Free LoRaWAN IoT connectivity is being offered by The Things Network (TTN), a global crowd-sourced initiative, that is now present in more than 150 countries. Over 100,000 developers are contributing to the development and evolution of the network alongside its products and solutions. Using LoRaWAN technology and The Things Network cloud server, devices can communicate with the network from up to 10 kilometres away using very low power IoT devices such as GPS trackers, home security sensors, agricultural monitors and weather stations. The most amazing part is that connectivity is free. There is no cost of connection and anyone can use the coverage wherever it exists. This technology has allowed for LoRaWAN IoT community networks to flourish globally.
LoRaWAN IoT Community Networks
Connecting with LoRaWAN on The Things Network
Why are communities partnering with Meshed?
Think about it – a low power wide area network for IoT devices that’s free to use, sponsored by your community, your Local Council, the University and a whole range of other contributors. Anyone can put up a LoRaWAN base station antenna and provide everyone within a few kilometres free coverage. There are more than 600 points of presence in Australia with growth of over 100% per annum.
Entire cities, such as Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Dubbo, Geelong, Hobart, Newcastle, Shepparton, Toowoomba, Wollongong and many suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth have large areas of free-to-access LoRaWAN coverage. Courtesy of The Things Network, Meshed and all the collaborators, these LoRaWAN Iot community networks have been made possible.
Some of our Community Networks clients
LGA-wide deployment of The Things Network in Lake Macquarie
Lake Macquarie has partnered with Meshed to bring IoT coverage to the community. Powered by The Things Network, Lake Macquarie City Council’s Smart Cities Lead Claire Chaikin-Bryan comments “We have built this network to support local community and business innovation, we would like to see everyone using the network from schools and businesses to hobbyists and innovators.” She adds that “Having a network that covers our city opens up opportunities to deploy IoT across any of our assets and public spaces”.
Transforming Argyle Square into 5G & IoT testbed
Meshed IoT led a major technology Consortia of PHORIA, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Peclet Technology, The ARCS Group, Smart Cities Solutions Company, University of Melbourne & Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd. A wide range of LoRaWAN IoT sensors were installed across the park and connected to The Things Network to gather real-time data on people counting, public amenities usage, air quality monitoring and smart bins.
Environmental sensors monitoring health of Melrose Park
Melrose Park, situated in the City of Parramatta, has recently installed more than 70 sensors around the 25-hectare site of 5000 future apartments in partnership with UTS and Meshed. Sensors include a digital windsock for weather conditions and a water quality sensor on a buoy in Parramatta River. The health of the suburb is tracked on a community dashboard, available to all on the City of Parramatta’s website.
Connected Cities Adelaide
Connected Cities is a metro-wide dual band LoRaWAN covering the cities of Prospect, Burnside, Campbelltown, Playford and Port Adelaide and Enfield. The community access network is supporting a wide range of smart cities, environment and asset management use cases, allowing improved operational efficiencies and customer experience. Each council has access to a data visualisation dashboard which is underpinned by the Data Sharing Framework developed by the University of Adelaide. Adelaide now has the largest public access LoRaWAN per capita in Australia providing critical digital infrastructure for making it a test bed for next generation IoT, AI and automation solutions.
Smart Cities Award 2019
The City of Prospect took out the award for Smart City of the Year – Metropolitan at the recent Smart Cities Awards held in Melbourne. As one of the World’s Most Intelligent Communities, the City of Prospect has also been driving the Connected Cities Adelaide Project which is a metro wide LoRaWAN supporting a range of smart city and environment use cases for improved operations and community benefits.
Mulpha Norwest Smart Precinct
Mulpha Norwest in Sydney, Australia has created a Smart City by deploying the Meshed IoT LoRaWAN which is accessible free of charge by businesses, workers and locals within a 10km radius range. The IoT data network connects hundreds of smart city sensors such as security monitors, humidity ground sensors and GPS tracker which will streamline everyday chores such as watering the garden.
Lake Macquarie activates IoT for Smarter precincts and Liveable Communities
Meshed has activated the Lake Macquarie Community IoT Network to support the UTS Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Liveable Neighbourhoods Project. The “free to air” LoRaWAN is supporting a large scale environmental platform for data on heat, air quality and noise across Lake Macquarie. The network will also host a range of smart precinct and lighting use cases for new Charlestown Innovation Precinct (ChIP) as well as supplements the existing public access LoRaWAN across Newcastle.
Smart Pedestrian Project will use data to help inform urban planning
On 26th April 2018, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities launched the Liverpool City Council Smart Pedestrians Project. The project will see a city-wide LoRaWAN deployed by Meshed and will integrate people and car counting technologies using CCTV and Wi-Fi devices developed by the University of Wollongong and Meshed IoT. We believe this is a “first of a kind” in Australia and hope that the outcomes of this ground breaking collaboration will benefit other cities and regions.
Sydney Fish Market IoT Smart Waste Management
In response to IoTAA’s call to action for industries to showcase real-world IoT use cases. Meshed has partnered with KPMG, IoTAA, Food Agility CRC, Solar Bins Australia, Microsoft and the Commonwealth Bank to implement an IoT enabled smart waste management system that drives operational efficiency, and improve customer experiences at the Sydney Fish Market.
Announcing First Class Region for Public LoRaWAN Across Australia
Meshed IoT Integrators has today launched the provision of local hosting infrastructure to support the global “Free IoT” initiative, The Things Network, making Australia a “first class region” and augmenting the network performance through higher network availability, lower network latency and higher data throughput.
This exciting announcement is great news for local IoT developers and start-ups to help them accelerate their IoT innovations, as well as communities and industries who are driving next generation smart cities, environmental management, intelligent asset management and industry 4.0 solutions.
Southern Grampians Shire Council has partnered with Meshed to deploy a community wide IoT network. The LoRaWAN gateways are located at Coleraine, Penshurst, Dunkeld and Hamilton to provide coverage across the Greater Hamilton.
Ipswich City Council has worked with Meshed to install a LoRaWAN network across Ipswich, Qld. The gateways are located around Ipswich CBD, Rosewood and Springfield in order to provide coverage for the region.
Melbourne CBD network
Thanks to our partners, KPMG and IAG, Melbourne CBD and surrounds now has Things Network coverage, with gateways placed high up on the rooftop of two iconic city buildings.
James Cook University has partnered with Meshed to install a network at their Smithfield campus. This will provide coverage to the surrounding areas north of Cairns CBD and out to the foreshore.
Brisbane CBD network
In October 2016, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) partnered with Meshed to provide an IoT Community Network for Brisbane. The LoRaWAN gateway is located at Gardens Point campus with good coverage into the CBD and beyond.
Sydney CBD network
University Of Technology Sydney (UTS), in partnership with Meshed launched their Community IoT Network in July 2016. It consists of a single gateway mounted on the roof of the historic Building 10 and is available to all nearby university campuses and anyone in the inner city area within range of the gateway.
As of August 2016, KPMG and International Towers have also added to this network with a gateway on top of Barangaroo Tower 3.
As of February 2017, AARNet has joined The Things network with a gateway in North Ryde, further extending coverage of the Sydney network.
University Of Wollongong, in partnership with Meshed, launched their LoRaWAN IoT community network in March 2016. The gateway is installed on the Smart Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) building and is available to university students, faculty members, City Of Wollongong and anyone within range.