Three US senators have submitted a resolution calling for the creation of a national Internet of Things strategy “to incentivise the development of the Internet of Things in a way that maximises the promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve our collective social wellbeing.”
The proposal came from senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and followed a hearing in February in the Senate Commerce Committee on “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things”.
They called on the US to prioritise accelerating the development and deployment of IoT “in a way that recognises its benefits, allows for future innovation, and responsibly protects against misuse” and to “recognise the importance of consensus-based best practices and communication among stakeholders, with the understanding that businesses can play an important role in the future development of IoT.”
They also called on the Government to “commit itself to using IoT to improve government efficiency and effectiveness and cut waste, fraud, and abuse whenever possible” and on innovators to innovators to “commit to improving the quality of life for future generations by developing safe, new technologies aimed at tackling the most challenging societal issues facing the world.”