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New Zealand IoT Alliance

IoT key to Government’s new Industry Policy

Kia Ora readers

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

New Zealand IoT Alliance Annual Meeting next Tuesday

Firstly, a reminder to our members to please ensure that you attend our first Annual Meeting by video conference next Tuesday, 9 July, when the new Executive Council members will be announced and we will discuss the Alliance’s plans for 2019-2020. Register here

New Industry Policy for Aotearoa

Earlier this week, Minister David Parker launched the New Zealand Government’s new Industry Policy. It is a new approach aimed at growing more innovative industries in NZ and lifting productivity of key sectors, in particular, agritech, digital tech, forestry and food. IoT solutions will have a key part to play in driving these innovations. The report points out that deep technology skills, particularly the Internet of Things, will be essential for growing the agritech sector.

An example of how IoT is benefiting the food sector is new prototype sensors which cost two US cents each that can enable consumers to detect when meat products are spoiling by sensing ammonia or trimethylamine gases. Known as paper-based electrical gas sensors (PEGS), they detect spoilage gases and the sensor data can be read with smartphones, so that people can hold their smartphone up to the packaging to see whether the food is safe to eat. These have the potential to save up to 60 percent of food that otherwise would be wasted.

Smarter Kiwi cities

Wellington City Council’s City Innovation Lead Sean Audain shares his viewson what makes a smart city, and asks what are the opportunities for New Zealand’s cities from the exponential global megatrends – climate change, technology, wellbeing, urbanisation and mobility?

A new technology superpower: AIoT – the convergence of AI and IoT

“The last great convergence of this magnitude occurred in the late 1990s as mobile phones and the internet were on a collision course that has changed the course of human history,” says writer Joseph Zulick in IoT Business News. Meanwhile, Ben Reid from our sister NZ Tech Alliance community AI Forum NZ attended the CogX conference in London – the world’s largest Festival of AI and Emerging Technology alongside over 15,000 other attendees. Read his highlights here.

Mark your diary: IoT Alliance Mini-Conference on 3 October

The IoT Alliance and the IoT Auckland Meetup are planning a half-day IoT mini-conference in central Auckland on Thursday 3 October. The large audience will consist of enterprises, agencies, tech vendors, press and more. The event will feature high impact outlines of New Zealand IoT applications and projects. Specific themes for the event are IoT, smart cities and agritech.  If your product, service or project would fit this programme, please let us know.  Watch this space for ticket details.

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


A big welcome to the IoT Alliance’s new members including:

SAS is an international analytics powerhouse bringing 40+ years of analytics innovation for organisations seeking immediate value from their IoT data. Check out their latest insights on IoT.

BoatSecure provides a new IoT boat monitoring service available at marinas throughout New Zealand, including Auckland and Lyttelton. BoatSecure has been an early adopter of the Spark LoRaWAN network and is extending service to more boating centres around the country by deploying low cost LoRaWAN gateways.


Entries close tomorrow for the Australian Smart Cities Awards. New Zealand projects are eligible for the awards, so get your entry in now. 

Five problems that can sink an IoT Certification project. 

Lacuna Space achieves major milestone for LoRa in space

Silex, a malware created by a 14 year old, in rendering IoT devices useless

LoRa and Sigfox get five-year boost with LTE-M and NB-IoT failures. 

Are you a New Zealand company interested in participating in theSingapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH), 11-15 November? Email NTZE for more information.

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

Ambient computing will lead to a future where the smart home runs itself.  

FIDO Alliance looks to create security standards for internet of things devices. 

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

IoT solutions provider Kerlink has announced a distribution agreement with Access Networks for the New Zealand and the Pacific Islands markets.

The fourth industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things. 

Global shipments of NB-IoT devices reached 53 million units in 2018, with annual shipments expected to triple in 2019

Register your interest to be an exhibitor at Qatar’s Smart Cities conference, QITCOM 2019 (29 October – 1 November in Doha.)

Join FintechNZ and Digital Identity NZ on 11 July in Wellington and 18 July in Auckland to learn how having a well-designed digital identity ecosystem can provide more transparency across the financial services sector. 

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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