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ITAC calls for national dialogue on Internet of Things

September 14, 2015  

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The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) believes the time is right for a national dialogue on the Internet of Things (IoT).  In a new white paper, developed from an appearance before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, ITAC suggests Canada can be a leader in “shaping the future of the networked technologies most experts agree will dramatically alter the way we work, how we access healthcare, and how we interact with the environment.

“IoT is a growing network of physical objects that are connected through the Internet and communicate without human interaction. It extends connectivity beyond traditional devices like desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize embedded technology.”

The report, reviewed by ITAC members, ITAC’s Board, and several peer organizations, finds the roll-out of the IoT will dramatically improve Canada’s economy by helping companies become more competitive.

“If Canada is going to build its legacy of expertise in the art of connectedness to establish the nation as a leader in the evolution of an Internet of Things, there must be a national conversation that engages all stakeholders in a meaningful way,” said ITAC president and CEO Karna Gupta.

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