This is a topic that is important to us at Cisco. We believe the number of internet connected devices reached 8.7 billion in 2012. There are a number of estimates out there by others, but they are generally in the eight to ten billion range. This number would include traditional computer devices, mobile devices, as well as the new industrial and consumer devices that we think of as things.
You can get background and references on that number in a white paper by Cisco’s IBSG group:http://www.cisco.com/web/about/a… Dave Evans on our team works with market researchers to sort these numbers out. IMS Research is traditionally a good source for this sort of data. (...)
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Rob Soderbery, Cisco Executive
07 Jan 2013