IoT network in Australia

I think someone may regret this…..

The Australian government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is to invest AU$10m in IoT network builder Thinxtra in exchange for 15 percent equity.

Sydney-based Thinxtra last year obtained the licence to roll out French network company Sigfox’s low-powered, wide area network (LPWAN) technology across Australia and New Zealand, with an ambitious aim of covering 95 percent of both countries’ populations by the end of 2017. The LPWAN technology runs independently from telco IoT networks in Australia and New Zealand, but taps into these networks for data backhaul.

Honestly, go read the article, its pretty short.

I want to make two comments……
Firstly, what is with the idea that the monitoring network is using lots of energy?
Of all the ‘low hanging fruit’ for Australia to save energy, I would not have guessed that IoT devices would be right up there.

Secondly, I totally agree with the closing paragraph. All very well to have a monitoring network, but if you want to make a difference, you need control.
Monitor, analyze, control.
With this network, there is no control. Ever.

I think someone may regret this decision.