Networks for Pervasive Services

Volume 92 of the series Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering pp 145-155


A Peek at the Future Internet

  • Antonio LiottaAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology Email author 
  • , George ExarchakosAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology

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The Internet “connectivity machine” is the generative engine of our modern digital society. It has been the launching pad of the Web (now the Web 2.0), truly the largest and most versatile information system ever built. While the Web phenomenon relentlessly continues, scientists worldwide are now living the dream of yet a more generative next-generation network. This chapter explores some prominent research directions, discussing the Internet of Things, context-aware networks, small world networks, scale-free networks, autonomic networks, dependable networks, the privacy vs. security dichotomy and the two facets of energy-efficient networks.