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The dawn of the IoT era
Here we take a look at some key developments which have led to dawn of the IoT era:
1969: The first message was sent over the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), by Professor Leonard Kleinrock’s team at the University of California to the Stanford Research Institute. ARPANET has since been called the “forerunner” of the internet.
1989: British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, which became publically available in 1991.
1990: John Romkey designed a toaster which could be switched on and off over the Internet – it is considered to be the first IoT device.
1999: Kevin Ashton, the executive director of the Auto-ID Center, established the term ‘the Internet of Things’.
2008-2009: More objects were connected to the internet than people. This period has been coined The Birth of the Internet of Things by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group.
2025: It is predicted that there will be over 80 billion connected devices.