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The biggest impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on government and public services will be in cities.


  • Transport is at the center of urban IoT because of demand and opportunity.
  • Smart lighting is often a city's first two-way IoT tech, and supports further IoT projects.
  • IoT lets cities understand and influence road traffic.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the key trends in government use of the Internet of Things.
  • Analyzes the challenges of IoT in public services.

Key questions answered

  • What are the major trends in government IoT?
  • What obstacles still need to be overcome for governments to make the most of the Internet of Things?

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  • Catalyst
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  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for government
  • Recommendations for vendors

Government IoT is still in its very early days

  • Government IoT so far is mostly about finding stuff out
  • Smart cities are at the forefront of government IoT

Transport is at the center of urban IoT

  • Transport is often the first public service to get IoT investment
  • Smart ticketing is many cities' first big IoT investment

Smart lighting is many cities' first two-way IoT tech

  • IoT lampposts do more than just switch on and off
  • IoT lighting creates hubs for other IoT devices

IoT lets cities understand and influence road traffic

  • IoT parking is a popular starter project for traffic management
  • IoT traffic management is in its early stages
  • Environmental data is cheap and adds value to traffic data
  • Driverless cars are a test of IoT traffic sensors – and vice versa
  • IoT plays a major role in supporting electric vehicles

IoT waste: highly efficient, political poison

  • We put everything else in the bin, so why not sensors?
  • IoT supports PAYT, but politics can make it impossible

IoT is a major part of government energy policy

  • Smart grids dampen the peak demand renewables cannot meet
  • Energy is the most important factor in smart buildings


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