NNNCo scores Lake Macquarie smart city network contract

Published: July 10th, 2018

NNNCo will help deploy an IoT network across 650 square kilometres of the Lake Macquarie area.

Australia’s National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) has announced that it will be building out an Internet of Things (IoT) network across the City of Lake Macquarie to roll out smart city services including smart street lighting and water meters.

The long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) will enable the Lake Macquarie local government area to “create a smart city network equivalent to the size of 23 Sydney local government areas”, or around 650 square kilometres of coverage.

Startups will be given free access to the network, with businesses able to receive a 15 percent discount on connecting if they set up operations in Lake Macquarie City, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher announced.

“We’ll be able to support businesses in the area to get their projects up and running quickly and effectively, while also enabling the city to scale important services like smart waste management,” NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella said.

“Smart cities start with a carrier-grade network, but equally important is the device and data platform that seamlessly converts data from many different types of devices into a common format and structure.”

The network will be commercially funded for 20 years, and delivered by Lake Macquarie City Council, NNNCo, and Dantia. Already signing on to use the network are the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Hunter Water, Slingshot, Ampcontrol, BinShare, ResTech, and Marine Connect.

“IoT is estimated to have the potential to add up to AU$120 billion annually to the Australian economy by 2025, and Lake Macquarie is now positioned to be at the forefront of IoT network and infrastructure delivery,” Fletcher said.

“This is an innovative example of what can be achieved when local governments and commercial partners work together, aligned with strong, future-city building policy.”

Under the federal government’s AU$50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, UTS — which has also been working on 5G development — had been given AU$433,000 for Liveable Neighbourhoods in Lake Macquarie and Sydney City.

NNNCo has been working on IoT and smart city projects across the nation, in April announcing that it would be building a commercial-grade IoT network in Newcastle.

Its network will enable the connectivity of smart parking, lighting, transport, and waste-management systems.

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