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The Internet of Unsexy Things (aka Industrial IoT)

posted Mar 10, 2015, 10:21 AM by Stephen Bryant   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 10:25 AM ]
Whilst I doubt I am the first person to come up with this term, I've been using it heavily to describe Industrial IoT. There will be huge advances in the Industrial IoT space that will result in massive cost savings and advancements in competitiveness for businesses and consumer will likely not even notice. Connecting these unsexy things will be the great, but less visible, success of IoT and enable businesses to move onto the coming Big Data revolution. Industrial IoT will also lead to less CO2 emissions and help us transition to a post-Oil economy.

I did my best to advance usage of the term at Mobile World Congress this year and got a few tweets on it.

IoT really is the Internet of “unsexy” things, however, these “unsexy things” are quite important —Stephen Bryant, Telenor #MWC15 #IBMmobile

— IBM Mobile (@ibmmobile) March 5, 2015

Industrial M2M or the "Internet of Unsexy Things". "...That make money" #MWC15:#MWC15IOT3

— Telco 2.0 Initiative (@telco2) March 5, 2015

BRILLIANT The internet of unsexy things #mwc15Iot3

— Jose-Antonio Perez (@JAPerezVazquez) March 5, 2015

Whilst it may seem silly, I do think that too much attention is paid to connected cars, smart homes and wearables in the M2M / IoT space. Creating the Internet of Unsexy Things will do more to create more profitable businesses and a smarter and more sustainable world.