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Internet of Things: Terminology Arms Race

Sogeti Labs
July 17, 2013

We named our research into the broad field of connected objects just  plain and simply ‘Things’. But there is a lot of different terminology out there. All terms are driven by different purposes; some are R&D speak, some are marketing talk. This is a list of the most common terms: 1. IoT – Internet of Things (Kevin Ashton) 2. Internet of Objects 3. Social Web of Things (Ericsson) 4. Internets of Things (Forrester) 5. IoTS – Internet of Things and Services (Bosch) 6. Industrie 4.0 (Germany) 7. Industrial Internet (General Electric) 8. Internet of Everything (Cisco) 9. Web of the World (Marc Davis, Microsoft) 10. IoTSA – Internet of Things and Sensors and Actuators (Vint Cerf, Google) 11. Things That Think (MIT) I searched for all 11 terms on Google using the “<term>” query and created a visualization of the search result data. This is a work in progress so if you have suggestions that are missing from the list, please share them in the comments. image

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