The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) believes the time is right for a national dialogue on the Internet of Things (IoT).
In a new whitepaper, developed from an appearance before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, ITAC suggests Canada can be a leader in shaping the future of the networked technologies most experts agree will dramatically alter the way we work, how we access healthcare, and how we interact with the environment.
IoT is a growing network of physical objects that are connected through the Internet and communicate without human interaction. It extends connectivity beyond traditional devices like desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize embedded technology.
The report, reviewed by ITAC members, ITAC’s Board, and several peer organizations, finds the roll-out of the IoT will dramatically improve Canada’s economy by helping companies become more competitive. Further opportunities are detailed, but the report also acknowledges challenges around security, privacy, bandwidth, and network capacity.
“If Canada is going to build on its legacy of expertise in the art of connectedness to establish the nation as a leader in the evolution of an Internet of Things, there must be a national conversation that engages all stakeholders in a meaningful way,” says ITAC President and CEO Karna Gupta.
Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE, Canada’s leading digital infrastructure provider enabling research, education and innovation, supports the call for a national dialogue.
“IoT represents a major transformation in internet technology with tremendous potential for the evolution of Canada’s digital economy. CANARIE supports ITAC’s efforts in bringing stakeholders together to develop a national vision to drive Canadian leadership in IoT.”