Last year I shared some of the expectations of the M2M/IoT and Digital Industry from Budget 2019. It is time to review some of the initiatives and their impacts on the M2M/IoT ecosystem in the ongoing financial year while projecting the expectations on behalf of the industry for the upcoming Budget 2020.Review of the year gone by: (2019 at a glance)There were a few noteworthy initiatives particularly in 5G and EV segments.During this timeframe, government had placed emphasis on 5G test beds to build potential Use cases for the industry, some Telecom majors have started to work on this in association with private players.Unfortunately, the net outcome of this initiative has not brought any path-breaking outcome for the industry as expected.In 2019, the Union Government of India had incentivised those who bought EV, both in 2W and 4W segments. Even though some of the Auto majors have raised their concerns about these incentives not being good enough to attract the EV buyers; a clear will was shown by the government towards pollution free and environment friendly incentives to give the extra push to EV sales in general.IRDAI released an Exposure Draft Revisiting the product structure for Motor Own Damage in Dec 2019 that has made a recommendation to adopt Telematics for Motor Insurance, it is yet to be seen what happens to those programs that some of the Insurance companies have already launched, and how it takes shape for the rest of the companies in Auto Insurance Industry going forward.The mandatory usage of Fastags on the National Highway Toll Plaza has given the necessary push to the Digital Payment collection and its adoptions on the state highways over a period of time, may add to the fair and transparent collections further – a breakthrough in anti-corruption drive with the IoT enablement.Another development towards the second half of the year was the government considering the licensing of 865-867MHz band.It is understood that this band is used for drone operations, including the unauthorized ones and it is therefore, the government wants to limit the usages for the security purposes. Nonetheless, this is also a known band to be used in most of the LPWAN application as the long range LPWAN IoT networks have heavy dependency on the TX Power.While Smart City initiatives are peaking this year, it will be interesting to see the deploymentpatterns and density of the LPWAN access terminals in densely populated areas.All in all, the year was mixed for the IoT and Digital industry from the government and growthpoint of view. While Fastag implementation is a clear winner, consolidated efforts required from the corresponding government agencies need be accelerated.Budget expectations for 2020With the eye on the Budget 2020, the following are my expectations for the Digital andM2M/IoT/Industrial IoT Industry. Some of the unfulfilled list items from the last year may also appear here. The key inputs for the growth of this sector-Telecom & Service Providers Unbundling the telecom services that were largely dominated by the Telecom players. The Telecom sector to focus on how to transform their business frameworks to service the M2M network requirements. Release the guidelines for M2MSP in India. Harmonization of various M2M/IoT standards in general, and Public Services in particular. The effective launch of NB-IoT services in India, clarification on the spectrum availability for mid term (2022-23) and long-term (2030) needs. Draft guidelines towards Road Safety through Technology intervention – V2V & V2X communications. Automotive & EV adoption Skill development in the field of AI & ethics in AI, Blockchain, 5G, Machine & Deep learning, Digital Native and Cyber security. Promotion of connected PVs/CVs and EVs in general. Metro cities to adopt the EV charging infrastructure needs. Shopping malls and public parking places should make 5-10% of their parking slots EV chargeable. Insurance & BFSI Options to look for Insurance & retail sector opening towards adoption of IoT technologies. Allowing the Insurance companies to roll out PAYD and PHYD products for early adopters to gather the data to substantiate the IoT adoption. Allowing and regulating the basic Data sharing platforms to share/reduce the costs across various services providers. Government/Infrastructure Adoption of IoT/IIoT technology in the government infrastructure monitoring, Public ServiceDelivery, Defense, Oil & Gas, Disaster Management & safety critical industry applications etc. Adoption of Solar/Wind power and managed solar/wind power in the public sector. All government sector buildings and infrastructure should also ensure a part of their energy sourced through clean and green energy. Data Privacy & Security Regulations toward the usage of drones, band licensing related guidelines. The initiatives towards the safer used of technologies, Data Localization for international agencies/corporations, & effective use of Data Sharing platforms. Startups Further emphasis on the Digital India program, through startups, PSUs & govt. operations. Considerations toward IoT & Data business startups Manufacturing & Worker Safety Use of IoT technology in the worker safety applications trials on a subsidized basis. Subsidized modernization of Manufacturing Industry – A policy similar to Singapore and other developed nations for the subsidies for these modernization activities would mean a great push to the adoption IoT and Digital technologies in general Public Initiatives Initiatives towards eradicating the digital addiction, particularly in the teens & adultpopulation. It is also about time when the government should encourage PSUs and private sector towards the Digital Transformation activities to relook at the overall resource utilization, margin improvement and global competitiveness. The government policy initiatives, incentives towards the adoption of clean & green energy, Digital Governance and modernization of the industry are needed to strengthen the fundamentals of Digital India. It won’t be very surprising to say that the dream of Digital India may not be completed without the inclusion and infusion of M2M/IoT and Digital Technologies.Sufficient push and skilled manpower are required to take us to Digital Leaderboard position on the global scale. .DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely of the author and ETTelecom.com does not necessarily subscribe to it. ETTelecom.com shall not be responsible for any damage caused to any person/organisation directly or indirectly.