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  1. 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).

     

     

     

     

     

     


  2. 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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  3. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    Have the security implications of IOT for use in critical infrastructure been resolved? Recent Ukraine cyber-attacks are a concern, and connecting utilities to public internet is potentially very risky.

    Answer:

    Security and privacy issues around the IoT are the same as those relating to the Internet generally, and in particular M2M and SCADA systems.  As IoT systems proliferate, the security issues grow also.

    Unless solved, security issues will be a major inhibitor to IoT proliferation.  This is an area where engineers have a major role - indeed, an obligation - to contribute to solutions.

    Blockchain technology is put forward as a solution si some of the problems - but whether it is bullet proof, time will tell.

     


  4. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    What is the difference between building management system ( BMS ) and IoT for building environment?

    Answer:

    A Building Management System can be viewed as an IoT application. 

    The forces which are driving IoT generally (user expectations of connectivity; ever-increasing capability and reducing cost of electronic devices, sensors and communications) will also apply in the building management space – and other areas where traditional SCADA and M2M systems prevail.


  5. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    Could you please specify a few concrete examples of successtul application(s) of the IoT in the Australian Industry?

    Examples:

    http://mea.com.au/soil-plants-climate/soil-moisture-monitoring/plexus/plexus-photo-gallery

    http://www.taggle.com.au/category/case-studies/

    http://www.madisontech.com.au/resources/item/wireless-health-status-monitoring-for-mining-construction-vehicles/

    There are quite a few examples of IoT applications in the building management and Smart Buildings space – although these can be considered as the evolution of SCADA based building management systems.

    A lot of IoT activity in Australia in in its early days, with technology field trials under way but yet to reach full commercial deployment.

    A number of future webinars will present case studies of leading-edge IoT systems implementations and trials.

     


  6. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    The Netherlands are currently rolling out the world's first IoT Network. Do you have thoughts on this implementation, and have there been discussions in Australia for rollouts like this in the future?

    Answer:

    Netherlands rollout http://www.gizmag.com/netherlands-nationwide-iot-network/44134/ is based on LoRa.

    Thinxtra http://www.thinxtra.com/ are in the process of rolling out SigFox in Australia, with the aim of covering areas containing 85% of Australia's population within 18 months.

    Back in mid 2015, NNN Co http://www.nnnco.com.au/   announced plans for an Australia-wide LoRa network rollout – but has gone quiet lately.

    IoTOz http://www.iotoz.com.au/ are making noises about an Ingenu rollout – timeline unknown.

    http://www.iotaustralia.org.au/2016/03/14/iotnewanz/iotoz-launch-ingenu-lpwan-australia-new-zealand/

    Taggle http://www.taggle.com.au/   has some presence, primarily in regional areas. 

    Expect to see activity from the telcos (Optus, Vodafone, Telstra) with NB-IoT rollouts starting late 2016 or in 2017.

    A lot of activity is happening or has been foreshadowed in Australia.  Not all of the foreshadowed rollouts will necessarily gain the commercial backing required to proceed nation-wide. Thinxtra's SigFox rollout appears to be the only planned nation-wide rollout which is actually happening at this point (Jul-16).

     


  7. 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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  8. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    Vehicle M2M IoT could have saved the primary failure leading to a fatal Tesla car in America. Should it not be mandated that all engineered devices have IoT capability integrated and applied?

    Answer:

    Market forces as opposed to Government mandates tend to drive the adoption of new technologies.  This is certainly the case for IoT.

    When technology matures to the point where reliable, cost-effective solutions can provide demonstrable safety or security advantages, technology-based solutions to significant problems are from time to time written into regulatory standards and mandated.

    This may well happen in the case of autonomous vehicles – where "what technology is able to do" appears to have outstripped "what technology can safely do".  Over time, IoT based solutions may help resolve this – albeit security and anti-hacking measures must be foolproof.

    Similar scenarios may evolve in other safety-critical applications.

