Internet of everything vs internet of things

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  • Author John Yuen
  • Published May 24, 2021
  • Word count 968

There is almost no difference between the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). However, the latter term is more semantically broader. In this article, we will detail why the term IoE is relatively rarely used by IoT software development companies.

The difference

The term Internet of Things was coined in 1999 to refer to machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. IoE appeared a few years later and used to describe the interconnected elements of the entire system (including people). IoE not only requires M2M communication, but also P2M (person-to-machine) and even P2P (person-to-person) communication.

To understand the difference between the three communication methods, let’s look at a few examples. Suppose it’s dark outside, you turn on the office lights, and then you type on the keyboard. This solution provides a P2M example of IoE.

We are so accustomed to these things that we don’t even realize that they are part of the system. Another example: you make an Internet call to a colleague. This is a simple person-to-person (P2P) communication. On the other hand, an example of M2M communication is a data exchange process between office temperature sensing equipment and HVAC mainframes.

You might think that M2M communication (as a technology) is the most advanced way of interaction. But IoE regards P2M and P2P interaction as the most valuable interaction. According to an analysis by Cisco, by 2022, these two types of connections will account for 55%.

IoE is now considered to be the next stage in the development of the Internet of Things. Perhaps this is why there are only a few IoT development companies that provide IoE development services. IoT solutions are now more common and widespread.

The 4 main elements of the IoE concept


The so-called things refer to the elements participating in communication in the system. A thing is an object that can collect information and share information with other elements of the system. According to Cisco, by 2020, the number of such connected devices will exceed 50 billion.

What objects are in the Internet of Things, things can be anything, from smart tools to construction equipment. In IoE, this scope is expanded to include nurses, MRI machines, and “smart” straws. Any element that has a built-in sensing system and is connected to the network can become part of IoE.

2 people

People play a central role in the concept of IoE, because without them, there would be no bridges and no smart connections. It is people who connect to the Internet of Things, analyze the received data and make data-driven decisions based on statistical information. People are the center of M2M, P2M, and P2P communications. People can also make connections on their own, for example, nurses working together in a medical center.


It is estimated that by 2020, every person using the Internet will receive up to 1.7 MB of data per second.

As the amount of data available to us grows, the management of all this information becomes more complex. But this is a crucial task, because without proper analysis, the data will be useless. Data is an integral part of the Internet of Things and the Internet of Things. However, it can only become useful insights in the Internet of Everything. Otherwise, it will just fill up the storage space.


Process is an inherent component of IoE. This is how all other elements, people, things, and data work together to provide an intelligent and feasible system. When all elements are properly interconnected, each element will receive the required data and transmit it to the next receiver. All this happens through wired or wireless connections.

Another way to explain this situation is that the Internet of Things describes the network and things, while the Internet of Everything describes the network, things, and people, data, and processes.

Where is IoE applied?

For the market, we can confidently say that the Internet of Things is a technology suitable for any industry. IoE technology is particularly relevant to some of the most important fields, including manufacturing, retail, information, finance and insurance, and healthcare.

IoE technology has almost unlimited possibilities. To give an example: every year more than 800 cyclists around the world die in traffic accidents. If there is a way to connect bicycle helmets with traffic lights, ambulances and hospital ecosystems in a single IoE. Will this increase the chances of survival for at least some of these cyclists?

To give another example: Do you know how much food in large supermarkets is wasted because the food is not purchased before its best purchase date? Some perishable products, such as fruits and vegetables, are stocked even before they enter the market Many are discarded. What would happen if you found a way to use IoE to connect food inventory to shelves and forklifts in a supermarket inventory control system?

At present, there are endless changes in the use of IoE, many of which have become more and more familiar in our “smart” houses.

Few people in our industry will deny the value of IoE in improving our living standards. Fortunately, the IoT development service market is booming. Who knows, maybe one day soon, you will become a “thing” in the IoE environment.

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