IoE vs. IoT vs. M2M
What’s the Difference?
INTERNET OF EVERYTHING

Did you know that by 2020, the Internet of Everything is forecast to have over 40 billion active devices?

For such a massive market there is still much conjecture on market definitions. The Internet of Everything is the final evolutionary stage of the connected world, in which the previously unconnected, physical-first objects and processes, as well as humans, converge with those that are digital-first by their nature.

In short, ABI Research defines the IoE market below as a combination of the Internet of Things, Internet of Digital, and Internet of Humans.




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INTERNET OF THINGS

The Connection of “Things” on a Multipoint Basis

The Internet of Things is about connecting the physical-first domain, which does not generate digital data unless augmented or manipulated.

M2M is a subsystem of the IoT—but not the other way round. Their key difference is that in M2M the physical-first products are connected primarily on a closed and point-to-point basis, while in the IoT this happens on a more open and multipoint basis.

INTERNET OF DIGITAL

Data Generation Through Devices with a Screen

The Internet of Digital refers to the digital-first domain—that is, the “traditional” Internet, where digital data points are readily available.


INTERNET OF HUMANS

Data Generation Through Human – Technology Interaction

The Internet of Humans refers to interactions between humans and the other two subsystems. This can involve both direct user input (e.g. by controlling a digitally connected product) or indirect human monitoring (e.g. by using wearables and a Quantified Self application).