GovLoop - Knowledge Network for Government


Internet of Things

A new report from IDC concludes that the "Internet of Things" (i.e. connecting devices such as cell phones, environmental sensors or car computers) has reached a "tipping point" where it will have a major impact on government in areas such as health care, defense, the environment and transportation. It's time to start a conversation about this transformation!

Members: 14
Latest Activity: Aug 27

Discussion Forum

Exhibit A for why the Internet of Things should be a priority for government

Started by W. David Stephenson Jul 2, 2013. 0 Replies

A new study concludes there is an astonishing waste of $100 billion annually on health costs in the US for one simple reason: people don't take their prescriptions (only about 50% of us do). …Continue

Tags: costs, technology, health, IoT, of

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Internet of Things to add comments!

Comment by Henry Brown on May 7, 2014 at 10:17am

From Information Week:

Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back

The likes of Union Pacific, GE Power & Water, and ConocoPhillips are turning IoT hype into reality, but they want to do more. Here's what's still getting in the way.
To see the problems in building the so-called Internet of Things, look at the trackside switches in what the railroad industry calls "dark territory." These switches are important -- if one is in the wrong position, a train could go off on a sidetrack spur at normal track speed and derail. But these areas are called dark territory because they're lightly used stretches of track in remote areas, where there are no automated signals, and probably no power lines and cellular links. Train operators must visually check that each switch is in the right position.


Comment by Henry Brown on April 9, 2014 at 2:30pm

Commentary from Andy Oram on O'Reilly radar blog:

Business models that make the Internet of Things feasible 

For some people, it’s too early to plan mass consumerization of the Internet of Things. Developers are contentedly tinkering with Arduinos and clip cables, demonstrating cool one-off applications. We know that home automation can save energy, keep the elderly and disabled independent, and make life better for a lot of people. But no one seems sure how to realize this goal, outside of security systems and a few high-end items for luxury markets (like the Nest devices, now being integrated into Google’s grand plan).


Comment by Henry Brown on March 8, 2014 at 5:44pm

Cisco And NineSigma Announce $300,000 Grand Challenge To Secure Int...

SAN JOSE, Calif. and CLEVELAND, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, and NineSigma, a leading innovation company, announced the Cisco Security Grand Challenge: A Global Initiative to Secure the Internet of Things. Winners of the challenge will share up to $300,000 in prize money for innovations that help prevent attacks on Internet-connected devices.

According to Cisco, the number of these devices, from cars to medical monitors to kitchen appliances, is projected to grow from 10 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Collectively, this network of devices is known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Comment by Henry Brown on March 1, 2014 at 10:28am

IMO interesting read!
ARM Server to Transform Cloud and Big Data to the Internet of Things

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general.

Comment by Henry Brown on January 18, 2014 at 2:24pm

IMO Interesting Commentary from Mike Elgan

Why the Internet of Things May Never Happen

Research firm Gartner says the "Internet of Things" will have 26 billion connected devices by 2020.

Maybe. But connected to what? And how? Here's what you need to know about the "Internet of Things" phenomenon.
There will be no 'Internet of Things'

The label "Internet of Things" is used to describe Internet-connected devices that communicate without human involvement.

Comment by Henry Brown on January 16, 2014 at 5:01am

Google and IoE

Nest is a company that makes smart smoke detectors and smart thermostats. That’s neat, but that gadget business alone is not worth $3.2 billion, the price Google just paid for Nest. There are a bunch of reasons Google was willing to give Nest’s investors a 20x return on their investment, including its pool of talent. But the full scope of the most important reason of all has been absent from most of press coverage.

Nest is Google’s first major acquisition in what will some day be a trillion-dollar market: The “internet of things.” The internet of things is a catch-all for the movement to connect every single electronic gadget we own to the internet, while also filling the world with inexpensive, always-on sensors.

To make the internet of things happen, we’re going to have to also fill the world, and especially our homes and businesses, with hubs designed to wirelessly communicate with all those smart toasters, smart lights, etc., while also coordinating their actions.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 20, 2013 at 7:22am

IMO an Excellent ~13 minute TED Video which could have some additional interest to some

Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with exciting implications for us all.

Comment by Henry Brown on September 28, 2013 at 10:26am

IMO Interesting post which could have some interest to some!

Title: The Next Level of Biometrics

Comment by Henry Brown on September 12, 2013 at 4:11pm

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some

Title: Security and the Internet of Things

Comment by Deborah Bryant on September 10, 2013 at 6:45pm

Hi David, thanks for creating this group (and sorry for being so slow to accept your kind invitation!).

How do you begin getting your arms around starting a conversation in this space with government?  What's your point of entry?

You've tackled so many complex topics over the year, I'm interested in seeing how you may approach this one.


Members (14)


© 2014   Created by GovLoop.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service