Last month, the Internet of Things was added to Oxford Dictionaries Online. IoT was added along with such august terms as BYOD, Bitcoin, and even selfie. While the ODO isn’t the OED – it’s the younger, hipper sibling focused on current English and modern meanings – this addition is just one more datapoint on the growing awareness around the coming Internet of Things.
Internet of things has been around as a term since about 1999, however, it’s recent popularity is due to a few emerging trends. In the consumer space there’s been wide adoption of connected products such as smart thermostats and intelligent pedometers. In the enterprise (and here I am using enterprise to represent many types of larger organizations – including local and national governments, non-profits, academia and companies) we’ve seen the rise of BYOD which you could argue is the first mainstream IoT form-factor. Read More »