Brazilian IoT Forum:  Mission and Challenges

Brazilian IoT Forum:  Mission and Challenges

1 – The beginning The IoT concept in Brazil was quite unknown when in 2011/2012 a group of people coming from IT and Telecom areas in Companies, Universities and Research Institutes got together to debate the imminence and importance of Internet of Things. By that time names as Machine to Machine and RFID solutions were better known and many times we have had to explain that we were not in opposition to these technologies, that IoT was a super set of many technologies and that the discussion about names could be hazardous to the Brazilian development, as we would be discussing not the core of what we were proposing. This type of debate would only create barriers to discuss what was our goal represented by the ideas below.

2 - Forum role and its vision of IoT IoT to be acknowledged as a priority for the sustainable development of the country Financing channels to be created for joint IoT projects, enabling technologies, business and governance models, encouraging the participation of small companies To establish a movement/discussion that leads to the creation of an R&D strategic agenda. Get a bigger presence of Brazilian companies and institutions in international standardizing agencies Create conditions for the participation of Brazilian companies in joint international projects.

3 – What has been done Since 2012 our Forum has organized or helped to organize several seminars, events, presentations reaching large audiences National seminaries and events Highlight to the cooperation with BNDES in the organization of the Seminar "Internet of Things: Opportunities and Perspectives for Brazil on the New Digital Revolution". International seminaries Highlight to the joint event with ETSI / CPqD the first IoT interoperability event, held in Brazil in a joint action between CPqD and ETSI, coordinated by the Forum

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4 – Current Status Now IoT is already a familiar name in Brazil. Big acquisitions by Google, Apple and Samsung, developments by IBM, Intel and ARM have made IoT to be discussed in TV, Newspapers, in all media as the new reality. Big Consulting Companies are interested in IoT and starting to create specialists in IoT. Gartner Group placed IoT in the TOP place in their Hype Curve of technology. We have to face the reality that several of the agencies responsible to foster Research and Development still don’t see IoT as an area to be supported. For them IoT is not a technology and for this reason could not be considered in their funding programs. IoT is not included as priority in official programs. We keep reinforcing the need to cooperate with the international community and to have strong participation in Standards Organizations. We keep explaining that IoT it is an “umbrella” of technologies and if we only invest in its “enabling technologies” we may miss the BIG PICTURE. We are now working in a new document to better explain the importance of IoT. Several Task Forces are discussing the key areas to IoT and their conclusion will be part of it. We expect that this will help us to get Brazil moving in the direction of being at the forefront of development of IoT

5 – Challenges We have been confronted with the misunderstanding of “collaboration”. Even if we we have good receptivity in some academic areas and R&D Institutes but some cold reactions from local industry and high level government officers. It is not a pacific point that IoT should be the key technology concept to be fostered in Brazil. The same applies to international collaboration. One idea to try to solve this problem is possibly the creation of a movement that could get people involved in solving quests. Something that could put together the different sectors of technology looking for good solutions. To create a race (or something else that could galvanize people’s attention) to solve an international problem using IoT. After being introduced to the book by Donald E. Strokes “Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation”, I got the impression that we are someway in the same discussion about ‘Pure Science” and “Applied Science”. This conflict is well explained by him. Starting with the situation in USA he makes a good explanation about this dilemma in the world. Based on Stroke’s Quadrant proposal we could use a similar one for IoT and its enabling technologies to propose a “problem” whose solution could be at the same time relevant for immediate solution and relevant for the advance of Knowledge. Gabriel Antonio Marão Figures: 1) Quadrant of Pasteur 2) Quadrant of Pasteur adapted to IoT.


1 On 7 August, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a speech in the city of Wuxi calling for the rapidndevelopment of Internet of Things technologies and proposing the equation “Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth”.

2 In December, the SmartAmerica Challenge was launched to bring industry, academia and the government to show how the Internet of Things can create jobs, new business opportunities and socio-economic benefits to America. Later followed a number of reports from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Trade Commission, and other public bodies.

Gabriel Marão

IoT Forum Brazil