Connected Devices that make up the Internet of Things are expanding to the billions opening up new use cases across industries.
We have become more connected than ever before through the development of connected devices, or the Internet of Things (IoT). Kevin Ashton, cofounder and executive director of the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first mentioned the term Internet of Things in 1999, but the first device to be connected to the Internet was actually a Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s. A little over ten years ago, we were able to access the Internet through a laptop or a desktop computer. Today, IoT consists of everyday devices that are connected to the Internet, such as fitness trackers, vehicles, smart televisions, doorbells, light bulbs, home security systems, thermostats, and refrigerators.
The term Internet of Things was first coined 18 years ago. Today, it is a global phenomenon at the center of the next generation of digital innovation. But its future is not yet assured as IoT needs a robust infrastructure and backend applications able to support the billions of devices that are being connected to the internet.
Internet of Things or IoT is a technology that deals with bringing control of physical devices over the internet. We are already surrounded by smartphones, smartglasses, smartwatches, and smart homes, but IoT will create an explosion of new devices and applications, one of which is the smart office.
The market today is witnessing the emergence of new type of consumer electronics, sensors and mobile devices that can be connected to the network. Some have the ability to connect to the global network (cellular phones, tablets, etc.,), while some remain constrained to more of a private network that could be residing inside a home.
When the first publicly available web page was accessed on August 23, 1991, Tim Burners Lee’s greatest contribution to mankind triggered an avalanche of possibilities which after 26 years has become an indispensable part of our lives. Internet can be a synonym for connectivity but nothing justifies that proposition as much as Internet of Things (IoT).