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October 09, 2018
7 great minds that contributed to the development of the IoT concept
Francesca Brady

Today, companies like Asset Mapping are deploying the latest IoT technology into the business world, but this wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of a large number of scientists, technology gurus and entrepreneurs who worked for decades to develop and promote the concept.

While the full list of notable contributors is very long, here are a few names worth knowing if you are interested in learning more about the origins of IoT:


Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee

Widely regarded as the father of the World Wide Web and the first to envision the possibility of semantic web, Sir Berners-Lee must be mentioned in virtually every retrospective of online technology. He remains actively involved in the scientific community, taking a leading role as public advocate of net neutrality and decentralised data storage.

His Company “Inrupt” intends to give internet users control of their data via a ‘pod’, removing the need for social media platforms like Facebook to store and essentially have ownership of people’s personal information.  

Mark Weiser

A visionary, credited with the concept of ‘ubiquitous computing’ (or "ubicomp"), Weiser provided inspiration for development of IoT concepts through his idea that computers should perform their tasks in an invisible and quiet manner. Sadly, he died aged just 46 in 1999, long before some of his visions started turning into reality.

Kevin Ashton

This British-born technology pioneer co-founded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He first coined the phrase ‘Internet of Things’ in a presentation to Proctor & Gamble in 1999 to describe how objects in a network could interact without the need for human intervention. He has also contributed to the development of RFID technology alongside other advances in the field of smart sensors.

Bill Joy

Thanks to the efforts of Joy, who is one of the founders of the hardware company Sun Microsystems (formed in the early 80’s) the term ‘Internet of Things’ started to gain more attention. He presented the concept of device-to-device (D2D) communication at the World Economic Forum in Davos during the late 90’s, helping to set the stage for commercial deployment of similar concepts.


Tim O’Reilly

Harvard educated writer, publisher and influencer, O’Reilly helped launch the term ‘open source software’ and define ‘Web 2.0’, he contributed significantly to making both concepts become mainstream. Both of those terms were instrumental for contemporary accomplishments in network services, including the development of widely used protocols that empower automated communication between objects.

Vlad Triffa

Through his work to help define and implement the application layer of IoT, Triffa made a big impact on the future of the Internet of Things. He started publishing works on the subject around 2007, and by 2015 he progressed to co-authoring a new web based standard termed ‘the Web Thing Model’.

Phillip N. Howard

As a professor of sociology and political theorist, Howard has a different profile than most other people on this list. However, his considerations about the possible roles of IoT in future social organisations are noteworthy and earn him a place at the table. This Oxford Internet Institute professor has published multiple books on the topic, including ‘Pax Technica: How Internet of Things could set us free or lock us up’.

Today, IoT is rapidly shedding the label of ‘emerging technology’, and has a huge number of practical applications in various industries. Asset Mapping has the expertise to help you implement the Internet of Things functionalities into your building.

At Asset Mapping, we use the latest innovations in IoT to help make smart buildings that are cheaper to operate, kinder to the environment and healthier to work in.

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