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Geoff Sizer

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  1. 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.
  2. Geoff Sizer

    Telstra switches on NB-IoT

    I have customers queueing up to get Things onto NB1 - anxiously awaiting availability of cost-effective data plan SIMs, and Telstra-certified Cat NB1 modules. It is fiendishly difficult getting reliable information on this. Does anyone have any insights they can share?
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    Telstra switches on NB-IoT

    https://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/Telstra-adds-narrowband-capability-to-Australias-leading-IoT-network This refers to Cat NB1 (presumably).
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    Project Management for IoT

    To answer Steve's question on project management tools. We have assessed and just committed to a 24 month license for http://cammsproject.com/,for integrated project management across the company, with an integrated timesheet system which they are modifying to tuit our needs (for a fee). It provides some collaboration facilities. I will let the community know how it goes down the track. On JIRA, we use it is a number of ways. I would commend it to others - especially good as it it Australian-developed, wo we can support local industry. For software development, we have an inward-facing setup on our server for the developers ot track iissues and bugs. For software support, we have an outward-looking cloud based setup for each project, whicht he customer can access. We also use Jirafor ittue tracking for our ISO 13485 (medical) Quality Management System (like ISO9001 on sterouids). This has a customised work flow to magane issue trackingiun accrodance with ISO13485, including steps for risk managemt. We use this JIRA setup for Corrective and preventative Action management. The same work flowcan be used generally by omitting the medical product specific steps. We use Subversion for software configuration control, on the basis that it is the "least worst" - have looked at more modern systems but nothing much out there impresses. IMO best tool for all of these things is a sharp human brain. Without this, the tools generallty make things worse than doing nothing!
  5. In attendance: Arkady, Arthur, Geoff, Peter, Tim 1. Trial of Webcast Arrangement Arthur as organizer (with Peter) – able to successfully connect to a big screen Geoff as presenter, Tim as audience member, Akady as audience member Some fine tuning to do 2. Webinar Program - 2017 Unfilled slot 24-Oct – too late to do anything 7-Nov - Melb Cup day so do 14-Nov instead 14-Nov – Geoff 21-Nov or 28-Nov – Dan Hunter 12-Dec - Steve 3. Webinar Program - 2018 We will concentrate on 2018, and ensure that we have a robust process in place to fill the pipeline moving forwards. Process to date has been ad-hoc rather than structured; we have been using referrals via our networks. We can bring more structure by focussing on topic areas, then seeking speakers on topics rather than slotting in what comes along. TK does not think we are approaching the point of having picked the low-hanging fruit; ideally Tim would have staff support to facilitate the process. Core Member’s role should be as “theme leaders”, but not spending their time on the handle-cranking and logistics – desirably the task of finding speakers on particular topics would be delegated to a support resource. Arkady – try and create an environment where speakers are lining up to present, rather than us having to chase them – maybe some form of reward for speakers? Eg credits for CPEng? Credentials and prestige? Arthur – being EA in itself is a drawcard. Geoff – our track record, number of members, BOK in the form of Webinar recordings have or is reaching a threshold where we have substantial credibility and can do some chest beating Tim – Arkady is spot on – we will not get there overnight – we should focus intently in getting there. Best practice for community – typically takes 3 years for community to become self-sustaining. We have certainly crossed the “credibility threshold” and can now embark on a marketing campaign. Tim will also engage with vendors and academics to increase level of engagement. Arkady suggested going to the community audience to invite speakers who may wish to present. It is a year since we last did this. As an idea, invite presenters to seek expert opinion on their ideas. 4. Partnering with Others IoTAA, organisations such as Data61 – promote each other’s programs etc. 5. Ideas from Tim Use our database more: i.e. I have an excel spreadsheet of contacts. Publish calendar of vacant slots and ask them to speak. i.e. more bulk emails, less one on one chasing. Develop partnerships: i.e. with other organisations, have a joint program and ask each organisation to be responsible for filling slots.... We already have contacts with IEEE, IET, ACS and is free for members so we should drive those first and then develop other agreements as necessary. Utilise membership: Invite members to speak. Will be a low response rate. But may be able to innovate the format e.g. Present your IoT idea for free advice from our experts... Might need to try successive formats. Admin: Re the admin/email hastle, we would ideally have staff doing this . Communities have been included as a potentially key part of a membership growth strategy being discussed by EA but I have not visibility if this will be approved or tranlate into more resources in my area. So in the short term the only via way of addressing this is to have more volunteers spreading the workload. We should discuss next meeting how to pursue this.
