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Brazilian Government Announces Internet of Things Study

Federal authorities presented a report on the country's IoT Action Plan during a telecommunications event in São Paulo.
By Edson Perin

In addition to a survey of initiatives representing the entire embryonic IoT ecosystem, the report says, this process of collaborative construction ensured the commitment of key actors to the continuation of the plan's actions. "The engagement of crucial actors is one of the most valuable contributions this study can make to the progress of the IoT agenda," the study adds, "precisely because of the importance of this engagement. The action plan is not restricted to the initiatives proposed in the study, or to the governance structure that will lead it in the next five years."

According to the federal government, the goal of this work is to stimulate, as much as possible, the exchange of knowledge, and the emergence of new businesses and partnerships between consolidated companies, startups, scale-ups and academia. "This technical study, which will serve as a basis for the National Internet of Things Plan, is in itself an innovation because it allows the country to clearly establish the main bottlenecks to be a protagonist in the development of IoT and proposes how to solve it," the study indicates. "But the effort promises to be rewarded with massive impacts on the economy and the day-to-day lives of Brazilians."

The government action proposal foresees that the country will try to create an IoT network inserted in each of the four vertical markets prioritized for the study: cities, health care, rural and industry. The expectation is that these networks will be able to attract several companies from the productive chains implemented in each of the four environments. This should occur by merging anchor companies and startups or scale-ups.

According to the study, an example of the breadth of the productive chain that could be represented in a network can be seen in the case of the rural IoT, in which multinationals that produce basic inputs to the plantation or large producers, such as cooperatives, can interact with agribusinesses and other startup hardware companies to create workable and productivity-enhancing IoT solutions.

In addition, as IoT innovation ecosystem actors come together in networks, the government program should also offer the opportunity to organize the search for solutions to several elements highlighted as priorities in interviews, as well as in the survey that formed the basis of the study. Among these challenges are skilled labor to create and adopt IoT solutions; clear interoperability rules between devices; stable, secure and affordable sources of funding; and iteration opportunities between IoT vendors and potential customers.

Click here to learn more about the Brazilian government's plan for the IoT (the linked article is in Portuguese).

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