The IoT ecosystem has moved beyond concept to commercial reality. Once widely deployed, IoT has the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies in decades, but are we ready for it? What are the opportunities and risks?

Until recently, there has been little research into the potential of IoT for New Zealand’s economy. In 2017, The New Zealand IoT Alliance undertook a major research project and published The Internet of Things – Accelerating a Connected New Zealand. Following the report’s publication, the Executive Council identified key working groups to focus on key areas identified in the report.

Members of the IoT Alliance can choose to join the Working Groups currently underway.

New Zealand IoT Report 2017

IoT Ecosystem Map Working Group


Develop an ecosystem map of the New Zealand IoT landscape.



  • Identify and map supply and value chain ecosystem players involved in the New Zealand IoT space.
  • Map relationship for both input providers and output customers for each of the players
  • Build a tiered view that drills down into industry verticals (e.g. Agriculture, Logistics)

Working Group Chair

Jonathan Miller, Callaghan Innovation

IoT Knowledge Hub Working Group


Collate case studies to identify process issues and learnings.



  • Build a key learning and gap identification recommendations repository that builds on existing use cases in various market segments.
  • Enable these learnings to be leveraged by supply and value chain companies at various stages of their IoT plans to accelerate and validate their plans.

Working Group Chair

Tristan Ilich, Aurecon Group

IoT Collaborative Pilot Working Group


Identify pilot opportunities and establish a governance framework for startups to collaborate with corporates.



  • Identify collaborative pilot opportunities from both public and private sectors
  • Establish a governance framework around collaboration to get the startup community involved with larger corporates
  • Run a collaborative pilot focused around arable farming.
  • Use the learnings, pilot/ trial environment from the first pilot to create a collaborative working model/formula/environment to apply to other IoT co-design, co-development, co-investment projects in New Zealand

Working Group Chair

Sandra Laws, MBIE

IoT Cybersecurity Working Group


Investigate and advise on IoT cybersecurity policy and regulatory issues, including the development of a recommendation framework.



  • Define what is meant by IoT cyber security
  • Assess the cyber security risks that arise from the uptake and /or deployment of IoT technologies
  • Understand the effect of these cyber security risks on various economic and social stakeholders
  • Develop recommendations for management of these cyber security risks

Working Group Chair

Josh Bahlman, Spark

IoT Data and Privacy Working Group


Investigate and develop guidelines on IoT best practice for Data and Privacy. Subsequently, advise on policy and regulatory issues.



  • Evaluate expectations of users in terms of privacy and data management.
  • Develop guidelines, Codes of Practice, advice and/or other instruments to appropriately manage Privacy and Data issues in New Zealand.
  • Keep abreast of international practice in privacy and data management.

Working Group Chair

Ellen Strickland, InternetNZ

IoT Device Certification Working Group


Articulating a clear device certification pathway, including overseas comparative analysis.



  • Obtain and evaluate the specific issues holding back IoT innovation in New Zealand in relation to device certification
  • Compare New Zealand rules with those of selected other jurisdictions
  • Examine the testing facilities available to New Zealanders

Working Group Chair

Vikram Kumar, KotahiNet

IoT Technical Spectrum Working Group


Identify and promote efficient use and management of radio spectrum for IoT connectivity in New Zealand.



  • Identify existing and proposed spectrum in New Zealand for IoT connectivity (both licensed and GURL) including international harmonization
  • To foster cooperation between IoT industry spectrum users.
  • Promote efficient use and management of radio spectrum and relevant technical parameters to support and promote the growth of IoT
  • Work with Radio Spectrum Management at MBIE to advise and recommend appropriate spectrum and parameters for IoT connectivity.

Working Group Chair

Adam Tommy, Kordia

Get Involved

To learn more about our working groups or express your interest, please email IoT Alliance Executive Director Kriv Naicker.