By Gordon Fletcher MBCS, International Operations and Information Management
‘The Internet of Things is a vision. It is being built today.’1 This is the simple but bold claim of Council, a European think tank established to manage and consult about the Internet of Things (IoT).
Behind this single statement lie years of complex development and a multiplicity of activities, products and business models which currently pull understanding of the IoT in many different directions.
Depending on how you choose to chart its history, the IoT is at least 23 years old and arguably started with a webcam pointing at a coffee machine.2 Enabling a series of streaming images from a camera that could be accessed through a web browser ...