Workstreams 2018-06-17T19:55:25+00:00

IoT Alliance Australia Workstreams

IoTAA launched the report “Enabling the Internet of Things for Australia”  in October 2015, which outlines how to ensure Australia harnesses the benefits of the next “great disruptor”. The report warned that Australia’s fundamental IoT capabilities are good, but lack of industry and government focus risks denying Australia the opportunity for IoT competitive advantage and global market leadership.

The report’s 12 recommendations for regulatory and policy change, combined with industry initiatives led to seven workstreams being created to address key enablers and inhibitors for the Australian IoT industry.

The Eleven Workstreams

Sectoral Workstreams: Smart Industries & Cities


Creating and developing sectoral IoT advancement and alignment with key sectors, including through Government Industry Growth Centre activities, Infrastructure Australia, state Governments and key sectoral bodies with an initial focus on water and energy resource management, food and agribusiness, transport and Smart Cities.

Terms of Reference

  • Providing an IoT strategy and policy recommendations with focus sectors to align with government and industry priority areas.
  • Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders including major sector aligned Growth Centres, Industry Associations, Major Government Influencers
  • Align IoT solutions to meet the needs of industry and consumers
  • Create more IoT awareness, engagement and education for consumers, markets and governments.
  • Apply the learnings of global best practice sector inititaives such as the US Smart Cities IoT initiative.

Sectoral Workstream Chair

Catherine Caruna-McManus, Giant Ideas

Sectoral Workstreams

1. Smart Cities – Chair Michael Comninos, Astrolable; Vice-Chair Adam Beck, Smart Cities Council

2. Food and Agribusiness – Chair Mike Briers, Food Agility

3. Water – Chair Catherine Caruana-McManus, Giant Ideas

4. Energy – Chair – Mark Atkinson, Itron

5. Transport – acting Chair – Nadeen Jayasundara, Accenture

6. Manufacturing – Chair, Danielle Kennedy, CSIRO

Enabler Workstream 1: Collaboration


To develop a coherent, collaborative and globally-aware Australian IoT community with industry, Government and other key stakeholders to foster innovation, inform appropriate policy and regulatory settings.

Terms of Reference

  • Defining IoT collaboration.
  • Creating an overall communications strategy to establish messaging and advocacy for IoT.
  • Contributing to Governments, industry and other stakeholders understanding of the importance of IoT and the need for co-ordinated action.
  • Developing an IoT collaboration measurement method.

Workstream Chair

Paul Francis, KPMG

Enabler Workstream 2: Data Use, Availability and Privacy


Develop IoT open data and data sharing principles and guidelines  with a possible sectoral focus. In conjunction, develop data privacy guidlines for use of IoT data.

Terms of Reference

  • Prioritising high-value areas for IoT – developing criteria to identify high-value data, the sharing of which would create significant social benefits.
  • Development of Australian economy wide, sector/product specific data sharing principles to facilitate IoT.
  • Promoting data sharing principles  and addressing consumer expectations.
  • Incentivising data quality for IoT applications
  • De-identification of personal information

Workstream Chair

Peter Leonard, Data Synergies

Enabler Workstream 3: Cyber Security & Network Resilience


To develop security guidelines for IoT service elements, including data protection.

Terms of Reference

  • Provide an IoT interpretation of current and future regulatory security proposals to ensure the right balance between building trust and enabling innovation.
  • Developing and maintaining security guidelines for IoT
  • Maintaining the IoT sectors reference guide to global markets regulatory requirements
  • Develop and maintain IoT network and service resilience attributes and guidelines for service classes.

Workstream Chair

Matt Tett, Enex TestLab

Enabler Workstream 4: Platforms & Interoperability


Provide clarity and insights to industry on the core capabilities of an IoT platform, in order to assist with selecting the best platform; & ensure adoption of appropriate practices and standards to support interoperability.

Terms of Reference

  • Create a framework for understanding the functionality of different IoT platforms.
  • Understand the landscape for standards across the technology stack for interoperability from communication layers to data, operational and business layers.

Workstream Chair

Geof Heydon, Creator Tech

Enabler Workstream 5: IoT Start-ups


Develop policy and IoT eco-system frameworks in support of a national IoT program, supporting the start-up community which is linked to Industry Growth Centres.

Terms of Reference

  • Identify and engage key government stakeholders to help with IoT start-ups
  • Establish links to the capital raising sector specific to IoT start-ups
  • Identify key IoT labs and hubs and build up IoT eco-system and areas of expertise
  • Provide educational support, with tools and practical help for IoT start ups – identifying their key barriers to success

Workstream Co-Chairs

David Goad and Matthew Tati