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Matthew Sheedy

Adelaide City plug in to Internet of Things

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I have just read that Adelaide wants to become a smart city and has patterned up with Cisco.

Now being an astute reader, you will find that this article is dated the 9th of September 2014.

 

So beyond the free WiFi access offered by the city’s partner Internode, can I ask what tangible or measureable outcomes for the IoT, e.g. the number of IoT start-ups, such a forward and proactive initiative has generated over the past 2 years or are we yet to reach that tipping point?

And what has been the impact of the “smart city” on Adelaidean’s lives, are they better off?

 

Info at:

1.    http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/news-releases/all-news-updates/state-govt-adelaide-city-plug-in-to-internet-of-things-innovation-hub

2.    http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/internet-of-things/overview.html

3.    https://hotspot.internode.on.net/partners/adelaidefree/

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The is a news item out this week that Thinxtra have signed a deal with the the SA Goverment to cover the entire state with Sigfox. The government is providing free sites. Will be the only state with statewide coverage, but I expect the other states will come up with some deal too. 

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Cisco have granted Adelaide "Lighthouse City" status. What else do you want? This prestigious accolade is bestowed by Cisco on cities that agree to sign an MoU. In return Cisco agree to sell things to them, if they choose. Some refer to this honour by the outdated terminology of "potential customer". But this crude terminology fails to recognise that there's a Hub involved.

Thinxtra rolling out a real IoT network has the unfortunate side-effect of actually making a difference, which is risky.

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