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  1. World's first NB-IoT based Smart Street Lighting system enabled in the Greek city of Patras serves as a shining example of the infinite potential the Internet of Things can bring to urban areas, as well as the additional benefits of the innovative NB-IoT technology for smart city applications. Deutsche Telekom Group’s subsidiary in Greece, COSMOTE has implemented a Smart City pilot based on Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology in cooperation with the municipality of Patras. The joint project will offer the citizens and visitors of Patras smart parking and smart lighting solutions in selected locations in the city center. The installed Smart Lighting systems, part of the Smart City pilot, will be adjusted to different light intensity levels according to the season and time of the day, reducing electric power consumption by up to 70%. NB‑IoT (LTE Cat NB1) positioning modules and chips from u-blox are enabling the Smart Street Lighting Control system from Flashnet in Romania, inteliLIGHT®. More details from the u-blox Press Release here. The pilot in Patras is not only the first such application in Greece, but also among the first NB-IoT smart city solutions in Europe. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom Group is also working with the cities of Hamburg, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Moers to offer smart parking solutions based on NB-IoT. The NB‑IoT protocol targets IoT applications that have low bandwidth requirements, as such it is ideal for smart lighting. As part of the LTE family of standards, NB‑IoT can be supported within existing LTE infrastructure, offering carrier‑grade reliability and security, as well as excellent penetration and stability. Read more about the Smart City solution full story here.
  2. Visit to learn how companies are incorporating Industry 4.0 technology to develop smart, connected products, and improve their manufacturing and servicing processes. LEAP's stand will be showcasing advances in IoT and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences with demonstrations on the new Microsoft Hololens.
  3. Startupbootcamp's Energy Australia launched in Melbourne today! They are looking for the 10 best innovative startups solving problems in Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence, Digitisation and Analytics. During their intense 3-month accelerator program, selected smart energy startups will receive hands-on mentorship from over 100 industry experts, free office space, seed funding, and access to a global network of investors with the ultimate goal of scaling their businesses and becoming industry-leading companies. Applications for the January 2018 program are now open. If you are part of a smart energy startup or know any smart energy startups that want to accelerate 18 months of learning into 3 months, sign up for one of the FastTrack events. The first FastTrack event is in Melbourne on 23 August, 2017 http://bit.ly/SBC_EnergyAus_Mel More details at: https://www.startupbootcamp.org/blog/2017/08/accelerating-australias-energy-transformation/
  4. Geoff, this is a matter that should be considered in the context of the Applied IoT Engineering Community strategy. What activities, events and groups do we want to support, promote and/or participate. It will ultimately also come down to availability of resources (people, financial) to execute this part of the strategy, if adopted.
  5. Hi Ryan, Thank you for posting. Very interesting information on machine vision and the Internet of Things. I guess there are countless possibilities for security, monitoring, safety (and many more) applications in a Smart Cities context for this kind of approach. The Community would welcome such a presentation.
  6. Optus laying the foundation for 5G, launches 4.5G network across Macquarie Park, achieves testing throughput speeds of 1.03Gbps by utilising 4.5G technologies of 4CC/5CC Carrier Aggregation,4x4MIMO and 256QAM Optus has taken a step towards 5G, switching on 4.5G network services across the suburb of Macquarie Park, Sydney’s hi-tech innovation district, north-west of the city. For more, read the media release: https://media.optus.com.au/media-releases/2017/optus-launches-4-5g-network-across-macquarie-park/
  7. IDC recently conducted a research asking: Is Big Data losing steam or is Australia yet to taste success? They found that capabilities to analyse data not keeping pace with the rate at which data is created. Here is a link to the full media release:http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prAP42238817
  8. Concise summary of how the decision making process has evolved to rely on data analytics and how the IoT is becoming a major contributor to what is now coined as Advanced Data Analytics. The focus has shifted from statistical and mathematical analysis methods for decision making to very large, unstructured and fast-moving data. These characteristics of Advanced Data Analytics are summarised as the 5 V's: Volume - Variety - Veracity - Velocity - Value. Another major contributor to this shift is the convergence of Operational Technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT). Machines, equipment and assets, monitoring and control systems representing OT converge with storage systems, computing technology, business applications and data analysis representing IT.
