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  1. 16-May-17 is good for me if I can be of assistance. Will be a big month for IoT in Newcastle with a highly anticipated IoT Pioneers Meetup early May and the inaugural Hunter Innovation Festival IoT Workshop late May.
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  2. Good points. The power, as it so often does, comes from combining data sources. Tyre pressure with fuel consumption by route - what is optimal? Tyre temperature with pressure, ambient temperature, vehicle speed and driver identity - who's smoking the tyres? Shock events, location on vehicle and vehicle position, aggregated over many vehicles - pothole detector! But Jason's point is a good one - sometimes you just need to start instrumenting and discover the insights later. I'll give you a recent example - the instrumented pneumatic tube vehicle counters we developed for our Smart P
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  3. Contact information for WPLAN systems and operators in Australia: Ingenu http://www.ingenu.com/ http://www.iotoz.com.au/ LoRa https://www.lora-alliance.org/ http://meshed.com.au/ https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/ http://www.nnnco.com.au/ NB-IoT http://www.3gpp.org/http://www.3gpp.org/news-events/3gpp-news/1785-nb_iot_complete SIGFOX https://www.sigfox.com/ http://www.thinxtra.com/ Taggle http://www.taggle.com.au/
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  4. IMHO... IOT is a user of technologies rather than a being a technology itself so there is no single set of standards governing IOT. Device developers choose technologies based on the constraints they operate under. There are two broad categories of standards in which to make choices: network access (comprising the physical and data-link layers) and application protocol. A lot of standards that have been mentioned previously have to do with network access (Bluetooth, Zigbee, wifi, etc). These standards can be used by IOT but were not designed specifically for IOT. At the application layer,
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  5. Please contribute to this thread by adding information about government and other support and collaboration opportunities available to startups and other developers in the IoT space. Below is a start on this. Australian Govt Support R&D tax incentive https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/research-and-development-tax-incentive Commercialisation support https://www.business.gov.au/assistance The Industry Growth Centres http://www.industry.gov.au/industry/Industry-Growth-Centres/Pages/default.aspx IoT Alliance - Collaboration http://www.commsalliance.com.a
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  6. Following are some Ideas for community outputs gleaned from our initial survey and research. The text in brackets are my interpretation of what the output could look like. Please comment below on what other things you might like. Explanatory guides/webinars An overview of the basic framework. e.g. What happens after the front end data is collected. [An overall framework of IOT, spelled out in basic technical detail, i.e. the Body of Knowledge Framework] Reference guide to common acronyms. [Glossary with simply English explanations, part of wiki?] IOT for other engineers
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  7. Hi Geoff Three of us at MEA listened to your inaugural talk this morning on the IoT and thoroughly enjoyed it. You handled question time with panache and told us a few things we didn't know (SigFox - whatever that is - heading the list...) You also mentioned that folks likely to field a 'top-to-bottom' solution for an IoT application were still in the future, and likely to need a team of about 20 good folks to pull it off. Even counting our sales, marketing and administration folk - plus external industrial design and manufacturing support - brings us no-where near that num
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  8. Hi Andrew, the topic you raise is spot on, and is a core item I will address in my webinar on 5th July. The IoT when considered top-to-bottom - ie from the Cloud down to deloyed Things - encompasses just about every facet of ICT, software engineering and and electronics engineering. There are at least a dozen technology elements, each of which has a steep learing curve. And add to that the required knowledge of the system where IoT is to be applied. That said, many aspects of IoT technology are not new - just used in and integrated manner, often by engineers who are expert in the f
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  9. New community site is online!
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  10. When all is said and done, there has usually been more said than done! This is surely true of the IoT. I agree with IoT’s promise, but see few of its practitioners. Much of the IoT hype talks about connecting the fridge to the stove, although why, I can’t imagine. Business cannot thrive without customers, and who are they in IoT land, once the Early Adopters have tired of its promise? I can claim some small expertise in this area, having successfully launched an On-Farm Internet-of Sensors system called Plexus three years ago, moving soil moisture and climate data usin
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  11. 18 Oct "Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps." More info https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/10/apple-and-ge-partner-to-bring-predix-industrial-apps-to-iphone-and-ipad/
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  12. As part of my efforts in STEM outreach, I recently ran a workshop for Year 9 and 10 IT students at a local high school. I wanted to present something that would be interesting and different from what they would normally have from their school classes so I settled on doing a simple IoT demonstration involving Raspberry Pi, Sense-HAT, and Node-RED. The Raspberry Pi is a great way to introduce students to computing and electronics engineering. The students I was presenting to had little or no programming experience so a visual system such as Node-RED enabled them to program simple tasks. Within
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  13. Yes, agree with pretty much all that. I would tend not to be too dismissive of the value of learning the principles of coding. At my daughter's age, the concepts of IF/THEN constructs and all the other coding principles are all very new and worthwhile I think. And primarily at this stage, I think my aim is just to get her enthusiastic about learning, so the scratch level programs have been great and she still has some way to run with it. However, I take your point that she will pretty quickly run out of runway to learn with just coding which is why I am already thinking about what next.
