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Editorial: Special issue on Internet of Things: convergence of sensing, networking, and web technologies

Antonio Puliafito1*, Nathalie Mitton2, Symeon Papavassiliou3 and Kishor S Trivedi4

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Engineering, University of Messina, Contrada di Dio, S. Agata, Messina, 98166, Italy

2 Inria Lille - Nord Europe, Université Lille 1, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille, France

3 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou, Greece

4 Hudson Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, CA, USA

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:212  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-212

Published: 9 July 2012

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Internet is quickly progressing toward the seamless interaction of objects, sensors, and computing devices, usually indicated as the Internet of Things (IoT). Several examples exist where wireless sensor networks, mobile equipments, RFID tags, home appliances, cars, and many other daily objects talk to each other, exchange information, generate aggregated knowledge, and allow to quickly develop new advanced services for the final user. A comprehensive reference scenario is smart grids, i.e., electricity networks that can intelligently integrate the behavior and actions of all objects connected in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic, and secure electricity supplies using a two-way digital communication technology. The IoT requires powerful networking environments on one side and sophisticated data aggregation and processing technologies on the other. As sensing technologies perceive the world without human intervention, the amount of generated data is far beyond the one we are used to, where operators traditionally provide input data. Thus, the IoT is becoming a unifying concept where sensing, computing, and web technologies converge, interact, and integrate each other.