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Taming the IoT terminology zoo: what does it all mean?

Gadi Lenz, Chief Scientist at AGT International, delves into the meaning behind the most cryptic phrases in the IoT

The emerging Internet of Things is awash with confusing terminology.

Last month I attended the IEEE Pervasive Computing 2015 and one of the interesting panel discussions revolved around the difference between Pervasive Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Clearly, there is overlap but there was no agreement on the extent of it.

The discussion got me thinking that there is actually a long list of terms and associated disciplines related to IoT with varying degrees of overlap. This list is a non-exhaustive but you may have heard of some of these: Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), Industrial Internet, Pervasive Computing, Pervasive Sensing, Ubiquitous Computing, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Smart Objects, Cooperating Objects, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Ambient Intelligence (AmI), and Operational Technology (OT) / Information Technology (IT) convergence.

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