The Industrial Internet – all $15 trillion of it – is just one piece of a greater technology movement that gained traction in 2013: the Internet of things
. Or, if you prefer, the internet of everything
The smart devices of the world – phones and appliances, machine tools and highways, whole cities and plants – have come together this year to form a massive data sharing, connected grid that tracks, communicates and improves all of the disparate elements of daily life.
And from that, the Industrial Internet finds its value, the self-driving cars find their routes, Google Glass augments its reality and analytics finds its predictions.
IoT is at the heart of everything in 2013.