IoT Impact Award - be in it to win it!

This is a call out to all our members and friends to get behind our first ever award and nominate!
The nomination process is easy. Serious bragging rights could be yours!

IoTAA's IoT Impact Award will recognise an organisation or company that has positively impacted the adoption of the Internet of Things in the Australian economy.

The nominated company can be any size, in any sector; the impact can be in any area: IoT use cases, security, data sharing, funding of IoT start-ups, awareness and education of IoT, thought leadership or partnership creation.

Nominations close 5 June 2017.

Download the nomination form: http://www.acomms.com.au/nominations.php
 

IoTAA Bulletin May

Hello and welcome to our first member bulletin!

There is so much IoTAA activity, the trick is to keep it short! These bulletins will come out whenever there is plenty of interesting content. If you have big news that will be of interest to our membership, send 100 words maximum to hello@iot.org.au with the header "Bulletin content". 

Frank Zeichner, CEO

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Nominate for IoT Impact Award; Meet the Board; How many are we? Cybersecurity Guideline; Hong Kong MOU; Workstream News.

IoT Security Guideline Launched to Counter Threats to Privacy and Network Resilience

Gavin Smith, President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, launches the IoTAA Security Guideline

Gavin Smith, President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, launches the IoTAA Security Guideline

The Internet of Things Security Guideline was launched at KPMG’s new Melbourne offices this afternoon by Gavin Smith, President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, and Chair of the IoTAA Board.

The Federal Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, delivered a keynote address at the event.

“Managing security risks and protecting user privacy are vital to realising the benefits of digital transformation”, says IoT Alliance Australia CEO, Frank Zeichner.

“We see a security agenda as vital to build trust in an IoT-connected world for consumers and business users, as well as an opportunity for Australian cyber security industry”, says Mr Zeichner.

The IoTAA Security Guideline is the first in a series of documents on IoT security and network resilience that IoTAA is set to deliver over the coming months.

The IoTAA Security Guideline provides top-level guidance to CEOs and CIOs, in particular in the industry sectors where IoT is hot right now, including consumer, industrial, agriculture and smart cities.

The Guideline aims to promote a ‘security by design’ approach to IoT. “IoT is everywhere, and we are already seeing the insecurity that it can bring. We really want the Guideline to help industry players understand how to practically apply security and privacy for IoT devices”, says co-author and outgoing Chair of the IoTAA Workstream on Cyber Security and Network Resilience, Malcolm Shore.

Chair of the IoTAA Executive Council and Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, is supportive of the initiative, “It’s great that IoTAA published this under a creative commons licence and is engaging with Communications Alliance to publish a second version. A public consultation process will give a wider range of stakeholders the opportunity to review and add value to the document before publishing it as an Industry Guideline – which can then be updated over time as new developments and potential risks become evident.”

The Guideline can be downloaded from http://www.iot.org.au/resources/

National agenda-setting Board appointed to mature the Internet of Things in Australia

L to R: Johanna Plante, Gavin Smith, Stuart Waite, Warren Lemmens, Frank Zeichner. Out of shot: Dr Mike Briers, Prof Bronwyn Harch and Nicole Lockwood.

L to R: Johanna Plante, Gavin Smith, Stuart Waite, Warren Lemmens, Frank Zeichner.

Out of shot: Dr Mike Briers, Prof Bronwyn Harch and Nicole Lockwood.

The Board of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia, IoTAA, has today been formally appointed.

Operating at the interface of industry, government, research and communities, the Board comprises an impressive group of senior national and international leaders in their fields.

Gavin Smith, the President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, a leading global technology and services company has been appointed as the first Chair of the new Board.

“Our key challenge is to encourage understanding and collaboration across industry, government, research and communities”, Gavin Smith said. “Only by doing this will we accelerate IoT innovation and adoption, and contribute to economic prosperity and social benefit in Australia”.

The Board

The inaugural Board of IoTAA has seven members:

Mr Gavin Smith, Chair: President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, a regional subsidiary of the global Bosch group.

Professor Bronwyn Harch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science at Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Mike Briers AO: Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney, and co-founder and Director of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia and Hypercat Australia.

Ms Johanna Plante: Chairperson of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, (ACCAN), past roles include the ACCC; ACMA; Telstra and the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

Ms Nicole Lockwood: Principal of Lockwood Advisory, member of the Water Corporation, Tourism WA and Infrastructure Australia Boards, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council.

