Most likely you’ve heard of The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, in the recent years. The advances in technology and wired and wireless services that are now available has given birth to an era where many devices are now connected to a central hub or each other, communicating, sharing data, optimizing our lifestyles. But, what many people don’t see and often times flies under the radar, is how the public sector and government are using IoT to help create benefits to our everyday lives and be more environmentally conscious, like saving energy.
The applications of Government IoT are everywhere. You’ve probably likely experienced them, but don’t even know it. According a recent govtech.com article dubbed “Practical Uses of the Internet of Things in Government Are Everywhere,” writer Tam Harbert lists a myriad of examples, including roadways and rivers that utilize senors to manage traffic and flood warnings, as well cities that are now requiring senors in building infrastructures for high earthquake areas to help warm residents. However, as the article notes, the technology and applications are in their infancy and come with a high cost that can be perceived as risky.
Another risky aspect to Government IoT is security. With devices and other components of the system relying on wired and wireless networks, there are opportunities for unauthorized access to those devices or data, which can be very risky to public entities. Gartner, a technology analyst company, predicted that by 2020 more than 21 billion connected “things” will be in use worldwide. That leaves a lot of vulnerabilities, some of which are making lawmakers come forward with bills of their own. According to Recode article from August, “That’s the aim of a new bill out today by Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat in Virginia, and Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado. Their measure — called the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 — is an attempt to force companies that sell wearables, sensors and other web-connected tools to federal agencies to adhere to some new security standards.
RESOLUTE Partners has seen first hand the evolution of Government IoT. Recently, RESOLUTE Partners was awarded a contract to design and deploy an expansive Advanced Metering network to deliver network connectivity for over 200+ metered facilities at Fort Irwin, a training center for the United States Military located in the Mojave Desert in California. In addition, RESOLUTE Partners set up a fixed wireless network as part of an energy management system at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California.
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