IoT Devices Creating Smart Cities; KPMG Expo 2018

IoT Devices Creating Smart Cities; KPMG Expo 2018

Posted on September 19, 2018

The SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong (UOW) has been launched into the virtual world with the development of a 3D virtual model of the facility, the utilization of Nube.IO sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT). Showcasing this initiative alongside UOW representatives at KPMG’s Expo 2018 provided attendants with an insight as to how IoT devices are beginning to create smart cities.    


What is IoT?

IoT describes the connectivity between devices which are enabled through the internet and facilitate data transfer. This process of data transfer throughout the network is automated and no longer requires human involvement to maintain its functionality. The benefits of IoT technology include, “Digital connectivity, the accumulation of data and system efficiencies,” and connects the digital world to the physical by collecting, monitoring and storing data through senses (KPMG 2018). These benefits are most evident in IoT devices such as the ever-popular Fitbit which tracks exercise, analyses data and converts statistics into meaningful results such as the number of steps taken.  

IoT is forecast to increase the Australian economy by $120 billion in 2025, revealing this pivotal point in this industry, its relevance and ability to drive innovative change. The expanding ecosystem of IoT has enabled us to enter this market and develop IoT solutions in Australia.   


Devika, UOW SMART Facility and Nube.IO Progress with IoT Devices

We have explored new ground with the successful development and implementation of our first major IoT project in 2018 through our collaboration with the SMART Infrastructure Facility at UOW and Nube.IO. Our role involved developing a 3D virtual model of the SMART Building. A critical aspect of the process was to display and integrate 120 Nube.IO sensors, which monitor the environmental conditions, into the design. We developed the model and utilized IoT technology to connect the sensor’s data to an end display system. This enables immediate action to be taken as the viewer can pinpoint where unnecessary energy expenditure is occurring in real-time. A relatable example includes tracking light and motion to locate vacated rooms where lights have been unnecessarily left on. In doing so, the facility can maintain more effective and efficient energy conservation strategies.     


KPMG IoT Innovation Expo 2018

The project caught the attention of KPMG Australia's National IoT Practice Leader, Piers Hogarth-Scott, who responded to our project with an invitation to the exclusive IoT Innovation Expo-Smart Cities and Connected Infrastructure. The IoT Innovation invitation-only event has been designed to encourage discussion, engagement and the adoption of IoT technology in Australia. Exposure to IoT in a hands-on style has been recognized as a necessary stage to break down hesitancy around Smart Cities, Smart Precincts and Smart Infrastructure (KPMG 2018).

Our project was exhibited at the Expo and was showcased by the Chief Operating Officer at SMART Infrastructure, Tania Brown. Attendants were provided with an immersive, real-life example of the applicability and potential for IoT technology as they viewed the 3D model of the SMART Facility in virtual reality (VR). Within the VR experience, users could navigate their way through each room and read real-time data such as the temperature. In addition to our project, the array of tangible examples fostered discussion about the possibilities of IoT and assisted individuals as they began to navigate its complex ecosystem.        


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