Wintec takes on the Internet of
The Internet of Things or IoT
and its potential for influencing change has inspired Wintec
to launch IoTWaikato, to explore ways in which this
hot-button technology of the moment can empower everyday
lives and the region’s economy.
Jannat Maqbool who is driving the IOTWaikato project, says
that with broadband internet becoming more widely available,
the cost of technology and connection decreasing, and more
devices with wi-fi capabilities and built in sensors, we are
in a rapid emergence of what is called the Internet of
things or IoT.
“IoT refers to the ability to
connect any device to the internet or to other devices to
produce a network of connected people, people and things,
and things themselves. It’s about networks, devices and
data connected together to benefit people.
small scale you could have your alarm alert the coffee
machine to start brewing your morning coffee, or your
car’s GPS connected to your meeting calendar to guide you
to your next appointment. On a wider scale, the IoT can
enable cities to be smarter and help to reduce waste, clear
traffic congestion and improve energy use.
through Wintec’s Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and
Innovation team is launching with the first IoTWaikato
meeting on Monday 25 September.
The inspiration for
IoTWaikato came from IoT expert Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, who spoke
at the annual ITP Symposium hosted by Wintec in July.
Alexandra was named No.1 in a list of 100 Internet of Things
influencers, and runs the IoT Meetup in London, a monthly
gathering of people interested in making the IoT happen.
“Following the model outlined by Alexandra, we are
keen for the IoTWaikato to be a group for innovators,
thought leaders and anyone interested in developing the IoT
in the Waikato,” says Jannat.
“This is an
opportunity to get together, share, collaborate, contribute
and co-create, or just come along and find out what is
happening with the IoT and what it means for
Find out more about IoTWaikato here.
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