"If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things – using data they gathered without any help from us – we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss, and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing, or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. Maybe even more so."
Kevin Ashton / 1999
in a presentation to Procter & Gamble
"I see the internet of Things as a huge transformative development—a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change"
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
"We are entering a new era of computing technology that many are calling the Internet of Things. Machine to machine, machine to infrastructure, machine to environment, the Internet of Everything, the Internet of Intelligent Things, intelligent systems – call it what you want, but it’s happening and its potential is huge"
ARM and Freescale / February 2013
The Potential and Pitfalls of the Internet of Things
"The Internet of Everything creates US$14.4 trillion in value at stake—the combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among companies and industries from 2013 to 2022. [...] Currently, 99.4% of physical objects that may one day be part of the Internet of Everything are still unconnected"
Joseph Bradley / 2013
"The Next Big Thing is actually a Trillion Small Things. Networked microcontrollers with sensors and actuators are about to be embedded in any tangible object or place, ready to observe and control the real world. Imagine tiny web servers in all embedded devices, ready to connect to the Internet and provide their observations and services to a new set of Web applications. Ericsson has a vision of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Included in this vision is the Networked Society where all aspects of people's lives, the operations of enterprises and society in general are impacted by the proliferation of communications. The Internet of Things will be a major cornerstone of an emerging networked society."
Ericsson Labs website