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    Justin, Technically the webinars can be recorded. Just working out how to do it still. Will let you all know when I have it sorted.
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    Good point thank you. It is in the GoTo Webinar invite but I will add to the community website. is Australian Eastern Standard Time i.e. Sydney/Melbourne time.
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    This is a meeting where core members of the community drive the agenda of the community. We will be holding this weekly for the first month. After that we will transition to less frequent meetings as the community becomes self sustaining. Anyone is welcome to join in by webinar or in person (Sydney only at present). Register for this meeting here. As this is the first meeting or the community's core members, there will be a little education about the concept of Communities of Practice and a briefing on how we have conceived the operation of the community so far. After that, we are looking for enthusiastic core community members to step up and help drive the agenda and mode of operation moving forward. If you would like to meet up with the Community Facilitator (Tim Kannegieter), you are welcome to join the meeting in person at the Sydney office of Engineers Australia at 8 Thomas St Chatswood in the Chairman's Room.
  4. By Dr Tim Kannegieter Knowledge Manager, Learned Society Business Unit, Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is launching an online Community of Practice on 5 July 2016, focused on the Internet of Things (IOT). It’s a completely new service to members, delivered by the Learned Society Business Unit and championed by the ITEE College. With over 20 billion "things" expected to be online by 2020 and an "at stake" economic potential of around $19 trillion according to Cisco, IOT is expected to impact the vast majority of business processes in virtually every industry. It is certainly likely to feature prominently in the careers of most engineers. IOT refers to the integration of physical objects with a range of communication technologies, enabling them to be monitored and/or controlled remotely over the internet. It's a complex field covering everything from front end sensor networks to big data analytics in the cloud. In particular, a recognised barrier to reaching the $19 trillion potential is a general lack of understanding of how to integrate the disparate technologies that make up IOT and how to build a business case. That's why we need a community of practice to inform and support members. 2016 ITEE College chair Geoff Sizer said that the big constraint will be human talent. “People approaching IOT face a steep learning curve across a number of different technological fields to make it all happen,” he said. “Generating enough people with the required skill sets may well be the main constraining factor driving the update of IOT technologies. A community of practice is a national forum for sharing and creating knowledge around a particular focus subject, in this case IOT. We will be having weekly webinars aimed at educating members and stimulating online discussion. The community is supported by an online community platform with a calendar of events, discussion forum, member blogs, wiki and document library. What differentiates this new service from other CPD offerings, is a focus on developing practical tools and guidelines, which will form the basis of a body of knowledge around Applied IOT Engineering. Over the course of the next year we will have 48 webinars on the subject of IOT. The first four complement each other to provide a comprehensive overview, so we encourage you to sign up for all of these. After that, we will systematically cover all the major aspects of IOT and we plan to introduce some other events. Another point of difference is that the community will primarily be online allowing you to participate from your own desk. This means regional members, and those too busy to make face to face meetings, can participate fully. Engineers Australia is excited about this new service and needs members to support it, as its success will influence the speed and extent to which we roll out further communities on different topics. In particular, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in this topic to help lead discussions and the development of useful outputs. You don’t necessarily need to be expert in IOT or even in ICT. You just need to be enthusiastic about applying IOT in your field. If you are an expert in some aspect of IOT, we encourage you to give presentations and use the community’s blog facility to attract a following, using the platform's social media functions. This will help develop your organisational brand and personal reputation as a thought leader. To get more involved do please contact the community facilitator on iotengineering@engineersaustralia.org.au You can read more about IOT in our Introduction to the subject in this resource library.
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    This initial presentation is an overview so will only touch on it. However, we are planning to have a webinar dedicated to cybersecurity as soon as this initial series (of four) is complete. Note, if you are in Melbourne, there is a EA Divisional event on security on 6 July.
