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Say hello to the Verti-plane: the future of human mobility

Tech and Innovation IoT

Posted on April 10, 2018

3 min read

We took to the skies in Canberra in partnership with one of our muru-D SYD5 startups, AMSL Aero, to demonstrate its world-leading autonomous aircraft technology.

Imagine a morning commute with no traffic. Take that another step and imagine a morning commute where you can travel all over the city with no delays, producing no emissions, and without you needing to drive. That future may be closer than you might think, and the tech is being built right here in Australia.

Autonomous air flight

A member of our muru-D SYD5 cohort, AMSL Aero was founded in June 2017 by Andrew Moore and Siobhan Lyndon with the mission to change the way the world travels by providing airborne transport that is safe, fast, affordable, easy to use and good for the environment.

They are doing this by building a world-leading Verti-plane, which is an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter but flies fast and efficiently like a plane. The team visited Canberra today to demonstrate a 1/5 scale prototype of their aircraft.

The Verti-plane uses patented technology that tilts the two wings to enable vertical flight for take-off and landing, and horizontal flight for fast (300km/hr) cruising flight. It flies autonomously and is electric, which means it is far safer than helicopters and is also quiet and emissions-free.

The electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft market is forecasted by some to exceed the value of the current USD $27 billion global helicopter market by 2032[1].

AMSL Aero co-founder Andrew Moore started out his career as an aeronautical engineer in the Australian Navy. He has over 20 years of experience in leading the design and build of helicopters and aircraft, and is an avid pilot himself following in the footsteps of his father who was also a naval pilot.

5G and IoT

5G will be essential to support the increase in IoT connected devices over the next decade, bringing greater bandwidth and also greater security and reliability with features designed for communications and control. Telstra will be able to offer the capability to support the command and control of autonomous vehicles so that the low altitude airspace can be more safely managed for aerial people carriers such as the Verti-plane.

Telstra’s muru-D Program

Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D offers a six-month program for exceptional founders who are solving high impact, global problems. As part of the program, they receive seed capital investment and gain access to a global network of mentors, alumni, investors, and partners. Over 100 companies have graduated from one of muru-D’s five programs, and more than 15 of these having raised $1 million or more in funding so far.

[1] Source: IDTechEx Manned Electric Aircraft 2018-2028

Tags: 5g, innovation, IoT, Muru-D,

The world’s first 5G Wi-Fi precinct on the Gold Coast


Posted on March 28, 2018

3 min read

Today, we took another important step forward in our roadmap to deploy the next generation of mobile technology and offer 5G services in 2019.

We are using the connectivity inside our recently opened 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre located at the Telstra Exchange in Southport to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots in the area. This will be the first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the world, allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while we evaluate 5G technology.

Telstra 5G on Wi-Fi, Gold Coast Easter 2018

We’re excited to be taking 5G technology out of a lab into the hands of consumers in time for Easter, with an influx of tourists expected on the Gold Coast in the coming weeks. There are no 5G compatible commercial smartphones or tablets available today. By connecting 5G backhaul and infrastructure in the Southport Exchange to a standard Wi-Fi access point, then people can use the technology on their existing device.

Wi-Fi has limited throughput, so a single hotspot alone cannot come close to reaching the limits of 5G at our Innovation Centre, where we are achieving download speeds of more than 3Gbps. By using multiple hotspots, with potentially hundreds of smartphone users served through a single 5G device, we are able to get closer to 5G in a real world environment.

Telstra 5G Connected Car

We are also using mmWave spectrum and our 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre to put a connected car on the road with the Intel 5G Automotive Trial Platform, one of the most advanced 5G prototype devices available in the world today. We are still in the early stages of development and are already achieving download speeds approaching 1Gbps inside the car. The vehicle is also equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.

Our 5G Connected Car shows how quickly the technology is evolving. At the start of the year our 5G prototype device was the size of a bar fridge and weighed over 200 kilograms. Now with the help of Ericsson and Intel we have one that has been shrunk down to the size of a personal computer and can be installed in a car.

If you’re in the Gold Coast in the weeks ahead, try out the 5G enabled Wi-Fi – and keep an eye out for our 5G Connected Car!

Accessing 5G enabled Wi-Fi in Southport

We have turned on several 5G Gold Coast enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in Southport. These hotspots are located on Scarborough and Nerang Streets in Southport and will be identified as “Telstra_5G_Free_Wi-Fi”.

People will need to opt-in to connect to the Wi-Fi. Access to the Wi-Fi will be free and open to anyone in the area, and with a download limit of 10 GB per day per device.

Actual speeds on any of the hotspots will be lower than the maximum, limited by the Wi-Fi throughput, and will vary depending on factors such as the type of device being used, distance from the hotspot, and the number of people connected to the hotspot at the one time.

Powering Australia’s agricultural future


Posted on March 23, 2018

2 min read

Today we announced details of a new strategic partnership with Australia’s peak farm body the National Farmers Federation (NFF), to help unlock digital opportunities for Australian farmers, support thought leadership and build advocacy on behalf of regional Australia.

Together with the NFF, we see an amazing opportunity to grow Australia’s agricultural industry from $60 billion per year to a $100 billion per year industry by 2030 – and we believe technology and innovation has a key role to play in achieving this goal.

Our CEO Andy Penn announcing our partnership with the NFF at the 2018 Royal Easter Show.

From IoT to 5G, to our involvement in the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and our extensive regional mobile network investment, we’ve been busy laying the foundations for a brilliant connected world that supports our Australian way of life.

