Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the NAM-supported Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act today. This legislation creates a strategic partnership between manufacturers and the public sector focused on fostering the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). The National Association of Manufacturers looks forward to working with both the House and Senate to move this bipartisan bill.
Manufacturers’ products now use secure network connectivity, wireless technology and cloud infrastructure to connect with one another and the customer. On the shop floor and in the field, our industry is using technology to manage production line activities, safeguard and monitor plant security, enhance product performance and reliability, satisfy customer needs, inventory and raw materials and shipping logistics. The DIGIT Act acknowledges this integral role the IoT plays in driving innovation in the manufacturing sector.
Government and the industry must work together to develop a strategy that will preserve, sustain and expand the growth generated by this technology trend. The DIGIT Act will help continue to unleash the economic growth the IoT is creating in the manufacturing sector by establishing a steering committee of federal stakeholders, including manufacturers, charged with developing recommendations to Congress on how best to encourage IoT growth.
The IoT is a transformative force in today’s manufacturing environment, and it is important that the policies in Washington facilitate its growth. Manufacturers cannot afford losing our leadership role in the digitally driven economy due to ill-advised legislation and regulation. By creating a strategic partnership with manufacturers, the DIGIT Act is a step forward toward establishing a sensible strategy that encourages continued innovation in our sector.