ITU Talks: Emerging Trends towards Connect2020 – Internet of Things

Monday, 18 May 2015, from 12.30 to 14.30, Geneva’s time (live webcast will be available)

The world where “everything is connected“ could become a reality sooner than expected as the rapid advancement and ubiquity penetration of Internet technology is becoming an engine to connect everyday things, from toothbrushes to vehicles, homes, or even cities. The Internet of Things (IoT) is standing at the core of this new wave of technologies, which will be a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling new and advanced services by interconnecting things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.

In 2015, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift towards the Internet of Things (IoT), heralding the dawn of an era of advanced ubiquity, where people can enjoy more flexibility in their daily lives and remain highly reachable to/from any – physical or virtual – object across the world. By connecting the previously unconnected, we will soon tap this enormous potential empowering us to improve the quality of lives and businesses through the analysis and application of digital information. However, while IoT promises many good things, there also needs to be debate on the issues associated with the proliferation of connected devices – the risks brought about by IoT, such as privacy or security by sharing information from these newly connected things.

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