Internet of Things to have 24 Billion Devices by 2020 (I’ve got 20 right now)

Today I was reading Internet of things will have 24 billion devices by 2020 — Cloud Computing News.   It is tough for me to even fathom 24 million internet connected things running around, but 24 million isn’t cool.  You know what’s cool? 24 billion.

At first thought, I thought 24 billion devices by 2020 was a stretch.  Then I realize how many internet devices I already have.  It is probably just me, but the first thing that comes to mind when I think IoT (Internet of Things) are things like home appliances.  Refrigerators, HVAC systems, and power meters… all things I think of as “things”.  IoT is much broader than that.  Stop and think for a minute of how many internet connected things/devices you have.

Here’s mine:

  1. Playstation 3
  2. Wii
  3. Skype Handset
  4. Wireless Verizon router
  5. Verizon DVR
  6. Android Phone
  7. Wife’s Phone
  8. iPad
  9. nano router
  10. laptop #1
  11. laptop #2
  12. laptop #3
  13. laptop #4
  14. desktop
  15. vm server
  16. ioBridge IO-204
  17. Kindle
  18. Nintendo DS
  19. Printer
  20. My old HTC WinMo phone
A few months ago I also heard of numbers like 50 billion from Cisco.  Even earlier than that over a year ago IMS Research was talking about 22 billion.  Who knows what the actual number will be, but it’s going to be Big with a capital B (you know… like in a billion)


  1. Miles Hodkinson says:

    Although we build networked objects so should be banging the same drum, I too always remained highly sceptical of such numbers. They just seemed total fantasy, but then, like you I started to look at what I had.

    I then divided the number of people economically able to own such things by how many I had, ooooops 20-30 devices per person in a decade. That’s not only likely, the numbers could be a lot higher if connectivity can be put into everyday items.

    Arguably a QR or barcode is a means of connectivity, there’s a lot of tins of beans out there, perhaps we already exceed those numbers, I guess it comes down to the definition of a connected device.