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Launceston city gets digital first for Australia

Local business and residents will be able to deploy and use IoT applications to improve manual processes, safety and conservation

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Launceston's businesses and residents will be able to deploy and use IoT applications
Launceston's businesses and residents will be able to deploy and use IoT applications

The city of Launceston, Tasmania, is the first in Australia to roll out an Internet of Things (IoT) low power, wide area network (LPWAN).

 

Semtech Corporation’s LoRa wireless platform is being used for the deployment which is expected to enable a host of smart, innovative applications involving real-time transportation monitoring, inventory control and healthcare as well other IoT applications.

 

The citywide LPWAN deployment is a collaborative effort among the University of Tasmania’s Sense-T, Definium Technologies and CSIRO’s Data 61.

 

Launceston-based IT company, Definium Technologies, will manufacture network gateways and sensors using LoRa Technology that will run the network. Local business and residents will be able to deploy and use IoT applications to improve manual processes, safety, conservation and more once the network is rolled out.

 

“This LoRaWAN network will stimulate IoT innovation and business opportunities locally, at first, and then regionally, as the project expands,” said Hon. Michael Ferguson MP, minister for information technology and innovation at Definium Technologies. “The range of applications for LoRaWAN networks is extensive, and we are excited to help lay the groundwork to bring IoT to Australia.”

 

The city has also received a 100,000 Australian dollar funding commitment from the Hodgman Government for the project.

 

“This ground-breaking project adds Australia to the list of forward-thinking countries developing smart network infrastructures based on the LoRa Technology to help streamline day-to-day processes and elevate business decisions, environmental conservation, public infrastructure, and more,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

 

“LoRa technology makes large scale network rollouts possible by integrating into existing infrastructure, offering strong connectivity, providing long range communication, and low power operation.”

 

Semtech is a member of the LoRa Alliance, a group of 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications.

 

LoRa technology and the standardised LoRaWAN specification enables deployment of IoT networks by offering compatibility with existing infrastructure and interoperability with an extensive list of companies within the LoRa Alliance ecosystem.

 

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