Internet of Things – Virtual Conference December 1st 2016


IoT Grand Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference

Selected topics covered about IoT

What are some of the most promising applications of IoT currently, and how will cognitive IoT help realize some of those and create new possibilities for IoT? In this panel, industry experts discuss where IoT is today and how emerging technologies like cognitive computing will create new ways of doing business for all types of companies. (panel session).


IoT – from the art of the possible to the very practical. This is an incredibly exciting time. IoT is rapidly transforming the world around us and helping companies increase efficiency, reduce energy waste, gain deeper insights, and create entirely new businesses. Microsoft Azure is all in on IoT and Sam George leads Azure’s IoT efforts. Sam will talk about what is possible in IoT using large and mid-size customer examples as well as the very practical steps companies can take to get started with IoT. (Microsoft Azure – Keynote )


2017 will be the pivotal year where at-scale, successful revenue models are going to emerge in IoT. In this session, Aurelie Guerrieri will share case studies of companies and products that are finding a market through IoT, frameworks to develop future businesses, and pitfalls to avoid. You’ll leave inspired and ready to apply these insights to your own business.

Smart Cities forecast to receive $41 Trillion of spending over next 20 years


Cities around the world will invest a total of about $41 trillion over the next 20 years to upgrade their infrastructure and benefit from the network of connected devices known as the Internet of Things, experts at the Smart America Challenge forecast.

“This is really a new way of thinking about how we better utilize technology to support the quality-of-life issues that citizens both want and need,” said Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute.

As cities invest in air-quality sensors, solar-powered trash compactors, self-healing power grids and more, the opportunities for private industry are huge. Experts say there is just one problem: It’s virtually impossible to measure the return on investment for many leading-edge technologies first being put to use by the public sector.

One study has shown that every $1 spent on government tech saves $3.50, but analysts say there are few other reports to back it up, even at the federal level.

Many cities are hoping their investments pay off in other ways, especially as they focus on smart technology, which aims to provide environmental and social benefits as well as cost efficiency.

“Sometimes the efficiencies that are realized are not always in dollars and cents,” Shark said. “Success is measured by how many citizens are proud of their city.”

Smart technology uses the Internet of Things to gather data, connect components across the city and impact multiple departments or services in order to improve people’s quality of life. Spending on smart technology has grown from 0.7 percent of city IT budgets in 2005 to 4.1 percent in 2015. That percentage is expected to grow to 7.5 by 2025, according to Deltek, a global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for government contractors and professional services firms.

Estimates of the size of the municipal technology market vary greatly because terms like “smart cities” and “innovative technology” have no universally accepted definitions. They can cover everything from bike-sharing programs to electric buses, from a city councilor’s tweet to an app that lets citizens search through public records. But experts seem to agree on one point: The market will continue to expand for years.

Analysts estimates on the urban innovation trend are eye-popping — but right now it’s as much for how greatly they vary as for how big the market may ultimately grow to be. Some analysts peg the smart-cities market to be worth about $27.5 billion annually by 2023, while others say the market could reach as much as $757 billion by 2020.

Population dynamics should support the continued adoption of technology by cities. In urban centers around the world, population numbers are skyrocketing and putting an unprecedented demand on city infrastructure and resources. Fifty-four percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050, when another 2.5 billion people could be living in cities.

The test lab mentality

Cities are microcosms of the world, with every type of market available and all of the world’s challenges at play, making them the perfecting testing ground for technological innovation. And it is not just a handful of America’s biggest cities leading the tech-spending charge.

“We’ve opened up our city as a test lab,” said Joseph Curtatone, mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, home to about 80,000 residents. “We’re always asking how can private-sector innovation help us take on some of the legacy issues facing cities and towns around the world.”

The city has partnered with Audi to develop self-driving and self-parking cars, as well as a network of traffic lights that will reduce congestion. It is also partnering with start-ups to bring free solar mobile device charging stations into the city. With the help of a $1 million innovation fund, Curtatone hopes to entice new technology companies to try out their ideas in Somerville.

IOT Solutions World Congress project winners – Barcelona


IOT Solutions World Congress is focused on vertical markets: manufacturing; healthcare; transportation and logistics; energy and utilities; innovation and technology; and business transformation.

Its aim is to put IoT to work. The IoT Solutions World Congress is hosted by Fira Barcelona, the same organisation which hosted last editions of the well-known Mobile World Congress (MWC).

It was created in partnership with Industrial Internet Consortium (@IIConsortium) the Industrial IoT organization founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel.


