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Over a hundred Australian and International Internet of Things (IoT) experts will assemble at University of Technology Sydney on 10 and 11 September to present IOT Impact 2018 – Australia’s largest conference and expo on IoT.

The Internet of Things is the next evolution of the Internet - where not only computers and smartphones are connected to the Internet, but also a wide range of standard everyday physical devices, each embedded with technology to enable them to be connected to the Internet.  Every one of these devices, uniquely identifiable will then be able to communicate with one another and be remotely monitored and controlled.

By 2020 the number of IoT-connected devices globally is expected to be 30 billion, and this is forecast to grow to 100 billion by 2025. By 2025, the IoT market could be generating revenue close to US$10 trillion.

IOT Alliance Australia was formed in 2016 and is the peak body representing the Internet of Things in Australia.  A not-for-profit organisation, with over 400 member organisation, its objective is to guide Australian industry in the adoption of IOT, and ensure that Australia as a whole generates a competitive advantage.

Its task is made that much more difficult given the slow take-up rate of Australia companies:

  •     59% of Australian businesses have little or no IoT experience.
  •     34% of companies have not started their IoT journey.

To assist in raising the awareness of IoT amongst Australian industry and government, IOT Alliance is presenting IOT Impact — a two-day learning campus for Australia business executives — to understand and plan for the impact of the Internet of Things in Australia.

Located at the University of Technology Sydney, the event will consist of an exhibition of 40-Australian and international companies, and an extensive conference and workshop program.

The conference will have a dedicated session on each of the six key industries which will be most impacted by IOT:   Smart Cities, Transport, Energy, Water, Manufacturing and Food & Agriculture.

The conference will also have a dedicated session on the key enablers - the glue - that’s need to make IOT work:  Security, Data, Technology Platforms, Artificial Intelligence and Communications Networks.

IOT Impact has assembled an impressive line-up of international experts to share their knowledge and experience:

Keynote speakers include:  Christopher O'Connor, general manager, IBM Internet of Things Offerings (USA), Clayton Fernandez, director IoT, Microsoft (USA), Dr Stefan Ferber, chief executive, Bosch Software Innovations (Germany) and Professor Dr Lutz Heuser, chief executive, [ui!] Group (Germany).

The IOT expo and Partner Labs will be the largest of its type in Australia, and will include IBM, Bosch, Telstra, KPMG, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Huawei, Vodafone, CSIRO, Software AG and Nokia.

“We’re at a pivotal time for business in Australia,” says Frank Zeichner, chief executive, IOT Alliance Australia.  “IOT will make an enormous impact on nearly every business and industry, and whether that turns into an opportunity for your business or poses a serious threat to your future, all depends on how well prepared you are.  IOT impact is just the first step in a long road educating Australian businesses.”

IOT Impact runs from 10 to 11 September in the Faculty of Engineering and IT Building, University of Technology Sydney.  For further information and to book www.iotimpact.com.au

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