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Australia steps up its smart cities drive

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Hypercat, a consortium of private and corporate bodies involved in the Internet of Things (IoT), has launched in Australia.

Spearheaded in the UK with government funding, since the 1,000-strong alliance has been established it has created a standard which is making IoT data more discoverable and interoperable – it means data from these devices can be shared to help better manage cities in areas such as energy use and traffic flow. It also aims to drive forward smart city innovation.

Australia’s assistant minister for cities and digital transformation Angus Taylor said: “The Commonwealth is exploring relationships with different jurisdictions to build smart cities that improve our lives. Hypercat Australia is one such partnership which will allow a platform to facilitate cutting edge technology solutions to be applied to urban problems. This will be the focus of our recently announced Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. I congratulate Hypercat on recognising the benefits for industry in sharing data – which can be measured not only in collaborative formal partnerships, but in strong economic rewards.”

British Consul director general Nick McInnes added: “Hypercat was established in the UK three years ago with government support to enable Britain to take a lead on smart city investments. We 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.”

Hypercat Australia is being established as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and will be administered by the Knowledge Economy Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

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