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Australian city standardises data ahead of smart city scale-up

NNNCo’s common data platform will harmonise data from the city of Newcastle’s devices and remove the need for complex systems and sensor integration.

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Newcastle is preparing for roll-out of multiple smart city applications
Newcastle is preparing for roll-out of multiple smart city applications

The city of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, has chosen the National Narrowband Network Co’s (NNNCo) N2N-DL data platform as the backbone of its smart city applications.

 

The middleware platform will allow it to standardise its data as it prepares to roll out and scale multiple smart city applications. It also specified NNNCo’s N-tick device certification programme for all devices to be deployed in the city region.

 

Previous pilot phase

 

NNNCo was selected by Newcastle in 2018 to install a carrier-grade LoRaWAN to provide low-power connectivity for wireless IoT devices. A pilot programme in 2018 tested the deployment of the N2N-DL Data Platform across multiple applications.

 

Newcastle smart city coordinator, Nathaniel Bavinton, said having a common data platform provides the city with centralised control over the data that flows through the various subsystems and enables us to route the data to other systems where it is required.

 

Bavinton added: “Because of the platform’s multi-tiered multi-tenanted architecture, it also provides a secure method of sharing data within our security policy.”

 

“It negates the need to be locked into one technology, vendor or system and opens up a wide variety of potential solutions, competitive pricing and continuity of supply.”

 

The deal between NNNCo and Newcastle City Council includes an agreement to run thousands of IoT devices through the platform for multiple city use cases.

“The middleware saves organisations having to create database systems to ingest data from each type of device”

“This is a breakthrough in the IoT market to have a major city standardise on a common data platform and device certification programme,” said Robert Zagarella, NNNCo founder and CEO.

 

He added: “For the city it means simplifying the integration of upstream systems and the standardisation of devices. By normalising and harmonising all the data from devices, N2N-DL removes the need for complex systems integration and sensor integration, driving down the cost and risk of IoT.

 

“In simple terms, N2N-DL enables customers to take any certified LoRaWAN device, turn it on and connect to the network, and receive data that can be easily ingested into their application.”

 

NNNCo CTO Tony Tilbrook commented: “The middleware saves organisations having to create database systems to ingest data from each type of device. It sits between networks and visualisation and analysis applications and converts IoT data into a single restful API.”

 

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