What is…The Internet of Things?

Introduction to The Internet of Things.

According to Wikipedia, The Internet of Things (ioT) is “The network of physical devices, vehicles and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data.

The Beginning

The first ioT first appeared as early as 1982 when students at  Carnegie Mellon University connected their “Taste The Feeling” Coke machine to the internet. Reza Raji CEO of Xenio Systems described this occurrence in 1994 as “small packets of a large set of nodes so as to integrate and automate everything from home appliances to entire factories


However, the term “Internet of Things” didn’t really catch hold until almost 20 years later in 1999 when Kevin Ashton Co-founder and Executive Director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT presented this phrase to Procter & Gamble.  He said:


“ The problem is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy — all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things — using data they gathered without any help from us — we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss, and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best”


Yet, we would have to wait another 10 years before the concept of The Internet of Things would actually take off and start to be truly implemented in not just Vending Machines, but our everyday lives.


The Take Off


In 2010 information leaked that Google’s 360 view stored tons of data of people’s Wifi networks therefore not only allowing them to not only index the internet but also index physical world. In October of 2013 IDC (International Data Corporation) click here for infographic released a Report that the Internet of Things would be a 8.9 Trillion Dollar Market 2020. How? Most importantly who would benefit? Turns out we do, every single day.


Applications of the Internet of Things:

So, how do we use the Internet of Things?

Source: Business Insider 12.19.14

Top Industries of internet of thingsSmart Home

  • Amazon Echo
  • Nest Thermostat


  • The Apple Watch
  • Fitbit and Jawbone

Smart Cities

  • Parking Sensors

Connected Car

  • Self Parking
  • Self-Driving



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