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Netcomm CEO Stewart Gonged

ASX-listed communications equipment maker NetComm Wireless scored a double win in the communications industry’s annual awards this week: its smart-home gateway won the inaugural IoT Innovator Award; and CEO David Stewart was named Communications Ambassador of the year.

Stewart founded modem manufacturer Banksia Technologies in the early 1990s. Banksia merged with – and took control of – the ASX-listed rival NetComm in 1998 and Stewart has headed the company ever since.

Announcing the award, Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said Stewart was “somebody who has overseen some of the strongest product and technology innovation in Australia and… for a period of three decades, a very consistent, strong innovator and contributor to the health of our sector and the creation of jobs in the industry.”

NetComm Wireless’s smart-home gateway is designed to remotely manage energy meters, sensors, heat pumps and home automation devices via mobile networks. It is being used by Hitachi in a smart community demonstration project in the UK. 

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