IoT adoption in govt ready for takeoff in '15

eGov Innovation editors
10 Feb 2015
Daily News

Government bodies are expected to commence development of new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business) for smart city programs and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors this year.

While data assets are being collected, analyzed and used more pervasively, IDC Government Insights notes that less than 5% of government authorities are currently aware of or have made plans to recognize the financial and economic value of these resources.

However, as the largest custodians of citizenry data, there is no better time than now for the public sector to commence upon the economic quantification, valuation and recognition of information assets.

"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.

"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,” he added.

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. 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.

IDC also sees that 25% 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 expected.

In the emerging economies in the region, personalized learning will manifest itself through the increase in uptake of mlearning. 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.

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