Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:40

NNNCo contracted to build LoRaWAN network on Gold Coast


NNNCo, the Australian company building a national narrowband network in Australia for IoT, has inked a contract with the City of Gold Coast to build and operate a commercial-grade Low Power Wide Area Network, using the globally-adopted open standard LoRaWAN technology.

The company says the new network — an extension of its existing network coverage — will enable diversified large-scale Internet of Things applications throughout the Gold Coast Local Government Area, an area of more than 1300 square kilometres, making it Australia’s biggest LoRaWAN network to date.

According to NNNCo, the contract with Australia’s second largest council represents a significant win for the company and continues its growing network coverage across the eastern seaboard of Australia.  

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the rollout of the network reinforced the City’s commitment to creating a strong digital economy and supporting innovation.  

“We are maximising legacy opportunities from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and continuing to develop the infrastructure needed to take the city into the next decade and beyond,” Tate said.

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

"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.”

Ian Hatton, chief innovation and economy officer at City of Gold Coast, said investing in extensive and comprehensive network infrastructure across the Gold Coast was a key step in the City’s Digital City Program.

“We’re developing a secure, scalable, commercial-grade IoT network that will enable infinite use cases by businesses, enterprise and the Council," he said.

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

City of Gold Coast says it 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.  

“Digitising our water management will deliver important benefits including lowering costs, early problem detection and ultimately reducing pressure on our water supplies,” Hatton said. “The City manages more than 170,000 water meters and our intent is to have all of them running over the network in the future.”

NNNCo has recently been awarded contracts to build and operate networks for Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie Council via its economic development arm, Dantia.

NNNCo founder and chief executive Rob Zagarella said the scale of the Gold Coast network was a “signal of the fast-growing adoption of IoT by cities both in Australia and globally”.  

“Cities and councils are seeing the benefits they can realise today from a broad range of IoT solutions that are ready to deploy,” Zagarella said.

“This is no longer something in the far off future. The entire IoT ecosystem is maturing from devices to connectivity to platforms and the market is ready for massive scale.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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