Internet of Things
We believe the Internet of Things (IoT) is misunderstood and under-appreciated. This is a challenge but also an opportunity.
For us, the Internet of Things is about understanding and controlling the physical world in real time. Just as the Internet has transformed digital industries- such as communications and entertainment- so will the Internet of Things transform physical industries- such as agriculture and infrastructure- by creating a digital representation capable of being sensed, analysed and controlled. Data, insights and action are the keys to creating smart services and real benefits.
The focus needs to be on the benefits from IoT- better products and services, lower costs, and new business models. But, we also need to tackle the hard challenges of security and privacy.
In te reo Māori, “kotahi” means “the one”. This reflects KotahiNet’s ambitious goal of becoming a leader of the Internet of Things.
Building for millions of smart “things” needs cheap, ubiquitous wireless connectivity. A purpose-built IoT network lays the foundation for smart services and products. The network is therefore our first, necessary step towards unlocking the benefits of the IoT for New Zealand.
Three things set KotahiNet’s network apart:
- A national IoT network
- Carrier grade reliability, and
- Focus on making it easy, such as sensors pre-integrated with the network
As McKinsey noted in their 2015 report:
Consumer uses of IoT technology have garnered a great deal of attention, thanks to media coverage of fitness monitors and home automation. While these applications do have tremendous potential for creating value, our analysis shows that there is even greater potential value from IoT use in business-to-business applications…nearly 70 percent of it.
Board of Directors
Founder Vikram Kumar has a track record of innovation and wide knowledge about all things Internet. He takes a strategic approach while working at an entrepreneur level, pushing both creativity and operational excellence. Vikram has worked across business, government and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand. He often writes about Internet issues and opportunities: translating complexity and getting to the essence in an accessible way.
Executive Director Nick Gerritsen loves BIG ideas and is committed to the culture of innovation, and New Zealand. His background as an intellectual property lawyer, strategic advisor, investor, and entrepreneur provide a dynamic baseline that enable him to get things done, and he has first-hand experience across a number of diverse sectors: broadcast media, life sciences, medical devices, nanotechnology, clean technology along with software and Internet/online.
Ian Cassels is a Wellington based property developer