Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:02

Business Council joins expanding IoT Alliance Australia

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The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has taken up membership of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA).

The chair of IoTAA’s executive council, John Stanton, said the decision to join the alliance, as a member of its executive council, would further accelerate the process of creating a “globally aware IoT community in Australia”.

“The BCA is made up of the CEOs of more than 130 of Australia’s top companies – we look forward to making use of that horse-power to help ensure that Australia can benefit from the positive disruptive force that is IoT.”

Stanton said the alliance now included a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, smart cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

Stanton said the workstreams included a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, “that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT”.

The IoTAA executive council members include industry bodies and regulators – Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Industry Group, Australian Information Industry Association, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Business Council of Australia and the Communications Alliance.

Corporate members include Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Optus and Telstra.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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