Wellness TechGroup and National Narrowband Network Co want to help cities implement an infinite number of applications without being locked into a single proprietary vendor.
European IoT solutions provider Wellness TechGroup and Australian LoRaWAN network carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) have joined forces to bring an integrated smart city solution to the global Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The companies claim that it will enable cities to implement an "infinite" number of applications without being locked into a single proprietary vendor. The technology is being showcased at Smart Cities Expo World Congress 2019 (SCEWC19) in Barcelona.
The integrated offering includes an end-to-end street lighting solution that combines Wellness TechGroup’s smart controllers and WeLight street lighting application with NNNCo’s open, non-proprietary LoRaWAN carrier network and technology-agnostic N2N-DL data platform.
“This integrated solution is about enabling today’s cities to transform into smart, sustainable cities of the future,” said Wellness TechGroup CEO, David Garcia Ternero.
“WeLight provides a complete solution for intelligent, efficient and scalable public lighting infrastructure management in an open architecture. By integrating with NNNCo, it now also provides connectivity on an open, shared carrier-grade network that enables an infinite number of smart applications without tying cities to a specific technology, device provider or platform.”
He continued: “LoRaWAN is the ideal city network because it’s a low-power, low-cost technology which makes it affordable to deploy and supports many use cases, both powered and battery-operated.
“Truly smart cities need to be adaptable and future-proof and this combined offering enables exactly that.”
“Even with street lighting where power isn’t an issue, LoRaWAN enables the lighting application while opening up a multitude of other use cases where low power is important such as water metering, bin sensing, smart parking, environmental, tracking and many more.”
NNNCo founder and CEO Rob Zagarella said the partnership is about delivering “choice and interoperability” in a secure environment and multi-vendor ecosystem. “So that cities can implement an infinite number of applications without being locked into a single proprietary vendor,” he said. “Truly smart cities need to be adaptable and future-proof and this combined offering enables exactly that.”
Wellness TechGroup, which also provides smart parking, smart waste and energy-efficiency solutions for buildings, and NNNCo are both part of the global Enzen Group, headquartered in India, which provides strategic advisory services to the energy and water sectors.
Wellness solutions are deployed in 400 cities across the world while NNNCo’s open standards network model and data platform is used by major Australian cities, including City of Gold Coast, City of Newcastle and City of Lake Macquarie.
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