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Helping companies better share, use, and solve problems with their data

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 5, 2019

3 min read

By 2020, there will be more than 18 billion connected devices talking to each other and to us, encompassing everything from smartphones to home appliances, humidity sensors used in farms to factory machinery. Nearly 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every human in the world and total digital data is forecasted to exceed 44 zettabytes, about 10 times of that today. 

2020 is next year.

In the past, the world’s data doubled every century. Now it doubles on average every two years. The challenge facing consumers, business, industry and government is with so much data being generated, how do they harness it to drive meaning, innovation and productivity?

Today, 99% of all data generated remains unused. This means less than 1% of all data is used, shared and analysed.

Customers have told us seamless data collaboration is one of the most important ways they want to help drive productivity and innovation. However, there are several barriers to this, including:

  • A reluctance to share data for fear of losing control of it;
  • High costs in sharing data and the initial setup costs;
  • A lack of data standardisation; and
  • Technology challenges of integrating across different systems.

We have given a lot of thought into how we can address this growing global challenge.

The Telstra Data Hub is being collaboratively developed using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and allows companies to better use, analyse and solve problems using the data they generate.

The modular, cloud-based platform is designed to reduce the friction and cost of organisations using and sharing data. For the first time ever, companies will be able to securely share, view and exchange data that can deliver real benefits to their productivity.

We are initially focusing on three industries whereby creating the infrastructure and incentives to drive collaboration with data, we can help to solve industry-wide problems and thus create new products.

These three areas include Connected Supply Chain, water management, and agribusiness. By focussing on these three sectors, Telstra Data Hub can lay the foundations to help Australia rapidly digitise its economy. 

We also think these three sectors play an important role in our national economy, has significant opportunities to expand via digitisation and use of data, and has substantial environmental imperatives to optimise use.

In Connected Supply Chain, we are already seeing real benefits in partnering with one of Australia’s largest supermarket brands to improve its ability to track and monitor its shipping containers to improve productivity and visibility of shipments to reduce the cost of missing cargo.

The customer and its partners can now look forward in time to proactively respond to operational issues. They are also able to look back in time, to understand systemic chokepoints, improve efficiencies and make better strategic supply chain decisions.

In the water management sector, we have partnered with an Australian State Government that wanted to improve water quality measurement along its extensive waterways and groundwater bores in the state. In a trial, we prototyped new water quality sensors along a major river connected via Telstra’s NB-IoT network, with data visualised, shared and permissioned across multiple government agencies and related entities through the Telstra Data Hub.

Our heritage is in building national infrastructure that benefits generations. We see more than $100 billion in incremental value to customers and the economy through digitisation and data-driven collaboration.

We are excited to be partnering with Microsoft and unveiling this new innovation today at Telstra Vantage and we look forward to sharing further news as we continue to develop this exciting product.

Tags: 5g, IoT,

Over 3 million new IoT ‘things’ on our network

Telstra Vantage™ IoT

Posted on September 5, 2019

4 min read

Australians are well and truly embracing the Internet of Things, with over 3.2 million devices now connected to our IoT network and an average of 2000 more being added every day.

At Telstra Vantage 2019 this week, we’ve been showcasing how these connected ‘things’ are assisting to increase safety, reduce costs and help to make our customers’ experiences easier and better from start to finish. We took the opportunity to demonstrate our various IoT platforms including Track and Monitor, smart spaces, our IoT Connection Manager, and the Bluetooth finding network that powers our Telstra Locator

There’s a huge opportunity for IoT to transform the way that businesses operate in Australia. More than half of all Australian organisations surveyed are confident that an IoT strategy would generate significant revenue increases for their business*, while over 70 per cent agree that IoT can increase their employees’ productivity and lead to more positive experiences in the workplace*

It’s this strong positivity and endorsement from our enterprise business partners that has helped our IoT business revenue grow by nearly 20 per cent in FY19. We’ve made this possible by investing in and building the largest IoT network in the country, which means Australians can make the most of this new world of connectivity right now. 

We also know that the number of IoT devices being connected each day is growing at a rapid pace. Connected vehicles are an exciting IoT use case in our portfolio right now, but we’re also seeing a huge range of high-tech devices like solar panels, humidity sensors, traffic cones, buses, whitegoods and even garbage trucks being connected to our network – and each one of those contributes data to insights that previously weren’t attainable. 

When businesses use IoT to solve traditional problems in new ways, we’re seeing some incredible success stories emerge. National transport company SCT Logistics used our Track and Monitor product across its rail freight and road transport fleet, dropping its loss rate of 3 per cent on average annually straight down to zero in a three-month trial.  

