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  3. Andrew at MEA

    What does it take to be an IoT engineer?

    ‘Straight-Up’ with the IoT. A new year has fired up at MEA and the troops have rested. I wish I could have rested, but with MEA closed over the Christmas-New Year period, I inevitably spent that down-time reading up on all those technologies I’d sidelined in my head amidst the daily blur. This year I got up to speed on the latest ultrasonic technologies for level sensing, just in case we set about marrying Myriota’s remote-area satellite IoT technology with tank level monitoring and sensing cattle movements. And it’s been hot ‘Down Under’, so the Christmas break also found me conducting a large-scale study in the MEA Test Garden on the impact of current-collapse in our IoT solar panels at temperatures above 40°C. To complicate things, the summer sun climbs high into the sky during the summer solstice, with shorter charging days for north-facing solar panels exacerbating solar-battery charging difficulties caused by radiant heat load. January and the return to work saw us hosing down last-minute alarms in our new Bluetooth-gypsum block IoT technology, destined for shipment to some remote tropical island off Australia’s north-east coast where the Green Turtles are breeding. Things that shouldn’t have gone wrong did go wrong. The ADCs and direct memory access functions in our MSP430 embedded controllers didn’t work as either the data sheet or Errata notes suggested they ought. Occasional data gaps were appearing in the logged record because measurements didn’t complete. We fixed this with a re-write using basic code and much cursing. Then the outdoor air temperature hit 46.9°C (116.4F) in the MEA Test Garden in Adelaide – with over 52°C inside the enclosures – and suddenly we had data spikes. That last-minute glitch was also hosed down and we entered production. With all that done, we got back to debugging our Myriota satellite IoT test system, which had stopped transmitting following a rain event. That too got sorted, teaching us yet again that one can’t be careless with enclosures even when hacking stuff together to test first principles. February rolled around and we dug deep into our back pockets for intellectual property – hardware and firmware – to lash the Myriota modem to our newly-developed smart gypsum block interface. Sometimes it’s good not to be a start-up, as there is no need to develop every darn thing from scratch before you can get down to business. Test beds evolve quickly. Six weeks into the New Year in the MEA Test Garden and we’re monitoring the soil moisture tension profile in the orchard and beaming data straight-up to those whizzing satellites that pass overhead twice-a-day. We’ve already learnt that we can send eight 20-byte packets by queuing them and letting the Myriota modem tackle the business of attempting multiple packet transmissions at each pass. This will stop-gap us against otherwise poor sampling rates until more satellites are launched. Once again we find ourselves under time pressure. Does this satellite IoT technology really work as expected? Can we reliably design product around it? Where are the pitfalls? Can we compress the data sufficiently to match the very small payload? How do we connect data across from the Myriota server to MEA's Green Brain in the cloud? Only squads of data – and time to collect it – can help us here, and we need all sorts of weather events to shake loose nasty gremlins that will surely bight us if they get through to production and our customer base. In the meantime, my Christmas sabbatical has fired my imagination and I’m spending the wee morning hours in my home lab testing new sensor ideas. There just never seems to be enough time in this IoT race!
  4. Matthew Sheedy

    IoT eBooks Special

    Hi All, I have been made aware of a suite of IoT eBooks + some on robotics (24 books in total) which are currently on special ($15 US) at the Humble Bundle store for the next 2 weeks. https://www.humblebundle.com/books/robotics-iot-books?hmb_source=navbar&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=tile_index_1 Enjoy.
  5. Dear All: Our company (ATE-NJ, China) is a professional team focusing on indoor localization techniques. We gained the 2nd place in the 3D competition of Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition 2018(https://microsoft.com/en-us/research/event/microsoft-indoor-localization-competition-ipsn-2018/). Our software supervisor (Prof. Song) is visiting Australia during before Feb 23. We would like to demonstrate and discuss UWB localization techniques with any company or person who is interested in it. Please email us ( su.zhang@ate-nj.com ; zhiyi.song@ate-nj.com) to agree time and place on UWB localization techniques.
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    PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT TIME IS 12.00PM TO 1.00PM AEDT - MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS NEED TO ADJUST TIMES ACCORDINGLY Description: About the presenter:
  7. Susan Olsen