     


  9. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    More a comment, but the IoT would provide opportunities for companies to monitor their real-time risk. Especially condition of equipment and plant. What impact do you think this will have on WHS and relevant authorities, relating to the standard of safety across the board?

    Answer:

    The IoT offers significant opportunities to enhance workplace occupational health and safety.

    For example, workers can have their vital signs monitored and assessed in real-time. http://www.iothub.com.au/news/laing-orourke-brings-iot-to-hard-hats-412008

    Another example is the ability to track service personnel on the road using GPS, register their presence on-site using RFID and monitor their presence on-site using body-worn vital sign monitoring sensors,  communicating in real time via meshed wireless local area networks.

    Machine safety monitoring,  geo-fencing etc are well established, but can be cost-effectively extended to more environments using low-cost IoT technology.


  10. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    How important do you think Open Standards/Open-Source versus propriety/closed-source in the future of IoT?

    Answer:

    For IoT to proliferate and fulfil its full potential, open standards are very important.

    Where standards are not open, licencing and approvals costs tend to stifle innovation, driving developers to seek open-standards alternatives – eg 6LoWPAN over Zigbee for local area wireless meshed networking.

    Of course, closed standards (WiFi, Bluetooth/BLE, Zigbee) offer the benefits of interoperability across devices, and if administered wisely, tend to proliferate in the longer term.

    Successful proprietary systems tend to morph over time into widely accepted standards.

    The 500lb gorillas can't be ignored – eg anyone active in the home automation space would be foolish to ignore Apple Homekit.


  11. Question from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    What set of standards govern the application of IoT?

    Which is the standard body for IoT i.e 3GPP, SCTE, IEEE ?

    Answer:

    Standards bodies are active in the area of IoT and its standards - but are lagging the proliferation of IoT technologies and system deployments.

    ISO/IEC – JTC1 http://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=103:14:0::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_LANG_ID:12726,25

    IEEE http://iot.ieee.org/

    ANSI https://www.ansi.org/news_publications/news_story.aspx?menuid=7&articleid=0a7180a7-1f70-4bea-8b17-64c471ec0745

    The leaders in this area are presently industry consortiums and private companies promoting "proprietary" standards.  History tells us that the successful ones are likely to be widely adopted – eg WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee.

    Examples of emerging proprietary standards are:

    Hypercat – smart cities http://www.hypercat.io/  

    Apple Homekit - http://www.apple.com/au/ios/homekit/

    SigFox https:https://www.sigfox.com/

    LoRa  https://www.lora-alliance.org/

    3GPP – http://www.3gpp.org/


  12. Questions from 5-Jul Webinar: 

    1 .Is it cost competitive to develop embedded software and electronics for end devices in Australia? What is the risk of being flooded with competing products from China?

    2. Rockwell, Schneider, Motorola, etc have been part of the IOT development landscape for 20 years, or so. Its a big market but there are some big players. How, and where, will we most likely find our niche here in Australia ?

    Answer:

    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.

     

     

     

     


  13. 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.

    Answer:

    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

     


  14. 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.

    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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  15. 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? 


    Answer:

    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.

     


  16. On 05/07/2016 at 1:07 PM, Mahtab said:

    Hello,

    I would like to know if you are aware of any IoT-related Asset Management Systems in hospitals and health related industries in Australia? I appreciate if you could send me any information.

    Regards,

    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


  17. On 05/07/2016 at 1:00 PM, Antoine Majdalani said:

    Is it cost competitive to develop embedded software and electronics for end devices in Australia? What is the risk of being flooded with competing products from China?

    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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  18. 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

     

     

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  19. On 05/07/2016 at 0:47 PM, Sam said:

    Could you please tell about Australian government & EA's  support for local start-up companies to compete with established international companies in IOT?

    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

     

     


  20. 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.

     

     


  21. 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.

     

     


  22. 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.

     

     

     

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