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Internet of Things (IoT) – The Next Big Thing in Public Sector?

The Internet of Things gets much attention these days. In the consumer market, many people now wear devices that monitor their vital signs, sleep patterns, and steps walked in a day. So how does this relate to public sector? Is IoT even relevant for public sector, and if so, why?


The answer is yes! IoT has the potential to unlock US$ 930 billion to 1.66 trillion of value in cities by 2025 according to McKinsey Global Institute in their report “The Internet of Things: mapping the value beyond the hype” published in June 2015. IoT may improve livability in many areas, including infrastructure and asset management; traffic and transportation; citizen experience; and public safety and healthcare. The huge potential benefits justify government funding of IoT projects.


In September 2016, the White House announced a US$ 160 million Smart Cities Initiative to help communities tackle local challenges and improve services through IoT. The broad funding sources include Federal government, grants, cities partnering with local higher education institutions, and many other organizations supporting a diverse array of projects in healthcare, transportation, emergency response, and analytics surrounding them. 


Under the White House Smart Cities initiative, the US Department of Transportation announced the Smart City Challenge on December 7th, offering up to $40 million in funding to one mid-sized city that proposes bold, data-driven ideas to improve lives by making transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.  Proposals are due on February 4th, 2016.



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The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) is already on the IoT bandwagon. On December 3, 2015, the UK Government announced that the City of Manchester won a £10 million prize to promote “Smart City” leadership.  The CityVerve project aims to improve services with IoT technology: devices, sensors, connectivity and analytics. The four key focus areas for IoT applications within CityVerve are: healthcare; transport; energy and environment; and culture and community. Here’s another announcement on the Manchester CityVerve Project which names the participating entities.


The £10 million prize from the UK Government and Innovate UK is for a single collaborative research and development project to demonstrate the capability of applications at scale across a city region. The competition is part of a wider £40 million UK Government investment in IoT announced in March 2015 to make the UK an international leader in these innovative technologies.


Is the Internet of Things really the “next big Thing” in public sector?  This blogger thinks it has enormous potential limited only by our imaginations. 


Now that I’ve whetted your appetite, watch for another blog on Internet of Things customers and use cases in public sector- coming soon!


Thanks to Kelli Kitch and Rebecca Hughes for suggested blog titles.

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      Author's profile photo Arya Biswas
      Arya Biswas

      Hi Marlyn,

      The post is very brief and informative.

      Please provide some light on how SAP will gonna take advantage of IOT in coming days.

      Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Arya,

      Thanks for your note. I'm writing blog #2 now, addressing use cases and customer examples - and probably also partners. Expected use case areas:

      1. asset and resource management
      2. transportation and traffic management
      3. citizen experience
      4. public safety and healthcare

      We're just getting started! Partners will be key for devices, connectivity, and implementations.

      Kind regards,

      Marlyn

      Author's profile photo Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Blog Post Author
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Marlyn, agree there's a nice oppty for IoT in Pub Sector.. look forward to collaborating with your team on driving increased adoption

      Author's profile photo Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks, Tony. Looking forward to working with you!

      Marlyn

      Author's profile photo Ryan van Leent
      Ryan van Leent

      Hi Marlyn,

      Please check out Sean O'Brian's TED Talk on "Public Sector: It Never Rains, But It Pours" for a really good Public Sector IoT scenario.

      https://video.sap.com/media/t/1_7xw5qvck/38029081

      Cheers,

         Ryan.

      Author's profile photo Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Marlyn Zelkowitz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for sharing. I hope this excellent video is publicly accessible and inspires other cities, states and regional governments to use technology to improve people's lives.

      Cheers,

      Marlyn