    Engineering Careers in IoT

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    PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT TIME IS 12.00PM TO 1.00PM AEDT - MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS NEED TO ADJUST TIMES ACCORDINGLY Description: IoT Engineering encompasses the application to the IoT of expertise in a range of engineering disciples including systems, electronics, software, information, telecommunications, mechatronics, computer systems and cyber security. For example, an IoT design engineer may apply electronics and software engineering skills in the development of a wide range of devices and technologies. Other IoT Engineers are concerned with the specification, development, deployment, integration, operation and maintenance of IoT equipment, software and systems by the application of engineering skills and a knowledge of the IoT technology domain. Over-arching this are specialist engineering requirements to maintain data security, integrity and privacy. The webinar will provide guidance to engineers seeking to develop their skills in engineering disciplines which can be applied in the context of IoT, addressing in particular how Engineers Australia members can pursue CPEng status based on their work in IoT and related engineering disciplines. About the presenter: Geoff Sizer, CEO Genesys Electronics Design 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 and a Chartered Professional. As a former President of the IREE, Geoff was instrumental in the formation of the ITEE College in Engineers Australia and is its immediate past 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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    PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT TIME IS 12.00PM TO 1.00PM AEDT - MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS NEED TO ADJUST TIMES ACCORDINGLY Description: A Data Model in our context is an object-oriented data-centric representation of physically distributed and/or centralised data and functions within a system or sub-system. Data models are key underlying structures that provide modularity, scalability, flexibility and interoperability between IoT systems big and small. On the small scale, they ensure easy mapping and logical grouping and action of inputs and outputs, and on the large scale, they make interoperability mapping between disparate systems elegant. At the detail level, mapping layer APIs and comms protocols to the data model makes your system scalable, and helps avoid wheel-reinvention of platforms from development to development. Data models bring order to the chaos, or rather, prevent chaos from being entertained. About the presenter: JON EGGINS - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND DIRECTOR BE (Hons) Jon has more than 20 years of electronic product development experience, particularly in the area of embedded hardware and software development. Jon has held positions such as embedded software team leader at Philips, plus more diverse roles including those relating to marketing, communications and people development; Jon is an experienced people manager with a passion for developing people and teams. Jon manages several client relationships and projects and is involved in detailed engineering and review on complex projects. He has specific technical interests in the areas development of IoT architecture, indoor location systems and electro-mechanical systems in general.
  9. Andrew at MEA

    More Australian IoT satellite launches

    Hi Geoff Yep - exciting times, indeed. We've had ours since last year and have been transmitting data from the MEA roof via satellite about four times per day since then. I can hardly believe it's possible! And so many interesting applications opening up for IoT (truly-) anywhere... The Myriota applications team have been quick and helpful sorting out bugs and queries. All the best with your developments. Cheers for now Andrew
  10. Geoff Sizer

    More Australian IoT satellite launches

    We just ordered a development kit from Myriota - the first one ordered! Due in 4 to 6 weeks. It comes with a satellite emulator which will be handy for development. We are aiming to be the first to offer a commercially-ready Myriota satellite comms module solution for Things. Geoff.
  11. Andrew at MEA

    What does it take to be an IoT engineer?

