The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how the world works. Soon, virtually everything will be connected, and devices from a tiny thermostat to large factory equipment will harness this power to create huge benefits for individuals, the economy and our society. Through products and services in the areas of audio/visual, smart home, wearables, transportation and others, the IoT will save consumers time and money, drive economic growth and enhance our nation’s role as a global tech leader.
On November 16, CTA released its paper, Internet of Things: A Framework for the Next Administration, which looks at the opportunities and challenges of IoT consumer applications and addresses the ways policymakers can encourage and support growth. The paper also examines IoT success stories, such as how IoT technologies can help aging individuals and persons with disabilities to live independently.
The important efforts of the bipartisan, congressional Internet of Things Working Group and the Department of Commerce underscore that policymakers must approach the IoT with the twin goals of promoting consumer confidence and trust and preserving maximum flexibility to innovate.
On November 16, CTA also hosted a lively event at its Innovation House that featured several key government and industry IoT leaders. Gary Shapiro, CTA’s president and CEO, kicked off the event by interviewing Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Suzan DelBene, followed by interviews with FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen; Director of Digital Economy and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Alan Davidson; Senior Vice President, Public Policy for Samsung John Godfrey and Vice President, Global Policy for AT&T Jeff Brueggeman. The discussions offered insights on how industry and government can work together to ensure the successful growth of IoT.
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