The Promise and Pitfalls of the Internet of Things in Canada
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the growing network of physical objects that are connected to the Internet, enabling them to collect data, communicate with other networked objects and change their behaviour in real time. The manufacture and selling of IoT infrastructure will have less impact than the myriad possibilities their use will unleash, but generating insights from IoT’s firehose of data will require highly specialized talent that’s in short supply in Canada.
Partnering with Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, Loyalty One, Facebook, Shopify and the Government of Canada, the Public Policy Forum launched an exploration of key issues and opportunities of IoT and data analytics in Canada. Through roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews with more than 70 leaders across sectors, the PPF identified recommendations for governments, business and post-secondary institutions that will allow consumers and businesses to take advantage of the opportunities provided by IoT.
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