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New Zealand IoT Alliance

Phoenix from the flames – rebuilding smarter

If there’s one trend that has been evident across time, it’s that after a global disaster, be it an Earthquake, a global financial crisis, a war, or even a pandemic, governments often look towards reigniting the economy through infrastructure.

Although it may feel as though this pandemic is never going to end, and our economy is currently fragile, there will need to be an incentive for our community to come back together to grow our cities. We’ve been talking about the future of smart cities for some time now, but with a global pandemic, there is no better time than now to put this talk and development into hypergear.

IoT Analytics have seen the IoT enterprise market grow 22.4% in 2021 to $158 billion. They state that this is due to the maturation of technology such as AI, 5G, and cloud computing and see how these technologies, when integrated with IoT, can reach our global sustainability goals. However, if you’re in the industry you know that there have been a lot of  challenges holding back innovation – be it resourcing of talent with the skills and labour shortage, rising input prices,  or the procurement issues with the chip shortage. Even with these barriers to innovation, seeing the market grow by 22.4% in 2021 shows that the future is bright. For more insights into the predicted influences in the IoT market, take a look at the IoT Analytics article here.

What’s Happening at IoT Alliance?

Working Groups:

Smart Cities Working Group
Our Smart Cities Working Group is an opportunity for you to get involved in being at the forefront of visioning the future of building smarter cities. We’ll be investigating what our IoT ecosystem is innovating across multiple interest areas, and ways in which we can help network and grow a more connected and smarter New Zealand. To express your interest in joining our Smart Cities Working Group, please contact us and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on May 10th. 

We also have other working groups in the pipeline including cyber-security and education. If you have a specialty in this space and want to contribute to the ecosystem, let us know. We will be having our kick-off meetings in early May and would love to see you there.

Call for Articles:
We’re keen to hear what you’ve been doing in the IoT space! If you have anything interesting being developed, or an opinion on the direction of smart technology, we’d love to see an insightful thought piece to showcase on our website.

To submit an article to be published, please email us at

We’re excited that TechWeek22 is right around the corner, taking place from 16-22 May, across the country and online. If your company is planning on hosting an event, let us know so we can support you! Make sure to check-out TechWeekTV to watch our session, presented by our founder and chair, Kriv Naicker.

University of Canterbury Industry 4.0 Conference
Industry 4.0 is revolutionising the design and manufacturing of industries with the latest technologies, including Generative Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain etc.

University of Canterbury, supported by NZ IoT Alliance, is proud to showcase Industry 4.0 Conference. Join us on 2 June 2022 to hear students and industry leaders  share their insights  on technology development and applications in emerging tech. Hear  about the ethics for Industry 4.0., and tour the state of the art UC Engineering Department labs. For more information and to register, click here.

Ngā mihi nui,
The team at NZ IoT Alliance

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.