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Research and Markets: Australia - Smart Infrastructure - Smart Cities: 2014 is Earmarked as the Year of the Internet of Things

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/k6vtj7/australia_smart) has announced the addition of the "Australia - Smart Infrastructure - Smart Cities" report to their offering.

This Internet of Things' - other names used include: M2M, Pervasive Internet and Industrial Internet - is going to be a real game-changer. It will transform every single sector of society and the economy and it will be out of this environment that new businesses - and indeed new industries - will be born. This is one of the reasons so many overseas ICT companies are increasing their presence in Australia. The LTE will take a leadership role in the development of M2M but the NBN is also an ideal test-bed for such developments. A great deal of attention is being paid to cloud computing and the NBN can be viewed as one gigantic cloud.

The number of connected M2M devices will grow to somewhere between 25 million and 50 million by 2020.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Smart cities can't be built from the current silo structure that dominates our thinking; but require a holistic approach which includes environmental issues such as self sufficient energy buildings, energy exchanges for renewable energy and e-cars, delivery of e-health, e-education, e-government services as well as digital media and internet services.

Half of the world's population are already city-dwellers, and the trend towards increased urbanization is accelerating rapidly. The future of the majority of the world's citizens is undeniably urban - 70% will live in cities by 2050 - but how exactly that city of tomorrow will look, and how smart living is implemented and experienced remains largely uncertain.

Since the arrival of the new government more money has been set aside for the NBN, but also some changes to the current plan are foreshadowed.

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/k6vtj7/australia_smart

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