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    Webinar - Building a business case for IoT Description/Synopsis Dramatic increase of Operational Risks has a profound impact on economic viability of projects, company reputation and its balance sheet. This presentation elaborates how these exposures can be better managed via non-traditional measures, using Resilience Data, IoT and AI. Furthermore, it explains how senior management (an Executive and Board level) can act pre-emptively by obtaining a better insights about potential Operational Risks and utilising a Resilience discipline as a modern tool to hedge those risks. Key takeaways Managing Operational Resilience in a new era of Cyber Risks, Pandemics, Natural Hazards and Behavioural changes presents management with some interesting challenges, but it provides great opportunities too. About the speaker Aleksandar Kovacevic is a banking professional with over 25 years’ experience gained in Australia and internationally. He worked with several large banks and blue-chip organisations and has managed operations across various geographies. Aleksandar is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Business Continuity Institute in the United Kingdom. Besides his corporate career, he also served as Adviser to the Australian Federal Government on competitiveness matters and as an adviser to IFC/World Bank. He is also passionate HAM Radio enthusiast and holds unrestricted license.
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  4. Edge Cases in the IoT. Time’s dragging in the MEA labs; we’re grinding out the finishing touches to Version 2 of our GBL (CAT-M1) data logger and it’s painful. Ah, but it’s always like this! With some hundreds of these new loggers in service for the past six months, three units have been returned to the product development team exhibiting weirdness. Yet these pain-points are exactly what we must eliminate here and now, so we’re holding up production of future stock until we resolve these edge-case issues to our satisfaction. Future ugliness would be our certain fate if we let these glitches go feral. There are three issues, and it’s testing the ‘cures’ that’s taking up all our time and ratcheting up stress levels as we deal with technical uncertainties under a marketing and management cloud. Such is an engineer’s daily fare. To resolve Issue 1, we need a hardware safety mechanism to shed the load under low-battery conditions: small improvements to the battery-monitoring circuit and start-up logic fix this. We are also unconvinced that electronic eFuses fit-the-bill at the minuscule current levels found in IoT devices. We take the opportunity to toss those out and replace them with software-controlled electronic load switches instead. We tick this first box. Issue 2 fixes the ESD protection circuits of the SD Memory Card; turns out those old ESD devices just weren’t handling the higher-speed data transfers occurring with this most recent modem technology. The fix is hacked onto the PCB and works perfectly in the MEA test yard. But by now we’re rightly worried about higher-temperature operation because there is some indication that that’s what triggers the fault condition. We take our ancient environmental oven apart and update it to a digital PID temperature controller (available on eBay for $23) that allows us to soak test at 70°C ± 0.8°C then ramp down temperature to ambient. The new design checks out perfectly over the full temperature range while the old ‘control’ unit locks up at 48°C. The new design is approved as ‘tested’. Issue 3 arose through human error – a production-line failure to securely plug the solar panel into the motherboard on two units during final assembly. We tweak the production line process to catch this condition. Yet what we really need is sharper diagnostic tools for monitoring battery charge current during five different field scenarios. We design this into the hardware and firmware while we have the chance. This charge-current trace will allow our service team to differentiate between solar charging failures and faulty load conditions if battery voltage is declining. Once all boxes have been ticked and I sign off on changes, we’ll modify the motherboard schematic and PCB, change the Bill of Materials and generate the updated Gerber files. We’ll be good-to-go. But by now the COVID-19 pandemic has hit and the Aussie dollar is plunging against the US dollar that is our standard manufacturing exchange currency. Fortunately, nearly all components for this latest production run were paid for back when our currency was stronger; it’s only the PCB and assembly costs that have to be paid for in our weaker coin. Despite global uncertainties, forward is the only way for MEA to go: we have back-orders to fill. Our old environmental oven gets fitted with a new PID Temperature Controller. Looks ugly, and yet it’s strangely hot!