  6. Attendees: Tim, Arkady, Geoff Apoligies: Arthur, Peter 1. General Discussion Arkady reported from his trip that there is a big head of steam building for IoT in Europe. GS advised of a report on Everything IoT conference on ABC news 11-Oct-17 – including a brief comment from Frank Zeichner. GS advised on problems experienced by organisations seeking end-to-end solutions in finding a complete solution provider. 2. Background TK is launching two new communities - Risk Engineering BOK in the new year; and Energy Engineering (supported by electrical College) with a possible fourth – STEM – so TK’s ability to support IoT Community will ramp down – in particular the driving of the agenda – from Feb 2017 onwards. 3. Webinar Recording EA members can access video recordings on My Portal, and non EA members can purchase access. Videos are up on YouTube. Tim edits each video (about 3 hours work) and puts up within 24 hours. This role by Tim will persist into the future. EA benefits by building a BOK and CPD collateral; and the community benefits through having the webinar recordings available to its members. The Webinar editing arrangement is working well. In due course the current solution may be replaced by an EA-wide enterprise solution for webinars. 4. Marketing Now that the community is maturing and the webinar support system in place, Tim will move within EA to internal marketing and support. Why is EA not running conferences in the space? Opportunity with new person in place (located in EA office in Sydney) to adopt a more strategic view of conferences within EA. GS to establish linkage between Tim and Graham Town who is ITEEC Board member with conference portfolio from ITEEC perspective. Now we have something of substance to show, in particular via the portal, we can start to promote the community and gain synergistic benefits. Arkady identified Stuart Corner as active in running IoT blog, and having useful contacts in the industry and the media. Tim sees the main objective is providing greater visibility of the community. 5. Governance Tim is proposing that ownership of the IoT Community needs to transfer to the ITEE College, now that the pilot has proven successful and the online community model has been proven. Energy and Risk Engineering communities are being established based on a model whereby each community is supported by a unit of EA. Ideally, a similar relationship will be established with ITEE College. College Board can establish a subcommittee with responsibility for the community. The community needs to become a part of EA’s main stream, so as to maintain relevance. 6. Course Accreditation Universities are establishing IoT courses – EA has a course accreditation role, and logically will put in place measures for course accreditation. GS is participating in IoT Alliance activity in relation to education, and engagement with EA in this process. EA’s domain is the University and course accreditation area. EA and ACS currently jointly accredit software engineering courses, and IoT would be a natural complement to this. 7. Webinar Program To be a main topic of the next Core Members meeting
  7. 1. Meeting commenced at 12:00 Tim, Peter, Ramon Geoff; Arthur tendered his apologies 2. Roles and Responsibilities Tim has reached agreement with journalist Nadine Trannenberg to transcribe Webinars to Wiki for a fixed price of $150 per transcription and has obtained budget from EA for doing this for the next year. Peter has agreed to take up the role of BOK manager to preform quality control, based on the transcriptions from NT and comments from the author. This involves direct transfer of information into the Wiki. 3. Review of Webinar Program We have 6 or 7 webinars queued in the pipeline which is a good achievement thanks mainly to Arthur and Tim. Chief defence scientist Alex Zelinsky is our highest profile presenter to date and should attract a good audience. Will be a webinar; we will look at a face-to-face later. Evening face-to-face – maybe a case study evening – one from each Syd, Melb, Brisbane - maybe to all Branches if they can identify participants– supplementary to Branch programs ACTION: Tim to set a date, maybe late August; follow up next meeting 4. Collaboration with IoTAA Cooperation may include: Listing each other’s events on our event calendars Promoting each other’s events Holding joint events ACTION: GS to EMAIL TK a summary of what we might propose for TK to promulgate for approval within EA 5. Collaboration with IoT Summit http://www.everythingiot.com.au/everything-iot-summit-2017?ct=t(You_cannot_miss_this_The_most_comprehens7_13_2017) As for item 4 above. 6. Other Items ACTIONS: At next webinar – organizer to encourage community members to: customise their settings for notifications etc call for registration of case studies for face-to-face events
  8. Geoff Sizer

    Core Members Meeting Thu 6-Jul

    1. www.iotfestival.com.au Next year we should aim to become a Media Partner or Association Partner.
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    Minutes 22-Jun-17

