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The "Next Big Thing" is actually a "Trillion Small Things".
Networked microcontrollers with sensors and actuators are about to be embedded in any tangible object or place, ready to observe and control the real world. Imagine tiny web servers in all embedded devices, ready to connect to the Internet and provide their observations and services to a new set of Web applications.
Ericsson has a vision of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Included in this vision is the Networked Society where all aspects of people's lives, the operations of enterprises and society in general are impacted by the proliferation of communications. The Internet of Things will be a major cornerstone of an emerging networked society.
In this Research Topic, we will be sharing experiences from building prototypes and deploying them, discussing the kinds of architectures, technologies and ecosystems needed for the Internet of Things. We will also present some of our latest research results and ideas as well as important events we think you might be interested in.