The Digital Living Lab is inviting the wider community to take part in the Internet of Things revolution that is transforming the Illawarra utilising the SMART IoT Hub and attending a free IoT Tech Session to be held on November 20.

The Digital Living Lab launched in Wollongong earlier this year enables the proliferation of IoT devices covering the city that can transmit small packets of data online from sensors attached to almost anything.

The dawn of the Internet of Things across the city – and the birth of Wollongong as a smart city – can be traced to May this year, when the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong launched its network of low power, long range (LoRaWAN) sensors.

This network allows small packets of data to be uploaded to the internet, free to the end user, without the need for contracts or SIM cards.

The nerve centre of the revolution is the SMART IoT Hub, a room in the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong that serves as both a laboratory and community hub.

The SMART IoT Hub already serves as the base for a range of projects – world-first sensors to track the freshness and location of craft beer; monitoring sharks on the region’s beaches; or mapping the location of fire hydrants on campus.

The network is collecting and using data in ways never before thought possible.

SMART IoT Hub director, Dr Matthew Berryman, is keen to expand the community beyond the reaches of the university and is now organising visits for high school students, and a SMART Hub Tech Session open to anybody who has an idea for the Digital Living Lab, but needs help in the implementation.

It’s an opportunity to work up a prototype with some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field.

‘The IoT Tech Session is open to everyone with an idea that they want to progress – both students and people from outside the university,’ Dr Berryman said.

‘We are a research institute, so our job is to help with experimentation and innovation.

‘There are lots of different technologies out there and different networks. We are network agnostic, and so are able to guide people through the technologies that suit their unique idea.’

SMART director Pascal Perez said he’s eager to see the opportunities afforded by the Digital Living Lab taken up by a wide cross section of the community and is hoping for a large turnout for the IoT Tech Session on Monday, November 20.

‘The Digital Living Lab is all about letting people know what’s happening,’ he said.

‘In two years’ time, if you ask anyone in the street, I hope they will be able to tell you what IoT is, and what it’s doing for them.’


For more information and to register for the SMART Hub Tech Session on Monday, November 20: