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New Zealand IoT Alliance

Just how much IoT can you fit into half a day? Join us to find out.

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

Speakers announced for IoT Half-Day Conference 

Five speakers have been announced for the 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference, sponsored by Spark, on 3 October in Auckland.  Hear from the people behind some of New Zealand’s most-successful IoT applications, and learn about IoT opportunities relevant to your business. The themes of this year’s Conference are Smart Cities and Industry 4. The event is relevant to organisation leaders that need to understand why an IoT strategy is critical and the practical benefits that are achieved.

We are offering a buy one get one at 40% off ticket promotion, so get your tickets now to ensure you’re connected.

Future of farming showcased at Kowhai farm

The IoT Alliance has been working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on an arable farming technology trial at Kowhai farm. 

Over the past growing season, Kowhai Farm, operated by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) and owned by Lincoln University, has hosted a number of IoT sensors in a demonstration trial project to look at the real-life results of emerging agritech innovations.

Sixteen sensors were deployed at different locations across the farm, including meteorological, GreenSeeker canopy sensors, Aquaflex soil moisture, and a nitrate sensor.

“With data now being collected and analysed via deployed IoT sensors, the Arable Farming pilot in collaboration with MBIE and FAR is now demonstrating and quantifying the value of IoT to the arable and wider agritech communities. These new datasets will have measurable benefit to the sector and the NZ IoT Alliance looks forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with Government and industry as we start to unlock the value of IoT data.” says Kriv Naicker, Chair NZ IoT Alliance.

“Each sensor provides valuable data that supports the arable farming operation on site. Having real-time and easy access to data is key to understanding the needs of the operation,” says Blair Miller from Lincoln Agritech.

“The sensors monitor and generate important data such as weather conditions, plant health, soil moisture and nitrate levels which can then be used to support actions by the farmer into useful information.” Read more here

Cubesats – the Goldrush is on

There are an increasing number of IoT ventures seeking to deploy constellations of cubesats to connect a world awash in smart devices at least 16 companies are targeting the IoT market with smallsats, according to NSR analyst Alan Crisp. “Rocket Lab is now very much a part of the IoT cubesat ecosystem and with IoT cubesat launch frequencies increasing, we can expect to see a myriad of new IoT ventures in this space emerge.” says Kriv Naicker, Chair NZ IoT Alliance.

We are always keen to hear directly from our members about what projects and innovations you’re working on. To have your IoT news included in the next newsletter please get in touch. Make sure you follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at the NZ IoT Alliance


ForgeRock has launched an open-source IoT edge controller solution to give “things” the same identity capabilities as traditional identities. 

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

We would like to share an invitation, to an exclusive lunch with  international analysts including Carrie MacGiIlivray, IDC Worldwide’s Group Vice President for IoT, 5G and Mobility, on the topic of wireless strategies. Taking place in Auckland, 11 September contact us for further information. 

Spark ramps up its IoT network with a leading investment in Kiwi tech company Parkable.

Specialist distributor Access Networks is expanding its portfolio with IoT and wireless systems signing a distribution agreement with Chinese industrial IoT provider Ursalink and another with US-based Proxim Wireless.

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

Leading edge IoT innovators will feature in the upcoming NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019.  Drones, satellites and the latest computer technology are being employed by hopefuls in the second annual challenge. The theme of this year’s challenge is sustainability in the agricultural sector.

free trial is available for SAS Event Stream Processing which underpins a number of capabilities including real time IoT Analytics. This is a great opportunity to understand how streaming data can be managed for IoT deployments.

The 2019 Unisys Security Index has found New Zealanders are selective about which situations they deem acceptable for an organisation to collect data from social media, online purchases, smartphones and wearable devices.

New Zealand IoT Alliance The New Zealand IoT Alliance is an association of organisations and individuals that have come together to take a key role in growing our country's capability to maximize the Internet of Things to generate economic growth while addressing any challenges.