Roll out a new Low-Power Wide-Area Network through Enterprize (an innovation hub designed to support start-ups). This will enable infrastructure that local developers and businesses can use to create, trial and commercialise new technology solutions for a range of purposes aligned to the Internet of Things. It should also work to accelerate start-up and entrepreneurial activity.
The Tasmanian Government provided $100,000 in July 2017 to establish a pilot Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) in Launceston (LoRaTAS).
LoRaTAS was launched in November 2017 with seven live gateways established across the Launceston CBD. LoRaTAS is a collaboration of the Tasmanian Government, Enterprize Tasmania, the University of Tasmania’s Sense-T, CSIRO’s Data61 and Definium Technologies Pty Ltd. The network was open and free for the community to use for tracking applications and other IoT innovations.
The Tasmanian Government committed a further $5,000 in funding towards the LoRa Schools Challenge in November 2017 for students to test ideas for Internet of Things devices on the LoRaTas network.
LoRaTAS has contributed significantly to raising the awareness of the LoRa network within the state by undertaking training workshops, trials in wearables and agricultural sensors and instigating the LoRa schools challenge.
Next Steps and Milestones
Commercial entities (including start-ups), community and research organisations will be showcasing initiatives tested across the Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) pilot in Launceston (LoRaTAS).
The Office of the Coordinator General is working with councils of the region to expand the LoRaWAN network and develop initiatives to test Internet of Things devices within the network.
The broad range of applications being considered include:
- Water quality monitoring in the Tamar
- Storm water level monitoring
- Traffic monitoring
- Vehicle tracking
- Virtual sensing and logistical tracking and analytics
The LoRa network will continue beyond the end of the pilot with Definium technologies managing the network moving forward and committing to retaining a portion of the network open for innovation and educational purposes.
Enterprzie will continue to support small businesses who wish to adopt these new technologies.
Funding: $105,000 provided by the Department of State Growth.
The Tasmanian Government through Enterprize and the Macquarie House Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.