That means you expect each person on earth to have one equivalent. I was expecting more though. Say 10 billion as everything I have in this house is hooked to the web. Everything and it is scary as if someone hacks into the network, they can "read" my life.
@zewde: Does 6 billion sound like the kind of figure you'd expect...
As per this column I posted a couple of days ago, they estimate 50 billion entities on the IoT by 2020 -- so if we assume a cross between a linear and an exponentail growtrh curve, I'd say 6 billion is reasonable around now.
I agree that I have a bunch of entities connected to the net already, but there are a lot of pepole out there who don't have any, so I'm assuming it all ballances out.
I'm thinking this is couting only devices directly connected to the Internet and not counting things like sensors and controllers which connect via a gateway or other aggregation device. If you counted smart sensors/controllers that can be pinged from the internet the number would go up dramatically...
"The need for always-on, always-connected access continues to push consumers toward more sophisticated devices."
True!...Going forward, the need for "always-connected" would be a key factor...especially for the future IoT world. Is there any prediction about how the data speed is going to increase in next five years and what are the infrastructural changes envisaged?
That is a very positive aspect of this. You can have the whole global ecosystem in one place.The risk is this - will these systems work when there is no power. Imagine if your toilet cannot flush because Comcast is down!
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