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Internet of Things (IoT)

Overview

NIST understands the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it impacts our everyday lives in a big way. The IoT could revolutionize the American economy by enabling a fully connected world with on-demand access to data, systems, and each other. Since an IoT product might be defined as including an IoT device and any other product components that are necessary to using the IoT device beyond basic operational features, there are risks that come along with this level of connectivity—especially among so many devices across the globe. We must be able to trust the privacy, security, authenticity, and reliability of these devices, as well as the advanced networks that support them. 

NIST’s collaborative work across IoT focuses on the role we can play to help guarantee our connected future. From developing a fundamental understanding of IoT systems, to supporting trustworthy smart and connected systems and networks, to helping to create IoT standards, to supporting our power grid and cybersecurity work—NIST is constantly exploring new approaches to solve next-generation challenges. We hope to help enable a world where diverse wireless devices and systems coexist without compromise and encourage innovation.

The Research

Projects & Programs

Neuromorphic Device Measurements

Ongoing
Neuromorphic computing is a radical new approach to information processing for artificial intelligence where, instead of using digital electronics, inspiration

Trustworthy Networks of Things

Ongoing
NIST is working with industry to design, standardize, test and foster adoption of network-centric approaches to protect IoT devices from the Internet and to

USGv6 Program

Ongoing
NIST is Working with other USG agencies and industry to develop and maintain the standards, test program, deployment guidance and test and measurement tools

Additional Resources Links

News

a photo of a phone with various icons showing the household appliances and systems that it can control via the internet

Growing the Internet of Things Into a Safe and Responsible Member of Your Household

Technology is supposed to help us, but sometimes it feels like for every step forward we take two steps back. Like many people (and despite my resistance), my family has accumulated a few internet of things (IoT) devices in our home. Our motivation for acquiring them has been to streamline our lives. For instance, when we needed to be able to play our newborn son’s music anywhere in the house, a
Solar and wind power

NIST Develops Interoperability Profile for Distributed Energy Resources and Grid Integration

the benefits of wirelessly controlling these and other industry systems

NIST Researcher Addresses IEEE Workshop on Wireless Systems' Future in Industry

Enabling electric vehicle stations integration and interoperability with the grid

NIST, SEPA Develop Interoperability Profile for Integrating Electric Vehicle Charging with Grid