IoT Network to Build Smart City in Lake Macquarie, Australia


Australia's Lake Macquarie where the city got its name. / Photo by: JamesMcNamara via Wikimedia Commons


The National Narrowband Network Co recently announced its plan to build an Internet of Things network in the city of Lake Macquarie in Australia. The IoT network covers about 650 square kilometers across Lake Macquarie.

Once enabled, the network enables the local government of the area to develop a smart city network. Startup companies will have free access to the IoT ecosystem while businesses will get a 15 percent discount when connecting to the network if they set up in the city. To make the project work, the construction of the IoT network will be funded for 20 years.

Right now, several groups have already signed to use the network including Ampcontrol, BinShare, Hunter Water, ResTech, Marine Connect, and the University of Technology Sydney.

"We'll be able to support businesses in the area to get their projects up and running quickly and effectively, while also enabling the city to scale important services like smart waste management,” stated Rob Zagarella, CEO at NNNCo.

The company has been developing IoT networks and smart city projects in Australia. In April, they announced the development of a commercial-grade IoT network project in Newcastle. Once up and running, the network will provide connectivity in different city aspects such as lighting, transportation, and parking management.

"This is an innovative example of what can be achieved when local governments and commercial partners work together, aligned with strong, future-city building policy," Zagarella added.

Smart cities are mainly regulated by internet technologies like cloud-based services and IoT ecosystems. The cities are also equipped with big data and artificial intelligence with deep learning to handle the challenges of data management and problem-solving. 

Many parts of a smart city operate with sensors in order to monitor pollution, traffic, and waste, among other city aspects. One example is Santander in Northern Spain wherein 20,000 sensors are deployed to connect infrastructures, networks, transportation, and utilities.