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New Zealand IoT Alliance

IoT Alliance August Newsletter – Get your ticket for the IoT Half-Day Conference, Meet the new Executive Council

Kia Ora Readers

Welcome to our August 2019 update on what’s happening with IoT in New Zealand and around the world. 

IoT Alliance’s Inaugural Annual Meeting

We held our first Annual Meeting on 9 July where we had the chance to reflect on the past year and discuss the IoT Alliance’s plans for 2019-2020. 

We achieved significant momentum across the IoT connect, promote, and advance focus areas in the last year. In particular, the landmark paper on spectrum available in New Zealand for IoT Systems, and the collaborative pilot with MBIE and the Foundation for Arable Research on the impact of IoT across the arable farming sector in New Zealand.

The IoT Alliance will continue to focus and identify industry and sector areas that deliver benefits to New Zealand by harnessing the power of IoT. Industry 4.0 / Industrial IoT is one of these areas that the Alliance is currently focusing on, and upcoming events and forums will address hurdles and opportunities to our members and the wider community.

New IoT Executive Council members elected

Congratulations to the new Executive Council members who were announced at the Annual Meeting:

Kriv Naicker (Synaptec) has been appointed as the Chair of the Executive Council. 

Farewell and thanks goes to the retiring council members:

New Zealand projects win at IDC Smart City Awards

Three New Zealand projects recently took the top honours at the 2019 IDC Smart City Awards:

  • Virtual Wellington, by Wellington City Council, won the Civic Engagement Award for their virtual reality version of Wellington which immerses people in a 3D city experience and allows them to interact with city data to understand urban issues and futures.
  • Will Digital Teach, by Vector Ltd, won the Education Award. Will is a digital teacher for Auckland schools connected to Vector electrical network. Will’s purpose is to educate children about energy and its role in New Zealand society. The project utilises AI combined with a digital human face to humanize Will, as well as to provide an interactive interface. 
  • Madden Street, by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, won the Sustainable Infrastructure Award. Madden Street utilises IoT technology to display how 5G will impact the way citizens interact with technology on a daily basis through the installation of sensors in rubbish bins, car park spaces, street lights, pavements and air monitors. 

Secure your spot at the IoT Half-Day Conference

Tickets are now available for the NZ 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference on Thursday 3 October in Auckland. 

We are pleased to offer discounted tickets to IoT Alliance members. Members will receive an email this afternoon with your discount code.

The IoT Half-Day Conference will showcase the value of the Internet of Things to New Zealand’s economy and society.

At the 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference you will:

  • Hear case studies from New Zealand organisations that have deployed IoT solutions
  • Find out how to create successful IoT applications
  • Discover why an IoT strategy is critical to digital transformation
  • Learn about the IoT opportunities relevant to your business
  • Connect with business and technology leaders that can assist with your IoT solution action plan

We know you’re busy people, so we’ve jammed all of this content into a high-value half-day event.

Places are limited and the event is priced to sell out quickly. Get your ticket now to confirm your place.

Showcase your application at the IoT Half-Day Conference

The themes of this year’s Conference are Smart Cities and Industry 4. There are still a few spaces in the program to highlight New Zealand use cases.  

If you have a product, service or project that you think would fit the bill, please let us know

Industrial IoT from IBM Watson – ticket discount for IoT Alliance members

The IoT Alliance is partnering with IoT Auckland Meetup for an Industrial IoT event on Wednesday 28 August that will feature case studies from IBM Watson. 

We have 30 discounted tickets for IoT Alliance members to attend this event.  Please email us to receive the link to purchase tickets at the discounted price.

As always, please share your New Zealand IoT news with us and make sure you follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at the NZ IoT Alliance


IoT Alliance Chair Kriv Naicker was part of the panel at Spark’s first Internet of Awesome Things conference for business leaders in Auckland. Listen to the discussionwhich focussed on the risks for businesses not implementing IoT. 

Vodafone has announced that it will have New Zealand’s first 5G network up and running in December. 

Magic Leap jumps from office collaboration to smart cities.

Exhibitors are wanted for the Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo on 9 September. Apply here.

A new report by Microsoft says that 94 percent of businesses will use IoT by the end of 2021.

Register now for the IoT Impact 2019 Conference and Exhibition, 15-16 October in  Sydney, Australia. 

University of Waikato researchers are developing a ‘smart shirt’ to keep forestry workers safe.

Are ‘smart’ nappies the way of the future? US brand Pampers have launched The Lumi, a new line of Connected Care System nappies.

Connected cars will often freedom to many, but they pose great risks if they are hacked. 

Get your ticket for the Canterbury Tech Summit happening on 12 September. 

The 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit and the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit will be held in Wellington on 16 October.

Register your organisation to be part of Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform platform connecting New Zealand businesses with investors, incubators, multinationals and collaborators.

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