ParaDrop is a virtualized platform for home WiFi gateways that allows diverse third-party services (e.g., home automation) to be easily installed and managed. - We will show how developers can install different applications and services on a home WiFi gateway to: 1) Sense the home environment by collecting temperature and humidity information from home deployed WiFi sensors; 2) View a home security camera that stores its data privately in the home gateway; and 3) Operate a media transcoding service that allows us to stream news channels to the home users over WiFi paths.

Project milestone


Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development

Impact statement

The concept of edge computing is to allow various services to run as close to client devices as possible. Paradrop enables developers to easily deploy their services in home gateways in a secure, isolated, and robust environment providing home users with improved experience. Many examples are from the Internet of Things with services include i) home automation and sensing for improved energy efficiency, ii) home security services, and iii) improved real time media streaming.


  • SDN
  • OpenFlow
  • Local cloud / edge computing
  • Advanced wireless


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation