What is the difference between the Internet of Everything and The Internet of Things
Although they describe very similar concepts, there is actually a large difference between the terms “Internet of Everything” and “The Internet of Things.” It’s important to get these right, as everyone is getting into the internet of things concept. Even people who tend to not like all of the old ways of doing things are getting very much into IoT and IoE. So, how do you make sure that you are using the right term for your product, so that the right kind of enthusiast can find it? Well, just read on!
The Difference Between IoE and IoT
The main concept to consider, when thinking of the Internet of Everything vs Internet of Things, is that “Things” are physical objects. What this means is that anything that has a real life presence, such as a computer, mobile phone, smart watch, or even a Nest, can be regarded as a “Thing.”
One of the most common thoughts when thinking about Internet connected devices are items that can be interacted through an Internet connection, such as automatically changing the temperature on a Nest thermostat.
Some people might even have the concept of using the Internet of Everything to read data from these devices. That is, for example, instead of changing the temperature in the home based on commands, instead sending a notification to a user either by email or SMS whenever a certain temperature is reached.
All of this is good, but you need to consider that, even today, the Internet as we know it isn’t just made of physical devices. For example, the world’s biggest website, “Google”, can’t be considered to be a physical entity. It exists somewhere on the wires. This is true for services that you might use every day, such as DropBox or Instagram. This is the first addition to the Internet of Everything; services that you can’t point a finger at and say “That exists in this physical space.”
But the Internet is also made up of a lot more things than just the online services that we use. There is also the fact that you need to consider that the Internet is also made up of data streams passing between connections. You can also argue that the Internet also contains all of the people that are connected to it; the users.
The Internet of Everything connects up all of these separate concepts into one cohesive whole. It’s not just about allowing devices to talk to each other, it’s about allowing everything to talk about each other. In some ways, you can see the Internet of Things as the equivalent of a rail road line, including the tracks and the connections, whereas the Internet of Everything is all of that, and the trains, ticket machines, staff, customers, weather conditions, etc.
Solving both IoE and IoT problems
When some people use the Internet of Things they are actually talking about The Internet of Everything, and vice versa. So, do these terms actually matter? Yes.
The Internet of Everything brings with it a lot more challenges than the Internet of Things, challenges that at CloudRail we are solving with our One API. The Internet of Things already has the problem of everything using a completely different API to talk to each other. Oh, sure, there are some devices that use the same standards, but almost all major manufacturers are in a standards war, meaning that developers can’t use the same API to connect to Netatmo or a Nest.
But with the Internet of Everything, you also have to consider all of the data passing between devices. Data between one device can be in a completely different format for another, meaning that developers have to spend time translating these data streams. For an analogy, consider that an interconnected world would span the whole globe. Imagine weather researchers analyzing global trends, and having to constantly convert devices that report in Fahrenheit to Celsius.
These competing standards and different data sources is harmful to creating the future. Consider the reason why the Internet became one of the great changes in human history. It all started out with people with different skill sets and preferences working away at solving the problems that they faced every day. At the moment, it is hard for these kinds of people to coordinate with each other and devices with competing standards and data formats. If a developer builds something that uses DropBox as data storage, then another developer will find it harder to integrate their service using DropBox into it.
The CloudRail solution helps to solve this problem. We also solve the problem of catering towards those who use different programming languages, or wish for their API to work a certain way, as we allow developers to customize their endpoints and select just the services they need. This point is an important consideration for both the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, as when Everything is online, that is a lot of data, devices, services, and things that can be integrated and one goal will be to keep programs to as low of a size as possible.
We truly believe that the CloudRail solution will be able to bring both the Internet of Things and The Internet of Everything to it’s full potential. We invite every developer to join our community and start developing the future.
Curious what IIoT means? Read the difference between Industrial Internet of Things, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.