In our increasingly connected world, physical objects, devices, sensors and systems are transforming from isolated entities into an ecosystem of networked, internet-enabled technologies that communicate with each other and the cloud. This is called the Internet of Things (IoT) and by 2020, projections say the number of connected “things” worldwide could grow to more than 50 billion and generate revenue of nearly $9 trillion in the process.
In sectors ranging from manufacturing, health care, transportation, public safety, energy, and agriculture – in our homes, commercial buildings, campuses, and utilities – the IoT is creating interdependencies of networks and system operations that will be significant and widespread, and will ultimately deliver opportunities for consumers, government, and businesses alike while empowering local economies.
TIA seeks policies that promote a flexible regulatory approach, advance innovation, spur investment, apply across markets and use cases, and support a common horizontal framework to address the complex challenges of a connected society. Such policies include:
Interoperability: Enabling devices and systems to connect with each other on a technical level, typically through reliance on common, industry-driven standards or protocols.
Privacy: The ability of consumers and businesses to safeguard their own personal or business data in a world of machine-to-machine transmissions.
Security: Ensuring that interconnected devices, applications and networks are secured from threats by malicious actors.
Data Storage: Where, how, and when vast amounts of data generated from individual sensors, devices and applications are stored, such as edge data storage solutions.
Spectrum and Bandwidth: Ensuring that sensor-enabled and network-aware devices can transmit their data in a manner that uses constrained resources efficiently.
Smart Cities and Communities
With 54 percent of the world’s population now living in cities – and estimates that number will jump to seventy percent by 2050 – smart cities are the definitive example for interconnected IoT applications. Use cases span essential public services including transportation infrastructure, telecommunications, waste management, emergency services and more – all that offer new efficiencies in time and cost, and improve everyday living.
U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) companies drive connectivity across every market – and meeting demand requires investment and planning around many foundational elements of a connected community – specifically its communications infrastructure. Ubiquitous, affordable, high-speed broadband connections are critical to enabling the countless benefits afforded by smart city services powered by the IoT.
TIA supports federal policies that promote and support efforts by cities and municipalities to improve quality of life for their citizens, including:
- enhanced federal coordination and investment in smart city and community programs;
- improved performance and interoperability through the adoption of open and voluntary, industry-driven technology standards; and
- the promotion of international cooperation and proliferating of best practices.
Automated Vehicle Technologies
Highly automated vehicle technologies, often called self-driving cars, promise a range of consumer benefits including greater roadway safety, increased mobility and productivity, reduced fuel use and traffic congestion. The high-speed communications networks and infrastructure that TIA members’ build and enable are the foundation for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies that help address our nation’s current and future infrastructure, environmental and economic challenges and will save lives and lead to more efficient and connected communities.
TIA supports legislative measures that will optimize the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles in a technology-neutral manner while continuing to let innovation thrive. Advancing legislation that sets a clear federal testing and deployment framework will ensure safer roads and a clearer regulatory path towards bringing this transformative technology to market while ensuring the United States continues to lead in transportation technology and innovation.