A total of seven projects have been awarded with the First IoT Awards organized by the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC)

The total of seven categories correspond to each one of the Congress themes and also an award for the best testbed showcased at the IoTSWC. The best solution for Energy and Utilities is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s sensored pump. Developed together with PTC, National Instruments and Flowserve Corporation the pump enables predictive and preventive maintenance for oil and gas industries that allows customers to more accurately predict when a pump needs service before it fails and can allow for longer up time.

The award in the Transport and Logistics category has gone to Interdigital’s oneTransport intelligent transport system. The platform allows public and private transport operators to converge and share their multiple, respective transportation data streams. Within the marketplace, both analytics specialists and application developers can access those data streams to create a range of intelligent transport applications. In addition, IT solution providers can help local authorities manage their data assets through dashboard visualization tools and policy mechanisms that facilitate commercial, data-access services.

The winning project in the Business Transformation area is for Pitney Bowes’ SmartLink. The solution enables customers to automatically access the company’s online tools and services through a USB and benefit from automated postage rate updates, low postage alerts, AutoInk technology, usage tracking and analytics, error notifications and simple self-help tutorials.

The Healthcare award winner is Telefonica’s Remote Patient Monitoring. The system offers a communication channel between patients and healthcare professional used to inform and educate about disease, offer to patient peace of mind, allow a deeper and precise knowledge of the disease evolution and the patient’s mind. With reminders and automatic alarms generation, this solution avoids patients decompensations and consequently, unnecessary hospitalizations and clinical visits.

In the Innovation & Technology Bismart has been awarded for its Smart Social Home Care. This Big Data solution for healthcare & social services aims at predicting future demand for social services to help governments to plan budgets efficiently using data correlation of Social Services, Healthcare, Population, Economic activity, electricity and water supplies. The platform output will help approach and manage some of the challenges that urban societies face such as aged population as well as those in risk of social exclusion.

The award for the Manufacturing category goes to Infineon Technologies for their Easy Incorporation of TPMs to support mission-critical applications. The initiative enables OEMs to include a Trusted Platform Module, a highly secure, hardware-based “trust anchor” within their devices. This element then becomes the basis for establishing the authenticity and integrity of a device, its operating software, its operational state and the information that it transmits.

The winning testbed is HCL’s Surgical Kit Track & Trace that allows both medical device manufacturers and hospitals to effectively track, route and reduce surgical kit inventory that is worth billions of dollars. HCL’s addresses this problem and maintains an optimal inventory of surgical kits so as to meet the current uncertain and stringent demand.

Technology is now New Zealand’s third-largest export – 2016 TIN100


Technology is now only behind dairy and tourism with exports of $6.87b.

The 2016 TIN100 was released last night and Tech companies’ revenue increased by 12 per cent in the year to June.

The sector, which includes high-tech manufacturing, ICT and biotechnology, reached combined annual revenue of $9.4b up $1b on the previous year.

“The collective export revenues of the 200 largest tech companies are up by 13.5 per cent from last year to nearly $7 billion, while the total number of employees has increased by 7.9 per cent in the past year with nearly 3,000 new jobs created.

These 200 companies now employ almost 40,000 people.”

New Zealand’s technology sector is set to crack $10 billion in revenue next year according to TIN managing director Greg Shanahan, who said 2016 had been the best year he had seen in the industry.

Watch for updates on this site of companies focusing on Smart City and IoT applications.

Star performers in 2015 included businesses like Xero, Fisher&Paykel Healthcare, and Wynyard Group .

2016’s big movers will be updated later this week.

NSW targets litter reduction , more infrastructure , better resource recovery and halt illegal dumping


The NSW Government has committed to invest $337 million from 2017 to 2021 in litter reduction and waste management projects across the state under the Waste Less, Recycle More program.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced the funding to continue the initiative on 14 October. This forms part of the government’s preparations to deal with the forecasted 159% increase in waste and litter generated by a population of 9.9 million by 2036.

The first phase of Waste Less, Recycle More funding and programs will finish on 30 June next year, and the second phase starting on 1 July 2017, with funding and grants available until 2021. More than 800 projects have been supported by the fund to date.

The 2017-2021 funding includes:
– $30 million for litter reduction programs
– $35.5 million for organics infrastructure and resource recovery projects
– $88.5 million for resource recovery infrastructure
– $57 million for household problem waste programs, including $37 million for community recycling centre collections and processing
– $70 million for councils’ waste and resource recovery projects
– $65 million to combat illegal dumping.


LPWAN Bin Sensor Opportunity

Would be good to see the development of LPWAN sensors into the NSW Litter infrastructure as part of the rollout of the Sigfox network by Thinxtra.

