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V. Petrov et al., "When IoT Keeps People in the Loop: A Path Towards a New Global Utility," in IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 114-121, January 2019. doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2018.1700018

When IoT keeps people in the loop : a path towards a new global utility

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Author: Petrov, Vitaly1; Mikhaylov, Konstantin2; Moltchanov, Dmitri1;
Organizations: 1Tampere University of Technology
2University of Oulu
3Ericsson Research and Wireless@KTH
4Ericsson Research
5Carleton University
6National Research Institute Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-06-07


While the IoT has made significant progress supporting individual machine-type applications, it is only recently that the importance of people as an integral component of the overall IoT infrastructure has started to be fully recognized. Several powerful concepts have emerged to facilitate this vision, whether involving the human context whenever required or directly impacting user behavior and decisions. As these become the stepping stones to develop the IoT into a novel people-centric utility, this article outlines a path to realize this decisive transformation. We begin by reviewing the latest progress in human-aware wireless networking, then classify the attractive human-machine applications and summarize the enabling IoT radio technologies. We continue with a unique system-level performance characterization of a representative urban IoT scenario and quantify the benefits of keeping people in the loop on various levels. Our comprehensive numerical results confirm the significant gains that have been made available with tighter user involvement, and also corroborate the development of efficient incentivization mechanisms, thereby opening the door to future commoditization of the global people-centric IoT utility.

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Series: IEEE communications magazine
ISSN: 0163-6804
ISSN-E: 1558-1896
ISSN-L: 0163-6804
Volume: 57
Issue: 1
Pages: 114 - 121
DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2018.1700018
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927) and project PRISMA, and by the project TAKE-5: The 5th Evolution Take of Wireless Communication Networks, funded by Tekes. The work of V. Petrov was supported in part by a scholarship from the Nokia Foundation and in part by the HPY Research Foundation funded by Elisa. G. Fodor was sponsored by the Wireless@KTH project Naomi.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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