A new report suggests that if elected officials want to fully harness the power of the Internet of Things, they must draft policy that maximizes the impact that machine-to-machine communication can have on economic growth and social well-being.
Daniel Castro and Joshua New write in 10 Policy Principles for Unlocking the Potential of the Internet of Things, that policymakers must take an active role to ensure the Internet of Things’ growth. Released last week by the Center of Data Innovation, the report outlines the steps legislators can take to establish programs to accelerate the adoption of Internet-connected devices throughout the U.S.
Castro is director of the Center for Data Innovation and a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation.
In an email to Government Technology, Castro explained the challenge was to identify principles that could be used by government officials to tackle the issues they face in regard to the Internet of Things.
“We looked across many different industries to see what was working now and where improvements were needed, and we looked back at what the government has done in the past to support technology deployments that have been successful,” Castro wrote. “The end result are principles that we believe can help policymakers address their specific situations.”
The 10 principles are:
The report calls the 10 principles a “blueprint for Internet of Things policies,” and notes that the success of the Internet today can be credited partially to lawmakers who actively worked to ensure its growth. Castro and New call for the same approach to be applied to the Internet of Things.
Of the 10 principles, Castro said he felt No. 9 -- Use Data to Tackle Hard Problems -- was the one policymakers should adhere to above all others. He added that the goal for elected officials should be to make the world a better place by tackling issues such as health care, transportation and the environment.
“The Internet of Things has an important role to play by enabling data-driven innovation that can be used to address these problems,” Castro said. “Solutions like wearable devices can help improve health outcomes for patients, and roadway sensors can help create smart transportation systems that cut down on traffic and pollution while improving safety.”