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    Implementation of Edge Sensor for Online Flotation Interface Detection Presenter: Trevor Hadley (Co-founder/Managing Director of Clarity Advanced Control) Host: Geoff Sizer Description The value of timely decision making, system optimisation and continuous improvement is well understood from productivity achievements gained in industries more broadly. Mining operations are increasingly becoming data rich but remain relatively information poor. Getting information to key people who can drive improvements and translate that to value is the critical step in the industry’s digital transformation. Clarity is developing capability to facilitate digital transformation, by harnessing the significant miniaturisation of computing power to allow complex computation inside sensors and transmission of timely intelligent information. This can be integrated with traditional control interfaces or via Internet of Things (IoT) dashboards. An example is shown of how edge sensing has been implemented on a flotation cell to detect the interface level., and how this has enabled insights and real-time process improvement. Key Takeaways Information systems can now be implemented that allow fit-for-purpose visibility of high value operational issues using one-directional passive information flow to Internet of Things (IoT) dashboards This becomes a viable alternative to the trending and historian software solutions typically offered by higher-end Distributed Control Systems The IoT devices are sensor agnostic and can easily be integrated with legacy equipment commonly found in long life-of-mine operations. This adjunct solution allows improvements to be driven at the supervisor or shift level. Presenter Bio Trevor co-founded Clarity Advanced Control in 2018 to translate science outcomes into industry-implementable products – in particular, to develop and commercialise the next generation of mineral processing instrumentation. He completed an MSc in Chemical Engineering at The University of Cape Town, South Africa. At the CSIR in Pretoria he developed a grounding in fluidisation for energy and mineral processing applications, with key deliverables including scoping, trial work, plant design and commissioning. He joined CSIRO, Clayton, in 2008 where he further developed skills in process engineering, flowsheet development, computational- and physical- modelling in the energy and mineral processing sectors. In this role, he gained a wealth of knowledge in process evaluation, costing, integration and scale-up.
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  7. Powering the IoT. A positive energy budget is a ‘sine qua non’ (absolutely essential condition) in an IoT field station. Early MEA data loggers deployed in agriculture were battery-powered affairs, but unless the battery capacity is adequate for 3-5 years the logistics of battery swap-outs – with their inherent risk of breaking environmental seals put in place in the factory – can increase user frustration and shorten product lifetime. Energy harvesting via solar panels extends product field life indefinitely; we now have thousands of IoT solar-powered sites still in service after up to seven years. Despite this wealth of experience, each new product release raises our collective anxiety for at least a solid year after field deployment. Canopy growth, bird netting, dirt build-up, high and low temperatures, white plastic rain covers over table grapes, seasonal changes in solar zenith angle, shorter winter days, periods of extended cloudy weather, poor installation, weak solar panels, excessive loads – all these things call out weaknesses in the energy budget. And so the arrival of eight CAT-M1 IoT field units back to MEA’s service department triggered immediate self-doubts and a heightened forensic investigation. In two of the units, the solar panel had come loose from the motherboard; this is a product assembly failure corrected by rapping knuckles and dreaming up post assembly tests. Four more worked perfectly as designed and operated for week after week in the test yard without a glitch; the only possible explanation would be unknown field conditions, such as canopy over-growth. But the signature lesson flowed from the last two units, highlighting a design flaw that can only occur if battery voltage falls below about 3.3V for a single-cell Lithium-Ion battery operating in the 3.6V to 4.2V range. The logger refuses to wake up. Our original intent had been to have Green Brain monitor battery voltages for all deployed units and to send commands to shed load and reduce logging rates to automatically balance the energy budget. Somehow, we never implemented that in the first release. So we do what we should have done in the first place – implement a hardware belt-and-braces solution to shed load based on battery voltage. Firmware gets tweaked as well. With the immediate problem solved, we re-examine our diagnostic tools. We need something better than just watching battery voltage traces, so we incorporate additional solar charge monitoring circuitry. ‘Gas-gauging’ the battery load would also be good using coulomb counters, but this proves difficult to implement quickly and at low cost. We defer that to Release 3. But we have one more trick to help us extend the energy budget; we can ship field stations at full charge while also testing the charging circuits between solar panel and battery. The first month’s operation is on us! We build a bulk charger capable of handling 120 logger boards at once (see photo). All this is made possible by diligent hunting on eBay for a low-voltage high-current power supply rated at 8V and 50A, all for $500. A custom-built ‘bulk charger’ for MEA’s CAT-M1 data loggers handles 30 PCBs at once, with an additional three charger racks still within the capacity of the low-voltage high-current Hewlett-Packard HP 6551A power supply. Full overnight charge takes about eight hours.