Several companies have done pilots using 3G sensors but with the addition of the new network this is a perfect opportunity for a local vendor to engage with the councils in NSW.

See full article – Waste Management Review

Street Lights should be switched to LEDs – QUT


Over the past 3 years more and more people have made the switch to LED bulbs in their homes – now a Queensland research team led by QUT scientists wants Australia’s street lights to be switched over to LED’s.

A 12-month LED street lighting trial in Brisbane, Ipswich and Townsville has just wrapped up, with great results for the environment and the public purse.

Researchers switched over sections of street lighting to bright LED lights that exceeded the road lighting requirements of the relevant Australian Standards and still found power savings of up to a massive 82 per cent.

The trial was facilitated by the Guided Innovation Alliance (GIA) – a group pushing innovations in the electricity sector and made up of QUT, Ergon Energy, and SmartGrid Partners.

“Public street lighting is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for local government in Australia and is estimated to cost councils more than $250 million a year,” said Dr Gillian Isoardi, a QUT researcher and lecturer in optical physics who is part of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

“Compared with High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, LED street lighting offers significant energy savings of up to 60 per cent, demand reductions and large maintenance savings from long design life (up to 20 years).

“New advancements in LED street light control mean they can also be dimmed when and where appropriate, which can further increase energy savings to 80 percent.”

The study results will be discussed at a free forum for government and industry on Friday, October 21, at QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

The LED street lighting trial was supported by grant funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Innovation Program (CTIP), and supported by participating organisations including the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Townsville Community Council, Ipswich City Council and Queensland Department of Main Roads.

The October 21 symposium will run from 9am to 10.45am at QUT’s Institute for Future Environments on the Gardens Point campus and will be hosted by the Guided Innovation Alliance. It is booked out but will be livestreamed to the public.

Related Story – Adelaide Smart City – Smart Lighting Trial

Benefits to Council, to City, Community including impact on carbon reduction and alignment to the carbon neutral strategy:

  • The LED lights produce significant energy saving compared to the conventional lighting
  • The LEDs are virtually maintenance-free, requiring only minimal monitoring by maintenance staff, producing additional financial and labour savings;
  • It will manage the brightness of the street lights, and can automatically adjust based on periods of inactivity
  • The energy savings due to the dimming function accumulate over the full operating period to produce additional energy savings
  • Smart LED lighting has the potential to provide the benefits of traditional lighting whilst reducing operating costs, energy usage and carbon emissions that will help ACC achieve the outcomes of its carbon neutral strategy
  • It also has the potential to provide different lighting textures that caters to different events on a needs basis
  • The Real-time monitoring of street lights with automated fault detection alerts and programmable remote controls will enable quick turnaround times in terms of maintenance

Sources – GE(image) , Eureka Alert , Invest Adelaide.

IoT is not a single market but a collection of overlapping ecosystems

The Internet of Things (IoT) is accelerating at an impressive speed, forecasters predict 25 billion devices will be online by 2020, creating over $300 billion in opportunities for companies involved

Even with this considerable growth coming in the next five years, most enterprise leaders still don’t understand or aren’t invested in the IoT revolution. Management consulting firm Bain & Company believe that’s due to misrepresentation on the definition of IoT.


In a new report, Bain & Company cut the IoT pie into five slices, which it calls the “major emerging battlegrounds” that will define the industry:

Major Emerging Battlegrounds


Apple, Google, Samsung, and other mobile leaders will extend their reach to customers by launching new products in the autonomous, robotic, and smart home categories. We are already seeing the battleground emerge, Samsung acquired SmartThings, Google acquired Nest Labs, and Apple launched HomeKit.

The company able to create the most dynamic and useful system will be able to lock people further into the ecosystem. While it’s already hard to switch from iOS to Android, it’s going to be even harder when your Apple car doesn’t connect to an Android phone, or vice versa.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Called Industry 4.0 by the German Government, IIoT could be even bigger than the consumer market and provide huge opportunities for businesses to lower costs while improving demand and reach. Bain & Company see partnerships as the key player in IIoT. Businesses that are able to cooperate with tech firms might see the most advantages in the years to come.


Networking giants like Nokia, Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei are all looking at IoT as a massive opportunity to make more money. Industries will require real-time analytics of their network, and to get that they need super-fast Internet and a well designed network.

It isn’t just industry that wants more networking resources, smart homes will require speeds much faster than what we currently have and more importantly, we will need to see better routers and networking to ensure that Wi-Fi is reaching every corner of the house at a reasonable speed.

