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When most people think of their early experiences with the internet, the memory comes with a sound: the scratchy noise of a dial-up modem.

What a long way we’ve come. We have gone from clumsy desktop computing to a world of mobile computing with smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Businesses can interact with customers real-time through video chats and CEOs can talk to shareholders from 20,000 feet in the air. As the capabilities of devices increase, the Internet of Things will quickly evolve into the Internet of Everything (IoE). And Cisco technology is fueling that transition, playing a big role in connecting the unconnected.

Through the connections in the Internet of Everything, even the smallest things will have the ability to shape our planet. Thermostats, cars, lights, alarms, and even shoe insoles are now connected, and there is so much more to come. Cities like New York and Songdo, South Korea, are taking the initiative of using networking technology to improve energy consumption and commute time as well as to provide useful knowledge to residents and tourists alike.

Rural patients can connect to caregivers in communities around the globe. They can see and speak to one another from distant clinical settings as if they are face to face.

By providing reliable, secure, networking technologies, Cisco has been able to connect rural villages in the midst of natural disasters; major sporting events that have transformed the spectator experience into something interactive, and far-flung teams that been able to innovate across global boundaries. This has enabled taking teamwork to new heights and people to work together from anywhere.

And this is just the beginning. As the Internet continues to evolve, I have no doubt we’re going to be evolving with it.

What things do you hope to see connected on the Internet of Everything?