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Technologies > Sensors & Embedded Electronics Synopsis Location has become a critical component across a wide variety of organizations as part of their ever-expanding IoT implementations. As companies get more sophisticated in their knowledge of what IoT can do for their business, they’re moving beyond basic applications to use IoT to better manage key business processes. While accurate location capabilities are on every company’s wish list, each has a different idea of what the technology is capable of and what they can do with it. What is needed accuracy, will it be real-time, what can you track, what can you use the data for, how is it going to help us in our business, is the infrastructure just for tracking or can it be used for other applications? This presentation will answer these questions, amongst others, and will give examples of the different verticals and applications where it is already being used. Key take-aways gain the understanding of the RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) and how applying it can drive the value for all the players in the value chain be able to spot the opportunities and pain points that are common in many vertical industries and how to solve these using RTLS understand how the wide partner network that has already build extensive solutions in this area can be utilized in order to shorten the development cycle and time to market About the speaker Jukka is Country Manager of Quuppa Australia. Quuppa is a technology company that has its roots in Finland. Its Quuppa Locating System (QLS) provides real-time and accurate positioning for location-based solutions. Quuppa’s technology opens a gateway to the wider Internet of Things integrations, serves all business verticals, and has been applied across various industries from security, hospitals, industrial internet, retail, hospitality and restaurants to smart buildings and sports and so on. Jukka is a seasoned business and technology professional having worked with big multinational companies, successfully built own products and companies, and has played major role in internationalising others. LinkedIn profile
  9. One Small Anniversary in the IoT. At 3pm exactly a year ago today (19th Feb 2020) MEA transmitted the first 20 bytes of measurement data on the Myriota satellite network from the MEA Test Garden. Data consisted of four measurements of soil moisture tension in the soil profile below dry-grown Shiraz grapevines, plus battery voltage. After the first anxious few months – where I peered at the incoming data on a daily basis – a certain trust developed that data would keep flowing, and other developments took priority. Along the way though, I checked in on the growing Green Brain data set and sought explanations from the ever-helpful folk at Myriota about spikes, missing data records and long latencies. We were managing four to five readings per day via a single Myriota satellite in polar orbit. Our understanding of this new IoT technology crept forward with the seasons. Other test installations followed during March and April 2019, from stations monitoring tank water level, rainfall and micro-climate. A year later the soil moisture record is sufficiently consistent and detailed to track rain-fed irrigation suitable for sub-surface moisture measurements in dry-land agriculture, should we choose to exploit such a market.
  10. Tripwires in the IoT. Once more to the barricades… MEA’s new CAT-M1 IoT data loggers – like the majority of Australians – have their own SIM cards and (a meagre 3Mb) data plan. But with the production line rolling and the number of deployed loggers rising inexorably some way of keeping these bulk data plans in check proved critical. Fortunately, specialist companies provide boxes of 100 SIMs and platforms for generating alerts when things go awry. Just weeks into the new decade we hit a tripwire: a significant number of loggers are exceeding their data allowance while draining batteries. At the same time, data flow inexplicably becomes bumpy from all these new loggers. Customer complaints hit our agents who hit our marketing folk who hit up product development for answers and action. What’s going on? Once again, we huddle in corners and pore over screens and flowcharts and circuit schematics. Within the week the source of all these woes comes to light; two hundred loggers locked to UTC time hit up Green Brain at exactly the same moment and jam the Green Brain server CPU to 100%. Late comers who can’t get through and deliver their data get shrugged off and must try again, at the expense of a finite energy budget or no luck at all before communication attempts time out four minutes later. This feels like a denial of service attack! But we’re on Google’s IoT platform and the Internet is supposed to be infinitely elastic, surely? There’s no scalability if we are saturating with deployments still down in the hundreds… It turns out that this problem is something that never occurred under our older Plexus ftp data transfer systems; those were solidly buffered. Green Brain Loggers use newer https secure data transfers. It transpires that Green Brain runs each logger’s database interaction to the bitter end before moving to the next caller. Buried in there is a ‘backup-to-server’ piece of code that’s taking forever. Things only get worse as the day rolls on and the files to be retrieved and appended just get bigger. The Green Brain boys excise that redundant piece of backup code and once again we’re back on track. CPU activity drops back into the normal range and deployed systems get through to the mothership with metronomic certainty. Phew! But something good has come from all this; we’ve discovered a source of universal ‘roaming’ international SIM cards for our CAT-M1 loggers. We get samples in from the USA and they work exactly as described. Green Brain loggers can now be deployed anywhere in the world after set-up and test in Australia. They simply log onto whatever telco network is providing the strongest CAT-M1 signal when they arrive on site. Prices are good, service is great and – best of all – we can set up our own trip wires to generate alerts and track deployments and activity on-line. es t Waiting patiently for the trip wires to trip...