    Attendees: Arthur, Peter, Ramon, Tim, Geoff 1. Welcome to new Core Members Peter and Ramon each gave a brief overview of their background and their interest in IoT 2. Roles and responsibilities The community roles & work flow spreadsheet was discussed, led by Tim. Tim has reached agreement with journalist to transcribe Webinars to Wiki for a fixed price of $150 per transcription and is seeking budget from EA for next year. Peter has volunteered to transcribe the 20-Jun Webinar. 3. Review of Webinar program Webinar presentations locked in up to and including 15th August, so we have some breathing space. Arthur’s strategy to arrange presenters has been based mainly on making requests of people in the space that he comes across. Personal networks, member suggestions and research on new & relevant topics. Presenters and their topics are selected and scheduled to strike a balance between technical topics, general interest case studies etc. Power systems case study drew nearly 200 attendees. More typical number is 100 attendees. Tim wants to capitalise on the IoT legal issues webinar presented Tue 20-Jun, has transcription prepares and will pursue via the community site. Geoff has access to another presenter in this space. Geoffcould present on a practical approach to structuring engineering contract activities to minimise risk, record information etc. Arthur recommended that now we have breathing space, we can take a more strategic view of the program moving forwards. 4. Security Initiative Only one comment received, so the newsletter calling for comment has not been effective. The mechanism of stimulating communications via the community platform forum appears to not be effective; we need to explore alternatives to stimulate community member interactions. 5. Transition to EA IT Hosted Community Platform Approval in principle received to migrate the community to the new platform; in the IT dept queue. This will include back-end integration with other EA systems, and potential for providing facilities such as CPD certificate issuance. Preference is for IoT community to migrate to the new platform once it is proven and stable. 6. Wiki Tim presented an overview of his vision for the Wiki and how to populate it with high-value content. A sensible strategy is to link the filling in of gaps in the Wiki to initiatives to seek presenters to give content-rich presentations on the relevant topics where content is required. 7. Interaction with IoTAA and Other Groups Objective is for our calendar to be as comprehensive as practicable in terms of “quality” IoT events, without becoming overly cluttered with minutiae. We can include IoTAA events in our calendar – they are building a head of steam and are holding events etc. Meeting closed at 13:30
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    Telstra centralises IoT under Lab

    More information http://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/news-analysis/muru-d-is-moving-in-with-telstras-new-iot-hub-as-the-telco-giant-launches-search-for-an-entrepreneur-in-residence/?utm_source=SmartCompany+Subscriber+List&utm_campaign=9429aaed87-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_05_SUS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8dbe677b42-9429aaed87-94981809
  11. Geoff Sizer

    Minutes 27-Apr-17

    Attendees AB TK JB GS 1. Event planning for face-to-face meeting EA are reluctant to approach Alan Finkel, as they wish to reserve him for bigger EA events. It was agreed that Alex Zelinsky would be a suitable presenter – we will approach him through GS. We need to secure him before setting the event date (was 16 May but this is likely to change). ACTION: GS to action this coming weekend. 2. Review Webinar Program Meeting scheduled for 9-May Renewable Energy Case study. Arkady to host; AB is available as backup; GS can be wingman. Following meeting 23-May. Nothing locked in so we may need to take proactive action to secure a speaker. GS will review the forward program and aim to make suggestions on possible speakers. Possibility of Tzukuri to present a case study for an IoT Startup. It would be best to hold off on this as 9-May will be a case study. Maybe a face-to-face panel session with several startups presenting then engaging in a panel discussion. Perhaps presenters in several cities? Numbers attending webinars indicate that the audience are after technically oriented “how to” topics and core engineering case studies. A presentation on security threats – viruses, worms etc – may be of interest. Maybe someone from an antivirus supplier, to present on emerging threats. Dr Jan Newmarch – Adjunct Professor Uni of Canberra ACTION: AB to follow up for ASAP For a date a couple on moths in the future – undergraduates event leveraging EA’s database. ACTION: re Claude Dulik piip.org.au – Arkady to put him in touch with Tim 3. Outstanding action items from previous meetings Facebook Live event hosted through EA channels – Christopher Davis – EA Social Media manager will host. We need to put together a speaker or a panel. Boyd Murray, Simon Blythe, Andrew Foster-Knight, Catherine Caruna-McMannus, Frank Zeichner. Maybe GS to host. TK to schedule & organize the event and we will work around it. Community membership consistency creeping up at around 10 members/month. This is a healthy trend, and is likely a result of EA’s marketing reach. Webinars are an easy way of accruing CPD. Uncaptioned from last meeting: ACTION: GS to dredged up names of heads of Govt depts, ministers etc involved – also who’s who in IoTAA ACTION: GS to proactively engage with prospective volunteers to participate as core members, with a view to getting the community to a point where it becomes self-sustaining TK will be able to spend less time on the community in the future, so greater responsibility will divest to community members. In particular securing speakers on a regular basis, in advance to allow proper scheduling; and new event types, particularly face-to-face. 4. Other business “Edit Status” and “Editor” columns added to Webinar program spreadsheet. TK is working to get Webinar transcriptions on the Web site and building the Wiki. TK is uncertain as to whether this process is sustainable, due to the work required to do the editing and deconstructing into the Wiki. Volunteers can contribute to editing for technical accuracy, but it is too big a burden doing the conversion from spoken to third party. TK to forward a first-pass edited webinar to GS to assess feasibility of volunteer input for technical editing. Continuity of resources within EA remains a challenge. EA moving to an enterprise platform for Webinars, and also a social media platform for community. ITEE IoT event hosted in Melb EA facility in evening of Mon 8-May - AB unsure as to the cause of lack of communications with our community. AB to approach to see if we can present the event as a webinar through the community.
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    Core members Meeting