Mr Stuart Waite: start-up investor, advisor, entrepreneur and digital transformation consultant with over 20 years’ experience in digital media.

Mr Warren Lemmens: Chief Technology Officer for Nokia in the Oceania Region. He is a specialist in connectedness and IoT. In his career Warren has consulted widely across the Asia Pacific region. 

More on the Board can be found at http://www.iot.org.au/board/

About IoT

The IoT is the next wave of digital transformation. IoT uses sensors, internet connectivity, analytics, applications and advanced visualisation to translate the physical into digital. IoT can collect and shape data sources, analyse to gain insights, optimise systems and enable data-driven user assistance and automation. IoT-related applications have the potential to revolutionise supply chains and entire industrial sectors and create efficiencies that will be game-changers for society and economies.

Various analysts forecast the global impact of IoT on the global economy in the $trillions, and up to $120 billion to the Australian economy by 2025.

About IoTAA

The vision of IoTAA is to empower industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT.

IoTAA has over 450 members from approximately 200 organisations across its six workstreams.

IoTAA was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in July 2016, emerging from the Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank, established in 2015. IoTAA is hosted and supported by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) at its Broadway Campus in Sydney.

Contact: Leonie Hellmers, IoTAA, leonie.hellmers@uts.edu.au

Hypercat Australia launched

An alliance of Internet of Things (IoT) industry players, corporates and government, today launched Hypercat Australia as a technology standard to support the development of smart cities.

Hypercat (for hypermedia catalogue) is a UK developed alliance and standard that enables free communication from any connected IoT sensor or device being used to monitor an environment. 

Increasingly, IoT is being used by smart cities to help inform decision making and improve city services, from air quality and energy usage to traffic flows and asset utilisation. The Anglo-Australian collaboration aims to establish Hypercat as a global standard. 

Hypercat Australia was launched by the Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and Nick McInnes, British Consul General and Director General for Trade and Investment, at a special roundtable breakfast hosted by KPMG in Sydney.  

Register your interest in joining Hypercat Australia here: http://www.hypercat.io/australia.html

About Hypercat

The Hypercat Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that is driving secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) for industry and cities. Hypercat has two main areas of focus. Firstly, it has created a standard which is making IoT data more discoverable and interoperable. Secondly, Hypercat has brought together a consortium to drive forward interoperable smart city innovation. Hypercat has nearly 1,000 members and growing.

www.hypercat.io

Full media release

Ministerial Media Release

Internet of Things Network Goes Live in Sydney at IoT State of the Nation

The Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield today activated a new community Internet of Things (IoT) network at a major industry event in Sydney. 

Minister Fifield was the keynote speaker at the inaugural IoT “State-of-the-Nation” workshop and networking event, attended by more than 200 stakeholders from industry, government, the start-up community, academia and the consumer sector. 

The workshop, hosted by KPMG, showcased the diverse range of initiatives underway within the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) – the peak body dedicated to empowering industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT.

See media release 

Showcasing the industry and economy benefits of the internet of things

Now is the time to demonstrate IoT use cases that solve real-world problems, raise awareness, excitement and the level of conversation around IoT in Government, academia, and industry. IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) invites your organisation to participate in the IoTAA Showcase Program. Help demonstrate that “learning by doing” is a powerful way to begin IoT-driven digital transformation! Be part of a collaborative eco-system within the Australian IoT community!

What are we looking for?

IoTAA is looking to deliver four showcases that solve real-world problems through a collaboration of partners in the IoT eco-system.

For the four showcases as a whole, the following requirements and principles apply:

  • one showcase for each of the IoTAA target sectors: smart cities, food & agriculture, water and energy management, and transport;
  • show more than one clear business benefit
  • at least one regional showcase;
  • showcases to spread over three to four states and including both major metro and regional locations;
  • a balance of partners in each project (across the solution stack);
  • no vendor in more than two projects and preferably one;
  • involvement of at least one Australian start-up in each showcase;
  • involvement of a university in each project is preferable;
  • each showcase is end-to-end project managed by showcase participants;
  • active participation of sectoral industry player/associations is essential (e.g. councils in smart cities, industry associations or similar etc.);
  • each showcase to have an IoT story that highlights purpose and applicability;
  • support for a common platform approach will be preferred, enabling wider future use of data from other sources; and
  • commencement of the first showcase ideally before Christmas 2016.  

Think you meet at least one component of the showcase requirements? Team up with partners along the IoT value chain and submit your showcase!

