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Digital Universe Invaded By Sensors

HOPKINTON, Mass., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced results of the seventh EMC Digital Universe study, the only study to quantify and forecast the amount of data produced annually. This year's study titled "The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things," with research and analysis by IDC, reveals how the emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and software-defined businesses are playing a central role in catapulting the volume of the world's data. Due, in part, to this Internet of Things, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years and will multiply 10-fold between 2013 and 2020 – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes.

For perspective: 
  • The amount of information in the digital universe would fill a stack* of iPad Air tablets reaching 2/3 of the way to the moon (157,674 miles/253,704 kilometers). By 2020, there will be 6.6 stacks.
  • Today, the average household creates enough data to fill 65 iPhones (32gb) per year. In 2020, this will grow to 318 iPhones.
  • Today, if a byte of data were a gallon of water, in only 10 seconds there would be enough data to fill an average house. In 2020, it will only take 2 seconds.

The Internet of Things comprises billions of everyday objects that are equipped with unique identifiers and the ability to automatically record, report and receive data – a sensor in your shoe tracking how fast you run or a bridge tracking traffic patterns.  According to IDC the number of devices or things that can be connected to the Internet is approaching 200 billion today, with 7% (or 14 billion) already connected to and communicating over the Internet. The data from these connected devices represents 2% of the world's data today. IDC now forecasts that, by 2020, the number of connected devices will grow to 32 billion – representing 10% of the world's data.

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