The Internet of Things

image of The Internet of Things

This publication is the seventh in the series of “ITU Internet Reports”, originally launched in 1997. It looks at the next step in “always on” communications, in which new ubiquitous technologies (such as radio-frequency identification and sensors) promise a world of networked and interconnected devices (e.g. fridge, television, vehicle, garage door, etc.) that provide relevant content and information whatever the location of the user – heralding the dawn of a new era, one in which the internet (of data and people) acquires a new dimension to become an Internet of Things. Topics covered include new enabling technologies, business opportunites, public policy challenges, and implications for the developing world. A statistical annex covering over 200 economies is also included.



Introducing the Internet of Things

In the fifth century before the Christian era, the Greek Philosopher Empedocles argued that the whole of creation could be reduced to the four basic elements of earth, air, fire and water. In the nineteenth century, the development of the Dewey decimal classification system recognized ten basic classes that could each be divided into ten divisions, which could each be divided into ten sections, creating 1’000 categories for human knowledge, each with decimal sub-divisions.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error