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April 01, 2015 15:07 ET

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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 01, 2015) - LiveWatch Security recently showed how the Internet of Things can be used to make the world safer at a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade that explored the IoT and its implications for the new frontier of digital technology.

The Internet of Things, which is the technical term used to describe the direct communication between electronic devices, already includes 25 billion interconnected smart gadgets, and is expected to grow to include 50 billion by the end of the decade. Many of these devices are tools meant to simplify daily tasks, such as smart refrigerators that tell owners what they need to restock when they go shopping, and smart watches that help users plan their workout schedules.

However, as the subcommittee learned, the Internet of Things can also save lives.

"With a fully developed Internet of Things, existing security procedures could be seamlessly automated to prevent and mitigate crimes in a more efficient way," said LiveWatch CEO Brad Morehead. "Emergency alarm systems and sensor data could travel from machine to machine instantly, smart applications could be used to determine the probability of false alarms, and security camera feeds could be transmitted directly to responding officers, helping them do their job most effectively."

LiveWatch's ground-breaking home security devices and applications pair the Internet of Things with industry-standard surveillance and communications technology to provide its customers with unprecedented levels of security. The company's ASAPer service employs a network of smart wireless sensors and mobile group chat technology to put customers instantly in touch with both their entire list of emergency contacts and certified security professionals when an alarm goes off on their property.

After demonstrating these capabilities, Morehead and three fellow panelists took part in a Q&A session with the subcommittee. The session covered both the potential benefits and the barriers to implementation of the internet of things.

Fielding questions from subcommittee members including Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the panelists discussed economic benefits and privacy concerns related to the Internet of Things. Investment in IoT will lead to job creation, especially in the tech sector, and it will also give rise to new ways of managing consumer data that will require congressional support for anti-data breach laws.

"When it comes to privacy, I think we'll see the emergence of two models of personal data management," Morehead said. "There will be an Apple model of sorts where the data is kept private, and a Google model where it is more public. It's not a winner-takes-all situation, so both can be used to enhance IoT-based services."

The other panelists presenting innovative IoT-based technology were Daniel Castro, Vice President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Brian van Harlingen, Belkin International's Chief Technology Officer; and Rose Schooler, the General Manager of Intel Corporation's IoT Strategy and Technology Office.

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