In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, text-filled boxes that "hyperlinked" to more text. Today, your Internet-enabled smartphone not only gives you access to libraries' worth of information, but also helps you navigate the physical world.
The Internet of Things is still in its infancy. To mature, it will require public-private collaboration across disciplines and economic sectors. Today, at the
In addition to smart emergency responses, we could soon have smart manufacturing that brings production right to your neighborhood, getting you the parts you need faster while supporting local jobs. Affordable technologies could create smart homes that include automated safety alerts and a community awareness network to protect the elderly and other vulnerable populations. And smart vehicles could not only communicate with one another and traffic signals, but also with pedestrians to prevent collisions. These are just a few of the projects led by the SmartAmerica Challenge teams.
As a next step, we hope these teams and others across
Several SmartAmerica teams also announced today that they plan to continue their collaborations, expand deployments of their new technologies, and introduce new products. One team is even supporting a local version of the SmartAmerica challenge in
It's not a coincidence that these are public-private partnerships. The components of our everyday lives are becoming ever more interconnected. The smoke detector you buy from a private company may soon connect directly to your municipal fire department, just as heart-rate monitors now can communicate with your doctor's office.
Such collaboration accelerates innovation and it means the Internet of Things will not need decades to mature as the Web did. It's already bringing rapid changes to the way we live and work. And best of all, it's bringing economic opportunity with it.
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