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Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

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This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. It presents summary conclusions on what is required for the IoT to reach billions of people living in the developing world, and also to accelerate income growth and social development as a result.

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Extending our Hyperconnected World through the IoT and Big Data

After more than a decade of debate, discussion and anticipation, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is finally emerging. As early as 2005, the ITU noted that the development of the Internet of Things as a function of our hyperconnected world encompassed a set of technological advances from different fields — specifically, wireless and mobile connectivity, nanotechnology, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and smart sensor technologies. Advances in these technologies, when combined, could help realize a miniaturized, embedded, automated Internet of connected devices communicating regularly and relatively effortlessly.

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