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    The 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) – IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems is a unique event for industry leaders, academics and decision making government officials. This event is designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies which will alter the research and application space of the future. The Internet of Things envisions a highly networked future, where every object is integrated to interact with each other, allowing for communications between objects, as well as between humans and objects, which enables the control of intelligent systems in our daily lives. More information at http://wfiot2016.ieee-wf-iot.org/
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    In this Melbourne face to face Engineers Australia CPD session, the speaker will present on the cyber policy issues as well as basic measures that all organisations must follow to mitigate cyber threats. You can register at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/event/cyber-policy-frameworks-and-future-trends-0
  8. This is the annual event of Everything IOT. More information on the organisation at http://www.everythingiot.com.au/#!about/t8u97 More information on the event at http://www.everythingiot.com.au/#!everything-iot-summit-2016/bpgri
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    Agriculture Tech Forum This is an event run by Everything IOT. Information below copied from their website About the Forum: Agriculture is almost universally agreed to be one of the sectors where Australia can take a lead in technology innovation and gain competitive advantage. With the goal to double agricultural output by 2030, sensors and data analytics capabilities are expected to be deployed in every step of the value chain. The Agriculture Tech Forum provides an in-depth examination of the state of agtech in Australia and globally, drawing upon professional experiences of keynote speakers and panellists. Expect good representation from various Australian, particularly NSW, agriculture bodies as well as global corporates and financial institutions all highly engaged with the future of the agtech revolution. More information: http://www.everythingiot.com.au/#!agri-tech-forum-2016/tijql
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. If you are a member of Engineers Australia, you can view the recording free on MyPortal. Just logon and navigate to Overview > Industry and Standards Presenter: Frank Zeichner is an IoT Alliance Executive Council member and Director, Creator Tech. Description: This presentation is about the mission and agenda of Australia’s IoT Alliance, an industry body working toward addressing the inhibitors and enablers of the industry. The Alliance said there is a “potential upside impact worth up to $116 billion to the Australian economy by 2025” but that a number of regulatory and policy changes need to take place to realise this potential. Frank Zeichner, co-author of the report Enabling the Internet of Things for Australia, will discuss the range of programs underway by the IOT Alliance covering collaboration, sectoral focus, data sharing and privacy, spectrum availability and licencing, security and network resiliency and IoT Startup support. Frank will talk about what is being done by industry to influence and engage government in the above programs and what is need to foster IoT based innovation through IoT advocacy, awareness and education, as well as uptake of IOT in key Australian Industries. The aim of the IOT Alliance is to be the leading Australian IoT industry body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework to harness for Australian industry the opportunities generated by IoT. As such it is very complementary to our own community which operates at a more practical and applied level. This webinar is ideal for those wanting to understand the bigger picture of the IOT in Australia and what needs to be done to develop the industry and remove constraints to realising the full potential of IOT. About the presenter: Frank runs an ICT consultancy business, Creator Tech, and has been has been working in the telecommunications industry, in Australia and overseas, for the last 30 years. He has worked in OTC, as Alcatel Australia Sales and Marketing Director, VP, Sales and Marketing, EMEA for Alcatel Data Division and COO and Acting CEO of Open Telecommunications. In addition to his role in the IOT Alliance, Frank is also a board member of Telsoc and business advisor to the Knowledge Economy Institute, based at UTS. Below: The cover of of the report co-authored by Frank.
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording in MyPortal. Just logon and navigate to Practices > Business Planning and Innovation ____________________________________________________________________________________ Presenter: Simon Blyth, CEO, LX Group Description: While the range of options are increasing with new Internet of Things (IOT) technologies, the fundamental engineering techniques are much the same as for previous M2M projects. This presentation sets out the key success factors for successfully implementing projects using IOT technologies. Starting with the end in mind, this presentation will first unpack common commercial drivers for developing an IoT product, service and/or solution. These commercial drivers will often significantly direct the critical success factors for an IoT solution. Then, moving into product architecture and key technology evaluation/selection, a simple framework will be explored to help both business and technical individuals navigate common IoT requirements and their associated success factors. This framework will cover key factors such as; power, unit cost, physical size, production volume and functionality (including various levels of future proofing and certification requirements). Due to the popularity of tracking and sensing applications there will be time allocated to address these areas specifically along with the question of IoT network impacts/options. Also discussed are some high level project management & risk mitigation methodologies and the nature of proving IoT business value in a rapidly changing technological environment. Simon Blyth said: “In over 250 custom IoT products and projects I believe the overall key success factor is strong alignment between the commercial objectives and the system architecture/key technology section." This webinar is ideal for those keen to get started with their IOT project. About the presenter: Simon Blyth is the CEO and founder of LX, a BRW Fast 100 company specialising in the turn-key design of innovative IoT (Internet of Things) products and solutions. Simon and the team at LX have worked on over 250 custom IOT embedded system products and have won a number of national and international awards for both business operations/performance and engineering/design calibre. Simon has been listed by SmartCompany as one of Australia’s top 30 young entrepreneurs, has been the founder and director of 8 start-ups, two non-profit organisations and has acted as an early stage investor and mentor for a number of technology start-ups.
