Menu

IoT FEATURE NEWS

US Congress Debating IoT Assessment Bill

By

A bill recently passed the US House of Representatives, and is now in committee in the Senate, that will, if passed, direct the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report on the state of the internet-connected devices industry in the United States.

The bill, H.R.6032 – SMART (State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends) IoT Act, was introduced in June by Ohio Republican Rep. Robert E. Latta, and its scope is only one of study at this point.

It would call for the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study over the course of a year from enactment on the state of the internet-connected devices industry (commonly known as the “Internet of Things”) in the United States and in conducting the study, the Secretary must run the survey through outreach to participating entities, including industry sectors that develop internet-connected devices, public-private partnerships focused on promoting the adoption and use of internet-connected devices, industry-based standards bodies.

The results should determine the status of the industry-based mandatory or voluntary standards and a description of the ways entities or industry sectors develop, use, or promote the use of internet-connected devices. It also will develop, if passed by the Senate as-is, a comprehensive list of Federal agencies with jurisdiction over the entities and industry sectors identified under paragraph, and identify with which Federal agencies each entity or industry sector interacts. Also, all interagency activities, such as working groups or other coordinated efforts should be identified.

Other goals include looking at what jurisdiction and regulations are already in place through the Federal government, and what resources are available for users to use in evaluating IoT options.

Finally, the report has to include the Secretary of Commerce’s recommendations for growth of the United States economy through the secure advancement of internet-connected devices.

It should be noted that there will be no additional funds allocated for implementing this study.

Joe Lea, VP of Product, Armis, said that he hopes security will be a key feature of the study, if it goes forward. “IoT security has become a lightning rod issue. While the federal government on its own may not be the right body to regulate IoT standards, we can’t leave it to the manufacturers,” Armis said. “Businesses are motivated by profit margins. Left to regulate themselves, there wouldn’t be notable progress in security. The right approach for the government at this point is to partner with an industry body, like a MITRE, NIST, or CIS that is already doing the heavy lifting in researching and establishing IoT standards.”


The IoT Evolution Expo, and collocated events, IoT Evolution Health, LPWAN Expo, The Smart City Event, and IIoT Conference, will take place Jan. 29 to Feb 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Visit IoTEvolutionExpo.com to register now.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

CEVA Opens New Research and Development Center in the UK

By: Ken Briodagh    1/17/2019

CEVA recently announced the opening of a new research and development facility in Bristol, United Kingdom.

Read More

JMA Wireless Partner INWIT Deploys XRAN in Dacia Arena

By: Ken Briodagh    1/17/2019

Stadium venue achieves significant network efficiencies with virtualized RAN

Read More

Making a City Smarter Through Digital Transformation: The Smart City Event

By: Ken Briodagh    1/17/2019

Here, we spoke to Mayor Eugene W. Grant, Mayor of City of Seat Pleasant, MD, who will be speaking at the Smart City Event about his city's digital tra…

Read More

IoT Time Podcast S.4 Ep.2 Cloud Constellation

By: Ken Briodagh    1/15/2019

On this episode of IoT Time Podcast, Season 4, Ken Briodagh sits down with Dennis Gatens of Cloud Constellation, to talk about IoT Security through of…

Read More

Neosen Energy and Senet Expand LoRa Networks for Education, Medical and Business Institutions

By: Special Guest    1/14/2019

A recent announcement from Senet and Neosen Energy kicks off the year with examples of IoT, including the use of new technology to address an existing…

Read More