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FCW : May 30, 2015
It's a hydra-headed opportunity and test --- and it's not something agencies can afford to ignore. The much-hyped Internet of Things (IoT) is exponentially more risky, rewarding and challenging than yesterday's tech arrangements. Increasingly connected, sensor-laden and data-driven systems are poised to change everything from national security to of ce-space management. But they generate more data and complexity than many agencies are comfortable managing, which means serious changes are on the horizon. Cisco Systems predicts the IoT will generate $4.6 trillion for the public sector before 2025, in value added and costs saved. And although the General Services Administration has not yet come close to those sorts of returns, the agency --- which manages nearly 10,000 govern- ment-owned buildings around the country --- has pioneered IoT building management with its GSALink initiative. Collecting 29 million data points per day from myriad sen- sors throughout its buildings, GSA is able to monitor every- thing from light use to humidity, enabling the agency to boost productivity and promote good health by optimizing conditions when workers are present and saving on energy costs when they're not. Other big adopters include the intelligence community and the Defense Department. War ghters can bene t from sen- sors that improve their tactical awareness, while vitals moni- tors can help commanders know who's healthy or injured. "I do see the Defense Department out in front [of IoT]," said Gary Hall, chief technology of cer for Federal Defense at Cisco. Hall added that there is plenty of room for crossover. Municipal experiments with smart lighting or parking, for instance, could inform similar adoption on agen- cy campuses or military bases. "I've been on a lot of military bases, and the parking situation could certainly be improved," he quipped. At its core, the IoT consists of Internet-connected objects --- such as computers, ther- mostats or simple sensors that ping a single data point --- and the networks to which they're connected. The term "Internet of Things" refers to the physical elements of a connected network --- the "things" --- while the term "Inter- net of Everything" is used to refer to the whole shebang: serv- ers, sensors, data ows between them, people interpreting the data and even people talking to other people about the system. And as with all seismic shifts, the people will wind up mattering just as much as the tech. Are agencies really ready for the Internet of Things? BY ZACH NOBLE From storage to security, the risks are signi cant --- but ignoring the IoT is not an option ExecTe c h May 30, 2015 FCW.COM 31 Quick stats 50 billion Number of Internet-connected "things" that will be online by 2020 $4.6 trillion IoT's value for the public sector 70/30 Percent of IoT bene t that will be agency-speci c vs. percent that will come from cross-agency adoption x4 IoT's force-multiplier effect Source: Cisco Systems
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