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Industry Applications > Manufacturing Description We'll start by talking a little about the history and the inspiration behind Industry 4.0 as it's known, then break it down into the key elements and practical ways they can be executed using current technologies. We'll touch on the role IIoT has to play, and where it fits in todays manufacturing scene, and where it "might" be headed. Key takeaways Industry 4.0 is an evolving concept It's looks different across different size enterprises, industries, countries, and cultures Connectivity is key, especially the adoption of open standards All of the technology, and the raw skills we need to deploy already exist The ROI's can be significant, financially, and in human terms About the speaker Glen founded ESM Australia in 1996 after working in electronics and process control industries as an employee for more than 10 years. Over the last 24 years he’s led the team at ESM in delivering automation and motion control systems in a wide range of industries, often taming new and emerging technologies. Glen was at Hannover Messe for the initial introduction of Industry 4.0 (which was actually around 2008) then again in 2011 and continues to visit regularly. In 2019 Glen founded iControls, one of three companies globally selected for the initial rollout of a distribution channel to represent Ignition SCADA platform outside the USA. He runs two companies and travels widely to technology events and manufacturing facilities around the world, learning and bringing best practice back to Australia. Glen brings a pragmatic approach to helping Australian manufacturers understand and implement digital systems that optimize and sustain performance.
  12. The IoT under the Microscope. Terror stalks the floor at MEA: Christmas is only a fortnight away and sales orders for our new CAT-M1 data loggers are raining down from above. But production has jammed: SD memory cards are failing to pass production testing and the engineer who designed this part of the circuitry is incommunicado somewhere in Europe. Our production engineer is going quietly mad with fear and frustration. I need to step in. It’s now 45 years since I graduated in electronic engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology so these moments of terror are nothing new, though their impact never seems to diminish. At these times I follow a standard routine to bring the young engineers through the crisis, while knowing full-well that I can no longer solve many of these problems myself. Designing IoT technology is a team effort. No single one of us on the product development team has all the skills to function alone. So, I stay outwardly calm and clear some mental and physical space to sit down in a quiet place with our production engineer. I ask to be walked through the history of the problem. Then we take a look at all the circuit schematics and relevant data sheets. It’s not that I am here to fix the problem myself, but merely to act as a mirror and a sounding board, asking penetrating questions if I find a weakness in the fabric of the case and quietly letting these talented youngsters solve the problem themselves. The problem itself is simple enough. MicroSD memory cards that worked in previous batches and previous products don’t work in this new product though circuitry remains the same. Even part numbers remain unchanged. Worse, devices from the same manufacturer work from one source but not from another. We scour the computer stores around Adelaide, buying up small handfuls of different memory cards for testing, then ordering up many hundreds of the apparent successes from warehouses interstate. These then fail on arrival to work at all. Nothing makes any sense. Just for something to say, I ask to look at the schematic for the jellybean ESD protection part that protects the memory card from damage from static discharge during installation. Whoa! I’m no digital genius, but us old analog engineers recognise a low-pass filter when confronted by one; this thing is sitting on the memory card data bus, as it has done in previous products from this modem manufacturer, and has never before caused problems. I ask for it to be removed and tracks bridged over. Suddenly, all the lights come on and even our worst-case memory cards start passing test. Once again hardware re-work is needed. This is only possible thanks to a beautiful new microscope, beloved of all of us aging techos squinting at parts having twelve legs in the space of tiny resistors that have only two. The production line grinds back into life and filling back-orders before Christmas is once again a possibility. Off to the side, we rotate our techs through the microscope desk, laboriously upgrading valuable PCB assemblies with this new fix then feeding them into production. Should I be feeling professionally remiss that this happened at all? Nah! Software engineers roll out fixes seemingly forever. Scaling up production in the IoT will inevitably produce more of these moments of terror, allowing me to invoke yet one more old adage: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”
