Kevin Ashton founded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has done pioneering work in radio-frequency identification and sensor technology.
Ashton is known for coining the term “the Internet of Things” to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via ubiquitous sensors. In 2015, he spoke at a European customer service conference and noted that field service management is the first industry being transformed by IoT.
Some people in the industry have noted that the entire IoT concept came from trying to solve field service problems in 1999. IoT’s origin story lies in field service management. Clearly, field service management and IoT are deeply intertwined. But how are the changes being implemented? And how can you benefit from them?