US President Obama's last weeks and months appear to have been spent working on various projects related to posterity and legacy -- the US Department of Commerce (DoC) is currently focusing on standards for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The DoC's self-stated mission
reads as follows: to promote job creation and improved living standards for all
Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth,
technological competitiveness and sustainable development.
In this regard then, DoC's National Telecommunications and Information
Administration is now conducting an analysis to assess what role the US
Government should play in the IoT's development.
According to US government's Federal Register journal, the IoT also presents
challenges, which in turn have begun to generate initial thinking and policy
responses, both inside and outside of government.
"A number of Federal agencies -- for example, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) --
have already begun grappling with potential health, safety and security issues
arising from the connection of cars and medical devices to the
Internet," reads the register.
An unrestrained and unmanaged IoT could give rise a patchwork of incompatible standards and protocols, now is the time to act and lay down architectural management layers in this time of growth and development.