There are many opportunities for federal agencies to use the Internet of Things to operate more efficiently and effectively, but few agencies are pursuing these opportunities. There are a number of challenges preventing greater adoption of the Internet of Things among federal agencies.
The Internet of Things (IoT) -- a term used to describe the set of physical objects embedded with sensors or actuators and connected to a network -- offers numerous opportunities for the federal government to cut costs and improve citizen services. Moreover, because the Internet of Things generates positive network externalities, widespread adoption by the government will spur commercial adoption. While early adopters in the federal government have already demonstrated the potential of this technology with projects that improve public safety, reduce energy use, enhance military capabilities, and improve worker health, overall adoption across federal agencies is still very low.