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Geoff Sizer

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  1. 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?

  2. 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!




  3. The approach we are following at Genesys is to have a multiple way bet.

    For Wireless LANs, we are focussing on 6LoWPAN (similar to Zigbee but open-source) in both 2.4 GHz and 915 MHz bands.  Networks can be configured as star topology, or meshed/repeaterized simply by turning on meshing in some or all nodes.  To be most effective, the meshing nodes require a continually available power source - eg mains derived, or solar+battery.

    For PANs, we are using BLE - and WiFi for mobile device access.

    WANs are presently stuck with 3G/4G, plus a number of intiialives using Sigfox where it is suitable.  We anxiously await NB-IOT and if they get their act together with a national rollout, LoRa/Taggle/Ingenu/Myriota LPWANs.

    And, of course, boring old wired networks (NBN, ADSL, Ethernet, RS-485, CAN bus) also feature.  (Why use wireless when a perfectly good piece of wire will do?)

    We are designing highly modular connectivity solutions as plug-on modules, to avoid hitching our wagon to the wrong star.  This also facilitates multi-network solutions for redundancy.



  4. Eyeball Networking reminds me of a wide area networking solution we used last century - "SneakerNet", aka a junior employee with a box of floppy disks ....

    On the topic of conveying data from A to B and the independence of payload from the underlying data transport mechanism, any IoT system we develop at Genesys must pass the "Carrier Pidgeon Test" (with Carrier Goose allowed for larger payloads).







  5. Questions  from 5-Jul Webinar:

    1. How can recent graduates get involved considering it is not get in our main curriculum. this is from an environmental engineering point of view

    2. I am an electrical engineer working in the EPCM sector. If i want to make a career change to IoT what training path do i need to take? i already have an Computer Science degree and don't particularly want to study another whole degree again

    3. In a reference to an IoT skills set. Do we have any industry standards for Universities/Colleges (in Australia) to follow in providing a training to support a wide range of the Internet of Things skills set.


    The IoT brings together a range of electronics engineering, communications, software engineering and system elements.  These are not unique to the IoT – although the IoT does embody leading-edge technologies and capabilities.

    For the IoT technology developer, most if not all of the skills required to participate in IoT systems development and application are covered by existing undergraduate or post-graduate courses, and by career development paths in appropriate industries.  The skills required to participate in IoT systems development and application can be acquired by a combination of undergraduate study, early stage career development and ongoing professional development activities.

    In the case of engineers from non-electronics and software backgrounds who wish to incorporate IoT into their systems and projects, there is a need to have awareness of what can be achieved, and the benefits to be gained.

    With the growth of IoT, it would make sense for universities to review their course offerings to ensure that appropriate technologies are adequately addressed, for both technology developers and solution adopters.  Course units which bring these elements together under the IoT banner from a systems engineering perspective also make sense.  Undergraduate projects addressing IoT would also be beneficial


  6. 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?


    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.

    It is likely that most organisations will require the services of external consultancies, or full service providers such as the large industrial automation and building management system providers.


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  7. Question from 5-Jul Webinar:

     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? 


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

    Solution adopters can 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.

    A useful approach to gain information is to start forum threads on topics of interest - and suggesting topics for future webinars.


  8. 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.



  9. 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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