We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 IoT Awards, the official awards program of IoT Alliance Australia, Australia’s peak industry body for Internet of Things (IoT), and IoT Hub.

The awards recognise that real-time data is increasingly important to Australian industry, government and citizens. It is assisting our response to crises and enabling industry to compete internationally.

The finalists provide a fascinating snapshot of how use of the Internet of Things (IoT) is advancing in Australia.

They include data sharing initiatives by local governments, projects using IoT to monitor people movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Wi-Fi rollout encompassing hundreds of NSW Health sites, and an experimental university program designed with the aim of changing education in the field of cyber-physical systems.  

They also include the largest HoloLens 2 ‘mixed reality’ technology deployment in the Asia Pacific region, an IoT platform that underpins important CSIRO research initiatives and is now being released commercially, and a smart energy data sharing initiative.

We received well over 100 nominations from a diverse range of organisations, including CSIRO’s Data61, City of Melbourne, NSW Government, nbn, City of Perth, City of Hobart, Fleet Space, NNNCo, Yarra Valley Water and University of Technology Sydney.

"I am thrilled at the level of response we have received for this year’s awards. This is one of the best indicators of IoT adoption accelerating in Australia," said IoT Alliance Australia CEO Frank Zeichner.

Thank you to all entrants. In some categories we received many impressive entries, but we could not award finalist placings to them all. Separating entries was not always straightforward and some nominees only just missed out.

Thank you also to the sponsors that have made these IoT Awards possible. They are Blue IoT, Bosch, IoT Alliance Australia, IoT Skills Australia, KPMG, Lenovo, Optus, Reekoh, SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong and [ui!] - the urban institute.

The IoT Awards winners will be announced in late October. In the meantime, look out for articles on IoT Hub in the coming weeks about the finalists.

The 2020 IoT Awards finalists

Smart Cities:

  • Geelong Data Exchange
  • Northern Melbourne Smart Cities Network (nominated by Banyule City Council)
  • Perth provides real time sensors to support community COVID-19 response
  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions on pedestrian activity in real time (nominated by City of Melbourne)

Read about these Smart Cities finalists.

Food & Agribusiness:

  • eShepherd virtual herding system
  • GoRain

Read about these Food & Agribusiness finalists.


  • Is your park as cool as mine? (nominated by Fleet Space)
  • Water Source (nominated by Smart Systems)
  • Yarra Valley Water Digital Water Meter


  • Distribution transformer health monitoring project (nominated by CitiPower/Powercor)
  • Smart city lighting and energy infrastructure real-time information hub (nominated by City of Hobart)
  • VPPx Project (nominated by Simply Energy)


  • Boating Vic
  • Fleet Detective
  • IoT Gate Reader by Picobyte


  • Iottag
  • Nexon Coris
  • NSW Health state-wide wireless network

Read about these Health Award finalists.

Social Good:

  • 3Ai experimental Masters program
  • Bees with Backpacks Program
  • COVID-19 Pedestrian Index


  • FRAGTrack™
  • Industry 4.0 Testlabs program
  • Use of mixed reality technology by an Australian Government department (nominated by Ingram Micro

Read about these Manufacturing Award finalists.

Intelligent Data Infrastructure:

  • Digital City Platform (City of Gold Coast)
  • NSW Government Internet of Things Policy
  • Senaps
  • Smart energy data sharing initiative (nominated by nbn)


  • FRAGTrack™
  • HomeGuardian.ai
  • SiteHive Hexanode
  • Workforce Guidance Platform (nominated by Daelibs)

Women in IoT:

  • Alicia Garden
  • Claire Chaikin-Bryan
  • Tessa Ritchard 

Read about these Women in IoT Award finalists.

IoT Champion:

  • Geof Heydon, IoT Alliance Australia
  • Joseph Ontedhu, NSW Police
  • Rob Chandler, Telstra