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The IoT Challenge to America

It's Time for Manufacturers, Educators, and Politicians to Embrace the Internet of Things

As Conference Chair of the upcoming @ThingsExpo in New York June 10-12, I've been reading more amazing projections of where the Internet of Things (IoT) is headed. Projections of billions of devices and trillions of dollars in value are being thrown around. The IoT has the potential to increase the size of the Worldwide Web's infrastructure by a magnitude or more over the next few years.

So I've started a LinkedIn group called The IoT Group - please rush over there to join. I want to hear what you have to say.

I also challenge American manufacturers, educators, and politicians to embrace the IoT, as it could drive a re-birth of American manufacturing and global leadership.

I understand we live in a global space, and I believe that all nations and peoples of the world should be given the opportunity to prosper. The hegemonic US economy of the 1950s was not good for the world as a whole, in my view, and I harbor no illusions or wishes that it return.

In that spirit, much of my work involves studying the 102 nations involved in the research we do at the Tau Institute. We have a primary office in Asia, a global advisory board, and plans for more international offices.

But the global economy does not have to be a zero-sum game. A re-strengthened American manufacturing base will improve the US economy, and instill confidence in global providers of products and services who want to reach the world's largest market.

Here are areas in manufacturers can help:

  • Focus on domestic jobs to serve domestic markets

  • Be clear about expectations for workers in 21st century manufacturing

  • Support educational systems that enable workers to meet those expectations

Here are areas in which educators can help

  • Support STEM programs

  • Support high-end vocational programs

  • Strengthen commitments to certifications

Here are areas in which politicians can help:

  • Focus on practical solutions to building the US economy

  • Fight for technology issues with the passion you fight for all issues

  • Fight for manufacturing business to be located in your state or district

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More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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