Internet of Everything: Discovering Where All Ends Meet

Posted on Mar 5 2013 - 10:10am by Giancarlo Perlas

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What exactly is the “Internet of Everything” and what does it mean for the world in general? Today, we’re deeply connected by technology. We hold meetings through teleconferences, we shop online and we talk with our friends and relatives via social networking sites. Virtually every single facet of our life is being ruled by technology.

And yet, according to Howard Charney, senior vice president of Cisco, our daily connectivity covers only 1 percent of what could be connected. He said in a report on IT Web Internet that 99 percent of the world is still not connected.

He said in the same report that there are a lot of potentials for the agriculture and infrastructure sectors when it comes to connectivity. Agricultural output, for example, can be boosted by 10 percent. This is a big jump especially since global population is nearing seven billion. As for the industrial sector, an increase in connectivity will strengthen the efficiency and productivity of systems.

But the business will not be the only industry that will benefit from the discovery of the Internet of Everything. Can you imagine how a 100-percent connectivity can revolutionize the healthcare and education systems? Although there are programs now that make it easier for health care practitioners to manage patients, there is still a lot that can be derived from a boost in connectivity.

Lower Costs of Materials

Since the cost of sensors and microchips are starting to drop, the thought of being fully connected in the future is starting to take shape in our minds. Creating a fully connected world becomes more possible since amateur and professional researchers can have access to the materials that will be used to create a system.

In fact, Ravi Pendse, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is hoping to collaborate with botany professors on a project that will use moisture sensors to create a smart sprinkler system. He said that the availability of resources will allow the project to push through. The sensors that will be used for the smart sprinkler system, which is expected to conserve water and energy, only costs about $1 each.

And since the platform—Internet—is already in existence, it will be easier for researchers and experts to come up with a system that will benefit a number of private and public sectors such as infrastructure management, taxation, pollution, insurance and farming.

The Power to Develop

Pendse said that it is only a matter of time before an Internet of Everything is developed. But for him, the responsibility of creating such a system should fall on the shoulders of the United States, believed to be the most developed nation in the world.

Although the creation of the system is the primary goal, the development of the project plays an important role as well. Who will create it? What is their agenda? Where will they use it? The Internet of Everything is a powerful tool; one that when put in the wrong hands can create something that will be beyond our control.

Source: Government Technology

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