The carrier-grade LoRaWAN network will provide umbrella coverage across all major population zones and offer opportunities for use cases such as smart street lighting and digital metering.
Tasmania has announced the completion of a state-wide carrier-grade long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The network is the result of a three-way partnership between Tasmania’s energy distribution utility, TasNetworks, subsidiary business 42-24, a telecommunications information technology provider based in Tasmania, and the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo).
Gateways have been deployed on TasNetworks’ utility assets across Tasmania providing umbrella coverage across all major population zones. TasNetworks is also exploring opportunities to use the network to connect IoT devices for its own use cases such as grid safety, street lighting and digital metering.
“By connecting key assets and infrastructure we expect to boost efficiency and safety, reduce energy consumption, and help customers save time and money. These improvements will be a win-win for residents, business and Tasmania as a whole,” said Lance Balcombe, CEO of TasNetworks.
Meanwhile, TasNetworks subsidiary 42-24 will sell connectivity to third parties for their own IoT applications including local councils and enterprise, as well as other utilities.
“Having access to enterprise-grade connectivity across Tasmania will bring significant opportunities to our cities, farms and enterprises deploying their own IoT solutions,” said Kelly Walker, spokesperson for 42-24. “It could be a business tracking its assets, cities and towns improving energy efficiencies, or a water utility protecting its critical infrastructure.”
The network deployment is being heralded as an “unprecedented partnership” between a regulated utility, unregulated utility business and a licensed telecommunications carrier.
“Having access to enterprise-grade connectivity across Tasmania will bring significant opportunities to our cities, farms and enterprises deploying their own IoT solutions”
“We’re pleased to extend the coverage of our National Narrowband Network into Tasmania, and we expect to further extend the network in line with customer demand,” added Rob Zagarella, CEO of NNNCo.
“The investment in this infrastructure in Tasmania is an important development, not just for Australia but for IoT globally.”
42-24 builds, delivers and supports critical technology services and provides access to an advanced telecommunications network, which spans Tasmania and is connected to mainland Australia.
NNNCo is an Australian IoT enterprise provider and LoRaWAN network operator. The company provides the network layer and technology-agnostic data platform that makes IoT accessible across any industry to enable enterprise-grade solutions for business and government.
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