National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) and PayPal Australia chair David Spence has been appointed chair of Internet of Thing Alliance Australia (IoTAA), the nation’s peak IoT industry body.
Spence has been involved with more than 25 Internet and telecommunications businesses since the early 1990s. He was COO of major Australian ISP OzEmail, chairman of Vocus and CEO of wireless broadband provider Unwired. In the early 2000s, he was also involved with consumer broadband satellite service provider Access1.
Spence has several roles at several IoT-related companies, in addition to NNNCo. He chairs DiscoveryAG, which provides LoRaWAN connectivity and products and services for farms. And he chairs GoannaAG, which provides farm connectivity, sensors and analytics. Spence also co-founded IoT data encryption company AllThingsEncrypted.
He is also chair of Canopus Networks, which provides a network analytics and visibility platform for network operators and businesses. The company aims to “re-define the way networks are operated”.
Spence replaces outgoing IoTAA chair Gavin Smith, who is Bosch Australia and New Zealand President. The IoTAA praised Smith for his support since the industry body was formed four years ago.
The IoTAA has also appointed board director Judy Anderson, Government Relations and Advocacy Lead at AustCyber. Lenovo (Australia and New Zealand) Managing Director Matt Codrington has also become an IoTAA board director.
Spence’s appointment comes as the IoTAA pushes the use of real-time data to improve governments’ and businesses’ response to crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has enabled digital transformation at the speed previously thought unimaginable, and has brought to light the opportunity presented by the Internet of Things to connect the physical and digital world,” Spence stated.
“Now is the time for industry, government, citizens, and academia to seize the opportunities for economic growth and social benefit afforded by the Internet of Things.
We have an opportunity with the IoTAA to strongly engage with industry, improve cyber security across digital infrastructure, and work with the Government to enhance productivity across Australia using IoT”, he added.
The IoTAA also recently launched the IoT Australia Skills Barometer survey. The results of the survey will be used to inform educators about skills gaps and which IoT courses are needed.