This article was originally published at http://archive.eurescom.eu/message/messageNov2010/Is-there-an-Internet-of-Things.asp in November 2010
In the late 1980s, the term ubiquitous computing was coined by Mark Weiser, chief scientist at Xerox PARC. He advocated that the best computer is a quiet, invisible servant. In his vision, he described several scenarios that are still reference scenarios for what is generally called the Internet of Things (IoT). How much closer are we today to Mark Weiser’s vision, and to what extend is IoT a new technology or just an evolution?