Australian Information Industry Association

  

Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Position Statement


Update – 21 Jan 2019: AIIA has now updated its Internet of Things (IoT) Policy Position Statement

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AIIA Statement of Issues

In its 2018 Australia’s Tech Future - Delivering a strong, safe and inclusive digital economy publication, the Government defined the Internet of Things (IoT) as “the increasing use of sensors that record things such as sounds, touch, movement, temperature and even chemical composition that are being used to automatically collect data about people, the environment and objects”.  Connectivity and sharing of the collected information between people and devices or between automated systems is critical to IoT.

Data collection, sharing and analysis is very useful for decision makers.  Australia is leading the way on opening its datasets to the public.  The 2017 Global Open Data Index ranked Australia 2nd out of 94 countries.  However, a balance also needs to be struck between utility of the data on the one had and the privacy and security of the data on the other.   Interoperability of systems, data formats, enabling regulatory frameworks and cost-effective discovery and access to the data is key to achieving this.

As data becomes more prevalent through adoption of IoT, the impact of the IoT on storage infrastructure, particularly the increasing demand for more storage capacity will have to be addressed.

Key policy principles:

The key policy principles for AIIA on IoT are:

  1. Clear communication and understanding of what IoT means;
  2. ‘Flexible by design’ IoT policies that can keep pace with advancement in technology such as machine learning;
  3. Interoperability of systems and data formats to ensure data is discoverable, accessible, useful, timely and cost effective;
  4. Standards and regulations that strike the right balance between ensuring innovation and interoperability of systems and data on the one hand and privacy and security on the other;
  5. Secure data storage capacity; and
  6. Ongoing skills development in data analytics.
The key challenges for Internet of Things:

The key challenges for the Internet of Things are:

  1. Keeping pace with change, addressing the implications of ‘disruptive’ technology on vertical industries;
  2. Lack of clear Standards and Regulations that ensure interoperability of systems and data formats while ensuring privacy and security of the data;
  3. The pace of the rollout of critical digital infrastructures that support IoT technologies;
  4. Government engagement with industry to support innovation and growth as set out in the National Innovation and Science Agenda and Australia’s Tech Future; and
  5. Skills in data analytics.
AIIA Recommendations and Actions

AIIA recommends that the Government, industry and research institutes collaborate to develop:

  1. A Whole of Government IoT strategy that can keep pace with change, addresses the implications of ‘disruptive’ technology and ensures discovery, secure collection and sharing of data;
  2. Clear communication and better understanding of IoT which involves a clear definition of IoT and a greater awareness of its evolving nature and applications;
  3. Identification and alignment of Standards and Regulations that ensure interoperability of systems and data formats;
  4. Fast-tracking the rollout of digital infrastructure to ensure Australia is a nation of digital exemplars in the area of IoT; and
  5. Government support of and collaboration with industry and research institutes to deliver skills, innovation and growth as set out in the National Innovation and Science Agenda and Australia’s Tech Future 2018.
AIIA will...

AIIA will work with the Government, industry and research institutes in order to:

  1. Contribute to the body of knowledge to be used to educate businesses, promote IoT to member organisations and other organisations such as the IoT Alliance Australia;
  2. Participate in Impact Studies to assess the potential implications of IoT on Government policy development and service delivery;
  3. Support pilots of IoT and IoT initiatives, publish case studies and showcase excellence in IoT applications as part of the annual AIIA iAwards; and
  4. Push for capability development in the field of data analytics.
References

Australia’s Tech Future 2018

Digital delivery of government services 2018

National Innovation and Science Agenda 2015

Last updated: 21 Jan 2019