Govt Bodies In APAC Set For IoT Adoption

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 11, 2015


Several government bodies will start developing new business and ICT models driven by cloud, big data, mobility and social business for smart city programs and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors this year. This will lead to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes, states a recent IDC report.

The IDC Government Insights notes that at present less than 5 percent of government authorities globally are aware of or have made plans to recognize the financial and economic value of these resources. However, as the largest custodians of citizenry data, the public sector will start embarking upon the economic quantification, valuation and recognition of information assets.

Asia-Pacific city governments are expected to bring about the first wave of IoT adoptions with initiatives aimed at improving city management operations as well as e-services deliveries, according to IDC. Notably, fund-raising and investments in IoT will become much clearer in 2015 as prices of sensors continue to fall and the value-added services from suppliers continue to grow.

“The 3rd platform landscape holds an almost unlimited potential to help public sector organizations to deliver new transformative capabilities in all fields of strategic and operational undertakings. Simultaneously, they are expected to continually help public sector organizations maintain proper controls for considerations such as increased transparency, better accountability and aiding value-for-money decisions,” said Gerald Wang, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia-Pacific. 

According to him, ICT is ultimately, an enabler of organizational transformation. It is, however, most definitely not the technology but the harmony of the entire government ecology that brings about effective public sector transformation - one that will reap benefits for both the private and public spheres.

IDC further sees that 25 percent of healthcare organizations will invest in mobility, including consumer-facing mobile applications, wearables, and remote health monitoring. Greater uptake of smart education and personalized learning initiatives is also on the cards.

In the emerging economies, personalized learning will manifest itself through the increase in uptake of m-learning. In mature economies, especially at the tertiary level, ICT is not only supporting seamless access to content, but also triggering a new model of learning that is more personalized, says the research firm.