    Another Christmas in IoT Land Weariness pervades all as another working year winds down here at MEA. With the pressure to release new IoT products and the need to shore up the ravages of Mother Nature among the old ones, it’s been a tough year in Product Development. We learnt this year to prototype and manufacture in China, speeding up PCB manufacture while driving costs down in a competitive arena. In 2018 we designed and built a Bluetooth logger for SDI-12 digital sensors, then immediately set to work on a specialized version capable for making AC resistance measurements in gypsum blocks (a simple 78-year-old soil moisture tension sensor technology that we’ve sold by the tens of thousands into Australian agriculture). We finished that gypsum block logger only this morning (just hours short of our close-of-business); we already have orders for a whole raft of them in the New Year. Test jigs and the business of building production lines was a mixed bag in 2018; we’re going to have to start that process earlier in the product development cycle and allocate a greater portion of resources to it. Next year we’ll do better. Our Green Brain web app for farmers passed a billion records in 2018 and boasted over 99.8% up-time and a 90% customer retention rate. Google Analytics tells us that most irrigators with our gear are hitting up their Green Brain account on a daily basis. Adelaide-based Myriota have progressed their satellite IoT technology to the point where they released their software development kit (SDK) in November 2018. Within weeks of purchasing ours we’d established a link via satellite from the rooftop at MEA via the Internet back to MEA. Next year we’ll turn that ground-breaking IoT technology into practical agricultural applications. In my own small corner of MEA’s engineering world I’ve completed my three-decade effort to build a crop-water stress (CWS) sensor for use in horticultural crops. These self-contained solar-powered instruments make use of all that new 2018-technology for data logging with Bluetooth data pickup. In the wee morning hours, I’ve also solved the sensor insertion issues needed to bury the tiny probe into the xylem tissue of vines and trees. The prototype CWS sensor has run flawlessly for two solid months in a grapevine in the MEA Test Garden. The production run of the first 25 operational units ran smoothly. As part of that CWS instrument design we created a sensor shelter to house the vapour-pressure deficit sensor. This specially-shaped nylon housing costs under $60, was designed by MEA’s mechanical engineer and manufactured in Brisbane in less than a week on a HP Jet Fusion 3D-printer. Commercially, 2018 was a hard year for us at MEA as we transitioned to second and even third generation products – this effort absorbed huge portions of our profitability but kept us in the marketplace. There’s no standing still in IoT land. However, help was at hand from the Australian Federal Government – in November 2018 MEA learnt that we had been awarded an ‘Accelerating Commercialisation Grant’ to build a new generation of on-farm IoT products. That will be the job in 2019-2020. With the official MEA year at an end, I’ll be heading home shortly to drink a beer on the back porch and look out over the MEA Test Garden where I spend my engineering down-time growing things. This garden is the secret sauce behind my working life in irrigated agriculture, just as my remote hillsides at Pine Hut Knob were the secret sauce behind the field measurements in wind and solar energy that fueled MEA’s early decades. It’s inside this huge garden that I will begin the shakedown testing of the crop water stress sensors over the Christmas-New Year period and into 2019. Just like the CWS sensor, my tree crops and vines represent decades of patient cultivation - avocados, figs, almonds, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins, bananas, mulberries, plums, peaches, nectarines, wine and table grapes, apples and pears, kiwi fruits and passionfruit – all the trial crops surround me, and my home lab stands in the middle. There’s plenty of scope in my own back yard for a quick and broad test of the CWS technology across a whole gamut of horticultural crops. So where will I be over the holiday season? Hovering anxiously over all these new sensors in my garden, nurturing and mothering and brooding away, willing all this magic to sing in unison for the greater good. And keeping a close eye on my irrigation through the heat of an Australian summer…
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    Webinar Recording: Interoperability and Data Insights in Utility IoT Solutions – Case Studies from Asia & Australia ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerpoint Presentation copy: Interoperability and Data Insights in Utility IoT Solutions – Case Studies from Asia & Australia Freestyle-presentation-EngineersAustralia-Feb19.pdf Description: Building Internet of Things (IoT) solutions entails combinations of devices, networks and IT/OT platform convergence and bridging the data to decision gap. By using case studies drawn from the utility vertical, Sundar focuses on how interoperability and data value capture is key to ensuring a successful IoT implementation. About the presenter: Sundar Iyer, GM - Global Products & Markets Freestyle Technology Over the last 20 years, Sundar has focused on the successful commercialisation of emerging technology product concepts across Asia-Pacific. He is the GM – Global Products and Markets at Freestyle Technology, an Australian IoT company. Sundar has commercialised IoT/Cloud/Big Data solutions, across APAC, at HPE, Telstra, Accenture, SAS, and Nokia Networks. Results include world-first products and >$100M of business growth. Qualifications: B.E(EEE)(1st Class Hons)(Auckland), Executive MBA (AGSM) Memberships: TelSoc, IEEE, ACS, RMIT CSIT Program Advisory Committee, Mentor at Accelerating Commercialisation Powerpoint Presentation copy: Interoperability and Data Insights in Utility IoT Solutions – Case Studies from Asia & Australia Freestyle-presentation-EngineersAustralia-Feb19.pdf
  13. It's all happening Down-Under; three Aussie companies have launched four satellites for IoT connectivity in the past few weeks. https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-a-tiny-box-attached-to-a-cow-s-ear-is-making-waves-in-space-20181205-p50kas.html
  14. Last week, Adelaide startup Fleet Space Technologies launched its Proxima I and II CubeSats from New Zealand, marking the company’s first commercial satellite launch and laying the foundation for free global connectivity for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). https://www.createdigital.org.au/adelaide-startups-cubesat-launch-is-an-australian-first/?utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EDM-20181120 This story appeared in createdigital - an Engineers Australia eNewsletter
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    Recording: This webinar has now passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording for free on MyPortal. Logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction. You can also view a list of all recordings. To be notified of upcoming webinars, register on this website and tick the newsletter box. