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IoT Ecosystem: all opportunities are not the same

Both established companies and start-ups are eyeing opportunities in the IoT ecosystem. The nature of the opportunities and, importantly, the economics of each opportunity, vary quite a bit. Choosing the ‘right’ opportunity requires a fit...
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Decentralised electricity- ideal use case for IoT + blockchain

New Zealand’s electricity market- regulation, generation, administration, market clearing, transmission, distribution, metering and retail- are structured on centralised generation. Regulations drive business strategy and behaviour with incumbents...
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Design’s critical role in IoT

The Harvard Business Review as usual has a great new article on the Internet of Things (IoT). In The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology the authors outline why design and technology need to work together as partners. This rests on the...
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What’s in it for me?

Lots of cities around the world, including our very own Wellington, want to be a Smart City. Most of them describe what they mean by a Smart City in terms of delivering better services, reducing costs, and better asset management. Sounds good except that...
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Step change: IT majors bet the company on IoT

The latest earnings reports from many major IT companies had one common thread- they are all under-performing in their core business. And, all of them, are betting their future on the Internet of Things (IoT). Microsoft, IBM, Intel et al fall into this...
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Press Release 3: IoT Network now in Auckland, Dunedin, Napier

KotahiNet, the company behind a new wireless network for the “Internet of Things”, has expanded connectivity to central Auckland, Dunedin and Napier. In February KotahiNet launched in Wellington and today’s announcement shows it’s on track achieve...
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Welcome to NZ, Sigfox

The much anticipated entry of Sigfox to New Zealand has happened. Sydney-based Thinxtra will be the local national operator for Australia and New Zealand with a major capital investment from Auckland technology firm Rakon. Construction of its New Zealand...
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Radio frequencies, bands and inspections

IMPORTANT UPDATE: KotahiNet’s band plan as detailed in this blog post is no longer used. While the reasons for choosing the band plan within 864-868 MHz remain the same, the current band plan aligns the specific frequencies used with that of the...
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Press Release 2: Network launched in Wellington

Internet of Things network launches to enable NZ biz and govt to provide smart services A new commercial wireless network to carry data to and from sensors and other connected objects – the so called Internet of Things – has been launched in Wellington...
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Hardware Trends 2015

Stepping back from the news cycle and reflecting on just how rapidly hardware is evolving shows some clear, interesting trends. A new normal is being defined, even amongst continuing change, such as sentient and connected objects.
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