KPMG ups Internet of Things (IoT) focus at Melbourne event

KPMG ups Internet of Things focus at Melbourne event

KPMG Australia today announce two major Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives at a special event in Melbourne – the first IoT LoRaWan gateway for Melbourne’s Docklands, and a new suite of Cyber Security IoT products aimed at supporting the development of smart cities.

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The issue of security was at the fore at the event, with Federal Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP attending the launch of IoT Alliance Australia’s new Cyber Security Guidelines.

“Recent events have highlighted the importance of investing in IoT cyber security, such as last year’s Dyn attack in the US that severely limited the performance of major online businesses including Twitter, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix, and was caused with the help of hacked IoT devices including connected CCTV video cameras and connected digital video recorder,” says Piers Hogarth-Scott, National IoT Practice Leader for KPMG.

“We strongly welcome the launch of the IoTAA’s new guidelines as an important step. With 50 billion devices forecast to be connected by 2020 enabling transformative innovation in areas such as smart parking, smart lighting, smart transport and smart utilities, we are committed to making sure Australian cities place IoT Cyber Security at the heart of their Smart City strategies.”

New IoT Gateway

Enabling the ongoing development of IoT at a city level will be a new IoT Docklands Community gateway at KPMG’s new Collins Square office, based on the LoRaWAN Open Standard for Low Power, Long Range IoT Deployments and will be globally connected to The Things Network.

Operating in the Industrial and Scientific Spectrum at 915MHz, the gateway will support up to 1,000 connected devices, and will allow anyone within a 3-5km radius of KPMG Docklands to connect their IoT devices for free – for prototyping, testing, solution development and learning. A similar gateway launched last year in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct recorded over 32,000 instances of data in the first two months of 2017.

Mr Hogarth-Scott comments: “KPMG’s first IoT Community Gateway in Sydney has supported a wide variety of IoT use cases, from monitoring bin levels to making parking more efficient. We are excited to be supporting the growth of the IoT industry here in Melbourne to help businesses and communities create new products and services in IoT. It also adds Melbourne to a growing list of cities around the world building a network of IoT gateways to facilitate new applications of connected devices.”

New IoT Cyber Security Product announced for Smart Cities

KPMG also announced the launch of a new security product suite focused on the Internet of Things for Smart Cities. Drawing upon KPMG’s IoT and Cyber practices, the IoT Cyber security product suite is designed to ensure that cities and their infrastructure are safe, secure and trusted, and in doing so help Australian cities unlock significant economic benefits from innovation in the Internet of Things.

KPMGs IoT Cyber Security product suite includes the following services:

Smart City Prepare
Smart City Cyber Architecture - designed to ensure cyber security, legal and privacy compliance, considerations are embedded into the design of the “connected” infrastructure and “smart” citizen services.

Smart City Identity
Assist smart cities architect and deploy identity solutions for enabling secure access.

Smart City Protect
Smart City Threat, Risk and technical Assessment –assess smart-city infrastructure for IoT risks, threats and vulnerabilities and provide strategies for protection of critical services, citizens and their data from cybersecurity threats.

Smart City Recover
Recover – Assist smart cities respond to IOT security incidents, investigate cyber-attacks and manage crisis response

Gordon Archibald, Partner KPMG Cyber Practice says, “The successful adoption of IoT and the transformation of cities requires more than slick applications, connect devices, and advanced analytics; it also requires a robust approach to Cyber Security, privacy and trust. KPMG has more than 100 experts in Australia specialising in cyber. The launch of our IoT Cyber Security Product suite is designed to enable Smart Cities to prepare, protect and recover, and in doing so enable cities, transport and infrastructure to tap into the significant transformative and economic benefits from the Internet of Things”

Further information

Ashford Pritchard
T: 0411 020 680
E: apritchard2@kpmg.com.au

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