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The Internet of Things Enables a Connected Government

shutterstock_121286026-e1427212759177According to research firm IDC Corp., more than 200 billion devices will be connected by 2020, which far exceeds the number of devices anyone considered possible just a few years ago. With such expansive connectivity, it is difficult to gauge what the effects of the IoT will have on businesses, local and federal governments and even private citizens.

To address IoT’s murky waters, Chris Dorobek recently hosted a webinar titled, “DorobekINSIDER Live: Making Sense of the Internet of Things.” Chris posed tough questions to panel experts with the hope of providing much needed clarity on what the IoT means for the public sector.

Nicole Johnson, Technology Writer for GovLoop, spoke on the efficacy of using sensors in wild fire tracking equipment saying, that “whether it’s using drones in the sky, these (sensors) give you a whole new perspective of what’s happening on the ground and allows for information delivery in real-time.” Johnson also commented on the ability to keep firefighters and other first responders out of harms way while still attaining necessary data, highlighting the preservation of human life in disaster areas as a key benefit of the IoT.

While the benefits of the IoT for the public sector are numerous and can extend beyond the preservation of life, there is still a newness and complexity surrounding the IoT for those within the public sector. To continue the IoT dialog ongoing, GovLoop is hosting the “Internet of Things: Connected Government,” a training event that is free for government on August 26th at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Citing the new and unique ways that federal, state and local governments are leveraging the IoT, the half-day training will take a closer look at some of those new applications like the General Services Administration’s new smart buildings, or the United States Postal Services new vehicles outfitted with sensors and analytics to determine when more staffing is needed, or the U.S. Army’s protective gear enhanced with sensors that monitor a soldier’s vitals while in combat.

Additionally, sessions at the training will include discussion on the next generation of cloud, mobile applications, networks and big data. Attendees will learn more about:

• Current and future implications of the IoT
• How to manage and archive the large amounts of data coming from the IoT; and
• Tips on how to store and secure personal information captured by sensors

How’s your agency adapting to the Internet of Things to deliver on its mission more effectively? Register for “Internet of Things: Connected Government” today!
To learn more about the Internet of Things and how it enables government modernization from the ModernGOV editorial staff, click here.


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