Internet of Everything

Cisco defines Internet of Everything (IoE) as bringing together people, processes, data, and things to make networked connections. The network plays a critical role in the IoE - it must provide an intelligent, manageable, secure infrastructure that can scale to support billions of context-aware devices.

There are five principal issues that are going to have to be resolved.

  • Connectivity
  • Identity
  • Manageability
  • Data Storage
  • Security and Privacy

In the below picture you can see my vision of what an IoE network platform should look like.

IoE Stack

Internet of Everything Stack

The IoE Stack addresses a design model to handle connectivity, identity, manageability, data storage, security and privacy issues.

Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) is a standardized mechanism for establishing peer-to-peer communication between software agents running behind NAT firewalls. In a distributed and heterogeneous IoE scenario, this mechanism comes handy for interconnecting people and devices inside and outside the enterprise boundaries.

A modern Identity Management System is an enabler for networked people and devices. A new OpenID Connect authentication standard can be implemented across virtually any application or service. A trusted OpenID Connect Identity Provider can ensure identity across people and IoT devices.

An essential part of managing trust and security in the IoE world is an Identity and Access Management. One of the ways to manage meshed network connections between people and devices is through the Identity-Based Network.

Data Storage
WebRTC IoT Hub is a device running an agent that resides on premises and can be paired with a variety of sensors as well as third party connected devices/agents. The collected data are processed, encrypted and stored on the Hub device and periodically backup through cloud data storage services.

Security and Privacy
Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) is used to provide communications security and privacy for datagram protocols. DTLS allows datagram-based applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.