IoT prepares to go to Washington

IoT prepares to go to Washington

800px-United_States_Capitol_west_front_edit2[1]Whether it is net neutrality, security or online Internet copyright issues, it’s clear things are heating up when companies, with a stake in a conversation, begin to hire lobbying firms. This week Washington Post reporter, Catherine Ho, posted the article “Lobbying on the Internet of Things.” The article reports that Belkin International, a company that makes Internet routers, has hired a prominent D.C. lobbying firm to help it make its case on the Internet of Things (IoT) to the power brokers of Washington.

IoT has a great potential to change the world by allowing communications between devices and the seamless gathering of information.  Someday soon cars may be telling drivers that they need to buy bread at the store, that an air conditioner needs a new filter and that the crockpot is set to start cooking dinner upon command.  All of these beneficial device communications are enabled by IoT but there are potential issues on the horizon when the scope of information grows more personal in nature.

How will these seemingly innocuous communications fare in environments with more at stake?  Communications about personal health, financial transactions and transportation habits could come under scrutiny by privacy groups and the public at large.  These and a host of other conversations will soon become a bigger part of the commentary around IoT and as they do, companies and individuals will strive to have their voices heard.  What issues do you think will emerge in the IoT discussion?

Contributed by Freescale Staff

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