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BNDES Publishes National IoT Action Plan Study

The Brazilian authorities are presenting the Internet of Things as an opportunity for the country to move up to 10 percent of the nation's GDP, which is currently $2 trillion.
By Edson Perin

According to the federal document, the main goal for the construction of an IoT Action Plan to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things in Brazil was the creation of an aspiration to "accelerate the implementation of the Internet of Things as an instrument of sustainable development of Brazilian society, capable of increasing the competitiveness of the economy, strengthen national productive chains, and promote the improvement of quality of life."

In the study, application environments based on demand, supply and development capacity were prioritized for four work fronts: cities, health, rural and industries. On each front, strategic objectives were defined, which identify the challenges to be solved through the use of IoT, generating value to society.

For cities: "To raise the quality of life in cities through the adoption of technologies and practices that enable the integrated management of services for the citizen and the improvement of mobility, public security and resource use." For health: "To contribute to the expansion of access to quality health in Brazil through the decentralization of health care, integration of patient information and improvement of health units efficiency." For rural environments: "To increase the productivity and the relevance of Brazil in the world trade in agricultural products, with high quality and socio-environmental sustainability, and position it as the largest exporter of IoT solutions for tropical agriculture." And for manufacturing: "Increasing local industry productivity through more efficient and flexible manufacturing processes, integrating production chains, and designing higher value-added business products and models."

In order to organize the measures to be implemented, BNDES says, several initiatives were structured: human capital; innovation and international insertion; connectivity infrastructure and interoperability; and regulatory, security and privacy. For each horizontal, a series of specific objectives was defined.

Horizontal human capital will help Brazil to capture the potential of the IoT, while directly benefiting the population. Its specific objectives are to expand the qualified workforce in the IoT in prioritized environments, with a focus on demand; to engage young people in the IoT, as well as in information and communication technologies (ICT); to strengthen the research and development and engineering body for world-class IoT efforts; and to promote the training of public managers for the IoT.

For innovation and international insertion, the project aims to allow Brazil to increase its international representation in the IoT and become a reference in key applications. Its specific objectives are to stimulate the experimentation, cooperation and dissemination of successful business models; to improve and disseminate financing and promotion instruments for scientific and technological research institutions (ICTs) and innovative companies; to build an environment for continuous and participatory monitoring of the IoT Action Plan; and to internationalize local solutions in line with global and interoperable standards.

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