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New Community IoT Network Activated In Sydney

New Community IoT Network Activated In Sydney

A new community IoT network based on the LoRaWAN standard has been activated today by the Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield at an event in Sydney.

The KPMG-IoTAA Barangaroo Community gateway, a partnership between KPMG, Meshed, the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) and International Towers Barangaroo, will support up to 1,000 IoT devices.

Operating in the industrial and scientific spectrum at 915 MHz, it “will allow anyone within a 3-5 km radius to connect their IoT devices for free – for prototyping, testing, solution development and learning”.

The IoTAA states that research undertaken for IoTAA projects shows potential for the IoT to add up to $120 billion to the Australian economy by 2025.

“This represents an uplift of up to 2 per cent in Australia’s GDP across a range of environments, including factories, retail outlets, smart cities and homes, motor vehicles, other transport modes and even human health and fitness – IoT is a pervasive disruptor,” Communications Alliance CEO and chair of the IoTAA executive council John Stanton commented.

“IoTAA’s mission is not only about grabbing opportunities – it is also about managing the risks to network integrity and personal privacy that could occur if we are not vigilant and well prepared.

“A third arm of necessary activity is to review the Australian regulatory framework through an IoT lens – current regulations were typically not designed to cope with the requirements and challenges that IoT-based networks can present.”

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