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EVENT OF INTEREST TO IOT COMMUNITY LIVE CANBERRA EVENT TOMORROW – WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER, 12PM TO 1.30PM (join via Webinar for Non-Canberra members) Tomorrow, 14 November, the Risk Engineering Society will be hosting a live discussion panel and Q&A session on the risks associated with and future of driverless or AV (Autonomous Vehicles). The event will be held at the Seeing Machines Office in Fyshwick from 12pm to 1.30pm, details of the event are outlined below. The cost of attending is free to members and seats are limited so please register promptly to avoid missing out. To register please go to the Engineers Australia website: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/Event/software-wheels-driver-awareness-and-can-drive-trial Live Event & National Webinar Entrusting the driving task to a computer will eventually become a reality, but the journey to then will be gradual, complex and potentially dangerous. Synopsis As we grapple with the reality of dealing with a range of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) on our roads, there is general agreement these vehicles will make driving easier, more comfortable, and eventually, safer. Entrusting the driving task to a computer will eventually become a reality, but the journey to then will be gradual, complex, and potentially dangerous. As the technology improves the risk profile changes and the number of unexpected and potentially dangerous events the car will not be able to reliably respond to will reduce. However, this raises new issues around driver awareness where the driver could become complacent in an environment where increasing speed and other, unforeseen obstacles could result in potentially dire consequences. This raises new challenges for many organisations involved with AV safety including regulators, manufacturers, law enforcement, and associated organisations such as Engineers Australia and the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The ACT Government, together with Seeing Machines, has established an AV study - initiated the CAN drive - trial which will, through observing driver behaviour in an automated vehicle setting, help us better understand when and why, from both a safety and a regulatory perspective, a driver should be in control rather than the automated vehicle, and help to manage the transition from one to the other with reduced risk. The CAN Drive trial CAN drive supports a growing appetite internationally to understand issues such as when and how drivers will use automated driving functions and how it might impact their awareness of the environment around them, as well as their ability to take control of steering and speed functions from the vehicle when required, and at short notice. A panel discussion will be held at Seeing Machines offices, Fyshwick, and broadcast live via a National Webinar. Speaker 1: Mr Andrew McCredie, ACT Government AV Trial Governance Committee: Why CAN drive trial is being conducted. Speaker 2: Mr Ken Kroeger, Chairman, Seeing Machines Ltd: What Seeing Machines are doing, and what have found so far. Ken joined Seeing Machines in 2011 as CEO. Under Ken’s leadership the company has been strategically transformed into a recognized industry leader in computer vision, eye-tracking and intervention safety products and services with leading customers such as Caterpillar. Ken’s understanding of computer technology was honed at the North Alberta Institute of Technology. His experience as a technology entrepreneur came to the fore when he moved to Australia in the mid-1990s and co-founded 3D simulation and training provider Catalyst Interactive. Ken’s exposure to a wide range of industries, governments and defence/security agencies at an international level, has allowed him to develop a solid understanding of how technology can be applied to help people and organizations perform at a higher or safer level. Speaker 3: Mr James Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian New Car Assessment Program: How this work impacts ANCAP's safety rating system. James Goodwin is a former journalist and news presenter with a professional career in corporate affairs and government relations. He has a particular interest in consumer advocacy and education, particularly in the areas of transport and safety as well as improving corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining ANCAP, Mr Goodwin held the position of Director - Government Relations & Communications at the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). James also held a senior corporate affairs position with the industry body representing the interests of new car and motorcycle brands in Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Q&A Session Facilitator: Mr Geoff Hurst, FIEAust, National President of the Risk Engineering Society.
  16. This webinar has now passed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Title: The Role of Fog Computing in IoT Presenter: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya Description: In the next two decades, Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm will play an important role in transforming the industry, environment, and society. The requirement of supporting both latency sensitive and computing intensive Internet of Things (IoT) applications is consistently boosting the necessity for integrating Edge, Fog and Cloud infrastructure. Fog computing environments harness the edge network resources to support applications and deliver services for making decisions in real-time. These intelligent IoT applications are estimated to have an economic impact of $11 trillion per year by 2025 (equivalent of 11% of the world economy). This keynote talk presents: (a) architectural principles for Fog computing to harness edge resources, (b) algorithms for QoS-based provisioning of resources and scheduling of applications along with techniques for management of failures, and (c) a novel FogBus software framework with Blockchain-based data-integrity management for facilitating end-to-end IoT-Fog(Edge)-Cloud integration for execution of sensitive IoT applications, (d) a health-care application casestudy integrating finger pulse oximeter as IoT devices with Smartphone-based gateway and Raspberry Pi-based Fog nodes for Sleep Apnea analysis, and (e) future directions in Fog and Edge computing. About the Presenter: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He served as a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council during 2012-2016. He has authored over 625 publications and seven text books including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=120, g-index=255, 76,800+ citations). Dr. Buyya is recognized as a "Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher" in both 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters, a Fellow of IEEE, and Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier for his outstanding contributions to Cloud computing. Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 40 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft's Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received "2010 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award". Recently, He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Software: Practice and Experience, which was established over 45 years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome: www.buyya.com
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    Webinar Recording: IoT Digital Utilities - Innovation from Seed to Solution, Presented by Dr Mike Dixon, CEO and Founder of Synauta Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT TIME IS 12.00PM TO 1.00PM AEDT - MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS NEED TO ADJUST TIMES ACCORDINGLY Description: Australian water utilities have long been global leaders in water management. We have invested heavily in technology and infrastructure, helping solve our water hardships. Is now the perfect time for Australia to leverage it’s expertise in water and harness the digital revolution to build our economy? This webinar will outline a map of digital possibilities for the Australian water utility. Digital transformation consists of the adoption of technologies for remote sensing, asset management, customer engagement, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and cybersecurity. We will highlight excellent examples from Australia and share others from across the globe. About the Presenter: Dr Mike Dixon is the CEO and Founder of Synauta Inc, an IoT company leveraging opex savings for water and power utilities by providing cyber security, sensor networks and software. He is an advisor to multiple start-ups including Sandymount Technologies, which spun out of MIT. Mike is a global expert in desalination and water treatment technology working with membrane and thermal technologies in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. He has worked across the entire value chain with technology manufacturers, water utilities, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies and research hubs. Prior to Synauta, Mike was Applications Development Manager for NanoH2O, a global provider of reverse osmosis membranes that leveraged UCLA developed nanotechnology to lower the cost of desalination with over 300 installations in 40+ countries in the three years from market launch. LG Chem acquired NanoH2O in 2014. Mike was National President of the Young Water Professionals for the Australian Water Association in 2012 and is currently Secretary of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Board of Directors.
  18. Andrew at MEA