  13. Frustrations in the IoT. It’s a day marked by high winds and even higher temperatures, with the ‘Fire Danger Index’ ratcheted over to ‘Catastrophic’ and 14 bushfires burning throughout South Australia. All this is perfect for testing worst-case conditions for an ugly problem that’s taken nearly two months to resolve; ‘noise’ in our CAT-M1 IoT loggers when making ac resistance measurements in soil moisture tension sensors called ‘gypsum blocks’, invented nearly eighty years ago. Frustratingly, the CAT-M1 network is down again; we later find that Telstra are installing a 5G network in the area and hence the intermittent LTE-M service. I’m having to bite my nails and trust in the data logging function to record the performance of this upgrade versus the faulty ‘control loggers’ mounted alongside it in the MEA Test Yard. ‘Noise’ to an irrigator looking at his soil moisture data means data bouncing about in some unseemly fashion that frustrates easy interpretation and that destroys confidence in the equipment. ‘Noise’ to an electronics engineer means electrical noise, and I’ve ploughed through endless measurements chasing elusive sources of spikes and other artefacts that can fool modern analog-to-digital converters. Fixes, patches, filters, firmware changes, more careful grounding – nothing makes any difference to the lousy data spewing forth. I’ve worked on this type of ac measurement through four-generations of gypsum block loggers. The problem is to generate a pure sinewave at the lowest possible cost. In this latest evolution, I’ve managed the sinewave generation, gypsum block excitation, gain block and full-wave rectification in a single quad op-amp. But it’s not working under field conditions… Finally, I push my test regime up beyond the 53° limit of our ancient environmental oven and the problem shows itself at 64°; it’s temperature-related, and being exacerbated in this new logger operating up to 70° thanks to its built-in solar panel. The digital circuitry doesn’t care, but the analog circuitry does. The sinewave collapses with temperature, and what looks like noise is actually a quantization error brought on by collapsing range, despite being held in check by proper ratiometric measurements against internal reference resistors. My fix of four extra resistors works in this worst of hot weather, and as a bonus I find that I can now run these sensors over tens of meters of cable; handy for odd deployments of gypsum blocks on particular farms. Sensor output is rock solid. Now MEA need only endure the product recall of the dozen units released to beta customers. Sure, I could have generated that sinewave with a digital-to-analog converter for $20, and I’ve done that in the past. But my 20-cent solution will serve the company better as we strive for a mass-market, riding on the coat-tails of the IoT wave. In the immortal words of Arthur M. Wellington “An engineer can do for a dollar what any fool can do for two.”
  14. Primitive upgrades in the IoT. If the first casualty of war is truth, then the first casualty of product launch is confidence. The harsh reality is that following product launch burgeoning deployments, the passage of time, the machinations of Mother Nature and the compounding of human errors will eventually throw up a bug; it’s a numbers game. Such bugs end the ‘jubilation phase’ of a successful product launch and call in the ‘humiliation phase’. In an ideal world there would be no in-field bugs causing customers and agents distress. Lengthy and private field trials over hundreds of farms in multiple crops right across the country would have shaken out all such gremlins. In the real world of practical IoT engineering, such a leisurely approach to perfection is denied the product development team. Commercial, budgetary and market imperatives intrude. The first customers become the beta testers. MEA’s CAT-M1 IoT data logger launched just in time ­ – in early September 2019 ­­– and our prototype stock of 100 units was sold out within three weeks. Now, that’s a great feeling! A long and sustained period of intensive product development effort was rewarded by first-to-market status and demand outstripping supply. As a consequence, the emphasis shifted immediately to boosting production to meet back-orders. In the meantime, data flowed to Green Brain from 80 sites, and down in the MEA basement those of us in the product development team waited anxiously to learn our fate. Had we out-witted Murphy’s Laws? Nope! Finally, after a lengthy silence from the modem manufacturer and increasingly strident demands in the engineering forums, the chip maker admitted to a firmware bug that’s been the chief cause of our lack of confidence; they acknowledged a combination of events that could lock out connection to the Internet through a failure to safely enter ultra-low power mode. Weeks after our product launch, they released a new firmware version purporting to have fixed the bug. Simultaneously, reports began to arrive back from the field showing product lock-up after weeks of perfect operation. Data just stopped flowing from a modest percentage of stations. AAaaHHhRRrr! More midnight oil, and we upgraded to the modem manufacturer’s latest firmware – incorporating the critical bug-fix – and we