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New Internet of Things capability a huge opportunity for Australian start-ups


Posted on January 12, 2018

3 min read

From drones to cars to kitchen appliances there’s one common feature shared by virtually everything at the Consumer Electronics Show this year – it is all connected.

Connecting everyday objects and enabling them to send and receive data is what we mean by the ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘IoT’. By putting real-time information and decision-making power about the world around us in our hands, IoT has the potential to transform the way we live and work.

At Telstra we are already supporting IoT – we connect more than two million IoT devices over our mobile network today and we offer connected lights, cameras and motion sensors on the Telstra Smart Home platform. It is only early days though and we expect the number and variety of IoT devices and applications to explode in the years ahead.

Underpinning the emergence of IoT will be the capability of mobile networks to connect millions more devices sending small volumes of data at very low power levels on a national scale. We have been investing in delivering this capability by enabling two new IoT technologies in our mobile network – Cat M1 and Narrowband.

This week we have announced that Narrowband IoT coverage is now available over Telstra’s mobile network in major Australian cities and many regional towns. This is in addition to the approximately three million square kilometres of Cat M1 IoT coverage we turned on in 2017.

We have long offered our customers Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network and now we have added the ability to support IoT devices, like sensors, trackers and alarms, that can sit inside machines and vehicles and reach deep inside buildings.*

This means Telstra is the only carrier in Australia and one of the first carriers in the world to offer both Narrowband and Cat M1 IoT technologies.

Cat M1 is well suited to applications with data in the 100s of kilobits per second with extended range and long battery life, such as personal health monitors or devices used to measure vehicle performance. Narrowband is better suited to applications sending even smaller amounts of data and operating with an even longer battery life, such as moisture sensors or livestock tracking devices.

These network capabilities are crucial but for IoT to truly take-off in Australia it will require a vibrant IoT ecosystem developing solutions designed for local conditions and solving problems for local businesses. In particular, this is a fantastic opportunity for Australian start-ups·to build IoT products and solutions operating on two internationally recognised technologies.

In this way, our investment in deploying both Cat M1 and Narrowband technologies is an investment in the IoT ecosystem in Australia, especially when considered alongside our Gurrowa Innovation Lab and muru-D start-up accelerator.

We would call on Australian developers and entrepreneurs to take advantage of Cat M1 and Narrowband technologies now as there are huge opportunities across a range of industries, from agriculture to mining to manufacturing to transport and logistics, for Australia to be a global IoT leader. But to succeed we need to move quickly.

* Australia’s fastest mobile network based on national average of combined 3G and 4G mobile speeds.

Tags: CES, IoT,

The next industrial revolution is here, ready or not

Tech and Innovation

Posted on December 19, 2017

3 min read

Once every few generations the world has seen an industrial revolution made possible by technological breakthrough. Steam power, electricity, commercially available computers, the Internet were all catalysts for transformative change.

Now it is happening again.

What makes this next revolution profoundly different is that it is not one single technology acting as the catalyst – instead there are many technologies, arriving at scale, at once. Advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning; continued increases in compute power widely and cheaply available through the cloud; massive increases in data from connected devices and sensors; super-fast, super-reliable networks; automation using both physical and virtual robotics. Standalone any one of these technologies is a game changer – put them together and the world will never be the same.

Why it is different this time

To the layman it might already feel like technology is already everywhere but the reality is very few industries are fully automated or digitised. Most “things” are not connected, most data is not analysed to drive step change productivity improvements and opportunities. That is about to change and three dynamics are driving this:

Firstly, the continued increase in compute power. Moore’s Law has held true for 50 years with the amount of compute power doubling every 18 months and today a couple of internet entrepreneurs working from their garage can access as much compute power as was delivered by the world’s most powerful super computer 15 years ago – and they can access it on demand, for a few dollars through the cloud from Amazon web services.

Secondly, the volume of data generated from connected devices and sensors. More data has been generated in the last two years than in the history of mankind. The ability to store and process that data cheaply is important but the ability to analyse and act on it is transformational. With the Internet of Things projected to increase the number of connected devices in the world to more than 50bn over the next five years, the volume of data and, most importantly, the insight and opportunities it contains can only be imagined.

