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Kriv Naicker

2018 Highlights and Happy Holidays

The IoT landscape in New Zealand has developed considerably in 2018, with the rollout of new nationwide network deployments and services. This further establishes platforms for continued growth and  IoT activation in 2019. The report Networked World, commissioned by Lloyds, states that by 2020, 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet worldwide, with some studies estimating this number will rise to 125 billion by 2030.  This only goes to show the potential our sector has for future development in the years to come.

A highlight for the IoT Alliance this year has been the establishment of seven IoT Working Groups, with broad Chair and member representation from government, corporate, education and start-up communities. Further development of these Working Groups, and potentially others will occur throughout 2019.

The IoT Knowledge Hub Working Group has been compiling use cases across the industry to build key learnings and conduct gap analysis. To contribute to the Knowledge Hub, please contact working group Chair Tristan Ilich.

The Collaborative Pilots Working Group has successfully launched the Arable Farming Pilot and the Ecosystem Mapping Working Group has completed the IoT Scale Up Survey. Expect to hear more about these projects in the new year.  The Device Certification Working Group has also completed its first survey, for more information please contact Chair Vikram Kumar

We held our first Connect Event in 2018 – Security Analysis of IoT systems and IoT at the Edge: Where is the Edge in Edge IoT? hosted by Unitec. Thank you to our Unitec and Zag presenters. It was a great start to our event series with high attendance and excellent feedback. Preparation is well underway for our 2019 events, including a collaboration between the IoT AllianceAgritech New Zealand and BIOTechNZ in April, as well as exciting events we’ll be hosting as part of Techweek19.

The biggest challenge for 2019 will be achieving new value-based scale points for IoT deployments across New Zealand. For example, how do we continue to develop supply chain synergies and horizontal platform leverage so that we can scale the deployment of IoT solutions? We will be tackling this issue and others next year; driving further awareness of IoT value and the path to achieving scale in existing and new industry sectors in New Zealand that utilise IoT.
Thank you to the Executive Council, the Working Group Chairs and members, and to all the IoT Alliance members for your contribution this year. I’m looking forward to an even more connected 2019.

Happy holidays to you and your families and here’s to a great summer!


Kriv Naicker
Executive Director

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Put the dates in your diary for the joint IoT AllianceAgritech New Zealand and BIOTechNZ events, 11 April Wellington, 17 April Auckland, 30 April Christchurch.

Be part of Techweek19, 20-26 May nationwide. Plan your own IoT event to inspire New Zealanders and build capability.   If you would like to be involved general event submissions open in January.

Put the dates in your diary for the FinTechNZ and AI Forum joint events in Wellington February 14Auckland February 21Christchurch February 27.

Register to attend the Future Government Summit, 26-27 February, 2019. The summit examines how we can enable an entrepreneurial government and create a roadmap for the future. Including GovTech, tech trends, innovation and more.

Get your earlybird tickets before 31 December for the AI-Day 2019 multi-day conference, taking place in Auckland 27 March to 7 April.

Save the date for the T-Tech, New Zealand’s Future Transport Conference, 6-7 May 2019 in Christchurch. Submissions are now open for presentations.

Save the date for the IoT Festival, 30 May, 2019 in Melbourne including the Australian IoT Awards.

Register for the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and IOTApril 15-16, 2019 Hong Kong

Registrations are open for the2019 Export Essentials workshopsrunning throughout New Zealand from February to July.

Attend AgriFutures  evokeAG, 19-20 February, 2019 in Melbourne to see what is happening across agrifood tech and related research in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Entries for the 2019 Hi-Tech Awardsare open.  Check out the categories and consider a nomination.  Save the date for the 2019 Gala Dinneron 24 May in Auckland.


Hear Kordia’s Chief Digital Officer, Aaron Olphert’s views on The Future of IoT, why it is important and how it can help businesses.

See how Spark’s new Internet of Things network is set to give resource monitoring company Levno an edge

Vodafone strengthens global IoT leadership with new network rollout, benefitting a local bird sanctuary and school signal crossing monitoring.

Learn about Low Power Satellite IoT opportunities, limitations and use cases from KotahiNet. 

A trusted, secure digital identity is crucial for all New Zealanders,” said Minister Woods at the official launch of Digital Identity NZ.  The Government has since announced $5.15m funding for research into digital identity. Executive director, Andrew Weaver discusses its incredible potential here.

The IoT Alliance is a membership-funded organisation.  If you are not already a member, please consider joining us.

Kriv Naicker