Innovation and adoption of the Internet of Things in Australia has received a boost with the formal appointment of the board for the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA).

The not-for-profit alliance of IoT vendors, businesses, research organisations and consumer groups states its vision is “to empower industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT”.

The board members come from a wide variety of disciplines and include:

  • Gavin Smith, Chairman – President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, a regional subsidiary of the global Bosch group
  • Professor Bronwyn Harch – Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science at Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Michael Briers, AO – Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney, and co-founder and Director of the IoTAA and Hypercat Australia
  • Johanna Plante – Chairperson of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Nicole Lockwood – Principal of Lockwood Advisory, member of the Water Corporation, Tourism WA and Infrastructure Australia Boards, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council
  • Stuart Waite – start-up investor, advisor, entrepreneur and digital transformation consultant with over 20 years’ experience in digital media
  • Warren Lemmens – 35 years ICT industry experience across the Asia-Pacific region, specialist in digital connectedness and working with ICT dependent businesses.

In a statement, newly appointed Chairman Smith said: “Our key challenge is to encourage understanding and collaboration across industry, government, research and communities.”

“Only by doing this will we accelerate IoT innovation and adoption, and contribute to economic prosperity and social benefit in Australia.”

The IoTAA currently has over 450 members from approximately 200 organisations.

These members are split across six workstreams that focus on:

  • Collaboration
  • Smart industries and cities
  • Open data and privacy
  • Radio spectrum availability and licensing
  • Cybersecurity and network resilience
  • Start-up innovation.