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Gov’t, Industry Explore the Internet of Things; Todd Park Comments

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virtual trainingThe U.S. government has invested more than $300 million in research projects focused on machine-to-machine connections over the past five years, FCW reported Wednesday.

“Just like the Internet allows people all over the world to interact seamlessly with each other, the Internet of Things will allow devices all over the world to communicate and collaborate seamlessly,” said Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer, according to FCW.

FCW reports the General Services Administration has moved to apply the Internet of Things concept by implementing a network of sensors to track energy consumption in federal buildings.

Twenty-four teams across the government, industry and academic sectors demonstrated their cyber-physical technologies at the SmartAmerica Expo Wednesday in Washington.

“We believe the projects in this challenge demonstrate that cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things provide significantly growing social-economic benefits, can create job and business opportunities, improve our health, our environment and can increase our resiliency in times of disasters,” Park added, according to FCW.

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