Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:01

Telstra connects three million IoT devices

By
Telstra connects three million IoT devices Stephen Withers

More than 3.2 million IoT devices are connected to Telstra’s Internet of Things network, with another 2000 being added every day.

Telstra Global IoT solutions executive Gerhard Loots said Telstra had built the largest IoT network in the country.

"From vehicles to machines, infrastructure, smart meters, buildings, and much more, the benefits we can realise from a connected world are now real and attainable," he said.

"The number of IoT devices being connected each day is increasing at a great rate. Connected vehicles are an exciting product of IoT, but we are also seeing solar panels, humidity sensors, traffic cones, buses, whitegoods and garbage trucks connect to our network, and deliver insights that previously weren’t possible."

Telstra's Cat M1 network (for applications such as utility metering and agricultural monitoring)covers approximately 3.5 million square kilometres, while the NB-IoT network (suitable for applications such as asset tracking) has a slightly smaller footprint of around 3 million square kilometres.

Telstra has "been pretty busy in the IoT space," said Loots, adding that "Australia is starting to embrace IoT."

"FY 19 has been a big year for us," with a growth rate of 20%, higher than the industry average. The company claims to be on track to reach four million connected devices by September 2020.

Telstra's IoT platforms include Track and Monitor, smart spaces, Telstra Water Management, IoT Connection Manager, and Telstra's Bluetooth network.

Customs include transport company SCT Logistics, which is using IoT to see where its assets are and understand how they are being used.

"SCT Logistics is rolling out Telstra's Track and Monitor solution to 1,500 trailers, containers and rail wagons in its fleet,” said Loots.

The full rollout is expected to have a payback period of three years.

"Not only will this allow them to understand more about their assets and increase utilisation, they expect the technology investment to be offset by cost savings in as little as three years.

"Building a business case for IoT can seem like the hardest part, so large scale examples like this are paving the way for an exciting and connected future."

Telstra expects to extend its Telstra Track and Monitor device range with new asset tracking units combining LTE-M and Bluetooth connectivity with GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth geolocation in a rugged device.

Using Bluetooth for geolocation is "a different way of thinking," said Loots, as it provides the last known location of an asset rather than a realtime location.

Telstra’s Bluetooth network includes Track and Monitor customers, Telstra Locator customers, Telstra payphones, opted-in Telstra 24x7 users, and Telstra technician vans. Together, they report more than 25 milliom observations a month. Planned expansion includes the addition of the CAB digitalM media TVs installed in thousands of taxis.

CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER BRISBANE 2020

26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments