Cities Getting Smarter With The Internet Of Things –


The New Zealand IoT Alliance is showcasing
how Internet of Things (IoT) applications can enable smart
cities and improve industrial productivity at its second
annual showcase event in Auckland next week.

IoT Alliance
Executive Council member John McDermott says the event will
feature a range of applications that help deliver better
public services, improve health and safety, and enhance
manufacturing performance.

“New Zealand is in the great
position of having world class technology available, and
plenty of situations that can benefit. Whether it is factory
productivity to generate higher paying jobs, improved safety
for the public or innovative products and services, we have
organisations here that are leading the way,” he

LMAC’s work in the manufacturing sector is an
example of how IoT can be used to improve productivity on
the factory floor, McDermott says.

“Factory managers are
in a continuous race to keep operating costs down and
improve efficiency. The fuel for improvement is data – you
can’t manage what you don’t measure. Managers know their
operations in detail but it can be overwhelming when
searching for additional efficiencies. What if that cost
advantage is hiding in plain sight?” he says.

achieved over 37% improvement for a production line by
taking as much data as was available from existing
operations and applying new metrics generated by smart
technology. It used an artificial intelligence system to
mash data and come up with predicted improvements. The new
system also allowed experiments to be tested to find extra
productivity with new combinations of workflow management
and batch production, resulting in quicker job turn-around
and better asset utilisation.”

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Another innovative use of
IoT is KotahiNet’s work with Transpower, who are
responsible for moving power from where it is generated to
where it is consumed. The challenge is that as more power is
consumed the power cables sag lower towards the ground
because of temperature rises. KotahiNet is providing a
remote sensing solution that monitors the distance of the
lowest transmission cable from the ground, to ensure it
doesn’t dip below the safe limit.

“By knowing the
ambient temperature in real time, Transpower is able to
correlate it with transmitted power so as to maximise power
flows without impacting safety or asset performance. The
KotahiNet solution uses low cost, long range wireless
sensors deployed on the cables with real-time data for
immediate notification if safe limits are approached,”
McDermott says.

Meanwhile, ASG Technologies has been
working with industrial partners and government agencies,
especially those with significant infrastructure assets to
manage. By deploying IoT solutions, ASG has improved asset
performance, reduced operational costs, and enhanced staff
and public safety.

“In the early stages, these projects
have a high degree of uncertainty and can be perceived as
too risky, but in a tech-disruptive environment, failing to
adapt becomes the biggest threat to an organisation. ASG
believe that taking measured risks with trusted partners is
a necessary element to technology development and should be
the preferred method of managing the disruption
landscape,” McDermott says.

These are three examples out
of the eight projects that will be featured at the IoT
Alliance half-day event on Thursday 3 October, 2019 in
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