Chambers believes the Internet of everything, also known as the Internet of things, will create $19 trillion (yes, that’s with a “t”) in economic benefit and value over the next decade.
The Internet of things is the concept that any device that could use an Internet connection should get one, allowing it to talk with other devices on the network. It’s widely believed to be the next catalyst for innovation in the tech world, with seemingly every major player looking at ways to connect more products together.
The idea is that your car can tell your home that you’re five minutes away, which triggers your thermostat to shift to your preferred temperature. Connections range from something as small as a dog collar to a fully connected home or car. Google spent $3.2 billion to acquire smart thermostat and smoke detector company Nest to get deeper into this year.
Speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show, Chambers said that the Internet of things will potentially have five to ten times the impact on society over the Internet itself.
As an illustration of the growth of connected devices, Chambers noted that there were only 1,000 devices connected to the Internet when Cisco was created in 1984. There were more than 10 billion connected devices in 2010, and they outnumber the actual number of people now. By 2020, Chambers said he expects to see 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. >more