Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository


By Luigi Atzori, Antonio Iera and Giacomo Morabito


Current communication and computation technologies make it possible to embed intelligence and communication capabilities in most of the things surrounding us; this leading to the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. To really exploit the potential of the IoT, objects and provided services should be easily discoverable and usable by humans and by other objects. Besides, trustworthiness of the billions of members of the IoT should be a key element in service selection. Existing solutions for service discovery in IoT do not scale with the number of nodes that is expected to be order of magnitude larger than in the current Internet. In this paper we propose to build a social network, that we name the Social Internet of Things (SIoT), that can be used to provide a navigable structure to the IoT. We also provide a framework that can be applied to socially tie things together and a preliminary architecture to be used as a baseline for the implementation of the SIoT. Our work demonstrates that standards should support establishment and management of federations of objects (ruled by social relationships) that represent “communities” of things in the SIoT

Topics: Internet of Things, Social Networks
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:CiteSeerX.psu:
Provided by: CiteSeerX
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.