A Look Back at Internet of Things' Origin, Evolution

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-08-20

IDC analysts predict that by 2020 the Internet of things (IoT) network will reach 212 billion connected "things" while globally the market will be worth over $8.9 trillion. According to Webopedia, IoT refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for Internet connectivity, which enables the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. Gilad Meiri, CEO of emerging technology company Neura and an IoT expert, said that "rapid technological developments in recent years have enabled an accelerated evolvement of the Internet of things landscape. That said, the world is only seeing the tip of the iceberg when thinking about the vast potential the Internet of things can provide to our lives in areas such as health care, safety, energy management and more." With assistance from Meiri and Neura, this eWEEK slide show looks at the evolution of IoT over the years. The list is by no means all encompassing, but it gives a view of how far IoT has come.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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