The United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Cisco recently released a joint report (PDF) titled “Harnessing the Internet of Things [IoT] for Global Development.” It reviews a broad range of solutions and global deployments of IoT technologies for developing economies, spanning energy, healthcare, agriculture and natural disaster relief, to name a few. It demonstrates how simple IoT solutions can make a dramatic impact on human welfare, but also offers broader lessons for CIOs’ business initiatives, such as cost-effective process management and improvement.The 58-page report, which has been submitted as a contribution to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, was launched in Honolulu by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and Cisco VP of Global Technology Policy Robert Pepper at the 38th annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, which brings together a variety of academics, policymakers, and executives from network and IT service providers and vendors (Disclosure: I am on the program planning committee for the event and moderated the discussion).Many people view IoT as a means for manufacturers and service providers to improve operational efficiencies, for example, through better asset utilization. In my latest book, Digital Disciplines, I focused on these and other ways in which IoT—together with complementary technologies such… Read full this story
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