Internet of everything

At a glance

Internet of everything (IoE) is a concept that goes beyond the boundaries of the Internet of things (IoT). Strictly speaking, communication in the IoT is purely machine-to-machine (M2M ) using sensor data, i.e. practically only between various IoT devices. This is different in the Internet of everything. Here, people, processes and data are also integrated into the communication. With the help of devices such as wearables or cameras and technologies such as machine learning, additional information is captured and communicated in order to automate even more advanced scenarios. IoE has the potential to create automation in all areas of industry and everyday life. Even complex scenarios that rely on input from various sources may be technically mapped and automated.

Technical prerequisites for IoE networks

IoE needs one thing above all else to be effective: data. The networked devices must have data from as many machines, processes and people as possible in order to be able to analyze the current situation accurately and react accordingly. Each device involved must therefore be able to know its context as precisely as possible for the planned automatisms to function.

Persons, data, processes and things

IoE therefore makes use of a wide variety of sources to automate processes. The elements involved can be roughly divided into four categories, all of which are related to each other:

People are mainly indirectly involved in the IoE, e.g. via the sensor data that wearables or a smartphone can pass on. And via the output that other members of the IoE pass on to these devices.

In order to always make the optimal decision for a task, the smart devices need a solid foundation in the form of data. Whether this data was initially entered manually or collected over time, it helps devices make better, more individual decisions every time. Every day, unimaginably large amounts of data are generated through human interaction with technology. This can be used, for example, to identify patterns of desirable behavior.

Controlling processes, how certain processes must function. At IoE, well-defined processes help to optimize the interaction between devices, people and information. This ensures, for example, that the right information reaches the right person at the right time.

This category includes all types of networked objects, devices and machines as they are already known from the IoT, e.g. devices for smart home control or smart cars.