Obama Administration Invests $400 Mn On IoT


Internet of things just got a big boost and that too from the U.S. government with the Barack Obama administration announcing an investment of $400 million to be used for the new age communication technologies. This is a part of the government’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative being to be headed by the National Science Foundation.

The investment will be used to develop four big testing platforms, what the Obama administration refers to as ‘city-scale’ testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next 10 years. The program starts from next year.

“This effort will help spur innovation in many ways, from pushing the frontiers of tele-medicine through robot-assisted remote surgeries, to testing of autonomous vehicles that talk to each other to keep us safe, to the roll-out of smart manufacturing equipment in factories, to providing more connectivity for more people,” a  White House statement said.

The $400 million investment on advanced wireless research includes an $85 million investment in advanced wireless testing platforms by a public-private effort, including NSF and more than 20 technology companies and associations. Some of the companies that are part of this public-private partnership include Intel, HTC, AT&T, Commscope, Juniper and Nokia among others. The NSF also plans to invest an additional $350 million over the next 7 years in academic research that can utilize these testing platforms.

“These platforms, and the fundamental research supported on them, will allow academics, entrepreneurs, and the wireless industry to test and develop advanced wireless technology ideas, some of which may translate into key future innovations for 5G and beyond,” the statement added.

With these efforts and corresponding investments, the U.S. Government wants to build the fastest and most secured internet in the world. The Obama administration hopes it can achieve a new generation of wireless networks that are up to 100 times faster than today, for example that can download a full HD movie in 5 seconds.

“These super-fast, ultra-low latency, high-capacity networks will enable breakthrough applications for consumers, smart cities, and the Internet of Things that cannot even be imagined today,” the White House said.

Gyana Ranjan Swain

Gyana Swain has been tracking the technology industry for over 15 years. A business journalist turned entrepreneur, he has founded two news portals- TeleAnalysis and M2MCafe.

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