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Hi everyone,

I have graduate as a civil engineer last year and started working at Accenture with the technology consulting segment. I have seen a great rise in digital innovation and rise in IoT. I have started reading on this and have seen some project such as IBM and Yarra Valley Water in Water Asset Management using IBM Blue mix or Accenture and National Farmers Federation in Agriculture. 
As a Civil Engineer in IT and on behalf of many others in similar situation, how could I participate in projects within IoT and how could I marry up my knowledge in Civil Engineering with IoT applications. Are there any training or reading materials available that could bring people like me up to speed? 


Thanks and regards,



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Replying to Amid's question.

There is so much information about IoT on the Internet so as to become overwhelming - and a lot of hype. 

I'd recommend approaching the issue form the application perspective, and seek out case studies and papers relating the use of IoT in the application in question.  From that base, build knowledge of what others are doing and follow the threads from there.

This community aims to build a knowledge base, and over time will accumulate an increasing amount of information on IoT applications and technologies.

You could start a forum thread on topiccs of interest - and suggest topics for future webinars.




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On 05/07/2016 at 0:47 PM, Sam said:

Could you please tell about Australian government & EA's  support for local start-up companies to compete with established international companies in IOT?

EA's support for local IoT start-up companies is via this community - as well as the general support which EA provides to its members and the broader engineering community.

Regarding Australian Govt support, the major federal and state initiatives, including the R&D tax incentive https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/research-and-development-tax-incentive   and a large number of support programs and grants, whilst not specifically identifying IoT, provide coverage of IoT innovation and commercialisation activities.

The following web site is a good starting point:  https://www.business.gov.au/assistance

The Industry Growth Centres http://www.industry.gov.au/industry/Industry-Growth-Centres/Pages/default.aspx are also relevant - albeit they do not specifically identify IoT - at least not yet! 

There are also commercial organisations active in IoT - eg Cisco and the major telcos. 

I have started a new forum thread on this topic



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On 05/07/2016 at 1:00 PM, Antoine Majdalani said:

Is it cost competitive to develop embedded software and electronics for end devices in Australia? What is the risk of being flooded with competing products from China?

In order to be cost competitive in the medium to long term, Australian innovators must be cunning and target niche markets where we have a natural competitive advantage.

Any IoT product which takes off in the consumer space risks being overwhelmed by a flood of cheap competing products from overseas  - including wearables, home automation and other fads and  "flavour of the month" applications.  The first mover advantage in these spaces is likely to be short lived.

Areas to focus on include e-health, agriculture, transportation, mining and smart cities.



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On 05/07/2016 at 1:07 PM, Mahtab said:


I would like to know if you are aware of any IoT-related Asset Management Systems in hospitals and health related industries in Australia? I appreciate if you could send me any information.


There is a lot of activity in hospitals as "smart buildings" - primarily in the building management systems incorporated into new or renovated buildings - as a quick Google search reveals.

eg http://www.schneider-electric.com/solutions/au/en/sol/4665494-healthcare-intelligent-building-management-system


Health more broadly is fertile ground - for example, I am personally currently involved in the development of several medical products in the IoT space.

Aged care monitoring and a holistic system to support aged care in-the-home are crying out for the application of IoT.


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Hi All, just joined up for the community and I am keen to see this community grow.  I think the IoT is becoming easier and more accessible as technologies become more modular paired with learning platforms becoming easy to access for up-skilling.  I have taught myself to develop mobile applications by building on my engineering knowledge though udemy courses.  The area that I still don't have enough knowledge about is how to build a device and get the data to the cloud.  This large amount of multi-disciplinary requirements is going to be a large barrier to entry and to success for many people and companies.  

In the short term, what would be a good place to start to learn how to get data from a Thing to a cloud?

In the webinar it was talked about the Things (The items that will detect the data from the source) - could this also include image processing that allows data to be gathered from images?  This would be difficult due to the coding and processing required, however this would take advantage of the thing we all carry!  

The other part I think will be interesting to develop is augmented reality as a user interface for managing assets.

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Hi Adam,

Thanks for joining and commenting. It's always great to see people getting in to this space. We host year 10 students for work experience, and they are all over it. Bodes well for the future, but also a bit of a kick for more experienced guys to stay current.

Re you questions. 

"In the short term, what would be a good place to start to learn how to get data from a Thing to a cloud?"

Yes - and vice-versa. I would suggest AWS as the simplest entry to the cloud space, and then initially getting a feel for comms transport via some basic PC or mobile device app. There are many options for comms and transport. Choose one that has library support for your mobile device and AWS and use it. Better to know one REALLY well than 10 superficially. Don't forget the downlink - you'll want to be able to actuate you mobile device app from the cloud (presumably via a web GUI).

You could make your own thing, or buy a thing, but a mobile device is a highly capable and transparent dev tool for things. That said, you may want to branch out to more things, say BLE-connected to your app, and then sub-squently available on the IoT. Again, at the local wireless network level, there are many options. Choose the ones that are best supported and learn them from end to end. BLE and WiFi are easy entry points. WiFi is possibly the simplest but is power hungry(er).

Re Image gathering, and AR, certainly it is a hugely cool topic. It's not my particular area although we do do image recognition stuff & triggering of abstracted logic based on that. Yes the video is also more data and processing hungry. If you had a good data plan to play with you could upload to the cloud and process there if you thing was not up to the task.

Check out https://artoolkit.org/.

Cheers! Jon

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