The Internet of Everything (IoE) represents the next “world-changing” revolution, after the Industrial Revolution of 1750 – 1900, and following the Computer & Internet revolution which started in the 1950s. It is an exciting scenario in which objects, personal devices, even animals communicate, take Intelligent decisions, and autonomous actions on their own without human interaction. This revolution will completely transform industrial sectors and the entire world, for all of us, in ways as powerful as the Industrial Revolution and even more. It is our future, and it is happening now.

How is it happening? For an Evolution of Technologies, and with a Revolution of Minds…

TECHNOLOGIES… the Evolution
From a technology point of view, the Internet of Everything definition has evolved from the convergence of new advancements related to the Internet, Wireless solutions, and micro-biochip/sensors.

INTERNET Evolution: the advent of the latest Internet Protocol (named IPv6) enables an astonishing increase in the address space, which is a key factor for the Internet of Everything. With this new Internet protocol (IPv6), we can now assign a unique identifier to “everything” on the planet… or “to every atom on the surface of the earth, and still have enough addresses left to do another 100+ piles of the earth”.

WIRELESS Evolution: Once identified with IPv6, all “things” on the planet need to communicate with other “things”. Recent wireless advancements address this need with different types of networks and specific strengths. Low energy short-range networks (e.g. NFC and Bluetooth) for wearables, very-high-speed networks (e.g. 4G LTE) for cars, Zigbee and Wi-Fi -similar technologies for smart homes / smart cities, and vertical solutions for industrial “IoE” scenarios. All of this for free or at a very low cost.

SENSORS Evolution: inexpensive but powerful sensors are one of the biggest enablers of the Internet of Everything. We are experiencing a continuous vertical drop in the cost of electronic sensors, with their proliferation in devices of any kind. This enables “Internet of Everything” cheap devices to become “alive”, increasingly utilizing images, motion, touch, as well as sounds and environment sensors (including new technologies that react to smell, moisture, smart textiles, smart pavement, etc.)

MINDS… the Revolution
SELF-ORGANIZATION Revolution: With processing, costs declined by nearly 60x over the last few years, Internet of Everything devices are becoming not just connected but “brilliant” in their ability to decide what to do on their own. New microprocessors are enabling low-cost devices to take actions either independently or with other “things”, in a Self-Organized-Network (SON) flavor. Furthermore, the rich amount of data that devices generate (thanks to sensors) and receive (thanks to wireless) is strengthening this SON revolution, making “things” self-aware, predictive, reactive, and collaborative….READ MORE

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