Below, Sami Makelainen from our Chief Technology Office shares his view for how technology and innovation can help tackle challenges faced by Australian farmers, drive productivity and create efficiencies in the short term:

  1. Even at the simplest end of the scale, IoT is making a major impression with water tank sensors for water level monitoring and leak detection enabling farmers to save significant quantities of water – a precious resource in Australia.
  2. Through ingestible sensors, farmers will be able to monitor and track livestock health and fertility across a range of breeds in real time.
  3. Sensors embedded in soil will soon be able to track moisture and soil health, making it easier for farmers to efficiently distribute water and fertilisers. At the other end for the logistics chain, sensors that can detect the ripeness of food will be integrated into packaging and storage units, optimising the delivery chain for freshness and reduced wastage.
  4. Farm-wide dashboards will provide an integrated view of livestock and crop health, enable precision planting and other cropping activities as well as tracking and forecasting business health and productivity.
  5. The use of drones will become more widespread and will be able to help diagnose crop related diseases, livestock mustering and measure water and nitrogen levels through hyperspectral sensors.

Sami Makelainen is one of 35 contributors to the National Farmers Federation’s Talking 2030 discussion paper, which looks at the long-term policies, ideas, technologies and innovation required to power Australia’s agricultural sector towards our shared 2030 ambitions.

From Melbourne to California in 140ms: the company that controls drones over the internet


Posted on March 19, 2018

2 min read

Following Telstra Ventures’ recent investment, Cape CEO Chris Rittler reflects on the company’s journey to date and the opportunities presented by the commercial applications of drones.

In 2014 the founding of Cape Productions was met with great excitement from consumers, enterprises, analysts and, most importantly, snow enthusiasts.

We developed software that allowed for the safe production of ski videos via automated flight of off-the-shelf drones. If you skied at some of the top resorts in North America, you could pay between $US50 and $US150 to have a custom ski video made of you or your family.

For an encore, we enhanced our technology and created a public flying portal. Using this portal, any consumer could register to fly a drone equipped with Cape software over the internet via a web browser from their personal computer in the comfort of their own home to have a personal video experience like none other.

We went further and integrated our drone video technology with the Facebook Live API to live stream high-quality aerial video directly to Facebook, which was demonstrated during the lead-up to Mark Zuckerberg’s opening keynote address at the Facebook F8 summit in 2016.

Tens of thousands of users registered to fly drones and over 100,000 flights were successfully executed. Safe drone flight and usability of drones had enabled a mass market. We have continued to develop our innovative system since that point.

Customers are now using off-the-shelf drones connected to the Cape Cloud via the Cape App to fly drones remotely over the internet, increasing the effectiveness of their teams by utilising the safety features and ease-of-use offered by Cape Aerial TelepresenceTM. Use cases include construction, asset inspection, and public safety, with more being added every day.

Our investors believe that the commercial adoption of drones will increase dramatically with the usage of Cape software. Telstra Ventures invested in Cape’s Series A financing alongside two other investors, Google’s Gradient Ventures and Mitsui & Co.

We have identified Australia as a country that would benefit from the use of drones across a number of industrial and government verticals. Telstra Ventures has closely followed developments in drone technology based on feedback from customers regarding their desire to use drones, as well as our own drones program – including using drone technology to inspect some of Telstra’s many cell towers and structures.

5G, IoT, new phones and super-fast 4G: all the news from MWC 2018

Network IoT

Posted on March 1, 2018

3 min read

At the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the show floor is abuzz with news and demonstrations of 5G, and the latest developments in 4G and the Internet of Things. Here’s what we saw.

Like CES 2018 in January, MWC has been dominated by talk of 5G – the next generation of mobile technology that looks set to provide a massive boost in capacity and speed, as well as the ability for a variety of low-power Internet of Things devices to be connected simultaneously. The same use cases for connected cars and wearables are on show, demonstrating the huge potential for every part of our lives to be touched by technology.

We are investing heavily in our planning for 5G, continuing our stated goal of building the Networks for the Future for our customers. At our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we will be completing a number of trials in 2018 to demonstrate the potential of 5G and establish the ways in which this new technology will transform the way we live and work.

The centrepiece of MWC has undoubtedly been the launch of our partner Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones, innovative dual-aperture cameras that switch between various lighting conditions with ease and take smartphone photography to the next level. You can pre-order the new Galaxy S9 right now before its release on March 16.

Plenty of other smartphones from other companies like Nokia and Alcatel were introduced, too. One interesting trend is that many smartphones are moving to a 18:9 screen ratio – a longer display that allows more information to be shown without expanding the width of the handset itself. What’s old is also new again, with Nokia also announcing the return of the iconic ‘Matrix phone’ at the show.

One major potential benefit of using 5G and our always-improving 4G service is for the Internet of Things – a new class of wireless devices with low-power and high-efficiency connection ability. Telstra’s technology partner Ericsson demonstrated an IoT use case for agriculture at its MWC booth, with a connected irrigation device reporting a wealth of data on sensor status and alerts; these high-tech applications will help farmers and our other customers better understand their businesses in the years to come.

We demonstrated record breaking 4G download speeds of 2Gbps at MWC together with our technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. We also announced our plan to add this new speed capability to our mobile network in selected areas in the coming months.

While at MWC, we have also taken the opportunity to meet with media and our partners to discuss our advancement in LTE-Broadcast technology, which we will be introducing with the AFL Live Official app in time for round one, for our Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 customers. The new technology allows for streaming of AFL games in the highest possible video and audio quality, no matter how many fans are watching at the same time and in the same location – enabling a seamless streaming experience.

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