Australian Information Industry Association

  

Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Position Statement

Update - 28 March 2017: AIIA has now released our Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Position Statement. Download the PDF version here.

Position

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to deliver a healthier, more convenient and more efficient future for Australia and its citizens.

The time to act is now. The Federal Government needs a strategy on how to leverage IoT or Australia risk falling behind the rest of the world.

Privacy and security are critical features of IoT and have to be addressed to maintain long term viability.

A clear definition of IoT is required along with a greater awareness of its nature and application.  Understanding and addressing the implications of this new way of using technology, including its ‘disruptive’ nature, will allow Australia to capitalise on IoT while minimising shocks as industries adjust.

The real value of IoT are the insights and actions driven by the data that’s collected and shared. Data collection and sharing must therefore be useful to decision makers. Interoperability of systems, data formats, and cost effective access to the data is key to achieving this.

As data becomes more prevalent through adoption of IoT, the impact of the IoT on storage infrastructure, particularly the increasing demand for more storage capacity will have to be addressed.

Moreover, the National Innovation and Science Agenda articulates a vision premised on technology led innovation but it is hard to imagine how Australia’s global competitiveness can keep pace unless all Australians have access to fast, ubiquitous, affordable connectivity infrastructure.

Key policy principles:

  • ‘Flexible by design’ IoT policies that are able to keep pace with change
  • Interoperability of systems and data formats to ensure data is useful, timely and cost effective
  • Clear communication and understanding of what IoT means
  • Getting the balance right between privacy and security
  • Data storage

Rationale

IoT is upon us now. Australia must be IoT ready otherwise, uncertainty on the 'road rules' will hold Australian IoT applications back and others will take their place.

The potential global annual GDP value of IoT is estimated to be around $11 trillion: some $120b per annum for the Australian economy by 2025. Communications Alliance April 2016 (14)

Data use in Australia is growing exponentially. Some 2.5 exabytes of data were generated in any given day in 2015 – more data than was generated in total since the dawn of time until 2014. CSIRO, Tomorrows Digitally Enabled Workforce 2015 (13)

In 2015, 73% of connections in Australia are LESS than 4mpbs.  This compares with South Korea with 81% of connections higher than 10mpbs. 2015 Quarter 4 Akamai Report.

Priority Action Required:

  1. An IoT strategy that can keep pace with change, addresses the implications of ‘disruptive’ technology and ensures secure collection and sharing of data
  2. Clear communication and better understanding of IoT: this involves a clear definition of IoT and a greater awareness of its nature and application
  3. Identification and alignment of standards that ensure interoperability of systems and data formats
  4. Fast-tracking the rollout of the NBN to ensure Australia is a nation of digital exemplars, placed to exploit the economic and social opportunities available through digital technology and technology led innovation.
  5. Working with industry to allow for the continuous flow of sufficient, adequate, and new spectrum, to support the expansion of Australia’s wireless market in 5G, LPWAN and beyond.
  6. Government cooperation with industry to deliver innovation and growth as set out in the National Innovation and Science Agenda

AIIA will...

  1. Help to highlight the changes that must take place if the benefits of IoT are to be realised
  2. Support information campaigns for State and Federal MPs aimed at educating them around technological disruption and the opportunities/risks for Australia
  3. Contribute to body of knowledge to be used to educate businesses, promote IoT to member organisations and other organisations such as the IoT Alliance Australia
  4. Participate in Impact Studies to assess the potential implications of IoT on Government
  5. Support pilots of IoT and IoT initiatives