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August 2017

Australia dials into IoT amid connectivity challenges

Two in five Australian households now use at least one internet of things (IoT) device to control or monitor anything from security to energy use. Analyst firm Telsyte predicts that by 2021, the average Australian home will have 14 IoT devices in operation, with the country’s home IoT market expected to reach A$4.7bn (US$3.5bn) – a leap from A$377m last year. While Australian home owners are proving to be enthusiastic IoT adopters, so are some industries. Take Woodside, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier, inherited 200,000 sensors when it took full control of the Pluto LNG plant in Western Australia. Although the sensors were not connected to the internet at first, they were collecting critical measurements. To predict better when a problem called “foaming” was likely to occur, Woodside started a six-week trial to connect Pluto’s 10,000 sensors to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, so it could schedule any remedial action without shutting down the plant. Since then, all 200,000 sensors at the Pluto plant have been ...

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