Internet of Everything: Cisco explains

As IoT/IoE runs rampant, EVP, Wim Elfrink, sits down with to demystify the next-gen concept

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Internet of Everything: Cisco explains Elfrink: It is not what we make; it is what we make possible.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 28, 2014

Cisco will run its third annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai in December 2015. Previous venues for the event have been Barcelona and Chicago, and the network solutions specialist told it is "enthusiastic and excited about the continued momentum" of the forum after seeing attendance figures double between the two editions.

The choice of Dubai as a venue comes at a time when the emirate and the wider UAE pursue an ambitious smart-government agenda, initialised by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Cisco said it focused on Dubai because of these programmes and those of the UAE's Gulf neighbours.

"With the rapid progress being made in the UAE around e-government and m-government initiatives, and Dubai's smart city vision to become one of the smartest and most connected cities in the world by 2017, IoTWF 2015 will have a strong local focus and undoubtedly keep the momentum going," Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions, and chief globalisation officer, Cisco, tells

"Also, given that technology advancements and smart cities initiatives are making strong progress across the Middle East and especially the GCC, we anticipate that the IoTWF 2015 Dubai will bring together the region's IoT community from across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, government, healthcare, sports and entertainment, education, and retail."

The Internet of Things and Internet of Everything mean the same thing to many. To the few technologists that understand the difference between devices (IoT) and the use of technology by users (IoE), these remain shorthand buzz-phrases (along with "third platform") for the concept that technology management is getting a lot more complicated.

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