Internet of Things in the pharmaceutical cold chain

Internet of Things in the pharmaceutical cold chain

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IoT – the buzzword

Buzzwords share a common fate. They are used ubiquitously, but their meaning gets blurred underway and at some point no one knows where they came from. To start off, I did some digging: The term “Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton, an internet pioneer, in 1999. He stated that computers would still be heavily dependent on humans for informational input. The next step of technical evolution would be to enable computers to think and act for themselves:

We need to empower computers with their own means of gathering information, so they can see, hear and smell the world for themselves (…). RFID (radio-frequency identification) and sensor technology enable computers to observe, identify and understand the world—without the limitations of human-entered data. (Ashton, 2009, par. 4)

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