Your Questions Answered: The Internet of Things in Government

It’s easy to find ways in which the Internet of Things has affected private and consumer-facing enterprises — you probably have heard of the Nest thermostat or fitness devices that can monitor your movements, location and workouts throughout the day. But the effect of the Internet of Things on the public sector is less concrete. What’s clear, though, is that today, after a lot of buzz, government is finally setting up programs and doing something with IoT, not just talking about it.

Some of you may still be asking: What is IoT? Simply put, IoT is a series of devices connected to one another via the Internet — and these devices can communicate with you through the information you enter or sensors you wear and operate. Most of it is automated, meaning these interactions can happen without your having to do anything.

So what does this mean for the public sector? And what programs are agencies and organizations developing to make use of this new technology? To ensure IoT’s success at your department, there must be a widespread understanding of what it means, how it works and how the technology could affect everyone from senior officials to entry-level employees.

That’s where this resource comes in. This GovLoop guide is meant to help you better understand these key issues by taking your six most-asked questions about the Internet of Things and answering them throughout the guide. You’ll also hear directly from the experts who play a role in developing the Internet of Things technology in programs and pilots at their organizations. Want to know more? Download the full guide.
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