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    View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Overview > Introduction to IoT _________________________________________________________________________ Presenter: Geoff Sizer, Chair of Engineers Australia’s ITEE College and CEO, Genesys Electronics Design Description: Internet of Things (IOT) has been described as the defining technical trend of the coming decade, impacting every industry and business process. This webinar will provide an introduction to IOT for engineers from any discipline including ICT professionals not expert in the area. We also introduce the Applied IOT Engineering Community and outline how its activities will help any engineers drive innovation in their field. IOT refers to the integration of physical objects with a range of communication technologies, enabling them to be monitored and/or controlled remotely over the internet. However, IOT is far from simple. The spectrum of technologies that enable IOT include advanced electronics and sensor/actuator technologies, next generation communication networks, cloud services to store the massive proliferation of data, big data analytics to make sense of it, mobile app development to interface with it and a whole range of protocols to enable it all to work together. A key driver of IOT has been the relentless miniaturisation of computer chips, sensors, actuating devices, and radio transceivers in microcontroller ICs. This trend how now reached a tipping point where embedded systems can now be built into things and devices of almost any size at an affordable cost with sufficiently low power to enable batteries to operate the devices for up to ten years. This trend is opening a vast new landscape of potential applications for control systems. While there are a number of technical challenges still to be resolved to take full advantage of the potential of IOT technologies, the main challenge is business related. Chet Geschickter, research director at Gartner, said: "Many organizations have yet to establish a clear picture of what benefits IoT can deliver, or have not yet invested the time to develop ideas for how to apply IoT to their business. The second set of hurdles are the organizations themselves. Many of the survey participants have insufficient expertise and staffing for IoT and lack clear leadership." 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, a Chartered Professional Engineer and registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. As a former President of the IREE, Geoff was instrumental in the formation of the ITEE College in Engineers Australia and is currently its 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.
  13. Purpose: This article provides a journalistic style overview of the Internet of Things and its relation to engineering. Going where no "thing" has gone before By Dr Tim Kannegieter As far as buzzwords go, the Internet of Things (IOT) is breaking all records. Topping the Gartner Hype Curve for the last two years running, it has been described as THE defining technological trend of the next decade. The hype is around the projections that IOT technology will impact the vast majority of business processes in virtually every industry, effectively transforming the Internet and our economy as we know it. IOT refers to the integration of physical objects with a range of communication technologies, enabling them to be monitored and/or controlled remotely over the internet. However, IOT is far from simple. The spectrum of technologies that enable IOT include advanced electronics and sensor/actuator technologies, next generation communication networks, cloud services to store the massive proliferation of data, big data analytics to make sense of it, mobile app development to interface with it and a whole range of protocols to enable it all to work together. IOT is most easily understood in terms of consumer products. In the near future, it may be standard for wallets, sunglasses, and keys to be sold with embedded electronics that enable you to track where they are from your phone. Likewise, your fridge will call your phone when the door is left open. However, what is getting the major technology firms exited is the potential in the business-to-business (B2B) space, where up to 70% of the economic impact of IOT is expected to be realised. According to McKinsey the B2B IOT solutions market will reach nearly $5 trillion by 2020. Cisco estimates that the "at stake" economic potential of IOT in 2020 will be $19 trillion. If such estimates are borne out, it would mark one of the strongest economic growth periods in human history but there are significant challenges in realising the potential. Estimates vary but the number of connected devices by 2020, could be as high as 20 billion to 40 billion. This is actually causing a crisis for the internet which will run out of available network addresses in the very near future. The mainstream 32 bit IPV4 protocol has a maximum of address space of about 4.3 billion. A new 128 bit protocol, IPV6, has been developed and will support 3.4x1038 network addresses. Where the rubber hits the road is the perceived ability of IOT technologies to fundamentally change business processes. While initial IOT efforts will focus on operational efficiency, the real impact is around offering new products and services and a move to what is being described as an outcome oriented economy. Outcomes could include guaranteed up-time, energy