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Australia Adopts British Internet of Things Framework

In a bid to address perceived security issues Australia is adopting an Internet of Things (IoT) standard that was developed in the UK.

The framework, known as Hypercat Australia, is being established as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and the standard will be administrated by the Knowledge Economy Institute led by Mike Briers – Australia’s first industry professor of IoT at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The new standard is intended to make various IoT devices discoverable when connected to networks. For example, smart city application monitors, traffic sensors and CCTV devices connected over the internet could be accessed from a central location for tracking.

A survey of Australian IoT users conducted last year by KMPG found that 92% were concerned about security, and analysts have warned that IoT devices are increasingly being used as a route to piggyback into enterprise networks.

The IoT? Alliance Australia (IOTAA) has championed Hypercat Australia. Helmed by Malcolm Shore the security and network resilience workstream is intended to “develop security guidelines for IoT services and service elements including data protection”.

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