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Hypercat hopes to use Australia joining the alliance as launchpad for its global expansion
The Australian government has launched Hypercat Australia, bringing the UK-developed Hypercat alliance and interoperability standard to the country for the first time.
The technology standard, intended to support the development of smart cities, enables free communication from any connected IoT sensor or device being used to monitor an environment.
It is hoped that Australia – Hypercat’s first international alliance – will be a major step towards the adoption of the standard, which was been developed in partnership with the business standards organisation, BSI.
Speaking at the launch, Piers Hogarth-Scott, national IoT leader of event host KPMG Australia, which recently opened a dedicated IoT practice said: “We believe the formula for establishing a world-leading smart, IoT-enabled Australian economy that drives growth and prosperity involves industry and government working together in focused sectors including smart cities.
“The launch of Hypercat in Australia aims to unlock the benefits of smart cities by creating an interoperable IoT ecosystem that gives confidence to cities and local government. More importantly, if we can play a role in fostering a global standard we can unlock the power of the Internet of Things for everybody.”
Hypercat Australia will be an independent, not-for-profit organisation administered by the Knowledge Economy Institute led by Dr Mike Briers AO, Australia’s first industry professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney. In addition to the federal government, the consortium will comprise of industry players and other corporates.
“Hypercat was established in the UK three years ago with government support to enable Britain to take a lead on smart city investments,” said Nick McInnes, British Consul General. “We are very pleased to help build on the success of Hypercat by supporting its launch in Australia as an Anglo-Australian collaboration in smart cities and IoT.”
According to Justin Anderson, founder and director of the Hypercat Alliance, Hypercat has been applied to multi-million dollar smart city projects including London and Bristol, attracted more than 1,000 industry members including KPMG, Cisco, BT, Symantec, Flexeye and WSP, and gained support in 47 countries.