The US House of Representatives passes SMART IoT Act. The unanimous vote sends the ‘State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends (SMART) of IoT Act’ to be approved by the US Senate. The bill tasks the US Department of Commerce (DoC) with conducting a comprehensive study concerning the status of Internet of things (IoT) in the country. According to the bill, the research should focus on the following aspects: listing US tech companies and public-private partnerships (PPP) that develop and promote the use of IoT; evaluating the status of IoT standards and federal regulations of IoT; and identifying federal government resources for consumers and small businesses to assess connected devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.