The National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) has been named the Best IoT/M2M company at the 2017 CommsDay Edison Awards, which included nominees from industry heavyweights such as Vodafone and Telstra.
NNNCo was established in 2015 by telecoms veteran David Spence along with Rob Zagarella, who has built an international career in large scale industrial IoT markets such as Energy. The company was established to build and operate a National Narrowband Network for IoT as an end-to-end scalable service offering over a shared network.
“We’re honoured to receive this recognition by the Edison Awards. 2016 was a huge year for NNNCo as we achieved major tangible inroads into the emerging IoT market,” says NNNCo Founder and CEO, Rob Zagarella. “This included deployment of the world’s first multicast LoRaWAN network in a successful Queensland utility trial, LoRaWAN trial networks for major water authorities in Victoria, and the world’s first commercial Murata module release.”
Since its establishment, NNNCo has been quietly building capability, developing partnerships with customers and partners, and working on solutions in different environments to ensure they adapt to the Australian market.
“NNNCo has probably flown under the radar somewhat and now we’re poised to move on major projects in 2017. We’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading players including Cisco, Actility, Murata, and a major Australian agricultural organisation to roll out large-scale, carrier-grade network solutions in key industry verticals,” he adds.
NNNCo is a leading authority and advocate of LoRaWAN global standard technology which is designed for low power units capable of operating on batteries for a long time. “LoRaWAN provides low cost, reliable capabilities in the markets that we support. What makes LoRa particularly valuable is that it enables multi-casting (the ability to communicate and control multiple devices at scale) which we believe is going to grow significantly in importance,” says Zagarella. “You think about it. An energy company needs to be able to communicate with multiple devices to control network load, a farmer wants to be able to communicate with many gates at a time, and a smart city needs to communicate with street lights and other applications at a group rather than singular level.”
The Edison Awards are CommsDay’s new industry recognition program, designed to reward industry excellence in 16 separate categories. The awards ceremony was held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on March 16th 2017.
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