Ciara O’Brien: Internet of Things centre stage at Mobile World Congress

Every conference needs a buzzword or phrase. In recent years, smart, connected and social all got their turn in the spotlight, as executive after executive trotted out the phrases on stage in an attempt to convince attendees that their fingers really were on the pulse of the mobile industry.

This year, it was the turn of the Internet of Things. You could barely move without tripping over a stand that promised some form of IoT breakthrough. The phrase was used almost carelessly at times, applied to almost any old thing with which it could have a vague connection.