    What does it take to be an IoT engineer?

    Producing the IoT I’m a self-confessed ‘data-sheet junky’. This is an inexpensive and innocuous habit, allowing me to indulge in circuit daydreams at odd moments while the digital whiz-kids are struggling with coding and software and Internet issues. Many hundreds of data sheets sit quietly on my phone and are backed up in the Cloud, weighing nothing, costing nothing, crammed with applications information and a free education in how to build things with electronics. These data sheets keep my dream of being an electronics engineer alive while I do my day job in the IoT business. In the past four months – since official product launch of our latest on-farm IoT product – MEA has been running field trials with live customers, testing phone apps on every conceivable Android and iOS device and generally getting beat-up as per usual. While all that has been going on a whole new engineering project has been underway: construction of the production line. No IoT product development has been completed until you’ve built the programming and test jigs and are churning out stock to load the shelves. Boxes and boxes of built-up circuit boards arrive from remote PCB factories and pile up on the incoming stock shelves. Our operations manager hovers nervously on the fringes of the engineering team, waiting for the gun to go off. Designing the product is only half the game; the second half is running every device through electrical tests, charging batteries and load-testing them, loading firmware into various on-board microcontrollers, testing Bluetooth and other comms channels, reading sensors, milking out those all-important identifying MAC addresses, logging them and printing labels then storing test results to our server. Then there’s documentation, staff training and meshing-in all those other manufactured components such as enclosures, packaging and ancillary items. We’re building low-cost volume IoT products, so this whole production process has to be automated and run by any kid old enough to serve hamburgers. Profit margins are slim as we compete in this over-hyped and over-heated world where the final arbiter of success is a signed purchase order, positive cash flow and a light service load. Our product development team is a small enclosed world demanding high skill levels and intense concentration. Upstairs is a very different reality; our marketing folk are trying to get the knots out of the customer experience, simplifying the creation of Green Brain accounts and the downloading of the Retrieve app that runs our latest Bluetooth loggers and connects sensors and loggers through phones to our Green Brain database in the Cloud. Endless talking, phone calls, stress, tweaks to Green Brain operations – just the usual daily round while management tries to keep the MEA ship on an even keel and the books balanced. So that’s the scene around me. Except my mind is off wandering, scouting ahead to the next generation of products that will one day create an internal furor of their own. I’ve come up with a cunning new circuit for solving the Yamartino formula in the measurement of wind direction for newer faster MEA weather stations. I need a PWM-to-DAC converter and I just know I’ve got a data sheet for that somewhere…
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    Webinar Recording: IoT in Defence Part 2 Case Studies from Thales Recording: This webinar has now passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording for free on MyPortal. Logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction. You can also view a list of all recordings. To be notified of upcoming webinars, register on this website and tick the newsletter box. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: IoT in Defence Part 2: Case Studies from Thales Presenter: Kerry Lunney, Country Engineering Director / Chief Engineer, Thales Australia International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) President-Elect Organisation: Thales in Australia is part of a leading international electronics and systems group serving the defence, aerospace and space, security, and transport markets in Australia and throughout the world. Thales’s technology and products help airlines, air traffic control, urban transportation systems, and the energy and defence industries improve their real-time decision making. Thales as a leader in advanced systems takes advantage of the full range of IoT technologies, as appropriate to meet the needs of the customer and the ever increasing speed of technology change, in delivering its solutions. Description: The ability to capture and analyse data from distributed connected devices offers the potential to optimize processes, create new revenue streams, and improve customer service. However, the IoT also exposes organizations to new security vulnerabilities introduced by increased network connectivity and devices that are not secured by design. Likewise the ability to fully utilise an IoT product within the constraints of defence industry acquisition frameworks is not without its challenges. This presentation will cover these aspects, including technical governance regimes, to operate IoT “stuff” in the defence world. About the Presenter: As the Country Engineering Director and Chief Engineer in Thales Australia, Kerry provides technical leadership and governance on bids and projects, delivers technical training programs, and participates on a number of Technical Boards and Communities of Thales. Recent roles include Chief Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect and Design Authority. Prior to joining Thales, Kerry has worked overseas and locally for GTECH, Boeing and Rockwell. Augmenting her career in Systems and Systems Engineering, Kerry holds the position in the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) of President Elect for 2018-2019, and will be the President for 2020-2021. In addition, Kerry is a member of IEEE, a Fellow Member of Engineers Australia with the status of Engineering Executive and Chartered Professional Engineer, and holds the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) qualification from INCOSE. This is the second in a series of webinar on the application of IoT engineering in the defence industry. The first of the presentation can be found under the Defence tab of the IoT Engineering webinar portal at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/IoT
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    Webinar Recording: IoT for Critical Applications – Making Regulatory Standards Work For You Recording: This webinar has now passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording for free on MyPortal. Logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction. You can also view a list of all recordings. To be notified of upcoming webinars, register on this website and tick the newsletter box. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: IoT for Critical Applications – Making Regulatory Standards Work For You Presenter: Geoff Sizer, IoT Community Leader Description: IoT is increasingly finding its way into applications where safety, reliability, security and functional effectiveness are paramount. This includes use in medical, transportation, industrial, defence and even aerospace applications. The design, development and manufacture of electronics devices and software for use in these environments needs to comply with the requirements of international regulatory standards which go beyond the electromagnetic compatibility and radiocommunications standards which apply to all electronic devices. Such standards apply not only to the characteristics of the finished design, but to the processes used to develop it, including risk management. Rather than being seen as a burden, compliance with regulatory standards should be seen positively, as a way of enhancing product quality, which indeed their purpose. The aim should not be “to comply with the standard”, but to “develop a safe, reliable, high quality product”. The presentation will draw on experience gained in taking an electronics and software development team through the process of certification of its Quality Management System to ISO 13485 for medical devices – essentially ISO 9001 “on steroids”. Lessons learned can be usefully extrapolated to product development for other critical applications, and to enhance the quality of less critical commercial and consumer product designs for minimal development overhead. 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 and a Chartered Professional. As a former President of the IREE, Geoff was instrumental in the formation of the ITEE College in Engineers Australia and is its immediate past 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 .
  21. Nadine Cranenburgh

