The government has heralded the launch of a new alliance to explore the potential economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things.
The alliance is one of several new initiatives included in the new Building a Digital Nation report, a statement from communications minister Simon Bridges said.
The report said: “MBIE is … supporting NZTech to form a New Zealand IoT Alliance. This Alliance will be a collaboration of industry and government working towards accelerating the adoption of IoT technologies for the economic and social benefit of New Zealand. The Alliance will utilise the research into IoT in the New Zealand market as its knowledge base to set focus and direction.”
The report listed participants as being MBIE, NZTech, TUANZ and InternetNZ and said the aim was to “Accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things(IoT) technologies in New Zealand through market research and the establishment of an IoT Alliance.”
It said also that “MBIE is partnering with NZTech to undertake a research report considering the opportunities for IoT within the New Zealand market. This research will provide a stocktake of current applications of IoT and will further explore how New Zealand can better utilise this technology in a secure way.”
That initiative was announced by NZTech in March with TUANZ and InternetNZ as participants but was described only as “a national research project to better understand the potential benefits and risks of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the New Zealand economy,” not a formal alliance.
As Computerworld pointed out at the time, the IT industry in Australia had already formed the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) to shape the regulatory and collaborative framework to harness for Australian industry the huge opportunities generated by IoT.
Announcing the alliance, Bridges said that the IoT “is a transformative technology, one that promises to boost productivity across all major sectors of the economy, assist in monitoring our health, make transport and logistics more efficient, help reduce energy consumption and tackle environmental issues.”
He said the government had a key role to play in ensuring that New Zealand could take advantage of what IoT had to offer.
“Initial research by the alliance, which will provide an evidence base for future work, already suggests potential economic benefits to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the New Zealand economy through the deployment of IoT across a variety of sectors.”
The Building a Digital Nation report “sets out how the Government is partnering with New Zealand’s digital sector, with other sectors of the economy and the wider digital community, to enable New Zealand to become a leading digital nation,” Bridges said.
“This is the first time the full programme of activity has been pulled together in one place, serving as a focal point for ongoing engagement with the digital community and for shaping and driving New Zealand’s digital transformation.”