Donald Trump's immigration policy will hurt US, not India: IoT inventor

Mail Today Bureau   Bengaluru     Last Updated: October 6, 2016  | 09:22 IST
Donald Trump's immigration policy will hurt US, not India: IoT inventor
Kevin Ashton, Inventor of Internet of Things [Photo: Mail Today Bureau]

British IT wizard and 'Internet of Things' inventor Kevin Ashton on Wednesday said Republican candidate Donald Trump will not come out trumps in the US Presidential elections and that his stance on the outsourcing industry and immigration policies will harm the US more than India.

"Donald Trump is not going to come out trumps in the US Presidential elections because his organisational skills are poor. The damage will be done not to India, but to the United States,'' Ashton told journalists at the eighth edition of NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit here.

Trump is the Republican candidate for the US President's post and and has come in for criticism in India over his views on the outsourcing industry and existing immigration policies.

"Trump is playing a dangerous game. Even if he wins the election, he will not execute half of the things he has been saying, but will try to enrich himself,'' Ashton said.

He also said the IoT ecosystemin India was rapidly expanding, owing to demand for both Industrial and Consumer IoT applications and is set to be a critical part of the next level of growth for the IT industry. Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar, on the other hand, said India needed to wait and watch, rather than panic, on the outcome of the US Presidential elections.

India can afford to sort of wait and see the circumstances because the Indian IT industry actually helps create jobs even ostensibly in United States. Therefore, we need not press panic buttons, he said.

The Internet of Things (IoT) market in India stands at USD 5.6 billion with 200 million connected units in 2016 and is expected to grow to USD 15 billion with 2.7 billion units by 2020, Chandrashekhar said.

The global IoT market is expected to grow to over USD 3 trillion by same period, and both consumer and industrial applications are expected to drive overall IoT growth, he said. The term 'Internet of Things' describes a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via ubiquitous sensors.

The IoT ecosystem in India comprises around 120 organisations from across the value chain, the Nasscom chief said.

Chandrasekhar said IoT as a concept has seen vested interests from across industries globally and was set to become a major differentiator in driving the next generation of services and products.

In India, while the industry is at a nascent stage, industrial applications of IoT primarily in manufacturing, automotive and transportation and logistics are expected to drive IoT revenues by 2020, he said.

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