Open Data

Internet of Things and APIs in the Public Sector

To continue my series of blog posts about how to practice the Internet of Things in different sectors, here is one for the public sector.

One of the most exciting things that is happening in our industry is that more and more organizations are publishing their data and functionality as APIs, and thereby enabling the creation of value ecosystems for the benefit of the end user. One such example is that we helped our client Philips to make the functionality of their Hue lights available to everyone in a public API.

Especially interesting is that many public institutions are making their very useful and previously hidden digital assets available to all citizens. One great example is the US open data initiative started by President Obama, which now publishes some 200,000 APIs in many areas such as business, agriculture, climate, consumer, ecosystems, education, energy, finance, health, etc. There’s so much information available that I encourage you to check out their catalog, and it really gets interesting when you consider what can be done by combining these APIs. If you are an institution (or any organization) who is looking for a way to making your data available to the public, I can tell you that are nice tools available today that makes it easy.[...]

To read the whole post and interact, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Internet of Things and APIs in the Public Sector