Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC journal covers IoT law and public policy

Steve Rogerson
May 1, 2018
The International Journal of IoT Law & Public Policy, a journal that will cover how governments around the world are regulating and incentivising the nascent IoT technology sector, began publication last month.
Published by the largest trade group serving the IoT sector, the London-based IoT M2M Council (IMC), the new digital quarterly will act as a compendium of government actions that can impact the deployment of IoT technology. The journal will include original research, contributions from experts in the field, as well as broad lists of government initiatives in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim, with links to further information.
"Our members are spending more and more time in Washington and Brussels talking to policy makers, and it is important that the IMC begins to take on a policy role," said Syed Hosain, IMC chairman and CTO of Aeris, who will sit on the journal's editorial board. "We hope that the journal will provide us with a pool of policy makers that we can reach out to, as well as industry experts. We are actively recruiting contributors and, so far, the interest has been very significant."
Other members of the inaugural editorial board for the International Journal of IoT Law & Public Policy include senior public policy professionals from Intel, Verizon, Vodafone and other interested firms. Publication began last month, with paid access available at US$95 annually, and qualified government employees receiving free access. Registration for access is available here, and queries regarding contributed articles and the editorial board are received via email.
"Of course, there are a lot of law journals that touch upon subjects relevant to IoT, but what the industry needs is a repository of information from around the globe that is dedicated to the subject," said Hosain. “We see the International Journal of IoT Law & Public Policy as filling that crucial role.”
The London-based IMC is the largest trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector, with more than 25,000 enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT products and services as members. Board member companies include 1NCE, Aeris, Arrow, Avnet, BICS, Digi International, HPE, Intel, Kore, Laird, Micro-Ant, MultiTech, Orbcomm, PTC, Re-Teck, Semtech, Sigfox, Tata Communications, Teleena, Telit, U-Blox, Verizon and Vodafone.
Of these, international telecoms enabler BICS is the latest to join the IMC. The BICS portfolio of turnkey global IoT connectivity includes a virtualised core network in the cloud and roaming connectivity services for companies looking to integrate connected devices into their business, and control and monetise them.
BICS handles a quarter of the world's roaming traffic among network operators, and considers the IoT as the fastest-growing part of the roaming landscape. It provides seamless, reliable IoT roaming connectivity around the world for companies in the logistics, healthcare, automotive, insurance, consumer products and telematics sectors, as well as for mobile network and virtual network operators.
"IoT is a key priority for BICS, and we have a comprehensive connectivity offering for MNOs and MVNOs, as well as for enterprises and OEMs deploying thousands and even millions of devices, that need to manage their devices almost like network operators do," says Mikael Schachne, BICS's VP for mobility, who will represent the company on the IMC board. "We deliver seamless cellular coverage for IoT without borders', which is a key asset for companies in early adopter sectors such as logistics and automotive. IMC membership shows a truly global demographic, and we are confident that our solutions will address the objectives of the companies in these markets seeking to launch connected devices and services."
BICS acquired Telesign late in 2017, primarily to extend its offerings for connectivity platform as a service.
"The acquisition has given us access to 500 top digital clients, and we believe it will enable us to help bridge the divide between telco and enterprise needs," said Schachne.