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IoT development needs context and leadership

Sheila Lam, Computerworld HK | April 29, 2013
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept first suggested in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, the co-founder of Auto-ID Center at MIT. And it's popular again--thanks to mobility and the maturing of tracking technologies like RFID, NFC, and QR codes, according to Claus Mortensen, principal of emerging technologies at IDC Asia Pacific.

The center is supported by the HKSAR Innovation and Technology Commission and Hong Kong Science Park, and sponsored by major local enterprises including Li & Fung, Kerry Logistics, PCCW Solutions and Toll Global Forwarding.

As an extension of the Hong Kong Science Park's RFID Center and Supply Chain Innovation Center, the IoT Center of Excellence aims to demonstrate the use of different technologies, including RFID, NFC, and QR codes, to drive effective business processes and improve customer satisfaction.

"We believe there is a great opportunity to increase the amount of data that is attached to the scanned IDs by marrying this with state-of-the-art IoT related technologies to realize smarter business and better life," said Anna Lin, CE of GS1 Hong Kong.


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