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Geoff Sizer

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  1. 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 http://www.ibms.com.au/sectors/health/ 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. http://www.itnews.com.au/news/why-the-csiro-is-building-smart-homes-for-elderly-australians-419124
  2. 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.
  3. 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.au/Documents/Publications-by-Topic/IoT http://www.iot.org.au/ http://www.iot.org.au/workstreams/ Workstream 6 is on IoT Innovation
  4. 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
  5. Andrew, Thanks for the kind words I'd like to reiterate an earlier call on another forum thread, for MEA to present your achievements via a Community webinar. In particular, I would like to hear how your team were able to tackle the challenges and learning curves in getting your application off the ground. BTW, I was born and bred in Adelaide, but managed to escape to Sydney after leaving Uni .... Good to see some "high tech" action in the old home town.
  6. Webinar suggestion: How are our Universities training future IoT professionals?
  7. What topics would you like to see addressed by future IoT Community Webinars? Would you like to present a Webinar? Community members have depth of knowledge and experience in IoT-related technologies and areas of potential application, and are keen to address a range topics in order to share their knowledge with other community members - IoT technology providers and adopters.
  8. 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.
  9. This link touches on the insurance implications of driverless vehicles: http://prwire.com.au/pr/58154/internet-of-things-and-increasing-digital-demand-signals-major-insurance-industry-disruption
  10. I am personally sceptical about the prospects of driverless cars gaining acceptance for widespread use, at least in the short to medium term. I would certainly be uncomfortable about committing my life to one as a passenger, and pale at the thought of having driverless cars around me on the road. Apart from decision-making when faced with irreconcilable conflicts, what about the competence and ethics of the programmers responsible for implementing such choices? Recent experiences with the VW emissions scandal and uncontrolled acceleration in Toyotas gives one little cause for comfort. Perhaps we should step back and follow the path of driver augmentation systems which are emerging, and see how they pan out before taking humans out of the decision-making loop.
  11. 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 field where they wish to use IoT, but not in the actual IoT technologies themselves. One of the primary drivers for forming this community was the need to provide a means for those involved in IoT - both technology providers and technology adopters - to come together to help build critical mass.
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