The promise of the “connected planet” presents a new strategic agenda for the growth and development of governments, nations, and humanity as a whole. Instrumentation, intelligence, and interconnectedness among people, machines, processes, information, and possibly every tangible object in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) has helped envision the concept of a smart and connected planet.
With vast connectivity technology resources available at low cost for innovators, disruptors, businesses, governments, and anyone who wants to connect the unconnected, there isn’t a service they can’t provide to anyone living anywhere in the world. The concept of a connected planet encourages these entities to foray into a new phase of strategic IoT-driven business and operations model for groundbreaking innovation and effective resource utilization capabilities.
The proliferation of connected devices – to reach over 38 billion end-points by the year 2020 according to one study – presents endless opportunities and implications for everyone. Governments can harness the full potential of connectivity and IoT data to find new ways to address economic, security, and social issues. Analyzing this IoT data will help us solve the most pressing issues that face modern governments. Inclination toward data insights will enhance exponentially as more connectivity leads to more IoT data and naturally yields improved, accurate, and timely analysis for best-action plans that governments can use to accelerate their citizens’ growth and prosperity.
Scaling Up Connectivity Around the Globe
Progressive, technology-driven countries will inevitably develop these capabilities in the current and future era of global connectivity. However, there are a few mission-critical prerequisites to successful adoption of the connected planet movement for governments and citizens. The first of which centers around large-scale adoption of connectivity technologies as the true enabler of the connected planet. The development of underlying connectivity technologies is largely dependent upon government incentives that support the growth of large-scale, low-cost, and secure Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity systems not monopolized by connectivity providers to exploit the demands surge and compromise end-user security in favor of profitability.
A strategic transition to IoT-based operations and business model is also critical for governments and business organizations to thrive and compete globally in the connected planet. The changes will not only encompass all internal affairs but also alter how governments and nations interact, support, and act for each other. For instance, governments can support each other to analyze the footprint containing valuable patterns of security information that enables them to curb terrorism and catch criminals. Global relief assistance will be more automated, effective and collaborative with accurate and prompt identification of relief and rescue requirements in disaster-struck areas. Economies will be able to identify profitable foreign markets and perform trade accordingly to improve export revenues. New means of data-driven services spanning beyond geographic boundaries will develop economies as service providers are no longer limited by geographic boundaries, policies and associated costs to reach their target market.
At the same time, it’s imperative for citizens to embrace the connectivity technologies and facilitate these developments as the next logical technology evolution to transform human lifestyle on a global scale. IoT data will emerge as an invaluable asset to every individual and necessitate extraordinary vigilance and habitual adoption of IoT security best practices.
Eventually, the idea of a connected planet will emerge as a reality for governments and citizens who follow a careful and strategic approach to adopt connectivity and IoT.