UK Future Internet Strategy Group FUTURE INTERNET REPORT

UK Future Internet Strategy Group has published a FUTURE INTERNET REPORT. I have mixed feelings about it and while it is always good to see such efforts, it is missing a key point(which will be the focus of a subsequent blog post). However, the synopsis of the report is as below:

The Future Internet environment is brought about by technologies that allow the capture of a vastly increased amount of data, ranging from high-definition video to a massive increase in low-cost multipurpose sensors. The number of connected devices is set to increase worldwide from the current level of 4.5 billion to 50 billion by 2020. This, together with other data sources, has driven the amount of data in the world up to a staggering 988 exabytes in 2010, roughly equivalent to a stack of books stretching from the Sun to Pluto and back.

A key focus of this report has been to identify the main enabling components that will allow a ‘market’ based on the concept of the Future Internet of converged services and advanced infrastructure and the advanced connectivity and mobility features it provides. Many of these enabling components can be implemented today: for example, the technology to share data or to provide wireless connectivity is available; novel payment models are implemented in businesses such as Apple and Amazon.

Fundamentally, the main issue is how to bring multiple elements together around a value case that will justify the required investment and result in a market being created. The recommendations address areas of strategy, setting the national and local agenda, and the creation of value cases and putting innovation and skills at the centre of the Future Internet initiative. Recommendations on infrastructure cover solving issues of wireless connectivity, global Internet addressing and the creation of massively shared data clouds. Finally, research needs to be undertaken to resolve issues of trust and security for data and access to the infrastructure.

In conclusion, other economies are currently implementing elements of the Future Internet from infrastructure through to the delivery of services and demonstrating the cost savings and societal improvements. The underlying technologies largely exist and can be integrated to deliver the vision described in this report with huge savings to government, local authorities and individual citizens, whilst at the same time creating a new Internet-style economy
generating new business and profitability.

The UK possesses a strong foundation in technology and innovation to take a leadership position, given the correct level of investment and policies at a national and local level.