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Introduction: How the Internet of Things will affect every engineer


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Presenter: Geoff Sizer, Chair of Engineers Australia’s ITEE College and  CEO, Genesys Electronics Design

Description: Internet of Things (IOT) has been described as the defining technical trend of the coming decade, impacting every industry and business process. This webinar will provide an introduction to IOT for engineers from any discipline including ICT professionals not expert in the area. We also introduce the Applied IOT Engineering Community and outline how its activities will help any engineers drive innovation in their field.

IOT refers to the integration of physical objects with a range of communication technologies, enabling them to be monitored and/or controlled remotely over the internet. However, IOT is far from simple. The spectrum of technologies that enable IOT include advanced electronics and sensor/actuator technologies, next generation communication networks, cloud services to store the massive proliferation of data, big data analytics to make sense of it, mobile app development to interface with it and a whole range of protocols to enable it all to work together.

A key driver of IOT has been the relentless miniaturisation of computer chips, sensors, actuating devices, and radio transceivers in microcontroller ICs. This trend how now reached a tipping point where embedded systems can now be built into things and devices of almost any size at an affordable cost with sufficiently low power to enable batteries to operate the devices for up to ten years.  This trend is opening a vast new landscape of potential applications for control systems.

While there are a number of technical challenges still to be resolved to take full advantage of the potential of IOT technologies, the main challenge is business related. Chet Geschickter, research director at Gartner, said: "Many organizations have yet to establish a clear picture of what benefits IoT can deliver, or have not yet invested the time to develop ideas for how to apply IoT to their business. The second set of hurdles are the organizations themselves. Many of the survey participants have insufficient expertise and staffing for IoT and lack clear leadership."

About the presenter: Genesys founder and CEO Geoff Sizer has a lifelong passion for electronics and technology, and an ongoing commitment to the electronics engineering profession. He has more than 35 years experience in electronic product development ranging from complex systems to simple consumer goods for a diverse range of industries and applications. Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. As a former President of the IREE, Geoff was instrumental in the formation of the ITEE College in Engineers Australia and is currently its chair. He has championed the formation of the Applied IOT Community of practice.. During his career Geoff has acted as a Director or Chief Technical Officer for several leading technology firms including Advanced Systems Research Pty Ltd, Advanced Spectrum Technologies Pty Ltd, EMC Assessors Pty Ltd, Telezygology Inc and Embertec Pty Ltd.

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Good point thank you. It is in the GoTo Webinar invite but I will add to the community website.  is Australian Eastern Standard Time i.e. Sydney/Melbourne time.

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I recently attended a meeting of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Sydney, where Prof Craig Emerson spoke on the current global economic situation. In a question I quoted from create magazine that the IoT will change how economies work and we needed to change to outcome oriented economics. I likened the current economics debate to comparing fuel efficiencies of vehicles while ignoring whether the vehicles were travelling to the correct destinations

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