savings or crop yield. Such guarantees would require much higher levels of end-to-end process integration enabled by IOT technology. For example, one of the earliest wave of IOT applications was in wearable monitoring devices for the physical fitness market. Vendors of such IOT systems originally focused on hardware but some are now offering health care plans based on the levels of physical activity undertaken by the customer. In the B2B space, my favorite example is the internet enabled garbage bin. Sensors can determine how full a bin is and so contractors only need to come to the bin when it is full. It is thus possible to optimise the pickup route and owners of the bins only pay for emptying bins that are actually full. Another city example is the growing number of examples around the world of car parking spaces in city precincts that are internet enabled. Drivers can use their smart app or in-vehicle navigation system to take you right to the free space closest to your destination, or even to reserve your space prior to arrival. Healthcare industry is another fertile area for IOT. Hospitals and providers such as Qualcomm Life are now moving toward allowing patients to return home sooner with an array of connected devices allowing physicians to continue to monitor patients remotely. In aged care facilities, it is now possible to track patient vital signs, movements and other needs, optimising the workflow of busy staff. It is also possible to monitor if the patient is taking their medicine with internet enabled caps on bottles tracking dispensed doses and the timing. In agriculture, the idea of internet enabled cow is no longer fantasy, being replaced by the idea of an IP addressable broccoli. For example, the Open Agriculture Initiative by MIT has given an IP address to individual plants in its laboratory linked to a range of sensors and actuators regulating and optimising its growing environment. Once harvested, food is already being transported in internet enabled shipping containers that allow contractors to detect and correct refrigeration malfunctions, even on the open sea. Even traditional areas like civil engineering can benefit from IOT. For example, Smart Structures is a company providing sensors to be embedded into concrete during the pouring and curing process, with data communicated wirelessly for analysis. Most IOT case studies today are relate to innovations by product and service providers. However, many governments around the world are now looking to drive investment in IOT technologies in industries they perceive they have a national advantage and can export their expertise. For example, Germany is driving its 'Industrie 4.0' initiative focused on advanced manufacturing. South Korea is focusing on the automotive industry, while Singapore is developing a smart cities focus. In Australia, the NSW Department of Primary Industries recently partnered with Cisco to establish an IOT innovation centre primarily focused on agriculture, in partnership with the a number of farming bodies as well as other organisations essential to driving innovation including UNSW, Data61 and business incubator ATP Innovations. Engineers who have worked in automation, including the use of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) or machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, will be quick to point out that many of the examples are possible using existing technologies and control communication protocols. However, the control environment is rapidly changing due to a convergence of technological drivers. Technology convergence A key driver of IOT has been the relentless miniaturisation of computer chips, sensors, actuating devices, and radio transceivers in microcontroller ICs. This trend how now reached a tipping point where embedded systems can now be built into things and devices of almost any size at an affordable cost with sufficiently low power to enable batteries to operate the devices for up to ten years. This trend is opening a vast new landscape of potential applications for control systems. A second major driver has been the growing pervasiveness of internet connectivity options and growing customer expectations of being able to connect with any device using their mobile phone. The main connectivity challenge has been developing communication systems optimized for low power and low data transmission rates, that can penetrate dense physical structures and wide geographical areas. A completely new generation of wide area networks are now being piloted and rolled out rolled out across the world, including SigFox and LoRaWAN to name but two. In addition, most cellular network providers are now looking toward 5G networks that will cater to the needs of IOT devices as well as their high-bandwidth customers. Coverage outside of cellular range is important in the agricultural, transport and environmental industries. Again, this challenge is being overcome by satellite technology providers, such as South Australian company Myriota. A final driver has been the growth in data processing capability underpinned by the advent of cloud storage systems and the use of big data analytics in meshing different data sets to create actionable insights and outcomes that were previously unattainable from standalone industrial control systems. The main difference between the old SCADA/M2M approaches and the promise of IOT is that it is now possible for engineers to put together monitoring and control solutions with a