The National Agricultural Statistics Service wants to use the Internet of Things to glean data from sensors on farm machinery in an effort to boost precision agriculture.
The market research firm identified 10 strategic technology trends and described how government IT managers can apply them to their innovation efforts.
AT&T, IBM join forces to help cities, utilities and commercial firms develop and capitalize on the Internet of intelligent devices.
Advances in traffic safety networks will be driven by the integration of transportation data across the crowd, the mobile phone network and the vehicles themselves, according to researchers.
Government transportation safety planners are experimenting with ways to crowdsource the collection of data on traffic and road conditions, including trading information with consumers and tapping cellular networks to map real-time traffic flows.
Market research firm IDC Government Insights says cities will start putting in place the IT building blocks for smart city systems and applications in 2014.
Bluetooth beacon technology may show up first at the mall, but look for it in enterprise applications that rely on indoor location mapping and navigation.