IOT, IOE and big data

Imagine living in a world of connected things that can intelligently and intuitively respond to what you need and want. Devices in your home and in the world around you could discover one another, connect and interact, while adding personal context to situations, so they work for you. This is being termed as the Digital Sixth Sense. The belief is that when devices, places and people are intelligently connected, the impact on our daily life could be profound. Some evidence of this transformation is already around us: the so-called smart cities, sensor driven devices, smart vehicles and the now ubiquitous wearable “smart” devices are leading this innovation. In the very near future, pretty much everything you can imagine will be connected. There is an intelligent and instinctive connection between people, things, machines, and data and their intermittent activity, a digital ecosystem is in the offing and the internet of things (IoT) expands to what is called as the Internet of Everything (IoE).

What is IoE? – Internet of Everything is bringing together People, Process, Data, and Things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. This could help in turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for individuals as well as businesses. 

There are four key elements of IoE.

People: People will continue to connect through devices, like smart phones, PCs and tablets, as well as through social networks, such as Facebook, LinkedIn etc. As the Internet of Everything emerges, the interaction of people on the Internet will evolve. For example, it may become common to wear sensors on our skin or in our clothes that collect and transmit data to healthcare providers. Some analysts even suggest that people may become individual nodes that produce a constant stream of static data. This creates new data that must be connected and new data means your processes need to change. 

Process or Analytics: This includes evolving technology, business, organizational and other processes that will be needed in order to manage and, to a large extent, automate the explosive growth in connections-and the resultant accumulation, analysis and communication of data-that will be inevitable in the Internet of Everything. Processes will also play an important role in how each of these entities-people, data, and things-interact with each other within the Internet of Everything to deliver societal benefits and economic value.

Data: Today, devices typically gather data and stream it over the Internet to a central source, where it is analyzed and processed. As the capabilities of things connected to the Internet continue to advance, they will become more intelligent and overcome the limits of traditional batch-oriented data analysis by combining data into more useful information. Rather than just reporting raw data, connected things will soon send higher-level information and insights back to machines, computers, and people in real time for further evaluation and decision making. This transformation made possible by the emergence of the Internet of Everything is important because it will enable faster, more intelligent decision making by people and machines, as well as more effective control over our environment. 

Things: This element includes many physical items like sensors, meters, actuators, and other types of devices that can be attached to any object, that are or will be capable of connecting to the network and sharing information. These things will sense and deliver more data, respond to control inputs, and provide more information to help people and machines make decisions.

Originally posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 06:33 AM

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