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Smart cities, the Artificial Intelligence of Things, IoT in Action

Kia ora readers,

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

Smarter cities needed to achieve Government ambitions

With the government recently announcing a desire to help our cities grow up and out, NZ IoT Alliance Chair Kriv Naicker has questioned whether New Zealand is falling behind in the use of smart city technology to help achieve this goal.

“New Zealand cities appear to be missing the full opportunity to leverage IoT technologies”, said Naicker.

“As a nation, we should be looking at the role of technology to help solve some of our bigger problems like housing, congestion and sustainability. While we dig up Auckland roads to create the City Rail Link, are we investing to enable a future smart city?”

Read more here

With smart cities the way of the future, representatives from Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch attended the Smart Cities Week in Sydney last week. The event offered a chance for smart city leaders from across Australia and New Zealand to network and to exchange and create opportunities for accelerating the region’s sustainability through technology and data solutions.

“The strength of Smart Cities Week is being able to talk to the people who create and do,” said Sean Audain, City Innovation Lead at Wellington City Council, who contributed to a discussion on the topic of data essentials.

Read more about Smart Cities Week here

Microsoft IoT in Action

Microsoft and their IoT partners had the opportunity to showcase their collective IoT solution innovation and technology leadership to the broader IoT ecosystem and customers at the Global IoT in Action series event in Auckland this week. The event brought together engineers, architects and practice owners. It demonstrated how Microsoft is helping to enable partners across the IoT value chain to design, build, and scale repeatable IoT solutions from intelligent edge to intelligent cloud.

This blog gives a good overview of how Microsoft’s partners see the IoT market evolving and maturing, as well as how the intelligent edge is helping to create new opportunities.

AIoT – How IoT leaders are breaking away


SAS released the results of its study,  AIoT – How IoT leaders are breaking away at the IOT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona last week.The survey, which canvassed over 450 business leaders globally, generated some clear results about the impact of AI on IoT; nearly three in four respondents said that the combined value of AI and IOT capabilities exceeded their expectations. 

The study showed that heavy use of AI is a significant predictor in an organisation’s ability to deliver value from IoT.  Ninety percent of respondents who heavily use AI for IoT operations reported exceeding expectations for value. Other key takeaways from the study is that increased revenue is the key driver for IoT initiatives and that the focus is on pivoting to large scale operationalisation of these capabilities into the business to maximise value. 

Check out the other highlights from the IOT Solutions World Congress here.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at the NZ IoT Alliance

Events and News

NZ agritech is being held back by connectivity issues, says IoT Alliance Executive Council member Jannat Maqbool, but the Kowhai Farm pilot is a great example of what could be achieved. 

Do you have a world-leading innovative solution to an environmental problem? Apply for Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize. Entries close 8 December. 

Tech Alliance members receive 10 percent off the ticket price for Advancing Digital and IT Law conference (25-26 November, Christchurch) and Advancing Women in Technical Industries & Roles  (25 November, Auckland.) 

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.

Learn how IOT helps solve the four most critical global issues.

Bluetooth technology is helping to monitor pest eradication on an island in Dusky Sound. 

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 AI Forum has released their report, Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture in New Zealand which investigates AI’s potential impacts for New Zealand’s place in the global food value chain.

Meet the Chasm Institute’s Mark Cavender at NZSA on 11-12 November in Auckland for Escape Velocity and 12 November for Crossing the Chasm.

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.