    Industrial IoT Automation

    Introduction The IoT era has been marked by an exponential increase in hardware and software capabilities. This has meant that industrial automation control systems have moved from stand-alone, discrete, relay-based automation systems towards multi-processor systems, edge- or cloud-connected systems as shown below. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ This transformation in automation systems has been mirrored in the data formats, which have moved from paper charts and manual reports to big data applications which can collect insights from multiple sites around the globe and enable predictive analysis and decision making. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ A major shift in focus has been the increasing trend to use industrial data to improve processes in the future as well as find out why things went wrong in the past. One example is the use of ‘prescription’ which is the process of changing the use of assets to extend their life or improve processes when data analytics have predicted a failure is imminent. Industrial IoT (IIoT) requirements and data model IoT solutions for industry have specific requirements. As well as needing to be reliable and robust enough to survive in an industrial environment, they need to be scalable and meet industrial cybersecurity standards. Interoperability with legacy systems, which may be 10 to 20 years old, is also key, and industrial clients require the ability to customise solutions to meet their specific requirements. Solutions need to be commercially available in the long term to provide continuous business models to clients. A general example of an IoT data model for a manufacturing application is shown below. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ In industrial applications, the cost of monitoring reliability of equipment to minimise production downtime needs to be balanced against the cost of the parts, as it might be cheaper to run to failure rather than monitor depending on the cost of downtime. The diagram below shows the kinds of input data and analysis that might be implemented for a packaging production line application. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ Platform as a service One cloud-computing tool for the IIoT is ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS). This is an IoT operating system that connects things and collects data. API interfaces allow other service providers to connect and offer additional functionality such as data analytics. It can also be used for application development, testing and deployment. Examples include Siemen’s MindSphere, Honeywell Sentience and GE Predix. Staged approach Rolling out IoT-based automation in industry generally follows a staged approach. For example, operations might start by implementing a data-driven approach to improve transparency and asset management and use data to automate a standalone process. As the IoT solution merges with the company’s systems and data collection and integration becomes more mature, it will start to drive proactive automation of processes. Industry can then progress to introducing digital ‘twins’ for products, production and performance to feed data on potential changes into offline models before implementing them in the production plant. The final stage is using tools such as augmented reality and AI to gain high-level insights from data that can drive innovation and system optimisation. This concept is illustrated in the diagram below. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ Future of IIoT Automation As technology continues to advance, future applications of IoT automation could include: distributed intelligence edge control eg. analytics and model-based control local optimisation eg. line monitoring and control devices to optimise performance of a production line connectivity to data outside of the reach of today’s control systems eg. environmental or weather data real-time simulation eg. data feedback for process optimisation or testing measures to improve performance. The diagram below shows a possible future data model for IIoT solutions, where edge control is the gateway for information flowing to and from the cloud to drive decision making. Diagram courtesy of Chris Vains, Siemens Australia NZ Sources: The content on this page was primarily sourced from the following: Webinar titled ‘Automation in the IoT Era’ by Chris Vains, Head of Digital Enterprise, Siemens Australia and NZ
  22. Nadine Cranenburgh

    Product development (AFR Services)

    Description: Four years ago ATF Services made a strategic decision to move into high-tech video surveillance solutions. This case study outlines the product development process for their intelligent multi-function IoT security alarm. Source: Based on a webinar titled ‘Case Study on IoT Product Development’ delivered on 14 August 2018 by Robin Mysell, CEO, ATF Services. Biography: Robin Mysell has been CEO of ATF Services for nearly six years. He has used his strategic and leadership skills to successfully transform underperforming companies faced with tough economic and competitive environments in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Robin is a firm believer in using technology and innovation to help improve business efficiency. Implementing continuous improvement and lean principles is one of his key transformation strategies. Introduction ATF Services needed to diversify from its core business of temporary fencing and edge protection due to market saturation with hire equipment following the end of the mining boom. They decided to move into camera-based security surveillance systems, starting with the development of a single solar panel, 4G security camera system with infrared light for night operation. The system was intended for operation at medium to large sites. Challenges to be overcome were false alerts from sources such as animals and objects flapping in the wind. Systems also needed to operate continuously, and have power backup in the case of power failure. Early stages ATF had a steep learning curve in solar power generation for their first generation cameras. Issues faced were a need to clearly define power requirements, and reliance on an expensive lithium ion phosphate battery. Climatic variations over the target markets across Australia and New Zealand, meaning that products had to be able to operate reliably in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. The first hurdle was to decrease power consumption to allow the move to less expensive batteries. Perfecting power management allowed the company to save around $2000 per camera by using cheaper VRSLA batteries. An image of the mature camera system is shown below. Diagram courtesy of Robin Mysell, ATF Services The team developed a stable camera system, but it was unable to see through buildings or fences, meaning that sites were vulnerable to break-ins from areas not covered by camera surveillance. To cover black-spots on site, an IP66-rated, vandal-proof wireless sensor was needed. The sensor also needed to be able to communicate with the security cameras and have a one-year battery life. After testing third party devices, ATF decided to develop an in-house solution in partnership with Genesys Electronics Design. IoT security alarm design process Most of the motion alarms on the market are built for indoor or household settings, where environmental variables are highly controlled. ATF needed industrial-grade sensors which could cope with variations in temperature and weather, as well as distinguish false alarms from animals and flapping objects. This meant that third party sensors were either inadequate or too expensive. Once the decision had been made to develop an in-house device in partnership with Genesys, AFR incorporated additional sensors into the design. These included: a tamper switch to detect interference an accelerometer to detect if the device was hit or improperly installed a microphone to detect unexpected noises such as breaking glass Limitations faced were size and power consumption. An image of the current alarm device is shown below. Diagram courtesy of Robin Mysell, ATF Services The scope of the product continually changed during the development process, based on client feedback and a growing understanding of what could be achieved. AFR is still growing its understanding of potential applications for the device. For example, using recently rolled out LPWAN technologies, the company has discovered that the security alarm device can be installed in a standalone configuration without a co-located camera. Installation in shipping containers (shown in the image below) proved to be a challenge, as sealed containers create a shielding effect and block communications. The solution implemented was to install the alarm on the container door so that communications were restored as soon as the container door was opened and a message could be sent back to base. Diagram courtesy of Robin Mysell, ATF Services ATF Services also developed a custom app for the alarm in parallel with the hardware and firmware development process. Lessons learned One lesson learned during the design process was that being involved in the product design process can mean a loss of objectivity. This means that customer feedback can be useful to gain a fresh perspective on features that would be useful to end users. Another learning was that keeping the app interface smooth and simple for clients meant a lot of work at the backend, and scoping the end user experience was crucial early in the design process as redesigning an app’s features and the device framework that communicates with the app later in the process is a huge undertaking. While writing the device framework at the same time as developing cloud services and the software backend was a challenge, AFR now has the benefit of full ownership and control of all system assets in order to make changes and undertake future development. Another lesson was in ensuring thorough up-front project scoping. Scope-creep can be a risk when building technology which is the first of its kind, and the many scope changes and time delays came at a heavy cost – doubling the original development budget. While this was a major issue in the short term, in the medium term it has provided a much more capable system, with applications that are still emerging. Since the security alarm project, AFR has started putting together a ‘wish list’ for added functionality and features at the start of the product design process and prioritising those features to understand the cost-benefit of each, with a view to how it may increase the product value over the medium to long term. Upgrade paths should be designed into a system, to take into account the rapid pace of technological development in the IoT sector. The system should also be scalable, to cope with user growth over time. The solid partnership with Genesys was another crucial factor in the success of the project.
  23. Andrew at MEA

