Panel 2.2 – Tomorrow’s Internet of Things


Background document- The Internet of Things: Seizing the Benefits and Addressing the Challenges

To inform Ministerial Panel 2.2 – Tomorrow’s Internet of Things, the OECD has already undertaken work in analysing the underlying technology and economics of several of the building blocks enabling what we know today as IoT: RFID technology, smart sensor networks, urban mobility systems, machine-to-machine communications, etc. The discussions will build on past reports and activities including:

Data-Driven Innovation  

Data Driven Innovation: Big Data for Growth and Well-being 2015

This report aims to improve the evidence base on the role of DDI for promoting growth and well-being, and provide policy guidance on how to maximise the benefits of DDI and mitigate the associated economic and societal risks.

“Cities as hubs for data-driven innovation” (Chapter 9) looks at how cities use data-driven innovation and identifies related policy issues.

"Research on Data Driven Innovation" (Chapter 3) explores how the analysis of data can be used for informing policy making 

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015  

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015

This report assesses how countries can maximise the potential of the digital economy as a driver for innovation and inclusive growth, and discusses the evolutions in the digital economy that policy makers need to consider as well as the emerging challenges they need to address as a part of national digital strategies. Chapters include an overview of the current status and outlook of the digital economy; the main trends in the ICT sector, and developments in communication and regulation policy; and overviews of ICT demand and adoption, plus the effects of the digital economy on growth and development.

Chapter 6 looks at the state of the IoT and ahead to machine learning and autonomous machines and systems.


A Technology Foresight Forum took place on December 2014 with several companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Withings, General Electric, Google, Cisco, etc. invited to present developments around the Internet of Things. The goal was to inform policy makers of the technical developments that will influence issues in the near and longer-term future. 

Building Blocks for Smart Networks  

Building blocks for smart networks 2013

This paper explores the relationship between M2M, Big Data, Cloud and Sensors and actuators.

International Cables, Gateways, Backhaul and International Exchange Points  

Machine-to-Machine communications: connecting billions of devices 2012

This report evaluates the effect of IoT on networks.

OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010  

Smart Sensor Networks for Green Growth 2010

This chapter of the 2010 IT Outlook examines sensor and sensor network applications and how they can contribute to more efficient use of resources, tackle environmental challenges and reduce the impacts of climate change.

  Machine-to-Machine Communications  

RFID, Radio Frequency Identification 2008

This report looks at how RFID touches on several regulatory and/or policy issues with potentially wide-ranging social, economic, as well as national security implications, including international trade, intellectual property rights, standards, spectrum, security, and privacy.




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