tightened up a few possible edge-cases while we were in there; anything to improve safety and fault recovery. Here’s where over-air programming (OAP) would have allowed us to seamlessly upgrade all deployed systems without leaving the office. That developmental luxury had been set aside under time-to-market pressures and slated for Version 2 release. Without that remote upgrade facility, our techs had to load up the company truck and head out into the vineyards and orchards of our irrigated agricultural districts to begin the laborious task of individually and directly upgrading those first deployed units (photo, below) The silver-lining in this debacle is that the engineering team now has a stronger case for developing an over-air programming facility in these new loggers, expensive though that development will be. A week has passed, the truck and its weary tech are back in Adelaide and every deployed CAT-M1 logger is back on the air and bullet-proofed as best we know how. New stock is due in next week and life will return to normal, whatever that is around here. MEA's open-air Green Brain Logger upgrade station somewhere in rural Victoria. Our reserve stock of 20 units – loaded with the latest firmware – is swapped into field sites and the older versions get to enjoy the sunshine on some local park bench while their heads are upgraded. Then another round begins, with the attraction of over-air upgrades rising by the kilometre.
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. If you are a member of Engineers Australia, you can view the recording free on MyPortal. Just logon and navigate to Industry Practices > Manufacturing _______________________________________________________________________________________________ About the speaker Steve Barker is the Owner and Director of Prospect Control Systems Pty Ltd. An accomplished and highly experienced industrial control systems engineer, Steve has taken forward Industrial IoT technology for a number of clients and sees IIoT as a natural extension and enhancement of traditional control system engineering. Steve is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of Engineers Australia. Webinar synopsis This webinar will focus on 2 case studies of the implementation of LPWan technology in an industrial context. The 2 projects that are the subject of the case studies used different LPWan technology - 1 LoraWAN and 1 SigFox, and the experiences in the delivery of these projects will be examined and discussed. The challenges faced and the longer term outcomes and benefits from the projects will be presented to give listeners a real world and practical perspective on these technologies in an industrial setting. Key Takeaways Listeners will gain an understanding of the implementation of LPWan in 2 industrial projects and take away knowledge as to how it may be applied in their industries or services. This webinar will be of interest to end users of the technology and also system engineers, suppliers and integrators.
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Technologies > Security Synopsis Matt Tett, chair IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) (www.iot.org.au) WSe3 - Cyber Security and Network Resilience will be presenting on the strategy that IoTAA has taken to address stakeholder concerns when it comes to ensuring IoT ecosystems can uphold security, safety and privacy. Key Takeaways: If your role involves IoT from a manufacture, development, supply or procurement perspective receive value in learning key, 1. Details of the IoT “TrustMark” Certification program, 2. Information about the IoT reference framework (architecture), 3. Resources for the IoT Security Awareness Guides, both supply side and demand side, 4. Current status of Industry and government working relationships. Slides - IoT Security in Australia.pdf
  17. The IoT takes centre-stage at the World Electronics Forum (WEF) in Adelaide in early December 2019 The WEF is an annual meeting of Electronics Industry leaders from around the world. This is the first time since 2003 that the WEF has taken place in Australia and will be a major event for our industry, bringing together investors and CEOs from the world’s largest electronics companies. It is expected to create business links, collaboration and investment opportunities. LPWAN – Low Power Wide Area IoT Networks – is a central stream of the conference. This is your chance to hear from some of the key players in the Australian IoT scene: 1. Alex Grant of Myriota (satellite-connected IoT) 2. Adrian Tchordjallian of Thinxstra (Sigfox LPWAN) 3. Andrew Suttle of U-Blox (international IoT experience across many fields) 4. Andrew Skinner of MEA (AgTech IoT – long-range ZigBee, Bluetooth, 433 MHz LPWAN, 3G, CAT-M1, Myriota satellite) Exhibition spaces are available for electronic companies looking for a local venue displaying to an international audience. There are awards to be won for best product and young professional, plus others. How about being a speaker, selling Australian innovation to the world? See the web-site for details: - https://www.wef-adelaide.com Only seven (7) weeks to go – register now, apply for an award, exhibition space or a speaking slot.
