Internet of everything
Internet of everything

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Internet of everything

1.2.7 Internet of everything and Cisco

Cisco is uniquely positioned in that it has end-to-end solutions already within its product line, and is continuing to innovate to support the IoE. Cisco’s contribution to the IoE is the software, hardware, and platforms that support the internet. These platforms will enable the next phase of the IoE.

Watch Dave Evans, Cisco's Chief Futurist, describing how the IoE will change the world for the better by creating more relevant and valuable connections.

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In just a few decades' time, the internet has fundamentally changed how we communicate, do business, retrieve information, entertain, and educate ourselves. From the few connections that made up ARPANET in 1969, the internet has evolved to become an internet of things with billions of connected devices. And, amazingly, we're just getting started.
We're ready to move from our current internet of things to the internet of everything. A network of networks with billions and possibly even trillions of connected objects and devices create unprecedented opportunities. This intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things will make network connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. We believe that amazing things will happen when we connect the unconnected and give a voice to things that were silent.
In addition to people connecting to the internet through their devices, they will be connected in more direct and valuable ways. Your health-care provider will monitor vital signs remotely, from small, washable sensors worn in your clothes. Your alarm will wake you 10 minutes earlier when traffic is congested.
Your home will adjust its temperature according to the weather. Your sprinkler will know when to skip watering. Groceries will know you and be tracked from field to table. Farmers will track their livestock and monitor their health.
Unlike raw data that devices now transmit, the connected devices and objects in the internet of everything will have new capabilities, like context awareness, increased processing power, and energy independence. They will transmit high-level information and knowledge in richer formats for better decision-making. Gartner predicts that people will become nodes on the internet, transmitting both static information and a constant stream of data.
Fully exploiting these new capabilities requires a distributed network as well as computing and storage platforms that can manage this explosion of devices and data. Processes will ensure that the right information is delivered to the right person at the right time in an appropriate manner. And, as more devices come online, we'll see how the exponential power of networks, sometimes called Metcalfe's Law, creates unprecedented opportunities. It will allow us to become better stewards of our finite resources by improving how we monitor, understand, and manage our environment.
Agricultural output, access to clean water, and efficient energy exploration and distribution are big problems that can be better managed and possibly solved with the internet of everything. The internet of everything has enormous potential. But at the end of the day, its goal should be a simple one. How can it benefit humanity? How we answer that question will determine how successful we are in this next chapter in the evolution of the internet.
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