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  14. with LORA at least, that is what you need to do. However the LORA technology is cheap enough to install transmitters. Also the coverage in the bush will be further
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  15. Love it. All the idle cash in the world is desperate to not miss out on the next Airbnb, and has done a sensational job of monopolising the narrative of business success. Rocket speed growth, a trail of destruction, laptops in cafeterias, and more talking than doing. Let the trends be trends. There's no replacement for authenticity.
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  16. Some good points made there. Probably won't surprise any engineers to find that not all screwdrivers fit all screws. But yes, in the hype-driven business decision making world we live in, there are many examples of trying to use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. I'd go as far as to say the challenge is not to "figure out ways around these problems", because that assumes the fallacy that, for example, "edge" computing is a novel invention from the cloud era. In reality, processing has always been done at the edge, and cloud computing paradigms simply mean we need a term to describe the adopt
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  17. Fascinating. Quite an achievement. This is certainly a promising way to get started building a blockchain based application. Time will tell how effective it is in practice - currently the user base is heavily dominated by those with a vested interest in giving it the thumbs up! I'm encouraged by their approach to scalability and confidentiality. These are well known problems in the blockchain that underpins Bitcoin and to some extent Ethereum. Sounds like they've taken a few pages out of the Monero playbook, which I personally think is likely to be the cryptocurrency of choice for discern
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  18. I suspect you forgot to hit submit! Certainly I have not deleted any posts to date.
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  19. Did my post get deleted or did I forget to hit the submit button? Teksmobile, Hussain Fakhruddin and Romit Kumar are very prolific on LinkedIn on this topic, and I don't think they're doing the industry a favour. Their articles are misleading, confusing and full of errors. This is another example. I'm sick of charlatans confusing the public and making the job of the practitioners even harder. Dealing with a confused public that doesn't know who to trust makes it hard to make progress. Thus, I was motivated to reply. Here it is:
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  20. Hello, I have performed this presentation a few times before and I thought I would share it with the online communities. I will be talking about managing uncertainty and internet of things systems with machine vision as the example. Leave any comments, suggestions and subscribe to follow the series. Link: https://youtu.be/etrZdyP0BYM
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  21. South Australian company recognised at major international IoT Summit South Australian IoT company, Myriota, has been awarded Best Industrial IoT Start Up Company at the world’s largest IoT summit, held in Silicon Valley. Myriota was one of over 100 start up companies from around the globe, who pitched to a panel of Silicon Valley and International IoT experts at Internet of Things World 2017. Myriota has developed a low power, low cost, satellite IoT communications platform, making transmission of small data from remote locations economically viable for a whole new class of sen
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  22. If you had $50 million to spend on making your city "smarter" what would you do. How do you think IoT could actually help make cities smarter? Just what is a smart city anyway? If you have a great idea, please share it. And maybe you should apply for funding. The deadline is 30 June 2017. See https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/smart-cities-and-suburbs-program
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  23. Hello all, I noticed this press release from HCL announcing a "Three stage IOT Maturity Framework". The three stages focus on process efficiency, then building new revenue streams and finally "business transformation". I get concerned when I read these kinds of things because we seem to be getting ahead of ourselves. Most organisations I know are still grappling with what it is, or how it is different from M2M/SCADA. I worry that seeing such frameworks can put IOT firmly in the fad camp. However, I do see boundless opportunity for IOT, but slow approach to maturity will have more to
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  24. Interesting but its so first generation for me. So they can measure Pressure, temperature, wear, vertical load and distance travelled. However, all they are doing with it is telling you when you need to change your tyre, connect you with their local dealer and maybe order online via your smart phone. Many consumers will be totally underwhelmed by this because what this is NOT doing is changing the business model. For example, I already know where and how to get my tires change. I get the impression that some engineer has said, let's instrument these tyres because we can and some marketing
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  25. There was some discussion about defining maturity at the last meeting of IoTAA Work Stream 6 (Startups). While this example wasn't mentioned, there was a general acknowledgement that it's a difficult task. I'm pleased there also tends to be a general understanding that there is a chicken-and-egg challenge in that the IoT market is quite immature, so proudly claiming one's own maturity is misleading at best. I think you're getting at the same thing - until customers are informed enough to write confident purchase orders, any one claiming a level of maturity is just waving their peacock feathers