Haven’t found partners yet but feel that you have parts of the puzzle? Submit your ideas and what you can bring to the table for a showcase and we may be able to help you find collaborations partners.

Submit your ‘no-nonsense pitch’ to IoTAA before Friday, 2 September 2016. Submissions do not have to use a specific template but must be in MS Word format and not exceed three A4 pages. If you have any questions, please contact IoTAA. 

IoT Alliance Australia Aim to Harness the Power of the Internet of Things

Sydney, 19 July 2016: The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) - a strong coalition of industry and Government stakeholders designed to seize for Australia the opportunities presented by IoT – has been launched as an independent not-for-profit entity.

The IoTAA grew out of an IoT Think Tank created by Communications Alliance in early 2015, which aimed to shape the regulatory and collaborative framework to garner IoT-related benefits for Australian industry and the wider economy.

The IoTAA was formally launched by Federal Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, at an industry function in Sydney tonight.

Michael Lee - Chairman, Comms Alliance, Frank Zeichner - Creator Tech, Jason Clare - Shadow Minister for Communications, Catherine Caruana-McManus - Giant Ideas

Michael Lee - Chairman, Comms Alliance, Frank Zeichner - Creator Tech, Jason Clare - Shadow Minister for Communications, Catherine Caruana-McManus - Giant Ideas

More than 200 individual experts and more than 100 organisations - including leading technology companies, regulators, Government entities, industry groups (representing more than 60,000 Australian businesses) and academic institutions – have been drawn to participate in the work of IoTAA.

Six work streams are making progress on a range of fronts, including spectrum availability and a new way to manage it, network resilience, industry verticals, data sharing and privacy, and how to foster IoT start-ups. 

The IoTAA will be initially hosted and supported administratively by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Broadway Campus in Sydney.

IoT gathers real-world information and converts it to digital form. Complemented by the looming power of 5G technology, IoT seems certain to transform sectors and economies by revolutionising industry methods and supply chains, unleashing analytical power undreamt of until now, and enhancing our ability to predict and control the future.

Mr Clare commented that IoT harbours both massive opportunities and significant risks.

"If we don't get our skates on we will be left behind.  A lot of countries are already ahead of us when it comes to IoT.  If we don't turn this around we will miss out on a lot of new jobs, more investment and new businesses," Mr Clare said.

Already more than 14 billion devices are connected to the internet world wide and the trend line suggests a move to about 26 billion installed units by 2020 and – some forecast – 1 trillion by 2035.

Earlier this month SK Telecom in South Korea launched a suite of Internet of Things offerings, based on the open-source LPWAN LoRa technology, that are priced at one-tenth the cost of its LTE-based IoT services.

SKT completed the LoRaWAN infrastructure rollout at the end of June – six months ahead of schedule – and now covers 99% of the country’s population with the service.

In Australia these types of network are also being developed. The University of Wollongong Innovation Campus and Australian solution provider Meshed have launched a publicly accessible LoRaWAN network in Wollongong and are soon to launch a similar network in Sydney.

Please see below a list of the IoTAA Executive Council members.

IoTAA Executive Council:

  • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Australian Industry Group (AIG)
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
  • Business Council of Australia (BCA)
  • Communications Alliance
  • Creator Tech
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA)
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
  • Ericsson
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Internet Australia
  • Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi)
  • KPMG
  • nbn
  • Nokia
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)/Australian Privacy Commissioner
  • Optus
  • Telstra

IoTAA Special Event – A Global Perspective on the Evolution of the Internet of Things

IoTAA hosted a special event today at UTS with Dr Alex Bazin – Vice President, Head of Internet of Things (IoT), within Fujitsu’s Global Delivery organisation.

London-based Alex shared a global perspective on the evolution of the IoT, how a range of industries are using these technologies to drive business outcomes, examine the enablers and barriers for IoT adoption and the key success factors for companies and nations to derive its full potential.

Presentation: Delivering Business Value with the Internet of Things

Dr Alex Bazin

Dr Alex Bazin

Dr Alex Bazin leads a global team of technology and market specialists who are responsible for the globalization of Fujitsu IoT portfolio.

Alex and his team own and manage a set of standardized IoT offerings based on Fujitsu’s products and services that address the needs of Fujitsu’s global customers. His team also acts as a global ‘Centre of Excellence’ providing sales and delivery support to Fujitsu regions for IoT projects.

He supports the strategic direction of Fujitsu’s IoT investments, channeling the ‘voice of the customer’ to internal and partner research and development programs.

