We have heard about IoT which connects machines to machines. And, we are also using World Wide Web (known as internet) to connect humans to humans. But, there is always the question ‘online’ and ‘offline’ mode, which comes into the picture. In the case of IoE (Internet of Everything) though, the ‘offline’ mode will disappear completely. The IoE will be a networked connection of all things, including people, data, objects, process, etc. So, it will be an ‘Always ON’ situation for all connected entities. In this article, we will talk about IoE in details.
What is IoE?
The Internet of Everything is actually a phrase which means connecting everything that is used in our daily lives. This gives special properties to objects, making them more intelligent and utilizable. For example, if a crock pot is connected via the Internet of Everything or IoE, then you will be able to operate it from the other end of the world.
The idea of the Internet of Everything comes from the idea of Internet of Things, where everything will have awareness towards data, powerful sensing and better processing. Now, if you add people to this web, then a powerful network will be formed, which will be made up of millions and billions of connections. This will form many opportunities too. This is the idea that IoE encompasses.
How IoE is different from IoT?
While thinking of the differences between Internet of Everything and Internet of Things, we must first think about the term “things”. Actually, when we refer to the term “things”, we actually mean those objects which are physically present in a region, for example, a smart watch, a smartphone or even a thermostat.
Whenever we think of an Internet connected device, those objects that can be controlled remotely via the Internet, come to our minds, like a thermostat whose temperature can be controlled by a mobile phone. Some people think that IoE can be used for reading the data from these devices. However, we must know that the Internet doesn’t contain only physical objects. Some services and websites, like Google, Facebook and DropBox, don’t exist in physical spaces.
It contains even more objects. It also consists of data streams which travel through the connections between the computers. Thus, people are also an extremely essential part of the Internet, and it consists of users too. The Internet of Everything contains all of these things in one comprehensive package. While IoT allows the devices to interact with each other, IoE allows everything to interact with each other.
For an even easier definition, we can think of the IoT as a railway line consisting of the railway tracks and the connections, but the IoE will consist of everything like the railway line, the rail, the customers, ticket machines, human staffs and even weather conditions.
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How IoE can help us in connecting all things?
We know about what IoE is, but how does it actually connecting everything? It requires many different kinds of connecting technology for this, like 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which have to be used properly for finding new applications. Also, this allows a whole new class of services to appear, which can be used for using the connected objects much more efficiently. A closely interconnected web of connections has to be made for better and quicker interactions.
IoE is beyond the concept of connections of object. It has to be extremely flexible and consistent, so that it can be used in important places, like in the medical field, where failure isn’t an option. For fulfilling such needs, the connections have to be tweaked to be used with many different types of devices. This means that the boundaries of different types of connections, like WAN and LAN have to be pushed, which is done by newer technologies like LTE Advanced and Wi-Fi.
What is the influence of IoE?
IoE will change the world in every field. It is a concept of connecting everything around us. So the world will be a closely connected system where all existing entities are interacting with each other. IoE is going to have a huge impact in all the directions of our lives.
For example, IoE will have a huge impact on all types of jobs. Those entering the jobs at these times are very fortunate, as they will be able to adapt to it very easily, due to the advent of IoE. The Internet of Everything will connect every device and they will be able to access any information or documents they need in a matter of minutes from anywhere. They will rely heavily on electronics, which will help them in making their day to day tasks much faster. IT professionals will find that IoE will push the boundaries of networking and communication systems. However, system administrators will have to keep up with the technology and ensure security.
It is a very obvious fact that IoE will also have a lot of impact of job growths. IoE will not only influence the technological relationship between different people and devices, but will also influence the amount of jobs in the world. A report says that the unemployment rate fell by 5.6% in US, due to 252,000 new jobs created as a result of IoE. Thus, IoE is expected to increase the amounts of jobs. This is because companies will now try to keep up with their rivals by implementing this technology, which can be implemented by hiring professionals. Also, for building these professionals, special “IoE trainers” are required, further adding to the job base.
So, it is opening up new opportunities in the field of jobs and also allowing the growth of industries.
Some practical use cases
IoE is finding use in many different fields. Due to its reliability, many people and businesses are adopting it to make their daily operations much faster than ever. Also, it is aiming towards a more connected world. Some of the use cases of the Internet of Everything are given below.
Many businesses in the manufacturing sector, like the Dundee Precious Metals and General Motors, had problems related to production and resource management. Dundee had to improve the quality level of their production and make their mining operations efficient by automation. General Motors, on the other hand, had to improve the quality of their products, but without extra charges.
By integrating IoE into their daily operations, both the companies benefitted. For example, Dundee improved the quality of mining products and improved miner security, while General Motors benefitted by saving a lot of money on production and also replaced its legacy connections with newer ones.
Many organisations in the public sectors have also been benefitted equally by the advent of Internet of Everything. An example is that of Miami Children’s Hospital, which had to give quick access of reports to the doctors and create a more comforting environment. They used the IoE to create special TelePresence units for making rounds. Also, IoE allowed much faster access of medical records to the people who needed them.
The Internet of Everything is clearly more useful than the IoT (Internet of Things). The advent of this technology has allowed the users to connect everything and get faster access to the connected objects. IoE has had a tremendous impact on many fields of human knowledge, especially in the field of business, where it has allowed much more efficiency. IoE has also helped in overall job growth by creating many new jobs. It is currently being used in many different places and it is estimated that it will be used even more in the near future, which will result in a more closely connected world.