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Asia Pacific adopts IoT technologies

Anuradha Shukla | Feb. 4, 2015
City governments encourage adoption with initiatives to improve city management operations.

City governments in Asia Pacific are encouraging Internet of Things (IoT) adoption with initiatives to improve city management operations and eServices deliveries.

A new report by IDC Government Insights predicts that in 2015, 25% of healthcare organizations will invest in mobility including consumer-facing mobile applications, wearables, and remote health monitoring.

The healthcare industry will also use omni-channel strategies to deliver a consistent experience across phone calls, actual visits, organization Web site, or mobile apps.

Asia Pacific region will see a greater uptake of smart education and personalized learning initiatives by using information and communications technology (ICT).

"ICT is ultimately an enabler of organizational transformation. It is, however, most definitely not the technology but the harmony of the entire government ecology that brings about effective public sector transformation - one that will reap benefits for both the private and public spheres," said Gerald Wang, research manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia/Pacific. "Therefore, the focus on outcomes-based justifications and goals should always be the primary objective of any public sector ICT undertaking."

Transformational ICT

Many regional authorities will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for Smart City programmes; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors.

These new models are expected to lead to the construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes in the region.

"The 3rd platform landscape holds an almost unlimited potential to help public sector organizations to deliver new transformative capabilities in all fields of strategic and operational undertakings," added Wang. " Simultaneously, they are expected to continually help public sector organizations maintain proper controls for considerations such as increased transparency, better accountability and aiding value-for-money decisions." 

Less than 5% of government authorities are aware of or have made plans to recognize the financial and economic value of digital data.

Public sector is the largest custodian of citizenry data and IDC advises the government officials to commence upon the economic quantification, valuation and recognition of information assets. 


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