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Grimy Internet of Things IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the application of unique identifiers to physical objects that enables them to be connected to a network allowing the transfer of data to and from those objects. IoT objects can be people, animals, vehicles, plant, appliances, building components and so on.
The ability to connect objects via the Internet has existed since the 1980s. The phrase 'Internet of Things' was first coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999.
The allocation of an IP address to these objects means that they have the potential to communicate with other objects on the network (often machine-to-machine or M2M communication).
The early days of IoT M2M implementations (which were aimed at industrial control and remote management), is sometimes referred to as retrofitted or “grimy IoT”. This is in contrast to “shiny IoT”, which is the term used to describe the integrated state of the IoT as it has existed since 2015.
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