Australia enhances digital economy with LoRaWAN network


Gold Coast, Australia has decided to expand the rollout of its low power wide area-based IoT network.

Working with National Narrowband Network Company, they will expand the network’s coverage in a move that is expected to help the city deploy a wide range of IoT and smart city applications and services.

The city says the development is part of efforts to enhance its digital economy and accelerate adoption of innovative business models to enhance the quality of life for residents.

The project boosts the city’s sustainability goals.

Ian Hatton, chief innovation and economy officer at the City of Gold Coast, said: “The project lays a foundation for deployment of digital water metering and smart waste and parking management.

“Digitising our water management will deliver important benefits including lowering costs, early problem detection and ultimately reducing pressure on our water supplies.

“The City manages more than 170,000 water meters and our intent is to have all of them running over the network in the future.”

The upgraded network will provide secure and reliable connectivity to an area of more than 1,300 square kilometres, making it Australia’s biggest LoRaWAN network to date.

The initial partnership between the two follows the city securing a carrier licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in 2016.