Bringing about better government services through the Internet of Things
By Microsoft in Government on June 6, 2016
Filed under Microsoft in Government
The public sector hasn’t traditionally been seen as a hotbed of technological innovation. The needs of our constituents come first, and that means assuring that each of our investments in infrastructure stands the test of time. But sometimes a new wave of technology comes along that simply cannot be ignored. For trailblazers like Daniel Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer of Montgomery, Maryland U.S.A., the Internet of Things (IoT) is one such shift.
Mr. Hoffman’s Thingstitute is already looking into adding IoT sensors to bus stops, farm land, and senior living centers. In the near future, he envisions a county in which bus stops function as traffic monitors and public safety hubs, where farm land monitors and reports on its own weather conditions, and where the elderly and immobile are more connected to the world around themselves.
To make his concept of the future come to fruition, Hoffman is forging partnerships with private enterprise. Microsoft, for example, is the lead partner on Montgomery County’s agriculture initiative.
We know many more of you tech innovators exist in the public sector (even if you don’t hold the title of Chief Innovation Officer), and if you’d like to hear more about what the IoT can do for your constituency, check out the rest of our interview with Daniel Hoffman.