Seriously it blows my mind to see how many blogs, resources and even sometimes professionals use the term Internet of Everything when they actually meant Internet of Things.
We already have provided information in detail on what is the internet of things. You can take a look at the details in our post to first understand the concepts of internet of things. On the other hand Internet of Everything is a concept which is developed by Cisco.
Internet of Everything Definition
According to Cisco, “the Internet of Everything is the intelligent connection of people, process, data and things.”
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to most people but the fine line of difference between internet of everything (IoE) and internet of things (IoT) is in the intelligent connection. Internet of things mostly about physical objects and concepts communicating with each other but internet of everything is what brings in network intelligence to bind all these concepts into a cohesive system.
the Internet of Things as the equivalent of a rail road line, including the tracks and the connections, whereas the Internet of Everything is all of that, and the trains, ticket machines, staff, customers, weather conditions, etc.
Explaining the relation between IoE and IoT, Cisco elaborates-
The “Internet of Everything” builds on the foundation of the “Internet of Things” by adding network intelligence that allows convergence, orchestration and visibility across previously disparate systems.
Luke Simmons provides an ample real life example explaining internet of everything vs. internet of things on cloudrail.com. He quotes-
“The Internet of Everything connects up all of these separate concepts into one cohesive whole. It’s not just about allowing devices to talk to each other; it’s about allowing everything to talk about each other. In some ways, you can see the Internet of Things as the equivalent of a rail road line, including the tracks and the connections, whereas the Internet of Everything is all of that, and the trains, ticket machines, staff, customers, weather conditions, etc.”
According to techopedia.com, IoE is somewhat synonym to IoT but not the same. The website defines Internet of Everything as
“a broad term that refers to devices and consumer products connected to the Internet and outfitted with expanded digital features. It is a philosophy in which technology’s future is comprised of many different types of appliances, devices and items connected to the global Internet.”
But not everyone agrees!
Yes, not everyone is convinced that Internet of Everything and Internet of Things are two different concepts.
Qualcomm is one such major tech player that believes IoT and IoE are similar. Explaining definition of IoE in its own words, Qualcomm quotes-
“When smart things everywhere are connected together, we will be able to do more and be more. This is the Internet of Everything (IoE), a paradigm shift that marks a new era of opportunity for everyone, from consumers and businesses to cities and governments….”
What’s your stand?
Internet of Everything or/and Internet of Things, what’s your stand on these two concepts. Or you also believe that they are more of one and the same thing.
Let others know about your opinion and vote for making decision making easier.
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