One of the first automated home computers was known as ECHO IV in 1966. It was meant to regulate temperature in the house, turn devices on and off and create shopping lists. It was never introduced to market, however, Its enormous size may have been one reason for this.
In 2016, T-Systems South Africa developed a smart water meter, which measures how much water is taken from a well or discharged from a water treatment facility. The system also allows leaks to be pinpointed and eliminated faster.
But it's about vast expanses all the same: Scope 3 is the term for harmful CO2 emissions in a company's upstream and downstream value chains. We measure these emissions. It's not science fiction, but it's still quite complicated. In the end, it is another way for us to reduce our climate impact.
A number of European cities have already been equipped with smart street lighting. The lamps have integrated motion, air pollution, temperature and acoustic sensors. They use this information to decide when to shine and at what intensity. They also reduce energy consumption as they are LED lamps – a consistently efficient solution.
The term "surfing the Internet“ become known after an article with the same title, written by U.S. librarian Jean Armour Polly, was published in 1992. She came up with the title while looking at her mouse pad, which pictured a surfer.