vastly larger number of devices at a fraction of the cost. It is expected that this new environment will spawn the rise a large number of entrepreneurial businesses providing niche solutions and engineering firms that provides integration services for custom applications. Challenges However, there remain a wide range of challenges which, broadly speaking, relate to the business and technical aspects of IOT. Chet Geschickter, research director at Gartner, said: "The first set of hurdles are business-related. Many organizations have yet to establish a clear picture of what benefits the IoT can deliver, or have not yet invested the time to develop ideas for how to apply IoT to their business. The second set of hurdles are the organizations themselves. Many of the survey participants have insufficient expertise and staffing for IoT and lack clear leadership." Among the technical challenges, the foremost is that of cyber security. The prospect of hackers being able to take control of cars, ovens, industrial assets and any other internet-enabled device has all the ingredients for a blockbuster Hollywood disaster movie. The key issue is that having a large number of remote devices provides an obvious target for hackers to access systems. Making sense of that data will be a challenge, especially for companies that struggle to take advantage of the data they already have. The ability to deploy big data systems to draw actionable insight from the wealth of data is being seen as a key competitive differentiator in the IOT space. In fact, IOT is driving another paradigm shift away from cloud computing to what is being called fog computing. Fog computing pushes more computational processing to the edge of the network, closer to (or in) the devices themselves, so that only a smaller subset of data needs to be transmitted. Another major technical challenge is interoperability and the wide range of competing protocols. Many vendors have had internet enabled devices out in the field for many years now. However, they mostly only work when all the connected components operate inside a custom system developed by that company. The real value proposition of IOT comes into effect with any device can operate in any system, regardless of vendor. McKinsey estimates that nearly 40 percent of the potential value, on average, will require different IoT systems to communicate with one another and to integrate data “Relatively little of that is happening now,” McKinsey said. Bowing to pressure from major operators and competitors, many vendors are now opening up their devices but this has led to a wide range of competing communication protocols. Hardly a week goes in the IOT community where yet another initiative in announced to bring together all these competing protocols. Observers of the industry have noted the similarities with the range of competing technologies when the internet first came out, including the browser wars. These issues were all sorted out in the end and the expectation is that the same will occur for IOT. ITEE College chair and CEO of Genesys Electronics Design Geoff Sizer warns that the big constraint will be human talent. “People approaching IOT face a steep learning curve across a number of different technological fields to make it all happen,” he said. “Generating enough people with the required skill sets may well be the main constraining factor driving the update of IOT technologies. “In any given IOT application it’s a challenge identifying the right connectivity solution, managing the SIMs and IP addresses, building the system to manage the data and communicate with the devices, which will usually be in the cloud. In addition, customers often want a mobile app to go with it. If the system goes off line, it can be a problem knowing where to go to resolve the problem with so many different players involved. “For example, if you ring any of the major telcos today with an IOT connectivity problem they generally don’t know how to handle you because they are geared toward assisting mobile phone owners. In addition, they don’t really get the need for 100% reliable connections that many engineering applications require. “So there are a number of challenges still to be overcome. However, once we have worked through these as an industry, I think we will be overwhelmed with the number of applications people want to develop. That is why it is so important to upskill engineers in this area.” This need to upskill engineers is the inspiration for a community of practice being established by Engineers Australia. The Applied IOT Engineering Community aims to help engineers to use IOT technologies to lead the innovation in their organisation, industry or field of expertise. The community will also assist members address technical challenges in applying IOT. You are invited to join. For more information see the boxed article. Dr Tim Kannegieter is Knowledge Manager in the Learned Society business unit of Engineers Australia.
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    The spectrum of technologies that enable IOT include advanced electronics and sensor/actuator technologies, next generation communication networks, cloud services to store the massive proliferation of data, big data analytics to make sense of it, mobile app development to interface with it and a whole range of protocols to enable it all to work together.
  15. 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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