Real-time Analytics

Analytics in the IoT world will be more than the traditional providers, like IBM and SAP. Businesses will need dedicated cloud servers, from Amazon Web Services or Salesforce, to keep track of their entire IoT network and understand where they could save money.

Bain & Company says partnerships between analytics and businesses could bring innovation into many areas, citing successful partnerships between Amazon and John Deere’s agriculture and IBM’s collaborative work with Medtronic on diabetes management.

Autonomous driving and robotics

Autonomous cars, robots, drones, and other new technologies that provide humans with a greater level of autonomy will bring many advantages to the consumer and enterprise market. Drones are already being tested by Amazon and Google for deliveries and robots in Japan are taking over jobs as hotel guests. Uber has started testing its autonomous car in Pittsburgh, with the goal of swapping human drivers for computers, which may lower the cost of a taxi quite significantly.

Water Meters – ripe for transition to LPWAN monitoring in NZ


Government regulations for consented water takes came into force in November 2010 for water takes greater than 5 litres per second.

Approximately 12,000 meters were required to be installed and monitored according to local government estimates.

An LPWAN solution like Sigfox would bring the ongoing monitoring costs for the telemetry down to a more cost effective level. The current solution uses GPRS technology and relies on meters to hop from one to another then back hauled over a telco provider.

Meter Use cases.


  • Irrigation water
  • Stockwater water
  • Effluent and wastewater

Industrial & municipal applications include;

  • Intake water
  • Process water
  • Wastewater

Common meters include;

  • Meters to suit pipe sizes from15mm to 3000mm
  • Mechanical meters
  • Insertion electromagnetic meters
  • Full bore electromagnetic meters
  • Ultrasonic meters – for clamp on installations
  • Pulse output and 4-20mA output

Leading brands include Krohne®, Sitelab®, Seametrices® and Dorot®.

Telemetry Services
Telemetry is an excellent management tool in collecting
and reporting weather, water levels in bores, soil moisture,
monitoring plant & equipment performance and control.
Telemetry is used to record information from one location
and transmit it to another. Telemetry has emerged as a key
tool in collecting information from the farm. The key driver is
the requirement to collect and report water consumption for
consent and compliance.
As farmers install this technology,they find the up-to-the minute and continuous log of data that is recorded online provides them with a powerful management tool to assist decision making.
2G Networks.

Vodafone and 2degrees’ 2G voice networks plan to close and it will not be possible to use a 2G mobile phone with any New Zealand Sim card.

Spark does not have a 2G network. It adopted 3G as its minimum standard when it switched off its CDMA network and launched its XT mobile network in 2009.

Sources – Waterforce , Geekzone , Stuff

Reposify IoT search engine


Reposify, a cyber-sensing company, has launched a platform to research all devices available on the Internet in real time.

Reposify’s platform enables enterprises and governments to gain insights about devices worldwide through a Google-like search engine. This search engine has an API that allows developers to build products based on Reposify insights.

Reposify’s team has built a scalable cluster that constantly discovers new devices connected to the public Internet. For each device, Reposify determines the type, for example, routers, webcams, and industrial devices, such as smart building sensors.

The platform also finds devices’ relationships with other devices and people and tries to detect what technologies exist on each device, such as an accessible database, web server, or specific operating system.

BI companies have a hard time analyzing technology markets, quantifying market penetration, and identifying new global trends. With Reposify, however, BI companies will be able to perform smart and accurate competitive analysis.

For example, businesses can use Reposify to determine how many Cisco routers are being used in each country by model and version. Governments can even use Reposify to enforce export laws by finding devices being used illegally or identifying locally manufactured devices that are being used in countries where they are banned.

Free account for developers is available at no cost. To signup and get started, visit

Internet of Things that Really Matter by Ublox

A good overview of the IoT from Ublox perspective.


The Internet has changed almost every aspect of our lives and now the time has come for the Internet of Things.

It will connect more devices and impact our lives more than anything ever before.

Internet of Things that Really Matter.”

Internet of Things (also commonly referred to as “IoT”) is often used interchangeably with terms such as “Internet of Everything (IoE),” “Web of Things,” “Embedded Web,” “Machine to Machine (M2M)”, and “Industry 4.0.”

IoT has been a hot term over the last few years, but few have managed to visualize it simply.

u‑blox focuses on the following three key B2B IoT areas:

  • Connected vehicle
    Safety, security, vehicle diagnostics, infotainment, navigation, autonomous driving
  • Connected city
    Metering, parking, traffic control, lighting, payment
  • Connected industry
    Aviation, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, mining, fleet management