How Can Policymakers Help Build the Internet of Things?

Center for Data Innovation
Thursday, December 4, 2014
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Panel 1: Smart Homes and Smart Devices
From reducing home energy bills to keeping families safe, the Internet of Things is poised to improve the life of consumers. Automated home systems can monitor and control energy use to cut down on bills, alert the police or fire department during an emergency when nobody is home, and help make consumers more comfortable. Wearable technologies, ranging from smart watches to smart onesies, can help track calories, monitor sleep habits, and even treat medical conditions. This panel will explore the opportunities for consumers to benefit from the Internet of Things, and how policymakers can enable these changes.

Panel 2: Smart Cities and Smart Infrastructure
From smart trash cans to smart street lamps, integrating city infrastructure and public services into the Internet of Things has the potential address problems such as crime, traffic, and pollution. Smart roads can help reduce congestion, sensor-equipped bridges can help improve public safety, and smart buildings can help reduce the city’s environmental impact. This panel will explore the future of smart cities, how they will benefit citizens, and what opportunities exist to leverage smart infrastructure to build more resilient communities.

Panel 3: Smart Industry
From sensor-laden assembly lines to networked fleets, many businesses are beginning to invest in the Internet of Things to become more efficient, deliver better products and services, and increase sustainability. Smart factories allow for quantification and real-time monitoring of every step of the manufacturing process. Networked supply chains can make international shipping and trade easier and more accountable, and ensure transparency in the sourcing of materials. This panel will explore how the Internet of Things will help unleash a new wave of industrial innovation and build new economic opportunities.