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Future Internet Report

Townsend, E; (2011) Future Internet Report. Information Communications Technology Knowledge Transfer Network (ICT-KTN): London, UK. Green open access

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The UK Future Internet Strategy Group (UK FISG) was established under the sponsorship of the Technology Strategy Board, chaired by Nick Wainwright of HP Labs, Bristol, and is coordinated by the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (ICT KTN). The group comprises senior representatives from industry and academia who are closely involved in the sector. The Business Information and Skills Department and the Technology Strategy Board are also represented and provide guidance to the group on Future Internet definition. As part of its core activity to provide direction for future work, inform industry and academia about the opportunities offered by the Future Internet and advise the UK Government, UK FISG commissioned this strategic document. In the process of building a wide base of authoritative evidence on which the report has been constructed, over 20 leading figures from industry and academia agreed to participate in a comprehensive interview process. This resulted in over 750 individual items of opinion that have been represented and consolidated to form this report. So what do we mean by the term Future Internet? The Future Internet is about ‘Internet-style’ services that will be transformational for UK business and society, not only in the types and span of services, but in the efficient way they are delivered, placing the end user in control of aspects of quality and cost. It is a unique opportunity to bring citizens together and increase business and profitability, creating a new socio–economic fabric. It is a mistake to think of the Future Internet as simply more capable infrastructure in the ground. It is not a replacement of what we have today but is part of the continuum of development. The Internet lets us make connections across previously unconnected services and businesses, breaking down ‘silos’ and letting businesses put the right combination of services together for customers. So the first part of our definition of the Future Internet is that it is an evolution rather than replacement. The Internet was initially about communications and then a means of delivering services. The next stage in this progression is a convergence of services, together with massively shared data. Converged services and shared data open up the opportunity for highly efficient, value-added, contextually aware decision support to both business and citizens. But this will not be possible without an advanced wireless and fixed infrastructure to allow access anywhere, anytime, creating an omnipresent fabric linking people and machine-to-machine communications. In fact, one of the main features of the Future Internet will be a massive growth in machine-to-machine communications; no longer will all data be generated only by people. Decision support will largely depend on billions of multipurpose sensors that are able to constantly update a three-dimensional ‘picture’ of our environment. The big step change will stem from the ability to interact with ‘things’ in our environment: so not just to have a web page about a company or building, but to be able to interact with them directly.

Type: Report
Title: Future Internet Report
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://ktn-uk.org/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Future Internet, Internet Service, Internet of Things
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043681
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