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IoT Innovation Network Interview: Justin Anderson, Founder, Hypercat

IoT Interview: Justin Anderson, Founder, Hypercat

Piers Hogarth-Scott, KPMG Australia’s National IoT Practice Leader, interviews established and emerging players drawn from the IoT ecosystem, with the aim of engaging, challenging and probing discussion with the true innovators of IoT in Australia.

Piers Hogarth-Scott

Partner, KPMG Digital Delta and National Leader, Internet of Things

KPMG Australia


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In this video, Piers Hogarth-Scott speaks with Hypercat Founder, Justin Anderson. Hypercat is a leading standard driving a secure and interoperable Internet of Things. Justin talks about interoperability as a key enabler to unlock the value of IoT. Justin discusses the key challenges Hypercat addresses such as bringing together the right players and enabling them to communicate on a technical level to allow different systems to interoperate and accelerate IoT.

Let’s hear what Justin has to say.

“Hypercat was initially funded by the UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, in order to address three key challenges that were required to be able to accelerate the Internet of Things in the UK in the first place. Firstly, being able to bring together the right players and ecosystem that can actually make IoT happen. Secondly, prove out the value. But thirdly and most importantly, work out how to get these players to communicate with each other technically, in a way that allowed different systems to interoperate. Hypercat is a standard for interoperability for the Internet of Things. It’s also known as PAS212 by the BSI, an international standards development organisation that created the standard. According to McKinsey, 40 percent of the value of the Internet of Things will only be realised if systems can talk to each other, or interoperate.

Interoperability is absolutely critical as IoT scales. For example within a city where many different information sources need to be aggregated and brought together, and understood and analysed and used for decision making criteria to drive forward the next level of innovation. Hypercat came about as a result of the development of various different consortia working in the IoT, recognising that they have to find ways of getting their systems to talk to each other in order to unlock the potential of IoT. Hypercat was launched in Australia last September by the Honourable Angus Taylor, Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation and the British Consul General. It brought together the leading players in IoT in Australia in order to be able to present them with a way of being able to get their systems to talk to each other.

The Fed government recognised the importance of interoperability in some of the Smart Cities programs that they were looking to run and the policies that they were putting in place to ensure that cities were not bound by siloed systems and had an open and interoperable environment that allowed innovation to flourish within the city. Hypercat has reached thousands of organisations across 47 countries in the world. Some of those organisations are other standards development organisations such as W3C and the IIC and collaboration across the standards organisations is essential.

Since launching in Australia, Hypercat has had a lot of interest across a number of different industries but perhaps most importantly within the Smart City arena. For example, in Adelaide Cisco have recently deployed a solution across their ecosystem that allows them to be able to bring together different data which is all Hypercat enabled ensuring the city itself is not bound or siloed to a system but is operating in an open and interoperable way. This ensures that innovation can flourish across the city.

The future roadmap for Hypercat is a move towards full international adoption and the approach that we’re taking is to be able to promote Hypercat with BSI through to the ISO. As a result we will be able to get full support internationally as an international standard.”

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