The Lanterman Group

NEO IoT Collaborative

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Creating an IoT Strategy for Northeast Ohio Universities

Assisting the universities in the IoT Collaborative achieve digital excellence.


The Challenge

With an estimated $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years and 34 billion IoT devices connected to the internet by 2020, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University created a joint initiative called the IoT Collaborative to seize the growth in IoT technologies.

The IoT Collaborative needed an industry-focused, strategic plan to positioning Cleveland as a driving force in IoT research, solutions, and workforce development.

The Outcome

The Lanterman Group, worked with the IoT Collaborative to assess the market need, develop key opportunities, and create a strategic plan to achieve digital excellence in Northeast Ohio. We interviewed local organizations and performed secondary background research to understand industry needs and expectations, partnerships engagement models, potential programs, and growth pathways.

Our insights identified the purpose and outcomes of the industrial IoT applications over the next 1-6 years to help inform the IoT Collaborative planning efforts and strategy.

We identified 12 key opportunity areas with 80 sub-opportunities for IoT applications that could be pursued by the IoT Collaborative. Each opportunity was evaluated on five impact areas that were identified as priorities to the universities; research potential, education/curriculum, community engagement, industry collaboration, and facilities needed.