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LoRa IoT network goes live in Sydney

Steve Rogerson
September 15, 2016
A LoRa-based IoT network went live in Sydney, Australia, last week created by an alliance of KPMG, Meshed, IoTAA and International Towers Barangaroo.
Senator Mitch Fifield, the federal minister for communications and the arts, activated the network at a major industry event in Sydney. Fifield was the keynote speaker at the inaugural IoT State-of-the-Nation workshop and networking event, attended by more than 200 stakeholders from industry, government, the start-up community, academia and the consumer sector.
The workshop, hosted by KPMG, showcased the range of initiatives underway within the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA), a body representing a diverse group of more than 125 organisations dedicated to empowering industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through the IoT.
The KPMG-IoTAA Barangaroo Community gateway is a partnership between KPMG, Meshed, IoTAA and International Towers Barangaroo, based on the LoRaWan open standard for low-power, long-range IoT deployments and will be globally connected to the Things Network.
Operating in the industrial and scientific spectrum at 915MHz, the gateway will allow anyone within a 3 to 5km radius to connect their IoT devices for free for prototyping, testing, development and learning. The gateway will support up to 1000 IoT devices and is intended to help local companies, agencies, institutions and students to get on the IoT journey easily and learn by doing.
The IoT uses sensors, applications, communications, internet connectivity and analytics to convert real-world information into digital form. Analysis of these and the advent of IoT-related applications have the potential to revolutionise supply chains and entire industrial sectors and create efficiencies that will be genuine game-changers for those industries and economies that exploit it successfully.
Research undertaken for IoTAA projects shows that the IoT, if harnessed, has the potential to add up to $120bn to the Australian economy by 2025.
“This represents an uplift of up to two 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,” said Communications Alliance CEO and chair of the IoTAA executive council, John Stanton. “IoT is a pervasive disruptor.”
He said the IoTAA’s mission was not only about grabbing opportunities, but also about managing the risks to network integrity and personal privacy that could occur if society was not vigilant and well prepared.
“A third arm of necessary activity is to review the Australian regulatory framework through an IoT lens,” he said. “Current regulations were typically not designed to cope with the requirements and challenges that IoT-based networks can present.”
KPMG’s Chris McLaren, chair of the IoTAA workstream that focuses on building a collaborative Australian IoT community, added: “Now is the time for action. As a country we have the opportunity to be an IoT leader in areas of our choosing. Working together and in partnership with government we can lift our skills and develop world-leading IoT solutions to deliver immense long-term economic value that will benefit everyone.”
The IoTAA was incorporated in July this year, having emerged from the Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank, established in 2015. The IoTAA is hosted and supported by the University of Technology, Sydney, at its Broadway Campus in Sydney.