What does Internet of Things (IoT) mean ?

Internet of Things (IoT) is a technological concept that describes an ubiquitous network society in which multiple physical objects being connected to the internet . These objects are able to interact, represent themselves digitally and to identify themselves to other devices.

Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of Things in 1999.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) provides information services for everyday use, and is built
upon interconnections between sensor devices and network platforms. The IoT operates by receiving
and integrating information from many interconnected devices to provide information-related

Ambient intelligence

In computing, ambient intelligence (AmI) refers to an emerging  concept that brings intelligence to our everyday environments. Aml is also a vision that digital technologies will become invisible and embedded in our environments.


Keywords : Internet of things, IoT, IoMT, Ubiquitous computing (pervasive computing), Ubiquitous learning, Tangible computing

External Websites

Conferences & Workshops

  • The Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) Standardisation and Architecture
    Nov, 2005
  • The workshop “Platforms for connected Factories of the Future”
    October 2015 in Brussels

Selected references

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  9. Johnson, L., S. Adams Becker, V. Estrada, and A. Freeman, NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K – 12 Edition . Austin, TX: The New Media Con sortium , 2014. Available: http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2014-k-12-edition/

  10. Spicer, A. & C. Cederström, “You ‘ve heard of the Internet of Things, now behold the Internet of Me”, The Conversation , 19 January 2015.
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  12. Selinger, M.; A. Sepulveda, and J. Buchan , “Education and the Internet of E verything: How ubiquitous connectedness can help transform pedagogy,” White Paper, Cisco, San Jose, CA, Oct. 2013. Available: http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/docs/education/education_internet.pdf

  13. Johnson, L., S. Adams Becker, M. Cummings, V. Estrada, A. Freeman, and H. Ludgate, NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition . Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium, 2013. Available: http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2013-higher-education-edition/

  14. Johnson, L., S. Adams, and M. Cummings, NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition . Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium, 2012. Available: http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition/

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