Presenter: Geoff Sizer, 2016 Chair of Engineers Australia’s ITEE College and CEO, Genesys Electronics Design
Description: Use of the Internet is ubiquitous for interconnecting computers, smartphones, mobile devices and a plethora of Cloud and server-based systems. The Internet of Things promises to extend wireless Internet connectivity to a vastly increased number of devices, in particular low cost, low energy battery powered devices. Whilst low power wireless networks such as 6LoWPAN, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy can provide local area connectivity, the choice for practical wide-area wireless connectivity has been essentially limited to 3G or 4G celluar data – with its high equipment cost, high energy consumption and expensive data transmission costs. Wide area narrowband communications technologies are required to enable low cost, low energy IOT applications which are impractical using the current facilities available via 3G/4G networks. Despite the hype in the media, effective narrowband communications capabilities such as NB-IoT via 4G infrastructure appear to be a long way off. Likewise the promised $5 modems and 5 year battery life. The major telcos appear to be playing catchup in effectively servicing IoT applications. The presentation addresses the future of emerging wide area networking systems (Sigfox, LoRa) in Australia. The evolution of narrowband technologies under the LTE 4G/5G umbrella will be demystified.
About the presenter: Genesys founder and CEO Geoff Sizer has a lifelong passion for electronics and technology, and an ongoing commitment to the electronics engineering profession. He has more than 35 years experience in electronic product development ranging from complex systems to simple consumer goods for a diverse range of industries and applications. Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. As a former President of the IREE, Geoff was instrumental in the formation of the ITEE College in Engineers Australia and is currently its chair. He has championed the formation of the Applied IOT Community of practice.. During his career Geoff has acted as a Director or Chief Technical Officer for several leading technology firms including Advanced Systems Research Pty Ltd, Advanced Spectrum Technologies Pty Ltd, EMC Assessors Pty Ltd, Telezygology Inc and Embertec Pty Ltd.