    What does it take to be an IoT engineer?

    Constipation in the IoT In his best-selling book “The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company”, David Packard provides insights into managing and motivating people and inspiration for would-be entrepreneurs. [The following two paragraphs are an extract from the cover notes…] “From a one-car-garage company to a multibillion-dollar industry, the rise of Hewlett-Packard is an extraordinary tale of vision, innovation and hard work. Conceived in 1939, Hewlett-Packard earned success not only as a result of its engineering know-how and cutting-edge product ideas, but also because of the unique management style it developed – a way of doing things called 'the HP way'. Decades before today's creative management trends, Hewlett–Packard invented such strategies as 'walk–around management', 'flextime', and 'quality cycles'. Always sensitive to the needs of its customers and responsive to employee input, Hewlett-Packard earned massive steady growth that far outshone its competitors' vacillating fortunes, even with radically different products from those responsible for its initial boom.” Yet the pearl for me in reading The HP-Way was some advice given to Dave Packard in the company’s early formative years by an older bank manager, that more companies die of constipation than starvation. The great difficulty of being a player in the Internet of Things arena is the sheer diversity of skill-sets required to implement a useful solution to a customer’s problem. Further, one runs the risk of vacillating to a stand-still, because there are simply too many possible choices to be made between competing sensors, networks, software packages and so on. The particular area causing constipation in MEA’s product development cycle at the moment is in choosing a network operator. When MEA launched its Plexus sensor networks in 2013, choices were few and an on-farm ZigBee network feeding a 3G/4G on-site backhaul made plenty of sense if we wished to provide a one-shop solution. Similarly, there was a dearth of folk who understood cloud-based data-bases and web applications, so we created Green Brain ourselves. We weren’t even sure if mobile phones were going to be sufficiently ubiquitous to allow farmers to view their data from anywhere at any time. (Indeed, we were still creating our own Magpie PC-based data logging software at launch date) And this was only five years ago! Since then, all sorts of folk have made massive investments in parallel network developments designed specifically for the IoT; Sigfox, Taggle, Lo-Ra Wan, Myriota and Fleet Systems just to name a handful. So, from being a provider of our own network solutions, MEA is now spoiled-for-choice with low-cost carriers all anxious for us to feed our data transmissions through their gateways, locking us in to finding and billing customers while the network providers bill us. This new model – of using alternate carriers to Telstra – has plenty going for it in terms of manufacturing and transmission costs, but comes with an uncertainty in coverage. We wind up wanting to build solutions for all of them. (And indeed, they are anxious for us to do so). Constipation indeed! While I was trying to get all this sorted, Green Brain passed the one billion record mark. Perhaps the lesson to be drawn from all this is that one must simply continue to adapt one’s business model to the current technological status quo, and to be fleet-of-foot about it. The Hewlett-Packard model shows that this can be done, while listening to customers and employees at the same time.
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    Webinar Recording: Scaling up -The great data challenge for IoT Recording: This webinar has now passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording for free on MyPortal. Logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction. You can also view a list of all recordings. To be notified of upcoming webinars, register on this website and tick the newsletter box. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: Scaling up: The great data challenge for IoT Presenter: Chris Law, CEO, Future Grid Description: As the world flattens, the devices that power it and connect us are churning out more and more data. When Future Grid asked why no one was providing enterprises with a powerful, scalable, affordable, user-friendly data management solution to create value from their data, everyone said it was too much data to process. This presentation addresses how to deal with this problem. About the Presenter: Chris has an extensive, 20-year history holding strategic positions across a wide variety of industries, including energy, pay TV, telecommunications and construction. Chris’s accomplishments include delivering the strategic direction for large programs of work while more recently he has supported large enterprise innovation for companies, such as Foxtel, where he led a Field Workforce transformation program that delivered savings of over $30 million per year. As the visionary shaping and driving Future Grid’s mission, Chris recognised early on the emerging problem of an overabundance of data, as more devices become connected and produced more data. He recognised companies had no way to make sense of the reams of data in an efficient, cost-effective manner, and set out to make Future Grid an accessible, customer-centric solution for utilities and telcos. Chris holds a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering from Swinburne University.
  25. grant.li

