"Incredible things can happen when everyday objects meet the Internet. A fridge can know when you're out of produce and place an online order on your behalf. Your alarm clock may go off early if inclement weather is on its way. Your mirror may display real-time traffic so you can plan your commute while combing your hair. And a toothbrush will let your dentist know what's in your mouth.
"It's a vision that's increasingly turning into reality as new technologies create the Internet of Things (IoT) where an array of 'smart' objects connect to the Internet and inform—and enhance—our daily lives," observes Tamir Borensztajn, executive director of Infor Public Sector innovation, in a Feb. 17 post on the Infor From the Source blog.
"The Internet of Things can mean as much for citizens and their relationship with government.
"The public sector offers a breadth of opportunity in multiple areas—be it environment, infrastructure, safety or health. In each of these domains, both citizens and government desire enhanced services and improved collaboration. Here's where the Internet of Things comes in."
In blog posts over the next several weeks, Borensztajn will continue to explore the Internet of Things, what it means to government and education, and the emergence of a smarter public sector.