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Internet of Things network goes live in Australia

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Australia’s Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts and Senator Mitch Fifield recently activated a new community Internet of Things (IoT) network intended to help the local community connect devices and explore the potential of the technology.

Jointly developed by the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) and KPMG, the Barangaroo Community Network will allow up to 1,000 IoT devices within a three- to five-kilometer range to connect to the internet for free for prototyping, testing, solution development and learning.

The gateway, operating in the Industrial and Scientific Spectrum at 915MHz, will support up to 1000 IoT devices.

Research undertaken for IoTAA projects shows that the IoT if harnessed, has the potential to add up to $120 billion to the Australian economy by 2025.

“This represents an uplift of up to 2 percent 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 – IoT is a pervasive disruptor,” said Communications Alliance CEO and Chair of the IoTAA Executive Council, John Stanton.

The inaugural IoT “State-of-the-Nation” workshop and networking event held in Sydney was attended by more than 200 stakeholders from industry, government, the start-up community, academia and the consumer sector.

It showcased the diverse range of initiatives underway within the IoTAA, the peak body representing a diverse group of more than 125 organisations, dedicated to empowering industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT.

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