“A smart city needs a carrier-grade network that, as well as supporting community groups, is designed from the beginning for business-case driven IoT solutions that add value to the city and create a sustainable business model. NNNCo has proven its ability to deliver successful LoRaWAN deployments in Australia.”

Nathaniel Bavinton, Smart City Coordinator, Newcastle City Council

The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping to create smarter cities where safer, more efficient and cost-effective connected infrastructure and services improve communication and quality of life for citizens and government.

The Business Need

The growth in smart city development across Australia and the world is driven by the huge potential for connected ‘things’ to deliver important benefits such as:

  • Lower energy consumption
  • More reliable and timely services
  • Reduced cost of operations for core services
  • Community and economic growth
  • Prevention of theft and property damage
  • Improved safety, mobility and liveability

The Solution

LoRaWAN networks provide low-cost low-power connectivity that supports millions of wireless IoT device and enables the deployment of a wide range of smart city applications such as:

  • Street lights – Remote control of streetlights per city section enabling energy and cost savings and safer city streets
  • Parking  – up to 40% of traffic in city centre areas is caused by drivers looking for a parking space. Smart parking spaces reduce frustration and wasted time, ease traffic flow and reduce fuel consumption and pollution
  • Waste management – Smart waste bins equipped with fill level sensors ensure that resources are optimised with only full bins scheduled for emptying
  • Metering – remote meter reading to reduce costs, manage energy loads, and detect water leaks
  • Buildings – indoor light control, access control and alarm systems, HVAC controls (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)

The Tech Story

  • LoRaWAN gateways at high points, on small buildings and located in hard-to-reach places such as building basements
  • Wide range of Smart City device solutions with up to 15 years battery life
  • LoRaWAN network server controls data access and provides security and operational support
  • A wide range of smart city applications can interact with multiple smart city devices
  • Open standards enable the network to connect to others over time, building an ecosystem rather than a silo solution
  • Potential to share network construction with utilities and other organisations
  • Multi-cast functionality for group communication ensures the solution is scalable from communicating with a few devices / sensors to thousands
  • Bi-directional communication ensures a managed network with feedback capability from devices / sensors
  • Individual addressability to each device / sensor enables councils and organisations to remotely configure each one with unique characteristics
  • Management capability providing the ability to store, visualise and manage data and applications

Smart Cities Resources

Smart Street Lighting Fact Sheet
Smart Cities Fact Sheet


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