The Niskanen Center has submitted its comments on questions pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) to the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). We indicate that the Defending Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act would be a welcome legislative vehicle for addressing many of the issues and concerns associated with the IoT. In addition, we offered two recommendations for NTIA, as well as federal agencies in general, as to how they ought to approach dealing with the emerging IoT:
- The tenets of the “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce” should guide the federal government’s approach to regulating the IoT.
- NTIA and other federal agencies should refrain from IoT-specific mandates, multistakeholder processes, or other efforts that would act as bureaucratic impediments to innovation.
Source: The Future of the Internet is the Internet of Things | Niskanen Center
“Going off the grid” was once an expression that brought to mind hippies, survivalists and others on the fringes of society looking for a life without the intrusions of government and big business.
Today, though, advances in technology and concerns with the age and condition of the nation’s electrical production and distribution network are making it increasingly popular to avoid “the grid” through the growing use of renewable energy sources such as the sun and wind, even in government and big business.
Source: No more grid-lock: More turning to renewable energy sources for power
In a surprising 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a controversial energy conservation rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that regulates interstate electricity sales.The rule was one of those arcane pieces of federal policy so complex that even attorneys arguing for and against had difficulty explaining it. Yet this particular decision by the court is one of the most important in the energy world for many years – not because it upheld a particular FERC rule but because the decision seems to tip the balance of power on electricity policy toward the federal government and away from the states.
Source: The Supreme Court Saves the Smart Grid, But More Battles Loom
The Internet of Things has been in the news, home security systems, connected cars, smart cities, and environmental controls. Less publicized, but no less important, is IoT in manufacturing and other enterprise applications. IoT technologies are surfacing faster than government and other organizations can keep up. Weaknesses are already evident with standards, interoperability, security and privacy, and legal and economic issues. If you thought IoT is about deploying sensors and controls and processing the data, you have underestimated the impact of IoT. If you are new to IoT, I explain what IoT is in Are You New to IoT?
Source: IoT: More Than Just Technology – Post – No Jitter
The use of smart meters is on the rise: they’re good for consumers, they’re good for utility providers, and the government wants them established across the country by 2020. So what makes these upgraded monitoring boxes tick?Whether you’ve already received notice of an upgrade to these new boxes or you’re wondering whether it’s worth your while, you should find everything you need to know in our explainer, no matter where you get your power from.
Source: Smart meters explained: why these gadgets will soon be measuring your gas and electricity | T3
The South Korean government will invest in $350 million in some 300 companies it thinks can compete globally in the next four years, to develop an IoT ecosystem with inter-linked “smart devices”.Officials from two key government ministries, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, revealed the South Korean investment plan during an IT conference in Seoul on Tuesday.
Source: South Korea to invest $350 million in IoT smart device makers | ZDNet
Commonwealth Edison is championing a proposal, presented to the Illinois General Assembly, that would enable an investment of up to $250 million in six microgrid pilots to support critical infrastructure and facilities within its service territory.ComEd’s customers would be the main beneficiaries of this program. The proposed locations were carefully selected to demonstrate applications of microgrids for multiple types of infrastructure required to operate during extreme conditions. The targeted critical infrastructure includes water, transportation, health care, community and local government.
Source: Chicago utility turns to microgrids for future business model. | News content from TDWorld
This week, the White House announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research, and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges, such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of the government’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions.
Source: The White House Announces New “Smart Cities” Initiative | News | Mobile Enterprise(ME)
As utilities are working to upgrade infrastructure around the world, some are working to cross new boundaries — including in the telecommunications industry. Southern Company jumped into the industry nearly 20 years ago, with the launch of SouthernLINC Wireless. Southern Telecom has been a Southern Company subsidiary since it was founded in 1997. And now the company is looking to upgrade its infrastructure to Southern Company utilities, to local businesses and to government in the utilities’ service territories.
Source: Is telecom a natural transition for utilities? – SmartGridNews
The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) is an exclusive industry event, hosted by Cisco. The event brings the best and brightest thinkers, practitioners, and innovators from business, government, and academia together to accelerate the Internet of Things. The primary goal of the IoTWF is to accelerate the market adoption of the Internet of Things. The framework and agenda for the event is set by the membership-only IoTWF Steering Committee.
Source: Internet of Things World Forum – Deployment Map | Internet of Things World Forum