meeting
  • Open the work for interested
  • Publish the white paper at the next WWRF meeting

White paper drafts presented

  • UI and UI development, corresponding author Kari Heikkinen, kari.heikkinen(at)

White paper drafts to be presented

  • User 2020, corresponding author Jari Porras, jari.porras(at)

White paper topics identified

  • Service level agreement, corresponding author
  • Cloud service development, corresponding author
  • User generated services, corresponding author


Chair: Prof. Jari Porras, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Vice-chair: Prof. Olaf Drögehorn, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany