One of two Indian youth think IoT is about smart homes: Tata Communications

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BENGALURU: Nearly one out of two Indian youth, including millennials and those who are aged between 18 and 25, view internet-of-things technology as enabler of smart homes and smartphones, says National IoT Survey Report by Tata Communications.

The survey, which was conducted across 2000 respondents from 12 Indian cities to gauge the awareness levels of people about concept of IoT and views on its impact, has revealed that domestic automation appears to be a “near-necessity” for India’s youth as nearly 54% of India’s youth believe IoT is all about smart homes having connected devices and smartphones.

Less than one-third (67%) of the people aged over 35 years see IoT-enabled devices and services could create “exponential value” in the areas public services such as energy conservation, lower pollution, better treatment and disposal of waste, better access to public utilities and healthcare facilities.

The survey has found out that as sophisticated technologies help create “a truly connected world”, 24% Indians hope for greater levels of safety or security for their family and citizens.

V S Shridhar, Head of Internet of Things, Tata Communications, said while India’s youth seem inspired by IoT, there should be dialogues between all segments including users and technology providers to realise its true potential.

“People of all ages and sections of society need to have a deeper understanding of IoT and how it can benefit their lives as citizens. From such dialogue, a new type of constitution – a type of ‘civic operating system’ (Civic OS) will emerge, encompassing rules, protocols, safeguards and principles to ensure the profound opportunities that IoT presents, are available to all members of society,” said Shridhar.

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