According to the new report, the actual applications of IoT in the public sector today are still limited, focusing mostly on transport, security, and environmental monitoring domains.
The limitations have to do as much with the early stages of the technology as with the management approach to using it.
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is reaching a tipping point that will make it a sustainable paradigm for practical applications that can change the future of individuals, enterprises, and the public sector,” said Massimiliano Claps, research director, IDC EMEA Government Insights. “IoT applications in the public sector can span a variety of domains: Public security, defense, environmental protection, transport, and health. In each of these domains, connected objects can provide situational awareness that can help citizens and government personnel act and react at the operational level, monitor the status or behavior of people and assets to make management decisions, and support very fine-grained, sensor-driven analytics that help with planning decisions.”
According to IDC Government Insights, a practical example of the threefold impact on service delivery-operations, service management, and service planning is provided by assisted living for elderly, or patients that are seriously ill. Wearable readers (known as e-bandages) can measure body temperature, blood pressure, heart rhythm, and other parameters and be combined with environmental sensor to measure moisture, temperature, movement, sound, and GPS embedded in mobile phones to monitor movements inside and outside of the home.