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First step to ‘big technological breakthrough’ for Newcastle

UNDERWAY: How the Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) area coverage will look when the seven sensors are online. INSTALLATION of a national first network to help push Newcastle into the future has begun in the city’s west.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes unveiled the first gateway of seven that will form a Long Range Wide Area Network(LoRaWAN) at No. 5 Sportsground on Tuesday.

The infrastructure will offerlow cost and low power connectivity forsmartparking, lighting, transport and waste management.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development was an exciting stride to the forefront of becoming a smart city.

“From collecting information on foot traffic to the state of council-owned sporting grounds …this is a big technological breakthrough for the city,” she said.

“The seven gateways will enable connectivity that would otherwise have been far too costly.”

National Narrowband Network Co chief executive Rob Zagarella said Newcastle’s network was the first on this scale in Australia. “Working with Newcastle will enable us to guide other cities to transform their services andinfrastructure,” he said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the government was proud to have put almost $5 million into the project.

“We are committed to funding vital infrastructure projects that stimulate growth and create investment opportunities forthe Hunter,” he said.

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