Internet of Awesome Things

Internet of Awesome Things

A podcast series about the internet of things, and how it’s changing everything, everywhere. Russell Brown talks with tech experts, looks at how IoT is being used by businesses and finds 20 billion things to get excited about.... Show More

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September 9, 2019 32 min

IoT is enabling the creation of "smart cities" using technology and data to make our communities better for working and living. But how is this playing out globally? And what might a smart city look like in New Zealand?

In this episode of the "Internet of Awesome Things", we look at the initial impact of IoT on public policy and urban planning.

First up, Russell Brown talks smart communities... Read more

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August 29, 2019 24 min

How secure is the typical internet-connected device? Independent security consultant Erica Anderson and Spark Head of Security Josh Bahlman drop in for a chat about IoT privacy and security.

From hacked nanny-cams to botnet attacks, we’ve already had a few scares. And there will be more. Yes, IoT is as much of a wild west as every other tech advancement before it.

According to both Erica and Josh, many IoT ... Read more

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August 28, 2019 22 min

One of the most functional uses of IoT technology is asset tracking. This is the ability to easily, accurately and constantly solve the problem of knowing where your stuff is. For freight and logistics companies, it could be a game-changer.

Mainfreight was the first large New Zealand company to embrace asset tracking. In this episode, Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater tells how they'd invested in hundreds of expens... Read more

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August 14, 2019 34 min

Some of the most exciting opportunities for IoT are in healthcare. Like most things related to IoT, it’s a little bit of the old meeting a whole lot of new. For instance, medical alarms can now do a lot more than just call for help.

Spark’s Digital Health Lead Dr Will Reedy explains how the focus is moving from illness and disease to managing health and wellness. He talks us through a NZ-based project wherein sensors ... Read more

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July 30, 2019 23 min

There’s a generational technology change occurring, with the arrival of 5G set to supercharge growth of IoT. Russell Brown talks to tech commentator Paul Brislen and Spark Networks Evolution Lead, Colin Brown, about how we got to 5G, and why this "G" is going to so much more impactful than the previous Gs.

If 3G and 4G were mainly about consumers watching videos, 5G, with its massive capability and near-zero l... Read more

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July 18, 2019 35 min

Listen in as a panel discusses the business risks of not implementing IoT.  This podcast was recorded at a live IoT event for business leaders in Auckland on 17 July 2019. Panel guests were Tessa Tierney, Product Director for Spark NZ; Stephen Brown, Director of Directed NZ; and Kriv Naicker, Managing Director of Synaptec.



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July 8, 2019 48 min

A great introduction to IoT, this first episode covers the brief history of IoT, including a Kiwi connection right at the very beginning of things. 

IoT pioneer Peter Munn shares his story and experience, then futurist Frances Valintine and Spark’s Paul Caples chat about the game-changing opportunities of IoT for Kiwi businesses.



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Russell Brown gets excited about IoT and what it will mean for business in this preview of the new podcast series, coming soon.



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