The Internet of Everything

It started with our computers. Suddenly all of our PCs were networked and we were surfing the information super highway with gusto. Then it was our phones. Becoming increasingly untethered from our PCs, smartphones that could surf the internet gave us gamechanging connectivity and lifechanging apps (think Google Maps and Tinder and beyond…).

The increasing power and miniaturisation of semiconductors means that they can now be embedded into almost anything. So embedding them into everything is exactly what the tech industry is doing, allowing us to connect our fridges to our phones, our heating systems to our cars, looping everything into a burgeoning network lovingly referred to as the Internet of Things. But how long until the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Everything?

At 4YFN19 in Barcelona, one of the most interesting panels that we hosted was the Internet of Bodies – a fascinating presentation by Ghislaine Boddington about the blurring of physical and virtual spaces and the role of our body as an interface. That is at the far end of the spectrum in terms of developing the Internet of Everything. In between where we are now and where we eventually land, there a multitude of milestones to pass.

For 4YFN19 in Shanghai this June, we will be looking at those closely, in the market that is both the world’s biggest demander and biggest supplier of IoT technologies. By 2020, there will be 200 billion IoT connected components and devices globally, of which 95 percent will be manufactured in China, according to a recent report by Axa Insurance. China is not only the biggest manufacturer of IoT devices and components, it is the biggest market for them too, with some estimates putting the country at 20% of the total global market.

That puts IoT top of the agenda when talking tech in China, whether that is with the world’s biggest tech players in the main MWC Shanghai conference or with some of China’s most innovative IoT startups in 4YFN’s Hall E7. These are the places that future tech is elevated and startup technologies are commercialised by big corporates and heavy hitting investors.

4YFN will host GSMA IoT’s Connected China in its hall this year – a demo area dedicated entirely to IoT technologies and startups with round the clock demonstrations.

The acceleration of IoT technologies at 4YFNS19 is unlikely to focus solely on the mod cons like smart speakers but will look at the wider range of IoT’s commercial uses too. It may be the case that consumer applications for IoT are growing quickly in China, but Industrial IoT applications are expanding much faster.[1] The implications for applications at industrial scale are enormous. Marginal gains of even a fraction of a percentage can deliver millions in savings, millions in efficiencies or make marked differences in environmental impact.

It has never been a better time or a better place to dive deep into the detail on IoT, whether you’re a Chinese startup building IoT software and hoping to meet major corporations or an international investor in the market for new devices and components to fund. At 4YFN Shanghai, we will be showcasing IoT applications that take us from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Everything and exploring the roadmap in between.

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