The Internet of Things


Ambient computing

A public sector perspective

When sensors are woven together with analytics, data integration platforms, and strong security, significantly greater business value can be achieved. This combination, known as ambient computing, creates a fabric that provides contextual intelligence with business purpose. It is a trend that many businesses are exploiting for competitive advantage. In the public sector, early adopters are already experiencing greater improvement in performance and efficiency.

The Internet of Things

Intelligence-driven agencies have been on the bleeding edge of ambient computing for years. Ambient computing contributes to the quality of life in ways large and small. However, some may not see the immediate value and may be hesitant to adopt. Nonetheless, there is enormous potential in the number of sensor and data collection channels already in place in government, such as traffic signals, telecommunications towers, or even citizen-owned devices like smartphones. Adding computing capability and advanced analytics to existing infrastructure could make adoption of this trend much more manageable. Some pointers for thinking about useful applications include: focusing on mission areas that require constant monitoring, collaborating with industries they monitor or regulate, and embracing “open government."

Download the PDF from Tech Trends 2015: A public sector perspective.

Moving forward

  • Pilot high-value use cases. Start by identifying a labor-intensive effort where ambient computing could drive major value. Identify a few use cases and nudge them into proof of concept with a handful of sensors.
  • Learn from public sector peers. Technology leaders at every level of government have already taken the first steps toward ambient computing capabilities. One good conversation with those leaders could help you jump-start your own ambient computing initiative – and avoid big pitfalls along the way.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of existing infrastructure, data streams, and communication channels before building anything new.
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