Not only is SCT Logistics stemming the $4 million cost of losses each year, but it also hopes to get better usage and utilisation rates out of its assets instead of letting them sit idle in customers’ warehouses and shipping yards. After this successful trial, SCT Logistics is now rolling out Track and Monitor across its 1500 non-powered assets like trailers and rail wagons, and integrating that data with its own systems. Despite the scale of this full roll-out, the initial cost is expected to be offset within three years through the efficiencies and constant visibility that our IoT network makes possible.  

By the end of the financial year, we expect to launch more devices in our Track and Monitor range for enterprise-scale use, including new asset tracking units with both LTE-M IoT and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for geolocation. This new unit will combine the strength of LTE-M for detailed critical tracking needs and the low power benefits of Bluetooth tracking in one device. 

Our Bluetooth finding network community has grown impressively over the last few months, too, with an increase from 7.5 million data points in February of this year to over 25 million in July. Track and Monitor customers, Telstra Locator customers, Telstra payphones, opted-in Telstra 24×7 app users and our nationwide fleet of Telstra technician vans all contribute to the density and quality of our Bluetooth community, and we’ve been pleased to see this grow as more customers join. We also plan to add Bluetooth locators to future Cab Digital taxis, potentially adding thousands of taxis to securely and anonymously help all our Bluetooth finding network users locate their lost valuables. 

We’re well on track to connecting over four million IoT devices by this time next year, and we’re really excited to hear more success stories from our customers as they find new and innovative applications for our nationwide IoT network and the wealth of data and insights that it allows businesses to capture. 

* Forrester’s Business Technographics Global Networks And Telecommunications Survey, 2019

Tags: IoT, Vantage,

We’re building one of the world’s largest underground LTE networks for digital mining

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 4, 2019

3 min read

We want to use the vast array of technology at our fingertips today to help businesses be more productive and efficient. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new partnership with South32 for a private 4G LTE network at their North West Queensland mine.

Right now, we’re in pre-deployment stage at the South32 Cannington underground silver, lead and zinc mine.  The network will drive improved safety, automation and mechanisation at the site and will connect staff to vehicles and sensors around the mine at all times.  The high throughput and low latency offered by the system means that staff will be able to control critical equipment without interruption, and South32’s digitalisation strategy will be achievable throughout the mine.

By adopting 4G LTE underground, the Cannington mine will be able to achieve better operating transparency, condition monitoring and production improvements for staff, machines and other mining systems, driving safety, productivity and efficiency.

We’ll be building an initial underground network 6.5kms in length using a private, virtualised core and LTE radio technologies distributed over leaky feeder cable using LTE-capable bi-directional amplifiers. Our analysis indicates this to be the most effective solution for underground miners and is capable of adapting to the unique geology and composition of the Cannington mine.  It enables access to the latest advances in 4G LTE and NB-IoT, and is also upgradeable to 5G in the future.

The network being private means that it will be a completely standalone mobile network, independent from others, like Telstra’s own public network. South32 Cannington will have its own equipment, SIM cards and unique network codes for full autonomy and complete control.

Providing a modern connectivity platform will allow for more flexible operations as well as scalability and choice in applying various digital solutions. The combination of Ericsson mobile network equipment, Telstra radio spectrum, and leaky feeder solutions from specialist manufacturer METStech provides a unique capability that has made extending LTE underground a more commercially realistic and safer prospect.

At its full deployment, it’ll become one of the largest underground mining LTE networks in the world using leaky feeder. We’re excited to help drive South32’s Cannington mine further with this new private network, as it looks to pay dividends to safety, productivity and more.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the technology behind this build, make sure to visit the Ericsson stand at Telstra Vantage in Melbourne on 4 and 5 September.

Exploring the Future of Footy with Telstra 5G

Entertainment

Posted on August 29, 2019

7 min read

The Future of Footy on 5G

Ahead of this year’s footy finals season, we’ve been speaking to AFL players, clubs, and fans to see how they imagine our 5G technology changing the future of the game. Thousands of fans from all around the country came forward with their ideas – everything from artificial intelligence for umpires to augmented reality goggles for players.

We already know that 5G is ushering in a new era of connectivity – it’s not just smartphones and tablets anymore, but thousands of ‘things’ using the latest technology to transmit data.

Here are 10 of the most popular and our own favourite suggestions that we’ve received.

1. Goal line tech

The most popular suggestion we received – by far – was 5G-enhanced goal line technology. You’ve dreamed up a variety of different approaches to fixing the drama of the goal line, from posts that light up if touched by the ball, goal posts using lasers and reflectors, or the application of ultra high definition, high-speed cameras for umpires to review. Debbleswat told us it would be “Hawkeye for footy – just like tennis”.

