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Agents
Meet the IoT

Toward Ecosystems of Networked Smart Objects
by Giancarlo Fortino

T

he Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a loosely
coupled, decentralized, and dynamic system
in which billions (even trillions) of everyday
objects a re endowed with intelligence
(smartness) to increase their own capabilities and seamlessly communicate and cooperate despite
their physical/functional heterogeneities, becoming
active participants in business, logistics, information,

Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MSMC.2016.2557483
Date of publication: 23 August 2016

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and social processes. What the term IoT means, however, cannot easily be described by a simple definition,
because there are at least two different visions referring
to the same scenario but laying the emphasis, respectively, on the concept of "smart objects as building
blocks" for the IoT [1] and on the issues of "anywhere,
anytime, and anything connection" [2]. The meeting
point of these different concepts, however, is outlining a
unique shared scenario: a massive extreme-scale spread
of devices easily identifiable, locatable, and addressable
that, thanks to their ability to communicate, sense,
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