The third dynamic is the significant advances in all forms of engineering. New manufacturing processes like 3D printing and advances in software engineering and algorithms are leading to further development of machine learning and artificial intelligence. All of that means that in the revolution now underway the physical world will be digitised and infused with intelligence as data is collected, analysed and acted on autonomously.

How Telstra is growing the future of IoT (Internet of Things)

Telstra Careers Inspiration

Posted on December 14, 2017

5 min read

I am honoured to lead some exciting new product innovation areas for Telstra, across Home and Enterprise IoT solutions.  These new innovation areas include Smart Homes and Cities, Asset Tracking, Intelligent Vehicles, Smart Metering, and Precision Agriculture.

Interested in a Software Engineering career at Telstra? We’re hiring now.

The Internet of Things is a tremendous opportunity, as Telstra transitions into a world class technology company that empowers people to connect.

There are multiple significant new IoT growth areas in the future Australian economy. For example, more than 40 per cent of households now have at least one IoT home device such as a camera, sensors, smart plugs, smart locks or voice control.  Telsyte estimates show the average Australian household will grow from 13.7 Internet connected devices in 2017 to 30.7 by 2021 (14.0 of these being IoT home devices)[1].

Our ambition is to help Australian families and businesses to be better connected, protected and empowered.  Together, we are creating home and enterprise IoT experiences where Australians can enjoy peace of mind, togetherness, comfort, convenience, conservation and wellness.

Behind each of these Telstra innovation areas is an amazing team of software and system engineer ‘DevOps’.

Out IoT Team posing together
Our amazing team of IoT software and system engineers at Telstra

Our team works on software and systems development, as well as rapid customer experience improvement and improved operations/uptime for Telstra IoT end-to-end services.

This means we get to work on some pretty cool and innovative products such as Intelligent Vehicles, Smart Metering, Precision Agriculture, Asset Tracking and Smart Cities. We also get to create a fantastic new Smart Home customer experience for families across Australia.

This is a time of tremendous change for Telstra, and we’re embracing new ways of working across the board.

We have a continuous integration, continuous delivery (CICD) workflow. That means we use agile best practices including having daily stand-ups, prioritised backlog, and user stories to put our IoT customers at the centre of everything we do.

This dynamic, creative and innovative work environment allows everyone to feel empowered to solve new challenges, and I feel, gives everyone a great sense of accomplishment.

As we work for a global player in this space, we partner with, and learn from, some of the world’s leading technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Comcast, Pivotal Labs, Microsoft, and all our hundreds of device partners.   It’s definitely a challenging and exciting time to be working at Telstra.

Alan's team of specialists pose together
“I get to work with a great team of engineers at Telstra” – Alan

I started my career at Telstra in 2013.  Since then I feel like my skills and knowledge in this space have expanded significantly, because I’m always learning new things.

My first job was the Director of Connected Home in Telstra Retail, where I got to work on consumer product innovation across Home Wi-Fi and Telstra AIR, Safe Broadband, Consumer Email and Smart Home.

I then became the General Manager of Home Innovation where my focus was on improving the broadband network experience for our customers, and extending the Telstra network into the home with wall to wall Wi-Fi coverage.

Now I’m in my current role, so it’s been a pretty exciting journey so far and I can’t wait to see what is next.

So what has kept me here so long?

Besides the work I get to do to help deliver exiting new IoT products to millions of Australians, it would have to be the flexibility that Telstra provides.

We don’t just say we work flexibly, we do it every day. For example when we need to pick up the kids from school or work from home when a family member is unwell, we do it.  It’s that type of work environment.

