People-Centric Internet of Things—Challenges, Approach, and Enabling Technologies

  • Fernando BoavidaEmail author
  • Andreas Kliem
  • Thomas Renner
  • Jukka Riekki
  • Christophe Jouvray
  • Michal Jacovi
  • Stepan Ivanov
  • Fiorella Guadagni
  • Paulo Gil
  • Alicia Triviño
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 616)


Technology now offers the possibility of delivering a vast range of low-cost people-centric services to citizens. Internet of Things (IoT) supporting technologies are becoming robust, viable and cheaper. Mobile phones are increasingly more powerful and disseminated. On the other hand, social networks and virtual worlds are experiencing an exploding popularity and have millions of users. These low-cost technologies can now be used to create an Internet of People (IoP), a dynamically configurable integration platform of connected smart objects that allows enhanced, people-centric applications. As opposed to things-centric ones, IoP combines the real, sensory world with the virtual world for the benefit of people while it also enables the development of sensing applications in contexts such as e-health, sustainable mobility, social networks enhancement or fulfilling people’s special needs. This paper identifies the main challenges, a possible approach, and key enabling technologies for a people-centric society based on the Internet of Things.


Internet of people People-centric IoT Smart systems integration 



The authors would like to thank the participants in the IoP consortium for their insights and contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Boavida
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Kliem
    • 2
  • Thomas Renner
    • 2
  • Jukka Riekki
    • 3
  • Christophe Jouvray
    • 4
  • Michal Jacovi
    • 5
  • Stepan Ivanov
    • 6
  • Fiorella Guadagni
    • 7
  • Paulo Gil
    • 8
  • Alicia Triviño
    • 9
  1. 1.CISUC, DEIUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Technische Universitaet BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.University of OuluOuluFinland
  4. 4.TrialogParisFrance
  5. 5.IBM Israel Science and TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  6. 6.Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSGWaterfordIreland
  7. 7.San Raffaele S.p.AMilanItaly
  8. 8.UNINOVA—Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas TecnologiasSetúbalPortugal
  9. 9.Universidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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