The Internet of Things: Reflections on the past, present and future from a user centered and smart environment perspective

Jeannette Chin, Vic Callaghan, Somaya Ben Allouch

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This paper introduces the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and describes its evolution from a concept proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999 through its public emergence in 2005 in a United Nations ITU report entitled “The Internet of Things”, to the present day where IoT devices are available as off-the-shelf products from major manufacturers. Using a systematic study of public literature, the paper presents a five-phase categorisation of the development of the Internet-of-Things from its beginnings to the present day. Four mini case studies are included to illustrate some of the issues involved. Finally, the paper discusses some of the big issues facing future developers and marketers of Internet-of-Things based products ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) through to customer privacy and acceptance finishing with an optimistic assessment of the future of the Internet-of-Things.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-69
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2019

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