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Crazier still is the fact that we’ve already been testing this out. We recently teamed up with the Sydney Swans to test some high definition and high frame rate goal line cameras – at 16K resolution and 1000 frames per second, that’s a lot of data. A lot of this technology already exists, but 5G will allow us to get those images to the people who see them quicker than ever – and so minimise disruption to the game.

2. A broadcast revolution

More of the most popular suggestions centred around taking the sports broadcasting media experience to the next level – like multi-camera streams where fans at the games broadcast from their own phones, giving fans at home the same stadium experience. Jackbrophyy said, “Imagine having multiple cameras set up around the ground, and you can change camera angle from your tablet live”.

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This is definitely something that 5G could enable in the future. Samsung has already successfully demonstrated this technology earlier in the year, and we’ve run a similar test with the West Coast Eagles.

3. Snicko and hotspot

Another fan favourite, those cricket-inspired ‘snicko’ and hotspot technologies – which let referees examine video using thermal imaging to check for touches and touch behinds – could use 5G technology to give this feedback to umpires nearly instantly.

4. A 360-degree experience

Plenty of fans put forward their ideas for a 360-degree video experience, designed to replicate the in-your-seat stadium feeling, through virtual reality. There were also suggestions – a little more wild – to turn these 360-degree images into holograms for your kitchen table!

In reality, virtual reality and 360-degree video broadcasts both benefit hugely from the low latency of 5G – the ‘lag’ between an action happening and it being reproduced on video – as well as 5G’s high capacity for data-heavy broadcasts. While those holograms might still be a little way off, we recently created some training videos for Port Adelaide using virtual reality, so a new dimension of footy broadcasts is not that far-fetched.

5. A ‘smart Sherrin’

_a_bay suggested “chips/sensors in the ball so you can determine whether the boot was the last thing to make contact” – and they were not alone. There were several suggestions for a smart ball that could alert umpires to when it has gone out of play, could provide stats for fans – or could even give advice to players.

We already have smart refrigerators and smart bulbs, so surely a smart Sherrin can’t be far off. Part of what 5G enables is the ‘internet of things’ where thousands of devices are interconnected and communicating, so it’s easy to imagine a future of footy where even more data is produced.

6. Smart player tracking

_mister_b_910_ was among a number of fans who were suggesting sensors or biometric clothing that continually monitor players’ vital signs, fluid levels and general wellbeing. Saints.afl said, “I’d love to see sensors on the player’s main muscles to prevent injuries, and to help teams with knowing who can stay out there the longest…”

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Tracking player data is something that we can do right now. Look up the Telstra Tracker online and you can see some of the data that players, clubs and fans already have access to. What 5G means is that those trackers will have the potential to communicate even more data in even more detail – and that can absolutely contribute towards the game’s already excellent approach to player welfare.

7. Camera in your footy

A very popular, if somewhat surprising, choice from our fan suggestions is a camera mounted inside the footy. Michael.smithy15 wanted a different perspective “live from the Sherrin!”, annie.ireland thought that a camera in the ball would help “determine if a free kick or a goal should be paid”, and tom-rendle wanted it “so every time it’s kicked, we have the opportunity to see it clunked by big Ben King.” We can’t argue with that!

Part of the appeal of 5G is its big jump in capacity, meaning more devices can be connected simultaneously and transmitting large quantities of data. And that means that along with all the other experiences we’ve imagined, a footy’s-eye view of the game would definitely be possible.

8. AI-powered umpires

Umpires made it to number eight on our list, with suggestions such as: “AI umpires” (nicholasalexanderfrancis), and virtual umpiring to be carried out by a team behind the scenes using an increased amount of camera angles (sam.raff) – a further development of the TV umpires we’re already used to in other sports.

Cgibbs even told us that “it would love to see the umpires as drones instead of people as people get in the way of the play, would be cool in ball-ups to see them swoop in, pick up the ball, and drop it into play so every ruck contest was fair.” (Cgibb)

9. Instant stats on your favourite players

It seems like there are a lot of fantasy football fans out there with ideas for the future because late on our list of top ten suggestions was one fan’s idea of instant stats appearing through our sporting apps, or a “stat bar floating at the top of their head” during the broadcast. (maxy_harris)

Well, Telstra Tracker already has the data – we just need to find an AR app to show it off. 5G will help with that, so… watch this space!

10. Player-coach communication

Rounding out our top ten, Max_Cowburn suggested that we make earpieces for the players, so coaches can get their messages across faster and clearer than a runner. He was not alone as ear-pieces, augmented reality goggles and contact lenses, as well as other player-worn, tech rounds out our most popular top ten.

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The influence of technology on our sport has come a long way in the last ten years – from the way teams train to the way fans engage with the sport – and we are constantly looking to the future. So while you probably won’t see drone delivered pies at your ground next matchday, some of the future of footy ideas we’ve dreamed up together may not be all that far away.

