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Gold Coast to build Australia's biggest LoRaWAN

The city is maximising the area’s legacy opportunities from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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The IoT network is a key part of City of Gold Coast's digital city programme
The IoT network is a key part of City of Gold Coast's digital city programme

Australia’s City of Gold Coast has inked a deal with the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) to build and operate a commercial-grade low power wide area network (LPWAN) throughout the Gold Coast local government areas (LGAs).

 

The deployment, which will cover an area of more than 1,300 square kilometres and will be an extension of NNNCo’s existing network coverage, is claimed to be the biggest LoRaWAN network to date in Australia.

 

Diversified IoT applications

 

The new network uses the globally-adopted open standard LoRaWAN technology and will enable diversified large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

 

“Our vision is to be Australia’s leading digital city, and continuously set the benchmark in the installation of Internet of Things devices,” said Tom Tate, Gold Coast mayor.

 

“Building the digital infrastructure will enable us to use real-time data to deliver services and provide information to the public that will improve quality of life, sustainability and business opportunities for the city in many years to come.”

 

City of Gold Coast has immediate plans to utilise the network for large-volume use cases including digital water metering, waste management and community infrastructure such as parks and sporting fields.

“Our vision is to be Australia’s leading digital city, and continuously set the benchmark in the installation of Internet of Things devices”

According to Ian Hatton, chief innovation and economy officer at City of Gold Coast, investing in extensive and comprehensive network infrastructure across the Gold Coast is a key step in the city’s digital city programme.

 

“We’re developing a secure, scalable, commercial-grade IoT network that will enable infinite use cases by businesses, enterprise and the council,” added Hatton.

 

“We chose LoRaWAN technology because it supports large-scale deployments securely, reliably and cost effectively. NNNCo has been engaged because of its proven ability to build the network and bring commercial solutions that have the potential to significantly add value to Gold Coast residents and businesses.”

 

Scalable service

 

NNNCo is an Australian carrier providing a scalable IoT network service and platform to enable enterprise-grade solutions for businesses and government. The company has recently been awarded contracts to build and operate networks for Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie Council via its economic development arm Dantia.

 

City of Gold Coast was granted a carrier+ licence by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in 2016 as part of its strategy to develop widespread communications coverage throughout the LGA.

 

The announcement comes off the back of the city’s plans to extend its carrier-grade fibre optic network.

 

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