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Public access LoRaWAN IoT network launched in Sydney

A public access city-wide LoRaWAN IoT network has been launched in Sydney, enabling anyone to connect a device and obtain sensor data.

A public access LoRaWAN IoT network has been launched in Sydney, allowing academia, startups and businesses to take advantage of the data gathered by the sensor network. Anyone within range of the Sydney gateway will be able to connect a device to the network in order to obtain sensor data. Sensors deployed in the new LoRAWAN IoT network will measure a wide array of phenomena including urban heat islands, noise and air pollution. The LoRaWAN IoT network uses the 915MHz Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) wireless spectrum band. The IoT network access platform is a joint initiative by Sydney-based IoT integrator Meshed, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), The Things Network (TTN) and the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA). “The opportunity for UTS to work with Meshed and the IoT Alliance to enable connectivity for an Internet of Things innovation platform for developers, entrepreneurs and businesses was too good to miss,” said UTS deputy vice-chancellor professor Glenn Wightwick. “UTS involvement commenced with extensive discussions between ISF and Faculty of Engineering and IT research staff and Meshed colleagues. The outcomes benefit not only local business, but also students and researchers installing, receiving feedback and publishing data from low cost sensors to support smart city, precinct and campus applications,” he added.

The new LoRaWAN IoT network is to enable companies and communities to roll out their own IoT data networks at a fraction of the cost of alternative IoT carrier networks, according to Meshed. “Free to use, community IoT networks are democratising the internet of things by enabling communities and industry leaders to obtain real-time data about the things that matter most to them and respond faster,” said Catherine Caruana-McManus, director of Strategy and Sales at Meshed. Started as a Kickstarter campaign in Amsterdam in 2015, The Things Network has now deployed similar city-wide community gateways in cities including Amsterdam, New York, Zurich, Madrid, San Francisco, San Paulo, London and Singapore.

The IoT could represent a A$116 billion of potential upside to the Australian economy by 2025, according to research undertaken by the IoTAA, a not-for-profit coalition of industry and government stakeholders aiming to leverage Australia’s IoT opportunity. The IoTAA gathers more than 200 individual experts and over 100 organizations, including technology companies, regulators, government entities, industry groups and academic institutions. The coalition is hosted and supported administratively by the UTS.

IIoT News Recap: Bell and Nokia claim first successful 5G trial in Canada; Singapore Land Transport Authority selects Delphi for self-driving mobility-on-demand program; HAE Innovations launches new IoT device development platform; Gaia Smart Cities closes new financing round

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5G: Bell and Nokia claim first successful 5G trial in Canada

Bell Canada announced it has successfully demonstrated 5G technology with Nokia, after a trial leveraging spectrum in the 73 GHz range where the companies achieved sustained data speeds more than six times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada. “The success of the first 5G trial means we are well positioned to lead the way to the next generation of mobile technology,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s chief technology officer and executive vice president.

Autonomous driving: Singapore Land Transport Authority selects Delphi for self-driving mobility-on-demand program

The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has selected Delphi Automotive as a strategic partner to implement autonomous driving mobility concepts. As part of the deal, Delphi will provide a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, develop a cloud-based mobility-on-demand software (AMoD) suite and trial an urban, point-to-point, low-speed, autonomous, mobility-on-demand service in Singapore’s Autonomous Vehicles Test Bed. “We are honored to partner with the Singapore LTA on advancing innovative mobility systems, which will put Singapore at the forefront of autonomous vehicle adoption,” said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer at Delphi.

Developers: HAE Innovations launches new IoT device development platform

Device testing specialist HAE Innovations announced the launch of a new testing platform for IoT developers, integrators and service assurance providers. The platform, called IoPass, was designed with IoT developers’ business and technical requirements in consideration, according to HAE Innovations. “We are excited that we are now able to provide global IoT manufacturers a solution to test performance at all stages of development from chip design to service deployment,” said Hesham ElHamahmy, CEO of HAE Innovations.

Startup: Gaia Smart Cities closes new financing round

Angel investors Devang Mehta and Sandeep Shetty have invested $300,000 in Gaia Smart Cities, an IoT startup founded by former Reliance Jio president and chief information officer Sumit Chowdhury, Economic Times reports. “The latest funding will be used for product development targeted at smart city initiatives, and demonstrations and pilots for various clients,” Chowdhury told Economic Times. Gaia Smart Cities is also reported to be preparing a $10 million financing round.

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