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A coalition of technology industry groups and companies is urging the U.S. government to adopt a national strategy "to promote investment, development and widespread utilization of the [internet of things]."

A new internet of things strategy dialogue report issued by tech industry groups and companies, including The Information Technology Industry Council, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Intel Corp., called on the government to pass the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act and adopt a broad definition of what the internet of things is.

The group wants the government to adopt this definition "as an initial level-set for any future policy making regarding the [internet of things]."

It said: "The [internet of things] consists of 'things' (devices) connected through a network to the cloud (data center) from which data can be shared and analyzed to create value (solve problems or enable new capabilities).

"The [internet of things] enables us to connect 'things' like phones, appliances, machinery and cars to the internet, share and analyze the data generated by these 'things' and extract meaningful insights; those insights create new opportunities, help solve problems and implement solutions in the physical world."

The report also provided other recommendations for government and industry to work together, including security of internet of things devices, public-private research partnerships, rules at the federal and international levels and finding more spectrum for 5G.

The report urged Congress and the Trump Administration to incentivize multilayered protection of internet of things solutions using hardware- and software-integrated security.