Wearables set stage for public sector IoT in APAC

NetworksAsia staff
04 Sep 2014

Wearable technologies will boost Smart Mobile Government (Smart mGovt) projects and consequently pave the way for public sector Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems, IDC said.

An IDC Government Insights report, “Designing Tomorrow's Smart mGovernment Landscapes Enabled by the Growth of Wearables and the Internet of Things”, has identified the IoT, Context, Instantaneous Reach, Privacy, Security, Technology Readiness and Wearables as the seven key ingredients for Smart mGovt adoption.

Today's disruptive environments highlight the dawn of an increasingly "smart and mobile" global workforce. In addition, Smart mGovt initiatives are driven by mission-critical and real-time solutions in functional domains such as public order and safety, transportation, healthcare, and social services.

Shadow IT continues to outgrow pace of Smart mGovt deployments.

Mobile devices continue to grow exponentially in the consumer space. As a result, several government IT departments are facing burgeoning pressures of shadow IT operational threats through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demands.

While these governments continue to grapple with the usability, operational, and security concerns of shadow IT, it will fall upon leading public sector agencies, industry leaders, and private sector players to showcase the benefits of Smart mGovt solutions.

Still-skeptical government IT departments need to be continually encouraged and assured of the viability of Smart mGovt solutions.

The report also highlights that Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) can function as a potential means of partially addressing users' choice needs.

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