The internet of things is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. The term is said to have been invented by Kevin Ashton during his time as brand manager for Procter & Gamble in 1997. It has been repeated enough to necessitate its own abbreviation: IoT.
Data collection was the first phase of IoT. Getting connected sensors small enough to be able to be put into a wide variety of devices took a lot of technological innovation. Now, the sensors have become so small, robust and affordable that the collection of data is no longer a technical bottleneck. Now, for the IoT to be able to truly change our lives, our business and our buildings, we will have to figure out of way for them to work within the internet of systems.
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