  9. Big Data can be very powerful but unless there is a clear business problem to solve, yes, it will always be the case of "garbage in - garbage out". Data analytics provides the ability to identify possible trends and patterns in the data collected that may not seem otherwise obvious. But only someone which knows the business and its processes very well can understand if any of these trends and patterns are of any business value to the organisation. IDC recently did a research asking: Is Big Data losing steam or is Australia yet to taste success? They found that capabilities to analyse data not keeping pace with the rate at which data is created. Here is a link to the full media release: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prAP42238817
  10. I recently (14 December) attended the Grattan Institute and Melbourne Energy institute Energy Futures 2016 panel discussion which coincided with the release of the Preliminary Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, Commonwealth of Australia 2016 led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. Chapter 2 of this Report talks about Consumers Driving Change and makes reference to Digital meters (and the Internet of Things) (pp.16-17): Digital meters, the 'Internet of Things' and energy management software can help consumers trade, track and control their electricity usage to manage their electricity costs. On page 18 there are a number of Consultation Questions that our Community could potentially provide some input. "It seeks input on key questions to navigate the transition in line with consumer expectations for a secure and reliable service, at an affordable price, that delivers on our national emissions reduction commitments. Dr Finkel and the Panel welcome submissions responding to the Preliminary Report. The submission period is open until 21 February 2017.
  11. Anyone involved in delivering technology to Councils may want to have a look at the Australian Government $50m Smart Cities & Suburbs programme. Submissions close on 20 January 2017. Details at: https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/smart-cities-program
  12. Proposals on digital and data solutions for local communities are being encouraged in the Federal Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Draft guidelines for the program were released Tuesday at the Smart Cities Expo in Sydney by Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor, with stakeholders invited to provide feedback on the guidelines. Assistant Minister Taylor said the program would support projects which put citizens at the centre. The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program aims to deploy new ideas not yet seen in Australia including international smart cities technology. Eligible applicants are able to apply for up to $5million in Federal grant funding with the first funding round expected to be opened in the first half of 2017. Stakeholders interested in the program can download the draft guidelines and provide input until 20 January 2017 through the Government’s Cities website. The full media release can be found here.
  13. View the recording: This webinar has passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Simply logon and navigate to Technologies > Communication. Title: Low Power Wide Area Networks – the missing piece in IoT Presenter: Justin Spangaro, Founder and CEO Airlora Communications What you'll learn: What are Low Power Wide Area Networks, what is different about them and what problems do they solve? An understanding of the technical trends driving the emergence of Low Power Wide Area Networks Brief technical overview of one LPWAN technology, LoRa, and some important considerations. Description: As technology evolves, hardware device unit costs and cloud processing capacity become cheaper and more power-efficient. The cost of providing and maintaining connectivity between "internet of things" devices such as sensors and actuators and the cloud increasingly dominate the economics and technical feasibility of many applications. This situation particularly applies to battery-powered applications with low data volume and wide-area radio coverage requirements. Existing wide-area connectivity solutions based on cellular or mesh technologies often fail to meet the needs of current and emerging applications in terms of cost, spectral efficiency or energy consumption. As a result emerging wireless approaches to providing device connectivity, termed Low Power Wide Area Networks or LPWAN, are gaining traction. LPWAN networks become a critical enabler – the missing piece – to many emerging IoT applications, and may disrupt business models in some existing applications. About the presenter: Prior to founding Airlora Communications, Spangaro was Entrepreneur in Residence at CSIRO with the flagship CSIRO innovation program ‘ON’ and was founding Managing Director (Australia) of Silicon Valley-based machine-learning acceleration start-up Wave Computing. Spangaro also lectures in Digital Systems Design at RMIT University and has co-supervised several PhD students working on advanced logic systems. He has extensive research and development experience in Australia and Silicon Valley developing technologies for organisations such as Cisco, Ericsson, NEC, Philips, LSI Logic, Zilog, Agilent, Boeing and Telstra. His areas of technical expertise include semiconductor engineering and low-power multicore processor design. Spangaro’s degrees in Communications Engineering and MBA are both from RMIT University.
  14. Thinxtra is introducing a new Partnership Program for Smart Councils, and offering it to the first 50 selected councils in Australia. This unique program provides Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the Council, to bring Internet of Things solutions to the community. Thinxtra is investing $5M into this program which includes free installation, free development kits for incubators and free connectivity for smart council application develop. http://www.thinxtra.com/2016/11/thinxtra-launches-5m-program-to-bring-iot-to-smart-councils/
  15. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Commonwealth Bank), Wells Fargo and Brighann Cotton have undertaken the first global trade transaction between two independent banks combining the emerging disruptive technologies of blockchain, smart contracts and Internet of Things (IoT). The transaction involved a shipment of cotton from Texas, USA to Qingdao, China, using the efficiencies of a distributed ledger – Skuchain’s Brackets system – for all parties. Read the full story.
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