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  26. Telstra has selected Ericsson to support its “Network of the Future” transformation program, using Cat-M1 to support an IOT capability, More at: https://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstra-and-ericsson-lay-foundation-for-network-of-the-future.xml
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  27. Hi Jason Thanks for your thoughtful advice on this matter. We have discussed this internally and believe that you have shown us a way forward. MEA will approach the various parties who own our weather station networks and discuss Creative Commons licences with them, while talking about how the data can be more broadly used for the good of all. No doubt there will be much discussion about 'fairness' and 'impartial' dealings between commercial competitors and so forth. We're OK with that. This is very fundamental issue for manufacturers of IoT technology, so your interes
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  28. The Dilemma of Data Ownership For more than three decades, MEA has built weather stations for wind, solar and agriculture applications within Australia. In the past decade, there has been a shift from private to public ownership, with many hundreds of MEA weather stations being deployed within networks across whole agricultural regions in southern Australia. These stations give farmers up-to-date access to local weather data via websites hosted by various Government or statuary authorities interested in water use efficiency in irrigated areas and among many other applications outside
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  29. Hi Reuben When Sigfox (Anat) visited us in Adelaide last year she had with her a little Sigfox-enabled temperature measurement device that she used to demonstrate connectivity to the Thinkstra base station on top of a tall building in the CBD. Our factory is in the foothills, so the transmission path was in clear air across the Adelaide plains to a high point in the city. So my message is that a) Sigfox can probably help you with a transmitter that will allow you to scout the terrain and assure yourself that you will get the needed coverage. (We always did this before installing
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  30. Afterword What will be the fate of the early innovators in the IoT arena? Are they a doomed species, to be pushed into oblivion when the big money turns its attention to grabbing market share and blowing away or gobbling up all the small fry who have been trying to create differentiated toe-holds as markets mature? This is a question that bites pretty close to home for MEA. MEA is a 5-year old start-up with 33 years of experience. Any company with some sort of longevity is by definition one that has re-invented itself again and again over the course of its history - ma
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  31. It's almost self-fulling. From my interactions with the world of big data of the last year I've noticed a willingness to sacrifice quality for quantity. It's almost as if instead of thinking about the value of the data at the record level, the approach now is to gloss over details like accuracy, relevance and valid representation. Just turn the firehose on and let the big machines with their magical AI sort it out. So now anyone trying to extract meaning from little data finds that there's nothing of value because the data is crap. Eventually you might get enough crap pilling up so that one pi
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  32. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced AWS Greengrass, "software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices in a secure way [snip], keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices securely, [and] operate with intermittent connections, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud. The aim of AWS Greengrass is to allow IOT devices to "act locally on the data they generate, while still using the cloud for management, analytics, and durable storage". The announcement is at https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/20
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  33. To Mesh or Not Mesh – that’s the question! The burgeoning technology base beneath the Internet-of-Things (IoT) offers a plethora of possible technologies for shifting data (in MEA’s case) from on-farm monitoring systems to users. One of the central questions facing product developers in this field is whether or not to operate using ‘meshing’ technology. Within a meshed radio network, you get all these smart IoT-enabled devices to help each other out by passing data along a self-healing mesh network to get better coverage and more reliable data delivery. According to a rough
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  34. 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 a
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  35. There are a few new market reports out on the state of the global IOT industry. 360 Market Updates is forecasting the IOT market to "grow at a CAGR of 35.97% during the period 2016-2020". I didn't purchase the report but the exec summary has an interesting list of the key vendors. More at: http://www.360marketupdates.com/global-internet-of-things-market-2016-2020-10290207 IDTechEx has an interesting discussion on the market. It says: "We do not repeat the mantra about tens of billions of nodes being deployed in only a few years. The many analysts sticking to such euphoria ignore the
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  36. This is indeed the general approach we are working on. However, I have to wait for EEA to deliver the capability sorry. They have had a bit of staff turnover recently that I think is hampering finalization.
