Cisco and The Internet of Everything

August 26, 2014
by Anthony Tempest

Here at Rymote, we love the Internet of Things. We realise it’s going to be the next big technological shift and it has huge implications for dozens of environments, including city planning, first responders, military, and health. The most recent International CES event, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every year, has shed some light on the advancements and what the future holds.

What does Cisco CEO think?

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, has predicted that the financial impact of the Internet of Everything (IoE) will be $4.6 trillion. That is just for the public sector alone. This sounds like an astronomical figure, and it is. But when you consider what the IoE is about, it may not be far from the truth. The reason being is that the Internet of Everything is exactly what it sounds like. Every device connected and talking to each other. Think about how every appliance in your home could talk to each other and the internet, or how a manufacturing plant could have every little component communicating to each other in one way or another. This is the reality of the IoE and if (or when) it really takes off, the $4.6 trillion number doesn’t seem so impossible. At the most recent CES tradeshow, there was an internet-connected crock pot. You could control its power from across the world. That’s just one example of a household item being IoE enabled.

Internet of Everything and the health sector

One particular focus point of the IoE is on the health sector. Many of the new devices being added to the IoE roster are wearables that monitor your health. This is anything from the number of steps you’ve taken, your heart rate, calories you’ve burned, and your blood pressure. It may be possible one day to use these devices to monitor patients who have been discharged from hospital and respond quickly in case of a problem recurring. This is especially pertinent when healthcare providers and insurers know that keeping you out of hospital is cheaper and better than taking care of the costs once you’re sick. These wearable devices could also collect all of this data to give more information to your doctor about your fitness habits and monitor your progress.

The bottom line

Connected devices have been talked about for a long time now so the idea is nothing new. However, the process of implementing the Internet of Everything is very close to being perfected and deployed. In the coming years, we will see a surge in companies and manufacturers creating products and services that enable smarter communications. There are some issues to tackle first though. Security, privacy, software/hardware compatibility and other issues will all need to be solved before the Internet of Everything will meet its potential. The likes of Cisco will also have to develop solutions to big data, which will be caused by so many connected devices communicating together. These are all beatable challenges though and soon, everyone will be aware of the IoE trend and almost every industry will want to be part of the revolution.