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Intel and Samsung initiative to advance US IoT policy

Steve Rogerson
June 30, 2016
Intel and Samsung have formed the National IoT Strategy Dialogue, an initiative to convene like-minded industry partners and organisations to develop strategic recommendations collaboratively for US policy makers on the IoT.
The initiative between the US chip giant and South Korean electronics company is to be managed by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and will convene ITI’s member companies as well as other industry stakeholders.
The launch coincides with the new Department of Commerce IoT proceeding and the pending bicameral and bipartisan Developing Innovation & Growing the IoT (Digit) Act, which would establish a working group of federal agency leaders to provide recommendations to the US Congress on how to plan for and encourage the proliferation of the IoT in the USA in consultation with industry.
The launch of this IoT initiative answers the call of a chorus of technology leaders seeking a forum to coordinate proactively, drive industry’s role in this process and help policymakers enable the USA to realise the benefits of IoT for economic and societal good.

Leaders representing the two co-founding companies and ITI – Samsung’s Oh-Hyun Kwon, Intel’s Doug Davis and ITI’s Dean Garfield – shared the stage last week at a Samsung-hosted forum in Washington DC to announce the initiative.
“We look forward to working with Intel, ITI and other stakeholders in Washington to find the collaborative path forward in bringing the transformative benefits and solutions of IoT to scale,” said vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics Kwon.
Davis, senior vice president of IoT at Intel, added: “Intel looks forward to collaborating and driving recommendations with fellow ITI members, industry stakeholders and federal policy makers to help enable US IoT leadership. The National IoT Strategy Dialogue is consistent with the goals of the pending Digit Act and as a co-founder Intel is pleased to help drive this important technology transformation in the USA.”
And ITI president and CEO Garfield said: “ITI is very excited to host this critically important initiative. Samsung, Intel and our member companies, representing the biggest global names in tech, have been at the forefront of the evolution of IoT. Together, we will harness the inventive spirit and capability of these innovative companies and organisations to chart a clear path forward on IoT for US policy makers.”
Among its focus areas, the National IoT Strategy Dialogue will act as a convener and lay the foundation for industry to develop strategic policy recommendations to: drive US IoT infrastructure investment; facilitate interoperability; foster security; promote voluntary, industry-led global consensus-based standards and best practices; leverage public-private partnerships; and enable IoT innovation to flourish.
Samsung, Intel and a broad base of other ITI member companies have been actively engaged in driving a pro-innovation policy environment that would enable US leadership in the global IoT future. Both Intel and ITI called for the formation of a national IoT strategy when testifying before Congress last year. In addition, ITI’s member companies, including Intel, Samsung and other technology leaders, developed IoT principles for advocacy outreach with government officials.