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  37. This post describes the core processes of the community, as illustrated in the following flow chart. The core functions of each role are as follows: a. Community Leader: i. Hosts core member meetings and sends meeting invites ii. Takes minutes and copies to Community Agenda Forum iii. Approves all webinars and other events iv. Champions any special community projects and obtains any resources required to deliver them v. Ensures good variety of activities and coordination of all other roles vi. Backs
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  38. Following are minutes from the Core members meeting: 20 October 2106. We discussed potential new roles below. It was noted that they have been designed to minimise workload on any one individual while delivering personal benefits from undertaking the role. These need to be fleshed out in promoting and recruiting the roles during upcoming webinars. Also noted that we need to create a flowchart to show how all the roles work together (Tim Kannegieter (TK) to do this). It was agreed we would go to the broader community to ask for interest in undertaking these roles.
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  39. Hi All, A colleague and I have produced a paper for an International Conference next year. We work in the power engineering domain and the control thereof and see the IoT as a key to the future of this practice. Regards Ian Boake Boake Rijgersberg A proposal for real-time monitoring and control of the reticulation grid with photo-voltaics electrical vehicles and batteries em_fin.pdf
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  40. The Chasm between Australian Industry and Science Much public hand-wringing has occurred in the past few years about Australia’s poor international rating when it comes to collaboration between our industry and our scientific bodies. During our IoT webinars, this curious snake-in-the-grass has reared its head in the same old way, suggesting that there remains a fundamental misunderstanding between the two camps. What really gets my goat are steamy statements from academia about how the growth of the IoT is dependent upon industry driving the cost of sensors and hardware down to
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  41. Here is an interesting low cost low energy LPWAN technology competing with SigFox, which is being rolled out by Dutch Telco KPM. An interesting aspect is it has a location function, which could be used to track transported item.
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  42. The standards activity under way within ISO/IEC JTC1 WS10 is focussing on defining reference architectures, standardising nomenclature etc. The objective is not to restrain what is done in the IoT space - but rather to provide a platfrom to foster interoperablity between devices and systems. Indeed, there is a desire to encompass open source and public domain standards. The regulatory compliance aspect of IoT devices is addressed by existing regilatory standards - EMC, radiocommunications, electrical safety etc.
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  43. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: Can you please briefly outline the pros and cons of the competing wireless protocols for IoT application. Answer: This topic is the subject of a webinar on 9-Aug-16 "The future of narrowband communication technologies enabling the IOT" The webinar will address technologies for Wide Area Networking (3G/4G/5G/NB-IOT, Sigfox, LoRa, Ingenu), local area networking (WiFi, 6LoWPAN, Zigbee) and personal Area Networking (Bluetooth, BLE).
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  44. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: Do you feel it's more likely that enterprise will look to develop IoT development capabilities in house or rely on external consultancy? Answer: The technologies and engineering skills require to implement IoT system top-to-bottom are extensive, and it is unlikely that typical engineering teams using IoT in their systems or developing IoT-capable products will have the full range of required capabilities. Additionally, these skills are different from the core skills required to design and develop the primary functions of the system or product
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  45. IOT data management company Buddy Platform will add to its Australian presence by acquiring device management provider Zentri, which has an office in Sydney. Buddy already has an office in Adelaide, the home of one of the company's founders. Buddy said: "The addition of Zentri brings together Buddy’s powerful IoT Data Graph to manage, process, and visualize IoT data coming from embedded chipset solutions managed and powered by ZentriOS and Device Management Service." See more at https://buddy.com/blog/buddy-announces-intent-acquire-zentri-inc/
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  46. 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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  47. Hi, After today's webinar by Geoff Sizer "How the Internet of Things will affect every engineer", one of the questions by an attendee prompted me to look into what is happening around the world with regards to the rollout of networks and the support for the 50 billions of IoT devices to be connected by 2020. ref: http://www.statista.com/statistics/471264/iot-number-of-connected-devices-worldwide/ So I've started this thread to provide a central spot for this community to share or add links to news about the rollout of IoT networks around the world. So please feel free to add and
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  48. Welcome to the Applied IOT Engineering community. The community does not officially start operating till after our first webinar on 5 July. However feel free to initiate conversations or introduce yourself in the comments below. DO please take the time to optimise your profile.
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  49. I'm joining this community to gain knowledge of IoT and transfer that into a senior high school educational setting. After a successful career in computer systems/software engineering within the defence sector, I have moved to the education sector to teach and inspire the next generation of kids. I can see a real opportunity to teach Yr 11 and Y12 students about IoT and how it might impact on their lives. I'm thinking of creating a hybrid IoT simulated/real environment for students to create, design and test. A project like this also helps me maintain my MIEAUST and contribute to CPD! I look f
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