Jan 16, 2014
A new study from Cisco predicts that the projected value of the Internet of Everything, the networked connection of people, processes, data, and things, will be $19 trillion over the next decade (2013-2022). That’s a $4.4-trillion increase to the $14.6 trillion attributed to the private sector, by adding in the public sector. Last year the IoE was supposed to have generated more than $600 billion in profits, while leaving an additional $544 billion of potential profits on the table.
Cisco CEO John Chambers was in fine form at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) when he announced the study and IoE’s potential to make his company the number 1 IT vendor. “It will be bigger than anything that’s ever been done in high tech.”
IoE could boost global corporate profits by 21% by 2022, according to the network giant.
To support this conclusion, Chambers said consider what is possible today. In 1984 there were 1,000 devices connected to the Internet, by 2015 mobile devices will be greater than the total population and by 2020, 50 billion objects will be connected to the Internet. This year 10 billion devices will have 77 billion mobile apps downloaded.
“This is not about technology at all. It’s about how we change people’s lives.”
With billions of users, tens of billions of networked objects, hundreds of billions of downloads and trillions of dollars, it’s easy to understand why Cisco and the rest of the networking world are excited about the future of IoE. According to the latest study, which focused on the public sector and a number of real-world examples, IoE can help governments create value by saving money, improving employee productivity, generating new revenue (without raising taxes) and enhancing citizen benefits.
Other potential government IoE benefits include:
IoE shouldn’t be confused with IoT, the Internet of Things, i.e. sensors, machines and possibly even Skynet and its pet Terminators.
According to various research companies, M2M (machine-to-machine) connections will top 4 billion by 2017, up from almost 1.4 billion in 2012, with M2M services contributing anywhere from $31 billion to $290 billion at a CAGR of 30.1% from 2012 to 2017. At the start of October IDC predicted that the Internet of Things installed base will be approximately 212 billion things by the end of 2020, including 30.1 billion connected (autonomous) things. The IoT component of the IoE will generate revenues of $8.9 trillion by 2020 on components, processes, and supporting IT and connectivity, up from $4.8 trillion in 2012.
Whether its $19 trillion for the IoE, or just $9 trillion for the IoT subset, the bottom line is that change is coming, fast, and networks will need to support this Brave New World.
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Steve is a proficient IT journalist, editor, publisher, and marketing communications professional. For the past two-plus decades, he has worked for the world’s leading high-technology publishers. Currently a contributor to Network Computing, Steve has served as editor and reporter for the Canadian affiliates of IDG and CMP, as well as Ziff Davis and UBM in the U.S. His strong knowledge of computers and networking technology complement his understanding of what’s important to the builders, sellers and buyers of IT products and services.