According to research conducted by analyst Chetan Sharma, the term “Internet of Things” was first coined in September 1985 by Peter T. Lewis in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 15th Annual Legislative Weekend in Washington, D.C. Lewis defined the IoT as “the integration of people, processes and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring, status, manipulation and evaluation of trends of such devices.”
Now that the Internet of Things has become part of our common vernacular, there is significant buzz around the wearables market and the connected home, but industrial applications like supply chain management and asset tracking are seen by many as the most promising IoT use cases. AT&T’s Mobeen Khan, the company’s associate vice president for IoT solutions, said the carrier approaches the IoT business case from a customer perspective, and right now most of the customers are enterprises.
AT&T’s customer-centric approach means that the carrier’s cellular network is not the beginning and end of every solution. The company is in a somewhat unique position among U.S. carriers because it has a significant Wi-Fi business, and a satellite network.