    Event details AGENDA 1. Event planning for face-to-face meeting 2. Review Webinar Program 3. Outstanding action items from previous meetings 4. Other business GoToMeeting Details Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM AEST Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/388151997 You can also dial in using your phone. Australia: +61 2 8355 1050 Access Code: 388-151-997 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready
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    Minutes 7-Apr-17

    Meeting opened at 12:00 - Geoff, Arkady, Marcelo, Tim 1. Event planning for 16-May-17 First face-to-face meeting. To be held in the evening EST. Rooms booked 5:30 to 8:00 EST in EA major offices with VC facilities. The main speaker should be in an auditorium to accommodate a larger audience at that location. Purpose of face-to-face is to help build sense of community. We need a drawcard to boost attendance – a theme and a topic. TK suggests we have a speaker (20 mins) then a brainstorm held at each location to discuss then present back to the audience. Consensus is that this is a good way to go. The key to success will be the topic. It was observed that there are other groups meeting. Suggestion – get a number of academics to give 5 min talk on their research, then get groups to discuss. Other option would be for one academic to talk – but it may be a challenge to get a topic of interest to the audience. Another possibility would be to get multiple presenters to give a short presentation on their particular area of interest/passion in IoT. Eg Alan Finkel on energy systems; Alex Zilinsky on defence; Victor Dominello NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property; Larry Marshall, CEO CSIRO; maybe Dean of a University; ARC President; Universities Australia (university funding body); G8 – ie high profile persons who will attract an audience. There is a danger that there will be insufficient time to do justice to allowing multiple presentations, but with sufficient time for audience participation from each location. Hosts: · Syd – Geoff · Melb – Arthur · Bris – James · Adel – Marcelo · Canb - ?? · Perth – Walter or his nominee · Newcastle – Heath? · Darwin - ? ACTION: TK to determine official channels to Alan Finkel; if a go-er, he would be first choice; timing and format of the event to be crafted around his agenda. If event is seen to be too small to be worthwhile for AF, we can treat this as the groundwork for a bigger and better event down the track, ACTION: GS to dredged up names of heads of Govt depts, ministers etc involved – also who’s who in IoTAA 2. ACS is setting up an IoT board (Arkady) ACS are establishing a number of boards, including one on IoT – addressing capacity, capability, catalyst – led by Ian Opperman NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist 3. Review Webinar Program Deferred to next meeting 4. Outstanding action items from previous meetings Deferred to next meeting 5. Other business ACTION: All core members to review list of academics involved in IoT, edit and enhance as appropriate Meeting closed at 13:00.
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    Core Members Meeting

    AGENDA 1. Event planning for 16-May-17 2. ACS is setting up an IoT board. (Arkady) 3. Review Webinar Program 4. Outstanding action items from previous meetings 5. Other business GoToMeeting Information New Meeting Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM AEST Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/598419997 You can also dial in using your phone. Australia: +61 2 8355 1038 Access Code: 598-419-997 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready
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    Agenda 1. Review Webinar Program 2. Outstanding action items from previous meetings 3. Other business
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