The “Internet of Things” is more than just “iPhone-controlled thermostats and washing machines capable of texting —  it could also drive significant economic growth in the United States, a group of senators argues.”

That’s according to this article in NextGov.com. Excerpt:

Weeks after the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held the first-ever hearing on the topic, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., introduced a resolution pushing for a national strategy on the Internet of Things — a term for a network of connected devices, sensors and objects. Fischer issued the resolution on behalf of herself and senators Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who also all requested the inital hearing. 

The resolution proposed that the United States devise a national strategy incentivizing the development of the Internet of Things in both public and private entities. 

As a key part of that strategy, the group proposed the government “commit itself to using the Internet of Things to improve its efficiency and effectiveness and cut waste, fraud and abuse whenever possible,” according to the resolution. …

Senator Brian Schatz speaks to editorial board.  17 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The resolution reads in part:

  • Whereas the Internet of Things currently connects tens of billions of devices worldwide and has the potential to generate trillions of dollars in economic opportunity;
  • Whereas increased connectivity can empower consumers in nearly every aspect of their daily lives, including in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, public safety, security, and transportation, to name just a few;
  • Whereas businesses across our economy can simplify logistics, cut costs in supply chains, and pass savings on to consumers because of the Internet of Things and innovations derived from it;
  • Whereas the United States should strive to be a world leader in smart cities and smart infrastructure to ensure its citizens and businesses, in both rural and urban parts of the country, have access to the safest and most resilient communities in the world.

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