These ideas for the future of footy are just a bit of fun for now, but there is a very real technological innovation that exists behind these ideas. 5G has the potential to revolutionise many aspects of our day-to-day lives, and footy is no exception.

We are already partnered with a host of different companies and organisations to look at how 5G can contribute to areas like player welfare, your own in-stadium experience as a fan, and all new broadcast techniques to bring you more footy every minute.

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Shaping tomorrow, together: what to expect from Telstra Vantage 2019

Telstra Vantage™ Business and Enterprise

Posted on August 27, 2019

4 min read

Next Monday, we’re opening the doors to Telstra Vantage 2019, our sixth annual showcase of world-class ideas, technology and business solutions.

This year, it’s all about “shaping tomorrow, together” with our customers; working hand in hand to identify opportunities for growth, create efficiencies and overcome business challenges through the power of our networks and technology.

We’re taking over more than 70,000 square metres of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with our Telstra World demonstrations plus exhibits from more than 100 partners. We’re also running more than 70 sessions, panel discussions and keynote presentations from Telstra and our partners across eight theatres and forum spaces throughout the week.

Here are our top picks from the action-packed agenda – stay tuned to Telstra Exchange for all the latest Telstra Vantage 2019 news.

Day One – Wednesday 4 September

Opening Keynote: Let’s shape tomorrow, together – Andrew Penn & Michael Ebeid – 9.45am

Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer and Enterprise Group Executive will explore how cutting edge technology and boundless collaboration is shaping the future of our businesses, our communities and our country.

Exclusive sports and performance panel – Darren Lockyer, David McAllister AM, Sam Docherty & Lisa Alexander – 10:30am

Join our star-studded panel of specialists from the NRL, The Australian Ballet, the AFL and the Australian Diamonds as they share valuable insights about what it takes to maintain peak performance.

Next-gen networks for the future of business – Nikos Katinakis – 10.55am

How will the exponential rise of data affect customer experience? How will it impact your business and bottom line? In this session, we’ll explore the macro trends you need to be aware of and how Telstra’s next-gen ‘network of networks’ can help your business meet the challenges of a digitalised future.

How 5G can foster transformation – Christian von Reventlow – 12.30pm

Discover how the convergence of maturing technologies – like software-defined networking, IoT, cloud computing and more – can be accelerated with 5G. Learn about some of the most exciting ways 5G will unlock new market opportunities across different industries.

2020 vision: the CISO’s perspective – Berin Lautenbach & Kate Healy – 2.00pm

A profound transformation is underway with the arrival of 5G, convergence and IoT. What’s the best way to ensure your organisation is secure? Telstra’s CISO and Telstra Enterprise’s Principal Cyber Security Strategist answer your questions about security, and share how Telstra is looking to address these challenges in 2020 and beyond.

Day Two – Thursday 5 September

How to shift from surviving to thriving – Kamal Sarma – 10.15am

Learning how to navigate and overcome challenges is critical for success in the business world. Organisational and personal resilience are two of the most powerful skills for negotiating these situations. Join monk-turned-exec-turned-venture-capitalist Kamal Sarma as he unpacks his learnings and gives you the strategies you need to build your resilience, maintain focus and clarity, and thrive in the short and long term.

Exploring the future of Australia’s workforce with Bernard Salt – 11.30am

What will the Australian workplace look like tomorrow? What jobs will define our next decade? Join leading social commentator and demographer Bernard Salt as he explores the workplace of the future and the effect tech, AI and robotics will have on the workforce of 2020-2028.

Co-creating 5G for tomorrow – Channa Seneviratne – 12.15pm

Hear from Telstra customers who are harnessing the potential of 5G and learn how they’re leveraging Telstra’s networks to gain a competitive advantage. Discover how Telstra is co-creating and innovating alongside these customers, and see how they’re using new devices that leverage 4G today with a pathway to 5G. 

Winning the customer mindshare – Gretchen Cooke – 1.00pm

How are different organisations delivering extraordinary business outcomes for their customers? Our panel of CIOs and Executives will provide their perspective on shifts in customer expectations. Some of the areas they’ll cover include: direct vs. indirect customer engagement models, designing for the future business environment, static performance vs. innovative, adaptive performance, and the positive power of people in winning the customer mindshare.

Data collaboration across industries – Bruce Healy – 1.45pm

The rate at which data is generated and collected is accelerating exponentially, presenting a unique opportunity for businesses ready to rise to the challenge. Join our panel of customer, research and industry representatives as they explore what data collaboration means to them, the changes occurring at different levels, and how digital innovation can help you to keep up with increasing demands.