  18. Hi Andrew Thanks for your message. We are currently working to resolve the issue. Regards Jackson Jones - Community of Practice Coordinator
  19. Hi Geoff Hoping this finds you well.. There are seven items of spam on two of our IoT Forum pages - looks like a failure of the EA Cyber Security system? Can you pull some strings and clean us up? Cheers for now Andrew at MEA
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction to IoT ____________________________________________________________________________________ Adopters of Internet of Things technologies in Australia often have to make compromises when selecting commercial-off-the-shelf technologies to meet their needs. Australia has environmental, geographic and commercial realities that are different from those in Europe, the USA and Asia. These differences create opportunities for innovators to find niche opportunities to manufacture IoT devices that are optimised for use in Australia. This presentation provides a step-by-step guide for engineers in all industries on how to develop their own IoT device, covering business requirements, design for manufacture and building the case for manufacturing in Australia. A number of case studies are presented including the Senquip ORB-X1, a general-purpose IoT sensor gateway developed in Australia. About the presenter: Norman Ballard is the General manager of Engineering at BZG, a systems integrator focusing on marine systems, and CEO of Senquip, a manufacturer of IoT gateways for connecting sensors. Norman has extensive experience in electronics design. He founded Hummingbird Electronics in 1997 after emigrating from South Africa. Prior to this, he was a Project Engineer at General Electric, Director of the Semiconductor Division within Avnet and Market Development Manager for semiconductor products in Southern Africa for Motorola. Presentation slides IOT an Opportunity for Manufacturers in Australia.pdf
  21. Cash-flow in the IoT. Even for a mature company like MEA, the expensive business of IoT product development can be a scary process. It’s always a race against the clock, as one burns cash reserves against the promise of returns from early sales of new-to-market products. More companies go broke from cash-flow crises than anything else. Just a few weeks’ delay in product launch can invoke such a cash-flow crisis (unless you have extraordinarily-deep pockets). This is especially true in a seasonal business such as irrigated agriculture – late to market can be disastrous. What might well have sold a month ago must now wait a further eleven months to be of interest to customers. If – that is – some competitor hasn’t gained the upper-hand by then… However, when all that risk pays off, it’s a true delight. Cash flow turns positive and management breathes a sigh of relief. These last few weeks before product launch of MEA’s CAT-M1 on-farm IoT data logger have had all those elements of tension, suspense, crisis and fear. Last-minute software bugs, production issues, field trial feedback, creation of extra test jigs and finally, ramming product through the new production line – all these things added to the pressure. As Engineering Director, it’s my job at these times is to stay outwardly calm and cheerful, buffering an engineering staff beset by technical problems from marketing staff beset by an agent network clamouring for product delivery. Today – just a few weeks after product launch – we’re well on the way to selling out of our entire first production run of 100 units. Funds expended in their manufacture will now flow back into the company coffers. Now we face new challenges to our cash reserves; we have to swing into full production, investing in greater numbers of units while seasonal demand lasts and before the rapidly dwindling existing stock of these new loggers runs dry. Such is business. A brand-new MEA solar-powered CAT-M1 data logger for soil moisture monitoring, deployed in table grapes in the Victorian ‘Riverina’ region. Neatly installed at the foot of a wooden trellis post (in the foreground), the GBL-C logger is safe from farm machinery and foxes and hares that chew exposed cables.
  22. For the time we decided to offer our decisions to Maersk, trying to fill their blockchain with our navigation system. Also we have got some ideas in positioning and tracking the vessel without satellite in conditions of radio-electronic warfare.
