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In the IoT environment, devices could be used as distributed transmit and/or receive entities allowing massive distributed multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems to be implemented. Potentially, a large number of built-in sensors in a home, used to monitor the environment or actuate devices such as bulbs or locks, could be exploited as transmit/receive entities to support data transmission by smartphones or laptops. By employing low-cost and low-power-consumption but a massive amount of distributed sensors, distributed reception enables reliable data communications as centralized systems do.

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