NNNCo scores Lake Macquarie smart city network contract

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Smart cities start with a carrier-grade network, but equally important is the device and data platform that seamlessly converts data from many different types of devices into a common format and structure.

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NNNCo has been working on IoT and smart city projects across the nation, in April announcing that it would be building a commercial-gradeIoT network in Newcastle.

NNNCo thensigned an operator agreement with LoRa IoT provider Actilityduring Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona in February, which will see NNNCo run its network core in Australia using the Actility ThingPark IoT software platform and wireless solution.

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Well be able to support businesses in the area to get their projects up and running quickly and effectively, while also enabling the city to scale important services like smart waste management, NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella said.

The long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) will enable the Lake Macquarie local government area to create a smart city network equivalent to the size of 23 Sydney local government areas, or around 650 square kilometres of coverage.

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The network will be commercially funded for 20 years, and delivered by Lake Macquarie City Council, NNNCo, and Dantia. Already signing on to use the network are the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Hunter Water, Slingshot, Ampcontrol, BinShare, ResTech, and Marine Connect.

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This is an innovative example of what can be achieved when local governments and commercial partners work together, aligned with strong, future-city building policy.

NNNCo has previously worked on IoTtrials with Melbournes metropolitan water utilitiesto test coverage, data delivery, and battery life of digital water metering for City West Water, South East Water, and Yarra Valley Water.

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Under the federal governmentsAU$50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, UTS — which has also beenworking on 5G development– had beengiven AU$433,000for Liveable Neighbourhoods in Lake Macquarie and Sydney City.

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Startups will be given free access to the network, with businesses able to receive a 15 percent discount on connecting if they set up operations in Lake Macquarie City, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher announced.

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IoT is estimated to have the potential to add up to AU$120 billion annually to the Australian economy by 2025, and Lake Macquarie is now positioned to be at the forefront of IoT network and infrastructure delivery, Fletcher said.

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NNNCo will help deploy an IoT network across 650 square kilometres of the Lake Macquarie area.

The company last year also launchedthree IoT and machine-to-machine devicesfor use on LoRaWAN networks with Murata: Demand response enabling devices; a controller for smart streetlights; and a device that accepts inputs from sensors and sends data over LoRa networks.

Australias National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) has announced that it will be building out an Internet of Things (IoT) network across the City of Lake Macquarie to roll out smart city services including smart street lighting and water meters.

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Its network will enable the connectivity of smart parking, lighting, transport, and waste-management systems.

This followedtrials of LoRaWAN technology with Ergon Energyin Queensland back in 2016, with NNNCo in June last year also announcing a joint-venture company called Connected Country to construct and manage anationwide LoRaWAN IoT networkin partnership with Discover Ag.

City Council Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the time said the project would confirm Newcastles smart city leadership after adopting a strategy in July last year. The New South Wales government kicked in AU$4.98 million for the project, with Newcastle also winning the second-largest federal government grant for smart cities projects, scoring AU$5 million at the end of last year alongside its co-contribution of more than AU$10 million.

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