    Case Study on IoT Product Development

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  26. Andrew at MEA

    What does it take to be an IoT engineer?

    The IoT and the Sensor Black-Hole MEA’s IoT product development road-map is pretty well laid out for the next two years: new CAT-M1, Myriota satellite and Sigfox network cores will connect third-party sensors to MEA’s Green Brain web-app. This in addition to our existing Plexus long-range ZigBee on-farm networks and the new Green Brain loggers with their Bluetooth to 3G/4G hop through farmers’ mobile phones. And of course, there’s always our GDots at the really bottom-end of our product spectrum for farmers replacing IoT technology with human gray matter. This all makes perfect sense from a company perspective, but I find myself off yawning in a corner, quite rightly leaving all the young bucks to work their digital magic. The IoT scenery – so mysterious just a few years ago – has become mundane. Lots of excitement still as the brawls develop in the race to create the networks that will carry all the data from billions of sensors but – yawn – the electronics design challenge has disappeared. Just connect a few wires from sensors to the IoT module and step back while the firmware/software boys step forward to do the real product development. I nailed all the solar-battery stuff years ago, so even that’s not around to interest me anymore. In the marketplace, more and more folk are coming out of the woodwork with a piece of the IoT jigsaw puzzle in their hand, looking for folk with matching pieces. Data analysis folk are looking for databases to work on. Software companies with databases are looking for system integrators to feed them data. System integrators are looking for network modules and network operators to carry their data to the software folk. Sensor manufacturers are looking for system integrators to snap up their offerings and solve the real-world installation issues. Everyone’s looking for customers, agents, distributors or investors/buyers. Yawn. With the IoT dust settling, I’m increasingly conscious of a black-hole appearing in my peripheral vision. Where will all the new sensors come from to interface the stubbornly analog world to this burgeoning digital world? Four decades of studying and using sensors has shown me that this is an area growing at a snail’s pace by comparison to the stellar developments in the digital sphere. New stuff appears only rarely, and then its rather more an adaption of older ideas using newer processes, or is far too expensive to match the low-cost devices in the digital arena. Sadly, analogue electronics is barely taught any longer at under-graduate level and its practitioners – such as myself – are ageing and increasingly sidelined in a digital world. Sure, there are sensors available for most of the regular tasks that can feed the IoT networks, but there are plenty of instances of poor-fits between what we have and what is needed in new applications. Sensor technology then is fertile ground for feeding the ravenous appetites predicted for upstream IoT technologies. Just a few more IoT products to knock out over the coming two years and I’ll be off to the home lab to think about weird and wonderful sensors to solve all those old intractable measurement problems. We analogue engineers are well-suited for just that sort of work. And the technology needed to build and test working circuits is all available for a song on eBay. I’ll happily leave the digital wars for a new generation to fight, while I focus on doing what I love – electronic sensor design. Analogue home labs – like mine – are well-suited to tackle future sensor droughts in the burgeoning IoT era
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    Webinar Recording: This webinar has now passed. The recording can be viewed free by EA Members in MyPortal . Navigate to Industry Applications and case studies >> Other --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: A case study on IoT Product Development: "If I knew then what I know now..." Presenter: Robin Mysell, CEO, ATF Services Description: “If I knew four years ago what I know now, I would probably have saved myself a million dollars”. Robin Mysell and his team at ATF Services are at the cutting edge of IoT product development, marketing a range of consumer devices that are taking full advantage of the full range of IoT technologies. Four years ago the business provided temporary fencing and height safety services but made a strategic decision to move into high tech video surveillance solutions. The company recently launched a high-profile activity sensor called AbiBird in the competitive “aging in place” market, but the product Mysell is most proud of is a multi-function security device that he says is “truly intelligent”. In this presentation, Mysell will relate the IoT journey his company has been on, delivering some of the first IoT products based on a national LPWAN network. He will discuss what technology and business model choices that had to be considered and the development methodologies employed. Building on his “if I knew four years ago what I know now”, he will pass on lessons learned for others looking to develop IoT based products or bespoke solutions for industrial settings. About the presenter: Robin has been CEO of ATF Services for nearly 6 years. Robin has used his strategic and leadership skills to successfully transform underperforming companies faced with tough economic and competitive environments in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. He is a firm believer in technology and innovation to help improve business efficiency. Implementing continuous improvement and lean principles is one of his key transformation strategies.
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