IoT Alliance Australia Expands as OAIC Comes Aboard

Sydney, 25 May 2016 – The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has welcomed the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as an observer.

The OAIC will be an observer on the Alliance’s Executive Council (see attached membership list), which includes a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, Government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The IoTAA was created in 2015 to be the leading Australian industry and government body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework needed to harness for the Australian economy the opportunities that are being created by IoT.

Chair of the IoT Executive Council, John Stanton, said the OAIC would bring valuable expertise to the Alliance.

“The OAIC and the Australian Privacy Commissioner, are very important stakeholders to have on board, given the work we are doing to build privacy protections in this area.”

The Alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, Smart Cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

The workstreams include a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT.

IoTAA Executive Council Members as at May 2016

  • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Australian Industry Group (AIG)
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
  • Business Council of Australia (BCA)
  • Communications Alliance
  • Creator Tech
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA)
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
  • Ericsson
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Internet Australia
  • Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi)
  • KPMG
  • nbn
  • Nokia
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
  • Optus
  • Telstra

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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