Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:04

Hypercat launches in Australia as first international alliance with UK Featured


An alliance of Internet of Things (IoT) industry players, corporates and government has launched Hypercat Australia as a technology standard to support the development of smart cities.

Hypercat — a UK-developed alliance and standard that enables free communication from any connected IoT sensor or device being used to monitor an environment — was launched on Tuesday as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and will be administered by the Knowledge Economy Institute led by Dr Mike Briers, Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney.

Increasingly, IoT is being used by smart cities to help inform decision making and improve city services, from air quality and energy usage to traffic flows and asset utilisation, and the Hypercat Anglo-Australian collaboration aims to establish Hypercat as a global standard.

Justin Anderson, founder and director of the Hypercat Alliance, says the goal is to accelerate the global explosion of the Internet of Things – by enabling connected devices and data to work together to improve how cities work, and how people live.

“In just a few years, Hypercat has already been applied to multi-million dollar smart city projects including London and Bristol, attracted more than 1000 industry members such as KPMG, Cisco, BT, Symantec, Flexeye and WSP, and gained support in 47 countries,” Anderson said.

“We’re excited that Australia is coming on board as our first international alliance – and hope to use this as a launchpad for global expansion.”

Hypercat Australia was launched in Sydney, at a roundtable hosted by KPMG, by Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and Nick McInnes, British consul-general and director-general for trade and investment.

Taylor said the federal government is exploring relationships with different jurisdictions to build smart cities that improve lives.

“Hypercat Australia is one such partnership which will allow a platform to facilitate cutting edge technology solutions to be applied to urban problems. This will be the focus of our recently announced Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme.”

Australian-based companies and organisations can now register their interest to join Hypercat Australia.

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