IoT in Public Policy

Americas: IoT Public Policy Index

The U.S. DOE names new Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation directors. Brazil and Japan partner on IT for sustainable development climate. The U.S. invests in clean energy manufacturing. Chattanooga to build new smart grid. The American Medical Association broadens remote patient monitoring coverage. Carmel, Indiana, adopts WiFi 6E. Canada's Sault Smart Grid wins award.

U.S. Department of Transportation announces SMART grants for 2024

The Biden-Harris administration has announced that it is accepting applications for the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grants program. In its third year, the U.S. Department of Transportation [...]

East Asia: IoT Public Policy Index

China updates AI Law. Kakogawa City seeks Smart City technology demonstrators. Hiratsuka City demonstrates autonomous buses for Japanese Government. Japan creating national industrial strategy for AI. Korea recruits SMEs in drive to regenerate smaller cities through technology. Vietnam seeks regeneration of Ho Chi Minh City to smart green city through new industrial strategy.

The Digital Silk Road: A technology growth engine

The Digital Silk Road is a component of China's Belt and Road Initiative. It aims at the development and export of Chinese sourced embedded and systems technology in communications, infrastructure, cities, transport, logistics, fintech and educational technologies. Announced in 2015, within three years DSR-related investments outside of China had reached $79 billion.

Europe: IoT Public Policy Index

France has announced €400 million in funding for the construction of AI infrastructure and AI-based applications in France. The City of Barcelona in Spain's Catalan region has launched a series of technology projects based on AI, real-time data analysis and process digitisation. The new projects are the product of a collaboration between Barcelona and Spain's National Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS). Germany's upper chamber has rejected a bill to improve digitalisation of Germany's administrative services including services for citizens. The UK has launched a funding initiative to boost uptake of AI by small and medium-sized businesses active in high-growth industries.

Middle East/Africa: IoT Public Policy Index

The City of Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat has set a three-month deadline for the submission of a blueprint for a centralised data observatory for smart city initiatives. Saudi Arabia is seeking Chinese funding to salvage its ambitious Neom project. Saudi presentations to gain investment to save the $500 billion desert smart city gained at best mixed responses in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.Iraq restarts Bismayah, announces 15 new smart cities and $17 billion for new road and rail construction

The largest transport project in US history

The 2021 US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $1.2 trillion in investment funds to US states and federal authorities to modernise the country's infrastructure and industry. At the centre of the Act is transportation. The Act includes provisions for federal highway aid, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, transportation research, hazardous materials, and rail infrastructure modernisations.

Making Germany Resilient

Germany has secured €28 billion in grants from the EU's recovery and resilience fund. The main targets for spending are digitalisation and modernisation of industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises, transitioning to cleaner and renewable sources of energy, digitalisation of education, and a major modernisation effort in healthcare, especially outside the major university hospital centres. The country has embarked on seven pilot projects to upgrade and digitalise its entire rail infrastructure as well as €3.3 billion for decarbonising the economy, especially manufacturing and industrial plant, with a focus on renewable hydrogen.

Europe’s $870bn regeneration plan

Next Generation EU is the European Union’s €807 billion (US $873 billion) investment programme launched in 2020 in response to the Covid crisis. It aims to support digital and green transformation of infrastructure, energy, industry, cities and transportation.

How China plans to transform through IoT

The modernisation of Chinese manufacturing is also designed to transform its healthcare, transportation, energy, logistics, education and defence. China's Industrial Strategy is aimed at stabilising the country's economy, bringing its interior up to the standards of living of its coastal zone, and renewing its social infrastructure.

Protecting Consumers: The US Cyber Trust Mark

The US administration is introducing a voluntary cyber security certification and labelling programme following pressure from consumer groups, industry bodies and politicians. The US Cyber Trust Mark will provide a cybersecurity Quality Assurance mark for consumer devices, IoT home and consumer technology.

IIJA: using IoT to transform America

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest infrastructure spending programme in the United States since the Eisenhower administration. The law authorises $1.2 trillion in spending for transportation, infrastructure and smart city developments. However, the programme is facing a number of challenges that are affecting uptake of new IoT technologies across the US public sector.