What is the IoT?
Internet of Things:
The OECD describes convergence between information and communications technologies and the economy on a grand scale, as the IoT. The term implies the connection of most devices and objects of daily life over time to a network of networks.
Typical application examples that fall within the IoT are self-driving cars, the intelligent home, smart electricity meters, smart city infrastructures but also things like sensorised nappies that measure wetness and send a text to parents when a nappy change is required, highly sensorised fields of crops that feed back information on humidity levels in the soil etc. are part of the IoT.
Machine-to-machine communications is a subset of the IoT.
The collection, sharing and intelligent analysis of huge of amount of data is key to the IoT.
Who we are:
Name: IoT Alliance Australia. Acronym IoTA. The addition of ‘Australia’ in the name can be reflected in the logo but is not a must.
The IoT Alliance Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation consisting of commercial entities, industry associations, other not-for-profit organisations, regulators and Government stakeholders. It is open to any entities (or individuals) with a genuine interest to actively contribute to its vision and goals.
Its vision is to be a leading IoT cross-sectoral alliance shaping and driving the advancement of IoT to harness for Australian industry the opportunities generated by the IoT. It aims to define the IoT eco-system, inform and enable Australian (local and international) companies, academia and Government to exploit the business opportunities afforded by IoT technology and services.
What we are NOT:
A regulator, Government organisation, standards developing body, academic institution or research and development lab. The IoT Alliance also is not developing software and does not produce any hardware.
Importantly, the IoT Alliance is not a telecommunications company or telecommunications industry body, i.e. while telecommunications facilitate many aspects of the IoT, the IoT encompasses a much wider area and is likely to touch onto every aspect of modern life in the relatively near future.
The IoT Alliance is not a subsidiary of Communications Alliance Ltd (the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia) but Communications Alliance is closely involved with the IoT Alliance.
The IoT Alliance wants to be perceived as an organisation advancing the IoT for the benefit of Australian business and, consequently, for consumers and the Australian society at large.
It wants to be seen as actively influencing or even driving the political and regulatory debate in an Australian IoT context.
While the IoT Alliance is focusing on the benefits of the IoT for Australia, it is very conscious that this aim can only be achieved in a global context and with strong linkages to the work undertaken globally in this space.
The IoT Alliance does not want to be perceived as being pompous or flashy. Importantly, it does do not want to be seen as ‘riding the IoT wave’, short-lived or a mere ‘talkfest’.
The IoT Alliance currently holds two domains:
iotalliance.org.au and iot.org.au.