The Internet o Things (or IoT) describesthe revolution already under way that isseeing a growing number o internet-enabled devices that can network andcommunicate with each other and withother web-enabled gadgets. Sometimesreerred to as the Pervasive Internet orUbiquitous Computing – and maniestingitsel through Connected Environments,Smart Cities and Smart Homes – IoT reersto a state where Things (e.g. objects,environments, vehicles and clothing) willhave more and more inormation associatedwith them and may have the ability to sense,communicate, network and produce newinormation, becoming an integral part othe Internet. A widespread Internet o Thingshas the potential to transorm how we live inour cities, how we move, how we developsustainably, how we age, and more. The Technology Strategy Board hasbeen responding to these emerging andtransormational opportunities with sector-specifc on-going initiatives, programmes,and investments, such as in IntelligentTransport, Assisted Living, Smart Energy,and the Modern Built Environment.Some research estimates that the addedvalue services using the Internet o Thingscould reach £200 billion a year worldwide,with new business models, applicationsand services across dierent sectors othe economy.Such demand will also stimulate innovationand growth in areas such as components,devices, wireless connectivity systemintegration and decision support tools.
The Internet o Things Special InterestGroup was established to help stimulateand support an emerging programme owork rom within the Technology StrategyBoard, linking together existing networksand communities, and providing a platormor collaboration, and or the explorationand development o new innovations.The SIG is a partnership between theTSB and the Creative Industries, ESP,and ICT Knowledge Transer Networks,and is supported by the UK Future InternetStrategy Group – an expert group o leadingbusinesses and academics, set up by theTSB to support and advise on internet anddigital policy in the UK and EU.It will run until the end o March 2013,ollowing which a review o the TSB’s workin this area will be undertaken, in order toinorm uture support and interventions.More inormation on the work o theSIG can be ound at
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The Technology Strategy Board hasidentifed the ollowing aim or its worksupporting the Internet o Things:
Driving the formation of an open application and services ecosystem of the “Internet of Things”, unlocking new markets in services and helping the UK gain a competitive advantage in “Internet of Things” technology, services and adoption.
The TSB will help communities toaddress the challenge based on thesekey strategic pillars:
Increased availability of dataand service enablement.
Innovationin applications and services o the IoTwill be boosted through increased andtrustworthy access to data, services andother unctionalities o the “IoT nodes”.
Promoting data and servicesconvergence.
Convergence at thedata and services level, e.g. by agreeingprovenance and data semantics, wouldlead to a boost in the ability o innovating
and across silos.
Stimulating applicationand services development.
Innovationand experimentation with applications,services and business models enabledby
increased and converged access todata and services
o the IoT nodes. The mission o the TSB programmeoverall can be summarized as stimulatingand supporting development towardsan
, rather than an Intranet, oThings – including acilitating cross-sectoralcollaboration and application development.
The Internet o Things Special InterestGroup (SIG) was ormally establishedon 1 August 2011, as a partnershipbetween the Technology StrategyBoard and the Creative Industries,Electronics, Sensors, Photonics, andICT Knowledge Transer Networks.
Since setting up, the SIG’s work hasmainly ocused on supporting the TSB IoTConvergence Competition – the frst phaseo which kicks o in March. Two majorcollaborative events were run in Londonand Edinburgh, and a series o articles havebeen published on the SIG’s on-line site on_Connect. In addition, a policy Report waspublished in October, drawing together thefndings o a range o workshops in 2011.The Internet o Things SIG supports theTSB in delivering on its ambitions throughtwo interconnected objectives:To build
awareness and understanding
o the opportunities or, and barriers to,UK business through cross-sectoralIoT applications and services.To
promote the exploitation
o thoseopportunities and stimulate cross-sectoralcollaboration and innovation.The SIG achieves its objectives through theollowing core work-streams:
Build knowledge and understandingo the IoT landscape and opportunities,including international.
Work with KTNs to build a cross-sectorcommunity and develop activities with thecommunity around a high-level strategicagenda o “Internet Style” Internet oThings applications and services.
Including direct support engagementand participation in the TSB IoT initiative– in particular the unding calls.
Support and showcase
Identiy, highlight and promote successuland exemplary projects and applications,including those unded by the TSB. A wide-ranging programme oactivity includes: A Mapping exercise, to capture andpresent IoT activity in the UK.Developing, in partnership with theResearch Councils UK, a researchand R&D roadmap or the UK. A Thought Leadership Programme,bringing together leading businessleaders to help develop uture policyand programme initiatives. A programme o Showcasing, highlightingexemplary and other IoT projects, to helpinspire and stimulate new collaborations.Supporting the TSB’s IoTConvergence Competition.More inormation on the work o theSIG can be ound at
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The IoT SIG is in the process o mappingthe range o companies, academics andothers participating in the IoT space. Thisdata is based on the membership o theSIG _Connect group, and participants inthe various workshops and other eventsheld over the last year. The Map can onlybe as good as the data we’ve got, and weare keen thereore, that people click andupdate it as oten as possible.Go to
, clickon a part o the map, and then click ontothe ‘reports’ section. Search and fndyour details, and please correct, amendor confrm them. It’s that simple!