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A public access open data network has been launched in Sydney, connecting the city to the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Ultimo-based network is the result of a collaboration between the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and local IoT integrator Meshed.
The system will include a gateway installed on top of UTS’ Building 10, and is expected to reach as far as Darling Harbour. The system will support low power (battery/solar), long range (up to a 5km radius) smart sensor devices and will allow anyone within range to connect their device to the internet for free, without requiring any other wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi or cellular data.
One motivation behind the network deployment is the ability to monitor the city’s health. Meshed’s sales and strategy director Catherine Caruana-McManus has likened the network to a ‘Fitbit for the city’.
“The idea of the Fitbit of the city is for people – particularly policy-makers and stakeholders across the city – to get a real sense of the state of the city’s amenity, not just pollution, noise or traffic congestion in isolated but to bring all of that information together,” Catherine Caruana-McManus, Sales and Strategy Director of Meshed, told nextmedia.
The network also brings Sydney one step closer to becoming the world’s next smart city; utilising the IoT to create a technologically connected city where everything from traffic lights to electric vehicle charging stations are connected the Internet.
The technology used for the network is LoRaWANTM, a global open standard that is being used around the world for large IoT applications.
The roll out of Sydney network comes on the heels of another recent deployment in Wollongong.