NFV Enabled IoT Architecture for an Operating Room EnvironmentThe Internet of Things (IoTs) refers to the interconnection of billions of smart devices. The steadily increasing number of IoT devices with heterogeneous characteristics requires that future networks evolve to provide a new architecture to cope with the expected increase in data generation. Network function virtualization (NFV) provides the scale and flexibility necessary for IoT services by enabling the automated control, management and orchestration of network resources. We present a novel Network Functions Virtualization(NFV) enabled IoT architecture targeted for a state-of-the art operating room environment. We use web services based on the representational state transfer (REST) web architecture as the IoT application’s southbound interface and illustrate its applicability via two different scenarios.