25 billion? 50 billion? Or 75 billion? Estimates showing the number of connected devices by 2020 are perpetually and exponentially evolving. In 2011, Cisco already estimated that as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. To put that in perspective, that’s nine devices for every one of the eight billion people expected to be on the planet.
This number doesn’t seem so farfetched. After all, this will include your phone, your smartwatch or fitness band (or even better your smart garment), your smart TV in the leaving room, the smart appliances in your kitchen, without forgetting your connected car in the driveway.
The scope of the connected world just doesn’t seem to have any boundaries. All the hype about the Apple Watch lately is not seeing the forest for the trees. The device might pave the way to a new generation of wearable tech, but make no mistakes: the wearable category itself is just a part of the big picture. The Internet of Things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector. No just watches or cars.
The graphic below shows the advancing surge of connected devices having IP addresses. 50 billion might actually be just the beginning. Within 10 years, we could have an almost unlimited number of connected devices.