The Internet of Everything

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What is the internet of everything? Obviously, it has to do with the internet and some things. These things are not just any old things. The internet of things is the idea of having a bunch of little devices everywhere that all connect to the internet, interact with each other, and send data back and forth. If you were to walk into your house and the lights were to turn on because a sensor detected your smartphone in your pocket that would be an example of the internet of everything. Imagine your refrigerator can write a shopping list for you. All these devices are everywhere, in your pocket, in your shoe, on your cat, in your coffee cup, in your refrigerator, and on your wrist. They then take measurements with sensors and send back the data to your smartphone or to other devices. A company called Nest has already created a carbon monoxide and smoke detector that automatically alerts you if there is a positive reading. It can also save money. The Nest thermostat can tell when you are away to cool the house down, and you can set it from anywhere. The internet of everything will improve safety and improve the quality of our lives.

However, there is one big problem; we will run out of IP addresses for all of these devices, one for every device. An IP address is like a name for a computer connected to the internet, comprised of a string of numbers and dots with each number being from 0 up to 255 and a period separating them. One example is 127.0.0.1. That means that there are only 4,294,967,296 (256 to the fourth power) possible IPv4 addresses. That is not enough IP addresses. We will have to go to IPv6, a better version with more possible addresses than the current IPv4. Really, no one knows when we will go over to IPv6; we have been given conflicting information about this for years now.

The internet of everything will definitely make daily life easier with fewer menial tasks to do. Technologists need to change with this revolution; a lot of money can be made with these devices. Cisco said there is 14.4 trillion dollars in the internet of everything. This is still a relatively new part of technology with many, as of yet, untapped resources.

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  1. Kris June 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I understand the concrern for the shortage of IP addresses but wouldn’t a portion of that be taken care of by private addressing? For example, your fridge and microwave and coffee maker etc would be connected to a wireless router in your home and therfore all these devices could utilize one public facing IP. Also, items such as smart watches connect to a smart phone and not directly to the internet.

  2. Robert Arneth June 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Mark Weiser who is the forefather of Ubiquitous computing, defined a smart environment as ” The physical world that is richly and invisibly interwoven with sensors, actuators, displays, and computational elements, embedded seamlessly in the everyday objects of our lives, and connected through a continuous network”.  
    This two-way communication will now be able to sense, and due to programming we may not need human intervention, and instead will work autonomously so that it can do actions in the real physical world. It will make our planet more conscious and make decisions that are seemingly transparent. The enterprise world will implement these systems in just about any object they want as they have started to currently, especially in logistic management.

  3. Rama June 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Kris that is the way corporate networks for example, work. They may have one public IP address and use a private addressing inside the network. But the thing is, you you want to control devices (things) from outside the corporate (the house), because they have a private IP address, you won’t be able to connect to them, unless maybe you associate each thing with a port number and the very same unique internet facing IP address and that won’t be efficient and flexible anyways.
    But with the great IPv6, even notions of public and private disappear. Plus, the address space is so huge… somewhere they described it this way: “If a typical computer has a footprint of about a tenth of a square meter, we would have to stack computers 10 billion high blanketing the entire surface of the earth to use up that same trillionth of the address space”.

  4. computer repair, networking June 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

    The other comments are correct.
    IP V6 has already been started years ago. Even Comcast has V6 DNS out there already.
    IP V6 is already in your operating systems, Linux, Mac, Windows and has been for years. In windows if you disable it then your home group networking will no longer function. This is already a big integration in to our lives.

    Wayne
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