U.S. Senate Bill Would Lend Federal Support to the Internet of Things

The ever-inflating Internet of Things (IoT) could get a boost in the form of federal assistance under a bill just filed in the U.S. Senate.

The text of the bill, short-titled the “Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act” — DIGIT, for short — estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to each other by 2020 and acknowledges the huge potential that level of interconnectivity could have on society. Pilot projects are already underway to start setting up connections that could be used to improve government operations and better deliver service to citizens — for instance, San Francisco has a dedicated IoT network with proposed uses including improving the city’s bicycle-friendliness, and Chicago is setting up a sensor array that might help prevent flood damage.

The act also acknowledged the business case for building up the IoT.