n. Shorthand reference to the collection of uniquely identifiable devices that are connected to the Internet and are capable of transmitting and receiving data over that connection.
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Mr. O'Reilly, who also founded and runs the O'Reilly publishing and conference business, now says that the Internet of Things, or IoT, may be the most important online development yet.
—Quentin Hardy, “Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things,” The New York Times, February 04, 2015
"In creating an (Internet of Things) market and realizing the IoT era, collaboration between all industries to enable barrier-less and seamless communication between devices is absolutely essential," Yoon said. ("IoT" is shorthand of the moment for Internet of Things.)
—Mike Snider, “Samsung CEO sees TV ruling all in Internet of Things,” USA Today, January 06, 2015
Last week I told you about my vision of the future where alarm clocks and calendars and coffee machines all talk to each other. It’s a future where the Internet of Things (IoTs) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) conversations are the “social network of machine and man”, making our lives enormously easier and more productive.
—Sanjay Poonen, “Making The Internet Of Things A Reality With Mobile Management,” Forbes, October 09, 2012
2007 (earliest)
The "Internet of Things" (abbreviated IoT) has added a new dimension to the world of information and communication technologies: from anytime, any place connectivity for anyone, we will now have connectivity to anything.
I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure the phrase "Internet of Things" started life as the title of a presentation I made at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 1999.
—Kevin Ashton, “That 'Internet of Things' Thing,” RFID Journal, June 22, 2009