IoT Alliance Australia Expands as OAIC Comes Aboard

Sydney, 25 May 2016 – The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has welcomed the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as an observer.

The OAIC will be an observer on the Alliance’s Executive Council (see attached membership list), which includes a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, Government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The IoTAA was created in 2015 to be the leading Australian industry and government body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework needed to harness for the Australian economy the opportunities that are being created by IoT.

Chair of the IoT Executive Council, John Stanton, said the OAIC would bring valuable expertise to the Alliance.

“The OAIC and the Australian Privacy Commissioner, are very important stakeholders to have on board, given the work we are doing to build privacy protections in this area.”

The Alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, Smart Cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

The workstreams include a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT.

IoTAA Executive Council Members as at May 2016

  • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Australian Industry Group (AIG)
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
  • Business Council of Australia (BCA)
  • Communications Alliance
  • Creator Tech
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA)
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
  • Ericsson
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Internet Australia
  • Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi)
  • KPMG
  • nbn
  • Nokia
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
  • Optus
  • Telstra
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