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The Internet of Everything is here but not everyone gets it: report

Brad Howarth (via SMH) | Aug. 5, 2013
While Australia's political leaders are caught in a debate over the best way to deliver high speed broadband, it seems we are also lagging the world in terms of using what we already have.

Speaking at the launch of the IoE Index, the manager for road safety technology at Transport for NSW's Centre for Road Safety at John Wall claimed the Internet of Everything could lower Australia's road toll by reducing the number of trips a person might need to make to their place of employment or service providers. He said it could also give travellers more accurate information on road conditions from live sensors, or use on-board sensors to monitor driver fatigue.

Activity in Australia relating to M2M communications to date has been limited, although implementations do exist within businesses such as Linfox, which is using sensor data to better manage its fleet of vehicles.

According to the director of CSIRO's Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI) Colin Griffith there is strong evidence to suggest that M2M can help specific industries such as farming, by targeting the use of water and fertilisers.

"For example, we have seen cotton growers using the soil moisture sensors almost doubling their yields per megalitre of water when they vary irrigation rates according to the localised needs of the soil and plants, rather than taking the one-size-fits-all approach for a whole field," Mr Griffith said.


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