If you’re interested in a role at Telstra here are some tips for greatest career satisfaction:

  • Follow your Passion: Work where your passion lies.  Speak up, be bold and don’t settle.  Take initiative on a project you are passionate about, and help your team achieve great results.  Down the road, the projects you will remember most are those with passion, conviction, and great teamwork on ground-breaking innovation efforts.
  • Seek and act on feedback: One attribute that stands out among the most successful people I have had the pleasure to work with, is their willingness to improve themselves. Great employees reflect, seek feedback and act on it.  Most importantly they take accountability, take ownership, admit mistakes, avoid excuses or blame, and don’t walk past problems.  Down the road, acting on feedback will help you to get the most out of your career.
  • Give back more than you receive: In your education and career, many people have helped you along the way. Take the time to help others through mentoring, volunteering, listening and providing advice.  Down the road, you’ll be all the better for the time you help others, the way others have helped you.
  • Enjoy the ride: the last tip is simple… have fun!  Find a diverse and creative team, with a boss you respect and can learn from.  We spend more time at work than anywhere else.  Pick a team you enjoy, and work hard – but not too hard for too long.  Down the road, you’ll remember your hobbies, vacations, and crazy spontaneous adventures a lot more than your late nights in the office.  Pick a team that understands work-life effectiveness where you will learn, grow, work smart, improve, deliver innovation you are proud of, and enjoy the ride.

See where a career at Telstra could take you.

Tags: IoT, leadership, people,

Telstra bolsters IoT ecosystem with the acquisition of MTData

Business and Enterprise

Posted on November 1, 2017

2 min read

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating many exciting opportunities for our customers. We’ve seen the technology applied in many different ways – from smart parks that make our communities better places to live through to our recent vehicle to pedestrian trials which could help make our roads safer in the future.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’re bolstering our IoT offering with the acquisition of MTData.

MTData is an Australian-grown innovation success story, with a team that specialises in providing fleet management solutions for customers in Australia and globally. The acquisition will form a key pillar of our Connected Vehicle offering delivered in the IoT footprint on our mobile network, which is the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

MTData will bring fresh expertise to our business, including the technical know-how and software expertise to help fast track our Enterprise Connected Vehicle offerings. It’s part of our goal to build out our IoT ecosystem for our customers. It also supports Telstra’s focus on being a leading provider of innovative technology solutions for customers in Australia and globally.

I know that Matthew and the team at MTData are also looking forward to bringing their passion for innovation and their customers to Telstra.

Since MTData began in 2003, the team has been built on a culture of innovation and a resolute focus on developing solutions that provide a tangible benefit to their customers’ business. The team work with fleets from a variety of industries, from transport and logistics to forestry and agriculture, creating solutions that help their customers to improve fleet productivity and efficiency through technology.

Both the Telstra and MTData team see strong synergies with our IoT technologies and customer-centric cultures and we’re excited about what’s to come!

Tags: IoT,

Bringing IoT technology to one city at a time – smart car parks at Bunjil Place

Tech and Innovation IoT

Posted on October 16, 2017

2 min read

As the City of Casey’s vibrant new precinct, Bunjil Place is the creative and community heart of the region, which is Victoria’s most populous municipality with a population of over 250,000.

Opening to the public in late October 2017, Bunjil Place will bring together an unprecedented mix of facilities and be the City of Casey’s premier cultural precinct where residents and visitors will attend outdoor events in the community plaza, enjoy live performances in the 800-seat theatre, explore exhibitions in the gallery or take some time out in the modern library.

To manage the one million expected visitors per year, Telstra has joined forces with Smart Parking to bring parking bay sensors to Bunjil Place. The solution includes 904 of Smart Parking’s vehicle detection sensors used to monitor parking space availability, including mobility bays which are displayed on variable message signs at the carpark entrance, with directions to get the driver there.

SmartSpot Gateways will connect to Telstra’s mobile network and act as the central communication unit that collects data from the sensors via wireless communication and transmits it to the SmartCloud parking services system. This helps the City to monitor park facilities and use resources more efficiently to allow the City to create an easier and more pleasant parking experience for visitors.

This is just another step forward as Telstra continues to bring IoT technology to communities across Australia. Telstra is now proud to bring IoT technology to Bunjil Place; the only facility of its kind serving a regional community and enabling them to connect better with arts and cultural activities.

For further information on Bunjil Place visit Bunjil Place website.

Tags: IoT, Network,