The Difference Between Internet of Things and Internet of Everything Unraveled

The Difference Between Internet of Things and Internet of Everything Unraveled

Naveen Joshi 03/10/2019 5

The internet of things (IoT) is a term used to describe interconnectivity between everyday objects. The internet of everything (IoE) is a broader term that encompasses the internet of things along with four key elements, namely data, people, things, and processes.

Although both these terms may seem similar to a general audience, there is quite a difference between the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything. The internet of things is just a small subset of the internet of everything. The definition of the internet of things is becoming vaguer with advancements in technology and will be replaced with the internet of everything eventually.

The internet of Things

The internet of things includes everyday objects connected to each other. It encompasses hardware like smartwatches, laptops, computers, and also various smart devices such smart speakers, home assistants, smart thermostats, etc. that are connected to the internet or a local network and can exchange data with each other. The internet of things is slowly transforming into the internet of everything with the addition of AI, ML, and intelligent data. More and more devices are getting connected with the internet pushing the envelope of the internet of things. The Internet of things will continue to evolve with the emergence of new technologies and new objects incorporated with network technologies.

Internet of Everything

  1. Cisco defines the Internet of everything as "The intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things.” It is the superset of the internet of things as it includes everything contained in the internet of things along with the four key elements. The four key elements of the internet of everything are People: People are the end nodes connected across the internet
  2. Processes: Processes ensure that the right information is sent to the right person
  3. Data: Raw data is analyzed and can help in empowering solutions
  4. Things: Things are devices embedded with sensors that generate data.

The internet of everything relies on machine to machine communications between the internet of things to describe a more complex system. It also includes people and processes. The internet of everything is based on the idea that in the future, everything will be connected to each other and internet connections will not be restricted to a handful of devices. Machines will become smarter by having access to data and extended networking opportunities. The actual internet of everything applications includes elements like sensors and interfaces used for remote appliances as well as more intelligent and better-connected mobile devices, industrial machine learning systems, and other types of hardware that have recently become automated.

The internet of things provides as a building block for the internet of everything. The internet of everything is going to replace the internet of things as more and more devices are going to get connected with each other and embedded with smart hardware like sensors, and software, including machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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  • Dean Simpson

    IoT and IoE have quickly gained popularity

  • Liam Wood

    This new phase of IoT and IoE is relatively new.

  • James Harris

    Internet of Everything further advances the power of the Internet to improve business and industry outcomes, and ultimately make people's lives better by adding to the progress of IoT.

  • Peter Ivanov

    Different words, same problems.....

  • Jack Lincoln

    The classic security techniques don’t always work, and with more devices, there is more vulnerability.

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Naveen Joshi

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Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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