Chapter 1

Defining the Internet of Everything

Once Upon a Time There Was the Internet

A computer network is defined as a set of data communication systems interconnecting computer systems, and the Internet is defined as a network or a collection of interconnected networks. The Internet (with a capital I) is the largest internet in the world. The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks, linking devices worldwide and connecting public, private, academic, governmental, and corporative networks. A visualization of the Internet can be seen in Figure 1.1.

The technical foundations of the Internet leverage a core set of protocols designed with the guiding principle of maximizing interoperability. The Internet Protocol (IP) ...

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