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New Zealand IoT Alliance

October Newsletter – IoT Alliance urges government to accelerate spectrum for 5G

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

What you missed at the IoT Half-Day Conference

The NZ 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference, sponsored by Spark and LEAP Australia, on 3 October in Auckland showcased many examples of New Zealand IoT solutions and gave the attendees the chance to gain insight from those who deployed them. 

There were some common threads across the case studies:

  • Technology readiness for scale is well developed, with lower costs than anticipated, but the project process can be uncertain.
  • Return on investment for projects seems to be clear, but agile plans are needed so that scope and development focus on tangible benefits to the client or public.
  • In most cases it was critical that there was a close engagement with the client throughout the project so that uncertainty and risk was understood equally and managed as a partnership.

From a technology point of view, many examples also used artificial intelligence to create value from data.  IoT is not just about the ‘thing’, but rather the outcomes and insights generated that benefit organisations and the public.

Read more about the conference presentations here.

IoT Alliance urges government to accelerate spectrum for 5G

The NZ IoT Alliance is supporting Spark for being the first to roll out a 5G wireless solution in New Zealand while urging the government to accelerate spectrum work in order to enable all of New Zealand to benefit from 5G. 

IoT Alliance Chair Kriv Naicker says this is an obvious first choice case as it will provide many homes and businesses with a viable substitute to a landline internet connection.

“There is still demand for basic speed improvements from our internet connections. However, the real game changer is that 5G will bring new connectivity opportunities beyond just helping more people download videos faster.

“This means 5G will be about IoT, AI, connected things, machines, buildings and cities, rather than just connecting people with smartphones. 5G will also be about the power of analytics, driven insights and automation.

“We urge the government to accelerate the spectrum work that will free up the favoured spectrum for 5G as this will provide business with confidence to start developing the solutions that will really bring better productivity, sustainability and inclusion for all New Zealand.”

Read more here

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at the NZ IoT Alliance

Events and News

The Australian IoT Impact 2019 Conference is happening next week. IoT Alliance members receive 10% off the ticket price. 

Learn how IoT will help create smart and secure schools.

Register now for the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit in Wellington on 16 October. 

Do you have a world-leading innovative solution to an environmental problem? Apply for Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize

TechAlliance members receive a 10 percent discount for Advancing Women in Technical Industries and  Roles on 25 November in Auckland.  Watch TechWomen’s interview series with inspiring women in tech

Attend the NZ Hi-Tech Awards alumni event and launch event on 27 November in Auckland. Also, 3 December in Wellington and 4 December in Christchurch.

How long will it take for 5G to change our lives? Qualcomm has shared a timeline on when 5G could come to your phone, home and more. While it is targeted at US residents, it sheds some light on how things are progressing. 

Learn how 5G will not only enable the Internet of Things, but also the Internet of Medical Things

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.

Celebrate the tech export sector highlights at the 2019 TIN Report Launch and Awards on 31 October in Auckland. 

BIOTechNZ is running MedCan 2020, New Zealand’s first medicinal cannabis summit. Register your interest.

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.