Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Definium deploys Semtech LoRa network in Tasmania

Steve Rogerson
September 5, 2019



Definium Technologies has deployed an enterprise-grade statewide network in Tasmania based on LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.
 
The network is facilitating Tasmania’s transition to a laboratory for testing technologies and allowing start-ups, businesses, communities and students to experiment as well as receive the benefits of IoT connectivity from anywhere in the state.
 
“We decided to take on the challenge of rolling out a statewide enterprise-grade LoRaWan,” said Mike Cruse, CEO of Definium Technologies. “We want to encourage people to come to Tasmania and test their IoT solutions, then deploy them around the state with enterprise-grade reliability. Tasmania is the ideal life-sized laboratory at scale where individuals and businesses of all scales can experiment with next-generation IoT applications, such as applying intelligent sensors to asset management, agricultural, horticultural and aquaculture use cases.”
 
Definium’s approach to IoT networking addresses blackspots head-on, allowing interested parties to extend coverage by installing one of Definium’s Nexus 8 industrial LoRa-based gateways, which has been deployed by Hobart International Airport to provide coverage for its LoRa-enabled sensors.
 
Extending the network improves coverage for all Tasmanians and allows the network to reach traditionally unavailable parts of the island. Definium has committed over 100 of its Nexus 8 gateways to the continuing roll-out of the network, enhancing connectivity.
 
“The increasing deployment of large scale LoRaWans using Semtech’s LoRa devices reflects a trend towards the growing adoption of IoT globally,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT for Semtech. “Definium’s deployment in Tasmania will expose businesses, students and potential developers to IoT, and is expected to bring thousands of devices online to enable smarter solutions in a variety of vertical markets.”