Governmental agencies play a key role in how successful and widespread IoT technologies are in different industry sectors. Usually these technologies are not developed in a siloed manner: development takes place in ecosystems, clusters, and sectors where a number of different actors combine their efforts for success. Some of these actors are likely from the public sector, and some are from the private sector.

This leads to a number of governance challenges and tensions, for example whether IoT-based solutions are perceived as national infrastructure or commercially-owned platforms or both, and unanswered questions emerge about data ownership and interoperable standards of the devices, data, applications, networks, and systems.

Expected impact

We address these issues by providing an account of state-of-the art research, definitions, and framework from scientific journals. This effort is combined with an empirical investigation using key-person interviews from Swedish agencies. The findings raise a number of observations related to current status of IoT in Sweden, the role of agencies—and MSB—in advancing IoT that need to be further investigated in future research.

Theoretical perspectives

Internet of Things (IoT) maturity


Myndigheten för samhällskydd och beredskap (MSB) and Swedish 13 government agencies

SCDI participants

Juho Lindman and Ted Saarikko

Funding and timeline

Myndigheten för samhällskydd och beredskap (MSB) 2018