IoT The Genesis

The history

Everyone seems to be talking about IoT nowadays, but what is this and where is the genesis of this? Let me make it easy for you to understand with some similes’ with things we already know, use and understand well. The history books will talk of dates and names (1982, 1991, Mark Weiser, Kevin Ashton, MIT, The Carnegie Melon University and so on), with due respect to them we still need simple explanations that the mere mortal would understand. The greats of science and technology came together to dream up a world where machines could talk to each other and make regular tasks easy, error-free and done without human interference. This coming together of multiple technologies is today called the Internet-of-Things. The term was coined by Kevin Ashton.


A simple way to understand IoT

For understanding this lets ’s take the example of the internet – it is several computers connected and used by humans to accomplish a task. The task accomplished can be as complex as bitcoin mining to as simple as a grocery purchase.  The central feature of the Information highway/internet as we know it is the human involvement for any task. Now think of tasks you require but do not want any personal involvement it, simple example – utility bills. We buy electricity from a utility company; this company installs an energy meter on our premises and sends a person to read the monthly usage for a bill to be generated. Today this energy meter can interact with the central billing system of the utility company and on a defined time send a reading that is used for bill generation which is promptly e-mail to us. No manual interference – actually, this is so efficient that it removes manual errors, malicious intent and tampering/pilferage from the system.  Saves the utility company time and cost and thus makes energy more affordable for all of us. Read more about how this new world will impact us in this book, available on Amazon

This is to say – when machines interact with machines without human interference it is called the Internet-of-Things. The literal meaning is descriptive enough – device/ mobiles/machines and all entities capable of having a web address/data generation capability to connect and produce meaningful improvement in cost/ effort/time is the essence of IoT.


The Internet-of-Things has come a long way from its initial drawing board days, today we have smart devices leading into smart manufacturing, smart logistics, smart medicine and all this is building into a smart city and a smart world. 

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