Internet of everything or IoE has one dimension more than the Internet of Things. Find out more about IoE and how it will change our world, even more than IoT.

IoT – Internet of Things

Let’s first describe what IoT really is. Internet of things is based on built-in sensors on things which is sending data to the servers on the internet. For example, the thermometer is sending data to the server and you can see on your mobile app the temperature. There is an option to set the temperature you want from your job, but not via sensor, but via some other device. IoT sensor has passive, one-way communication from the sensor to the server (internet).

Read more about IoT on IoT – Internet of Things – The Next Big Thing.

IoE – Internet of Everything

IoE is going a step further from IoT. In IoE there are not only sensors, but there are wireless network cards. Very small and cheap built-in wireless cards that enable active, two-way communication. Now there is a possibility that the server sends data back to the thing with the wireless network card.

The thermometer in your house not only sends data to the server, but it can receive data from the server. This enables that when you are on your way home, your phone sends notification to your heating system that sets your favorite temperature. There is also an option when the other family member with the bigger priority is on her way to home, the system automatically changes temperature according to this person preference.

The scope of IoE

Internet of everything connects people, things and data through the processes.


  • People
    • Interconnects people in more valuable ways
  • Things
    • Connects physical devices to the internet and each other
  • Data
    • Transforms different sources of raw data to useful information, decisions and actions
  • Processes
    • Provides right information to the right person or thing at the right time

Cisco, that coined IoE, defines the Internet of Everything as the intelligent connection of people, process, data and things. IoE will be the main driver of the next internet boom by interconnecting the things, people, processes and data in one huge distributed network.

This huge distributed, decentralized network includes the following:

  • Analytics at the edge – Fog computing
    • Analysis of IoT data, speeding up things and freeing bandwidth and other resources with non-distributed analytics (at the edge of the network)
  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber security – Security at the edge
    • Decentralized security model, where security is applied as close to the possible endpoint
    • In the Internet of Everything security is the key, especially identity.
    • IoE needs to cope with a unified identity for users in the physical and virtual world
  • Cloud computing and networks
    • Shift from centralized networks and computing to the network elements at the edge
    • The network that secures information in wireless or wired network
    • The IoE/IoT network must handle data from a huge number of network devices and sensors without data loss even in a big congestion
  • Distributed ledger and Blockchain
    • Decentralized database
    • Similar as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Decentralization of work and business
    • We don’t longer work in one central office, we are working from home
    • Organizations are outsourcing IT and business process to partners so they can concentrate on the core business
  • Distributed information capture
    • Decentralized capture models of data and documents

Internet of Everything Examples

  • Transportation system enhanced by Fiber-optic network infrastructure
    • Enhanced Citizen Experience
    • Reduced Costs
    • Transportation & Parking
  • Water for people – Smartphone app for collecting and transmitting survey data
    • Faster and more accurate collection of data
    • Reduced cost
    • Much better ability to compare data across years and projects
  • Telemedicine network with tools that allow communication between healthcare organizations
    • Better health
    • Enhanced user experience
    • An improved environment
    • Reduced cost
  • Controlling the lightening and electrical cost with monitoring and control of lighting levels from any Internet-connected location
    • An improved environment
    • Reduced costs
  • Citywide sensors that collect information for smart water, smart lightening and smart energy management projects
    • An improved environment
    • Reduced cost
    • Better safety
    • Better transportation and parking

Check more examples of Internet of Everything here.

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