Attendees of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Public Summit in Canberra were some of the first to see Raspberry Pi powered flood sensors developed by SMART Infrastructure Facility’s IT Architect, Dr Matthew Berryman.

One of the sensors was featured in Dr Berryman’s keynote at the Summit, as he explained the project and the broader use of Amazon Web Services to host the platform as a whole.

“In order to provide a reliable service with the flexibility and reliability required of our citizen and government end users, we selected Amazon Web Services to run it on,” Dr Berryman said in his presentation

Dr Berryman’s presentation focused particularly on’s utilisation of AWS’s Internet of Things service. This service is a platform that enables users to connect devices to AWS Services and other devices, secure data and interactions, process and act upon device data, and enable applications to interact with devices even when they are offline.

CEO of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology, Ms Anne Kealley was at the event. “It was really interesting to see, for example, from the University of Wollongong, about the PetaJakarta project,” Ms Kealley said of Dr Berryman’s keynote.

In addition to sharing the work of SMART, Dr Berryman enjoyed the opportunity to meet fellow IT architecture experts at the Summit and “see some of their research technology.”