Thu Feb 9, 2017 10:13AM
Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Mahmoud Vaezi says a special committee has been working on the development of the Internet of things (IoT) in the country for two years now.
Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Mahmoud Vaezi says a special committee has been working on the development of the Internet of things (IoT) in the country for two years now.

Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Mahmoud Vaezi says a special committee has been working on the development of the Internet of things (IoT) in the country for two years now.

Iran says it is pushing forward an ambitious plan to use the Internet of things (IoT) – a move that could take the country closer to smart cities and automated utilities. 

Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Mahmoud Vaezi was quoted by the domestic media as saying that a specialized committee inside his ministry had been working on the development of the IoT in the country over the past two years.

Vaezi added that the committee was working on several perils pertaining to the project including privacy and security.

He also emphasized that certain steps had been devised for adopting the required regulations for using the IoT in Iran.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian minister said that a pilot project to use the IoT had already been launched in capital Tehran, adding that the preliminaries for launching the project at a larger scale were being prepared.   

As a network of physical objects, the IoT enables items such as devices, vehicles, buildings and others to collect and exchange data.

This technology allows the objects to be monitored and controlled remotely through a computer-based system and is meant to provide consumers increased convenience.

Iran’s media reported last May that the country’s researchers had launched a small-scale IoT project in eastern Tehran.  The project was the first of its kind in the Middle East and officially took Iran to the club of countries that are using the technology. 

On the same front, the media reported in late January that the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) had signed an agreement with Iran’s leading telecom operator Hamrah-e Aval to use smart gas meters that wound be connected to the IoT.  This, reports said, was meant to increase energy consumption efficiency across the country.