IoT vs IoE: A Guide for the Perplexed IoT Evangelists

There’s a common misconception between the terms Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE). I think, this article will help to cease such doubts.

Difference Between "Internet of Things (IoT)" & "Internet of Everything (IoE)

Internet of Things (IoT) has been defined in several possible ways time-to-time. But in simple words it’s a network of connected things, that enables interoperability between internet-enabled devices. Moreover, the “things” used in IoT definition refers to real physical entities.

Whereas the term “Internet of Everything (IoE)” was populated by companies like Cisco and Qualcomm in order to define a concept that brings together people, process, data & things to enhance the networked connections. Since then, IoE is often used interchangeably with IoT.

Along with the components of IoT, there are a number of other factors that form IoE environment. Most importantly, it considers the infrastructure required and the potential impacts it makes on the data generated by connected things. The way, we extract useful data from the large volume of available data is a crucial thing to consider.

Another major factor is the applications developed to solve client issues. Moreover, reducing pitfalls in application development through simple, efficient API’s can also be a part of IOE infrastructure.

So altogether, IoT can be considered as a subset of IoE.

Cisco defines IOE  as one that brings people, process, data, and things together to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before - turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.

The four pillars of IoE (people, process, data, and things) are built on the top of IoT (where things are). Each of these pillars has specific functions.

People: They are end points who receive information connected through the internet. They will connect through devices and social networks. In coming days, it’ll be common to wear sensors in our skin that extracts and send data to our healthcare providers.

Data: Here’s where the raw data is processed into usable information for decision making. As time advances, the process will become faster to enable decision-making more intelligent.

Things: Numerous physical objects can be classified under this “things” category. It includes various sensors, meters that can be easily attached or detached. These items will capable of connecting to a network and sharing valuable data.

Processes: Ensures that the right information is delivered to the right person, at the right time, in the right way. Processes play a vital role in ensuring the integrity of these pillars – people, data and things – work together.

People at Qualcomm seems really hopeful about IoE, they say -

“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….”

Hope, you’d have clear with these terms.

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IoT vs IoE: A Guide for the Perplexed IoT Evangelists was last modified: August 5th, 2016 by John Harris

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