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Government Needs to Prepare for Internet of Things

After seeing Europe is building a network for Internet of Things, we can see other countries are investing in Internet of Things too. Some of them are probably not written in the media, but they started to begin their Internet of Things project. That way a country can be prepared for internet of things “blast” in the future.

Countries like Sweden has built a network for Internet of Things that allows them to build a bridge between things and internet. People can enjoy they services all the time especially when Internet of Things has been consumed by many people.

Based on Article by Stephen Goldsmith, there are 5 keys that government consider before building Internet of Things Network. They are:

1. Leveraging Existing Physical Asset

Infrastructure upgrades are an opportune time to add IoT data collection capabilities. When upgrading parking meters to accept credit cards, cities can look for solutions to add space occupancy detection to those meters. When rolling out new streetlights, various sensors can be added that control the lights. When incorporating the sensors in capital improvements, cities can procure the service of installing and maintaining IoT sensors, while adhering to data standards.

2. Engage the Local Data Ecosystem

Partnerships with research groups, local nonprofits or corporations can help cities manage the technical complexity as well as the funding and analysis needs of IoT. Engaging local support can help to gather and maintain local support for a project, but it can also enable implementers to take advantage of untapped neighborhood (institutional) knowledge to make a project more effective.

3. Employ a Clear Data Management Strategy

To maximize data, cities must be able to analyze it collectively with similar data sets, often from other departments or sources. Developing clear standards for how data is collected, stored and shared can prevent this fragmentation by creating a template that encourages collaboration and growth.

4. Address Security and Privacy Concern with Transparency

Governments must take the necessary precautions to ensure data is stored properly and securely, and that the understanding with any involved private companies is clear. This is particularly important to consider with IoT initiatives, as off-the-shelf products may not have adequate security for government needs. Transparency on how a city is using IoT data, who can access what degree of data and the measures taken to protect sensitive data is essential to show citizens their information is being properly handled.

5. Turn Collected Data into Action

IoT is a tool to enable better governance and not the end goal. Operational implementation is crucial — IoT data must be analyzed and visualized to allow for better decisions in city operations or for research purposes to improve the quality of life. Having constant, real-time information is useful only if a city can keep up on the analysis end and use the flow of information to pre-empt problems.

About Girly Saputri

Girly is a Content Marketing at Eyro Digital Teknologi, Ltd. She is also a copy writer and likes cheeseburger. She writes about iBeacon and its implementation. You can find her on LinkedIn as GirlySaputri.

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