  23. End Game in the IoT It’s been a long autumn and winter effort completing development of a CAT-M1-based on-farm data logger for release in the southern Spring, now only two days away. These product development sprints are a long litany of small crises that are surmounted and left behind in the rear-view mirror. When you’re stuck in the middle of it, it feels like crawling over broken glass. But we have early orders, some stock on the shelf with more next week, and rudimentary field trails conducted that have already thrown up a weird software bug in the ultra-low power state that this logger depends upon to keep energy consumption within budget. A software work-around nipped that in the bud before it got released into the wild. Our marketing department have been on the road, talking up the benefits of a completely new Internet-connected data logger that’s attractively priced and robustly packaged. This new product offering has been enthusiastically embraced by our key agents. Great technology is indistinguishable from magic. In this case, much of the excitement would appear to be generated by the simplest part of this technological wizardry: the coloured light behind our Green Brain symbol. This indicates CAT-M1 network connectivity, data transfers and GPS fixes to the guys with the muddy boots working under primitive conditions out in the field. This is MEA’s third IoT development in eighteen months, with two more key projects beginning as soon as this new technology is properly bedded down. I’ll lead the product development team through the coming Spring and Summer, until my 67th birthday next March. So, the real end-game in this IoT race is actually to invest the next generation of MEA engineers with the spirit of the sprint, a ‘can-do’ ethos and the sense that with hard work, anything is possible.
  24. Interesting development in the UK. UK IoT Cyber security Measures.pdf
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. If you are a member of Engineers Australia, you can view the recording free on MyPortal. Just logon and navigate to Industry Practices > Manufacturing _______________________________________________________________________________________________ The manufacture of quality electronic products requires a capable manufacturer with a robust quality management system, supported by sound engineering of designs with a strong “design for manufacture” focus. This webinar explores how Australian companies can cost-effectively design and manufacture their next generation of products in Australia. We begin by describing the key elements of the electronics manufacturing process, from sourcing parts to boxed product assembly. We then explore design for manufacture principles and show how they align with these production processes. Surprisingly, the cost of electronics manufacturing in Australia can approach price parity with Asian countries. This untold success story runs counter to the common perception that all electronics manufacturing in Australia is dead. However, particularly in demanding mission or safety-critical industries like medical, defence, aerospace and mining, Australian manufacturers have held their own. Now they are turning the tables as a relentless focus on quality-driven continual improvement has improved unit costs to within 80% to 90% of Asian manufacturers. When combined with other service, reliability and security factors, and contrasted with the logistical challenges of dealing with outsourcing partners, the value proposition for keeping manufacturing wholly in Australia is growing more compelling by the day. About the presenters: Serena Ross is the general manager at Circuitwise, a contract electronics manufacturer and turnkey product assembly. Geoff sizer is the CEO of Genesys Electronics Design, an electronics design firm specialising in the development of smart electronic devices leveraging Internet of Things technologies. Takeaways: Understand design for manufacture in electronics Be familiar with the end-to-end electronics manufacturing process Learn how to brief both designers and manufacturers for best outcomes Webinar slides - Design for manufacture.pdf
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Technologies > Data Alalytics. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The presentation provides the listener an overview of the "visual analysis technology" from the standpoint of it being used as a sensory augmentation tool to improve many facets of human living experiences and will focus on a key aspect connected with security and safety of humankind. The presentation will also go through what a business process is and how video analytic tools enable us to create "scenario" detection, which allows many industries to tailor the level of augmentation to meet their automation objectives. The presentation uses images and animations to present what the IEC62676-6 VCA System performance testing and grading, emerging standard, has proposed. Ollencio D'Souza is a Director, TechnologyCare, since January 2010 focusing on converged IP system project design, implementation, project management and maintenance. He is a member of the Standards committees and associations, and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He has also presented several papers at ASIAL Conferences, Security 2000 Conferences and other local and international events, “Watermarking of Video” at the IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology, Virtual Presence at the “Remote Monitoring” IDC Conference in Perth, August 10th -12th. He is a regular contributor to industry magazines, forums and events, several articles written by me have been published in Security Australia, Security Electronics, CCTV Today, CCTV Focus and other national and international publications, and has participated in three Patent applications with UTCFS and UTRC staff. Slides Webinar6thAugust19.pdf
  27. Photo: MEA CAT-M1 Data Logger MEA’s CAT-M1 enabled data logger in functional prototype form (exploded view): Left: Clear lid. Centre: PCB, including Li-Ion battery, CAT-M1 modem (modem chip not installed), SIM-card and SD memory card holder (cards not installed) and PCB dual antenna. Most of the electronic circuity is on the rear of the PCB. The blue PCB is the plug-in sensor daughter-board. Right: Wedge-shaped solar panel custom-built to fit inside the tapered enclosure and attached to the black polycarbonate inlay. Cable assemblies are not shown.
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