Alex is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry and customer events on the topics of new technologies and innovation.

Alex joined Fujitsu in 2007 and has worked across business development, consulting and delivery roles all with a focus on innovation and new technologies Prior to being appointed Head of Internet of Things in June 2015, he held senior technology leadership roles in Innovation, Cloud, Application Services, Biometrics and Identity Management. In these roles, he led the delivery of complex application solutions for a number of large public and private sector customers around the world.

Alex’s background is in IT research and standardization, having held engineering roles at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, in academia and in industry. He also served as an expert to the International Standards Organization on various technical committees.

Alex received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering and an Engineering Doctorate in Multibiometric Systems from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. He has recently returned from working in Fujitsu’s New York City offices, Alex currently lives in London, England with his wife and young son.

Collaboration can drive Australian IoT

Encouraging data collection and collaboration.

By Peter Gutierrez on May 9 2016 6:36AM

iThe Internet of Things has the potential to unlock unparalleled levels of insight and knowledge not previously available, according to the CEO of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi), Mike Briers.

But he said that the industry needed to collaborate better, in part because the inherent complexity of IoT solutions means that attempting to fly solo is not an option.

“In the Internet of Things world, you only have to look at the technology stack in terms of whether it’s sensors, the communication network, the data platform, the analytics, the user experience, or security and privacy to realise that it’s very difficult for one organisation to get their head around all of it,” he said.

"What we’re starting to see is firms with expertise in those different areas work out how to effectively collaborate in order to deliver something to the end user.”

Briers said that the essence of IoT is to create a system to measure ‘things’ to support a decision at the end of the data-gathering and analysis process, “effectively rendering things - that are otherwise invisible to us – visible.”

“IoT is a game-changer, and quite distinctive from the broader area of big data,” he said.

The power of IoT-derived data

Briers believes “the value of [IoT] data increases with its circulation”, and his work with the KEi involves finding ways for companies and researchers – who have traditionally been protective of their data – to make it available to others for the benefit of everybody.

Briers described two schools of thought on the notion of IoT data collection and distribution.

Firstly, the idea of “measure it and they will come", which he said is currently being demonstrated through internet connectivity being embedded into new products.

Briers cites Bosch as an example of this approach. It is embedding connectivity capability under the assumption that someone will find a use for it on any given device they manufacture.

Briers’ second IoT data theory centres around “measuring what really matters.”

“This is sometimes missing from Internet of Things conversations, where you can start with a problem and then you can measure the attributes and the environments you need to help solve that problem,” he explained.

As an extension of this, Briers added that the notion of co-creation - where the end users themselves describe the issues they face which then contributes to the development and creation of an IoT solution – enables companies “to focus on end user problems and work their way back.”

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IOT Alliance Australia expands as OAIC comes aboard

Sydney, 25 May 2016 – The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has welcomed the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as an observer.

The OAIC will be an observer on the Alliance’s Executive Council (see attached membership list), which includes a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, Government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The IoTAA was created in 2015 to be the leading Australian industry and government body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework needed to harness for the Australian economy the opportunities that are being created by IoT.

Chair of the IoT Executive Council, John Stanton, said the OAIC would bring valuable expertise to the Alliance.

“The OAIC and the Australian Privacy Commissioner, are very important stakeholders to have on board, given the work we are doing to build privacy protections in this area.”

The Alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, Smart Cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

The workstreams include a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT.

IoTAA Executive Council Members as at May 2016

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Australian Industry Group (AIG)

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)

Business Council of Australia (BCA)

Communications Alliance

Creator Tech

CSIRO

Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA)

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

Ericsson

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Huawei

IBM

Intel

Internet Australia

Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi)

KPMG

NBN

Nokia

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

Optus

Telstra

IOT Alliance Welcomes BCA

Sydney, 19 May 2016 

The BCA has become a member of the Alliance’s Executive Council, which includes a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, Government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The IoTAA was created in 2015 to be the leading Australian industry and government body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework needed to harness for the Australian economy the opportunities that are being created by IoT.
Chair of the IoTAA Executive Council, John Stanton, said the decision of the BCA to join the Alliance would further accelerate the process of creating a globally aware IoT community in Australia.

“The BCA is made up of the CEOs of more than 130 of Australia’s top companies – we look forward to making use of that horse-power to help ensure that Australia can benefit from the positive disruptive force that is IoT,” Mr Stanton said.
The Alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, Smart Cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

The workstreams include a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT.