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The Internet of Things

Internet of Things
Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) seeks to merge physical and virtual worlds creating 'smart environments' to improve EU citizens' lives. This internet based technology is high on the EU's political agenda.

Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next step towards the digitisation of our society and economy, where objects and people are interconnected through communication networks and report about their status and/or the surrounding environment.

IoT can also benefit the European economy generating economic growth and employment; according to a recent European Commission study the market value of the IoT in the EU is expected to exceed one trillion euros in 2020.


Europe's IoT Policy

For the past six years, the European Commission is cooperating actively with Member States and third countries towards the development and future deployment of the IoT technology.The Commission works on creating a European Single market for a human-centred IoT and invests in fostering an innovative IoT ecosystem.

In March 2015 the European Commission initiated the creation of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). This alliance flags the intention of the European Commission to work closely with all stakeholders and actors of the technology in order to create a vibrant European IoT ecosystem.

The Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, adopted in May 2015, leads Europe a step further in accelerating developments on IoT. It underlines the need to avoid fragmentation and to foster interoperability for the technology to reach its potential. To fulfil these needs the European Commission is putting forward three concrete actions via the recent Digitising European Industry initiative :

  • a single market for IoT
  • a thriving IoT ecosystem 
  • a human-centred IoT approach.

For more details, refer to the staff working document on the Internet of Things.

Last updated on 19/04/2016 - 11:17


Thomas Kallstenius's picture
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Laertis Antonios ANDO VASSILIOU
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Sergio Garcia Gomez's picture
Citizens are the driving force for Smart Cities deployment. Internet of Things is just a catalyst to enable the creation of new and better services and more efficient usage of resources in the city.
Mustapha Bouraoui's picture
We need rigorous impact assessment methodologies, involving multidisciplinary teams (sociologists, gerontologists, health economics experts, etc.), to assess the benefits of smart living environments for ageing well based on the Internet of Things (IoT).
Robert Macdougall's picture
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Patrick Guillemin's picture
Our AIOTI Working Group is developing and adopting global key standards to ensure effectiveness and interoperability, support economies of scale, enable data sharing and offer innovative new services.
Roberto Viola's picture
Roberto VIOLA
A new European standard for smart appliances called SAREF has been launched in a record time: less than a year! This standard has been developed by the European Commission in close cooperation with industry and ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
Raph Crouan's picture
Europe is undoubtedly the cradle of some of the most active Small & Medium Businesses (SMEs) in the world. Knowing well that SMEs are the backbone of the EU Economy, Internet of Things (IoT) heavily relies on their ability to invent, test and deploy IoT technologies. This is why SMEs are an essential pillar for the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) in order to create a dynamic European Internet of Things ecosystem.
Thibaut Kleiner's picture
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Oscar Deniz's picture
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Thibaut Kleiner's picture
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