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NBN Co Finds New Worlds To Conquer; First Up – IoT Traffic

NBN Co is spreading its corporate wings, launching a commercial Internet of Things (IoT) service that will offer fixed-line connectivity for traffic management systems, ATMs and other devices.

Dubbed “Network Extensions”, the new service is said to provide matters like controls for “traffic signals, traffic cameras, roadside emergency points, rail boom gates, street light controllers, certain types of CCTV, stand-alone automatic teller machines, environmental sensors and public transport infrastructure.”

These will initially be delivered via fibre-to-the-node connections, though NBN Co is said to be exploring the use of other technologies for the service.

NBN Co is said to have started its venture into these new arenas in late 2016 when it began testing connections for traffic lights in April 2017.

It said yesterday that the trial had helped “establish the technical requirements, processes and delivery capability to support complex non-premises infrastructure systems.”

NBN Co chief technology officer Ray Owen yesterday said that, as the company reaches the final stage of its network rollout, it is looking to “address the needs of different customers to connect and help to lift their digital capability.”

He added: “This is a market segment characterised by a wide variety of specialised devices and complex services connected by a range of aging networks and technologies.

“By bringing this infrastructure onto the NBN access network, operators [will] have significant potential to simplify their operations and explore new innovation opportunities made possible by high-speed broadband and the emerging world of the IoT.”

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