I have read through a number of papers with a focus on either Smart Environments or IoT.

Another paper uses IoT and Smart Environments in the same context, almost interchangeably, which makes me believe they are one and the same, however this should not be the case as a Smart Environment (as discussed by Cook and Das) to consist of 4 components:

  1. Decision
  2. Information
  3. Communication, and
  4. Physical Layers (or components).

Not one paper I have come across address the what IoT is in the context of a Smart Environment and visa versa. Are they the same, is IoT a sub component of a Smart Environment, is it a trait, a characteristic?

Some insight would be appreciated, ideally with references too.

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    Related to iot.stackexchange.com/questions/30/…, but this question seems more abstract. Nobody owns the definition of IoT, people writing papers are allowed to be lazy. Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 12:38
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    Yup, this can't be answered. Although I would suggest that "smart environment" is a subset of IoT.
    – Mawg
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 7:08
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    @Mawg Funny, I would have suggested the opposite based on the purpose of an IoT (framework) and what is defined as a Smart Environment. An IoT (framework) facilates the communication between agents, tranducers, etc in a network and ensures data can be transferred between these devices, while a Smart Environment: firstly on definition, attempts to collect data from devices on a network, process it by performing operations on the data, and 'output' the result to the environment to enhance the experience in that environment. Secondly, a Smart Environment (ref question) encapsulates all 4 aspects
    – CybeX
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 7:12
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    @Mawg cont. while an IoT (framework) only considers the physical and communication layers and possibly information - but this does not conform to the strict 'definition' of a an IoT (framework), that is to facilitate ubiquitous computing and ensure comminucation between devices (see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things including references used). Please note, this is my understanding of it
    – CybeX
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 7:14
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    @Mawg I do not wish to make this a discussion, but I am in the process of writing a paper on Smart Environments, where I will most definitely make the distinction between what IoT is and what a Smart Environment is. I can notify you when it has been published. Hopefully it will at the very least, clear up uncertainty and confusion ;)
    – CybeX
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 7:19


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