7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM
Ofcom seeks input on 'Internet of Things'
Telecoms regulator Ofcom is seeking industry input on plans to grow investment and innovation in technologies related to the Internet of Things (IoT) - the business of connecting up mobiles, machines and sensors so that household appliances and other electronic devices will be able to communicate with each other.
By gaining a better understanding of new developments in the sector, Ofcom will be more equiped to support technology related to the IoT and corresponding services.
According to analyst firm Gartner, there will be 26 billion IoT units by the year 2020, a dramatic rise from 900 million units five years ago (the figures exclude PCs, phones and tablets).
The availability of radio spectrum will be an important enabler of the IoT, said Ofcom.
It added: 'In light of Ofcom's duties to manage spectrum and the potential for significant benefits for citizens and consumers, we have identified the IoT as a priority for further work.'