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New Internet of Things SIG report: the challenges and the opportunities

Interoperability and people-centred design are at the heart of the opportunities and challenges inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a new report published this week by the UK Technology Strategy Board’s Internet of Things Special Interest Group (IoT SIG).

The report is based on a number of meetings with key stakeholders which took place between 2011-2012 to debate the opportunities and challenges at the heart of the the revolution, already under way, that is seeing a growing number of internet enabled devices network and communicate with each other. It contains a number of key recommendations to exploit opportunities and deal with challenges. These include: 

  • An interoperability framework – within and across sector boundaries

  • Boosting the development of new products and services by involving designers at all levels

  • Spectrum usage modes and suitable radio technologies

  • Creating robust platforms

The report also explores the ‘Internet of smart silos’, and argues that to more effectively help the UK economy, generate new business and provide significant societal benefits, we need to explore new options for truly open systems, whilst maintaining safety and security.

Transport, smart energy and healthcare, are identified as sectors which provide the most significant opportunities and challenges in the IoT domain, together with the electronics, creative industries, ICT and modern built environment sectors

The paper aims to provide the basis for discussion as to how a deeper collaboration regarding IoT and M2M challenges can stimulate new exploitable opportunities. It focuses on near term industry priorities and suggests areas requiring further investigation by industry and academia ahead of new deployments. It complements the longer term research challenges contained in the IoT SIG academic focused ‘Research and R&D road-mapping project’ which recently published ‘A roadmap for interdisciplinary research on the Internet of Things’

Internet of Things: Challenges and opportunities, final paper, May 2013 can be download here. 

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