The Cluster Between Internet of Things and Social Networks: Review and Research Challenges
CTN Issue: November 2014
Whereas the current “Intranet of Things” consists of a local network (like a wireless sensor network) capable of exchanging local information, the envisioned “Internet of Things” would extend the scope and scale by interconnecting these networks. Beyond the IoT lies the Social Internet of Things (SIoT), where the environmental information from the IoT is merged with social networking principles, to enable useful “social driven” human to device interaction. Whereas the IoT is a “"a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, based on standard communication protocols", the SIoT paradigm facilitates interaction. Interaction is facilitated in a variety of ways, e.g., enabling devices to play a “social role” (smart objects),facilitating easier service discovery, and facilitating service interoperability (“mash-ups”).