X:ED Sydney & Melbourne June 2015

X:ED Sydney & Melbourne June 2015

AAN & Xpand Meet-Ups: Wearable Devices and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Australasian Architecture Network & Xpand’ s next event was focused heavily on the our undeniably pertinent world of Wearable Devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

With the recent release of Apple’s long awaited wearable device; the Apple watch, wearable tech is hotter than hot and while it is still in its infancy, we have come leaps and bounds into terms of what this technology has been able to achieve thus far, and the potential for its future possibilities are only limited by our imagination.  Pieces such as biometric garments that record and measure body vitals, or clothing containing solar cells that charge devices and even jewellery that lights up when powered by your body heat, are all items that are already on our radar.

When combined with the endless promise heralded by the Internet of Things (IoT), we will see wearable devices connecting with household appliances, cars and basically anything with an on switch, in a seamless transference of information from one connected device to the next in order to revolutionise and simplify our existence.  For example, imagine coming home from a morning run without your keys, to have your phone tell your door to unlock just as you arrive and to tell your coffee machine to start making your morning latte just before you step in the door. Genius.  

However this kind of interconnectivity between devices poses obvious security risks, not just for individuals but also for companies.  As the IoT continues to develop at a rapid pace there is also the issue of data sharing and privacy, meaning that companies will need to find ways to successfully and securely store the vast amounts of data that will be made available to them.

For both our Sydney and Melbourne meet-ups, our expert panellists delved more deeply into these issues and how they will affect you and your business, while also speaking more about the incredible possibilities brought forth by wearable devices and the IoT.

We were extremely fortunate to have the following panellists there to answer all of our questions;


  • Ben Moir - Snepo Director, WearableX Director and Inventor.  

  • Tim Dillon – Director, Tech Research Asia,

  • Glenn Vassallo- IoT Solutions Architect / Full Stack IoT Developer -  Swift Software

  • Peter Klement - Associate Director, Technology Advisory KPMG Australia


  • Steven Stenton- Principal Enterprise Architect/Technical Director at Communications Design & Management Pty Limited
  • Roger Lawrence - Chief Technologist, Innovation - Asia-Pacific & Japan, HP
  • Sebastien Poly- Strategy & Innovation Executive at ABnote Australia

Click here to read the full blog post about the event.

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