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Our exclusive partnership with Arduino set to fuel the growth of IoT in Australia


Posted on November 30, 2018

3 min read

Australia is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution that will connect tens of millions of things and unlock real-time information that can transform the way we live and work. For the industry to grow in Australia it will require a vibrant IoT ecosystem of developers driving to challenge and change the face of innovation.

That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that we have forged an exclusive telco partnership with Arduino.

As part of the tie-up we will soon release the new Arduino MKR NB 1500 IoT developer board in Australia. It supports Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE Cat M1 networks and is specifically designed to enable rapid innovation, field trials and deployments of cellular connected devices.

Arduino is the world’s leading open-source hardware and software ecosystem with over 30 million users, and are focused on making powerful technology accessible to everyone – with tools that are easy for beginners, and fast for professionals.

As Arduino’s exclusive telco partner in Australia our alliance integrates Telstra’s Cat M1 and NB-IoT network investments with Arduino’s world leading ecosystem to connect developers, startups, students and experimenters in creation and exploration of IoT innovations.

Cat M1 & NB-IoT are cellular technologies designed for IoT sensors operating at very low data rates inside machines, vehicles, and inside buildings and are designed for a battery life of years rather than hours and days. Telstra has over three million square kilometres of Cat M1 coverage across Australia, and earlier this year we rolled out NB-IoT coverage in major Australian cities and many regional towns.

Through this partnership Telstra’s extended mobility and network coverage and depth (in-building and sub-surface areas) are easily accessible to developers, enabling them create innovative IoT solutions for both on-the-go and stationary use cases.

To mark the new partnership we were delighted to host Massimo Banzi (CTO and co-founder) and his team to the Telstra Labs where he met with the developer community. Massimo also got behind the Telstra Innovation Challenge 2019 encouraging developers, startups and students across Australia to get involved.

The Arduino MKR NB 1500 board will be available to purchase in early 2019 from Telstra and will include a M2M SIM via the Telstra Developer Portal.

Register today through to find out more and be notified of release.

Tags: Arduino, IoT,

How our people are developing the future of IoT

Telstra Careers People

Posted on November 19, 2018

1 min read


What does the future of IoT look like?

Did you know that there are expected to be over 50 billion connected devices in the next five years because of IoT (Internet of Things)?

This provides a tremendous opportunity for our people 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 innovations is an amazing team of software and system engineer ‘DevOps’, and our head of IoT, Gerhard Loots, gives us an inside look at the cutting edge work they’re doing.

Want to be part of the IoT revolution? Go to our Careers Website to learn more.


Tags: careers, IoT,

Australia moves another step closer to driverless vehicles

Business and Enterprise

Posted on November 14, 2018

4 min read

The Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has been preparing for the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, a trial of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technologies, which will see around 500 vehicles retrofitted with C-ITS devices from late 2019.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have embarked on an exciting project to trial Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technologies. The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot will consider how C-ITS can makes roads and road users safer, and contribute towards a vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries on the state’s roads. As part of the Pilot, TMR will develop Australia’s first Security Credential Management System (SCMS) for C-ITS (Vehicle 2 Everything – V2X). The pilot will also act as a feasibility study, laying the technical foundations for the future generation of smart transport infrastructure.

As part of our commitment to empowering the development of connected and automated vehicle technologies in Australia, we are supplying TMR with 4G LTE data connectivity for over 500 vehicles and roadside stations, during what will be a 9-month trial commencing in late 2019.

When one imagines the potential of connected and automated cars, the first thought that springs to mind is the removal of human error which is the cause of more than 95% of road crashes. Further in the future, fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles conjure images of a driver relaxing in the front seat as their vehicle transports them to their work.

A society based on the use of autonomous vehicles on a mass scale has the capacity to unlock considerable social and economic benefits for all of us. Reducing road congestion and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the road networks will impact the current cost of $13B estimated by Infrastructure Australia as the loss of productivity due to time spent in traffic in our capital cities.

As the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot kicks off, we will see around 500 connected vehicles participating, each exchanging messages with other vehicles and external surroundings, in order to alert the driver to potentially hazardous situations. Data will be collected during the trial and will be analysed to derive insights and learnings into the safety benefits of C-ITS, to better inform future decisions about regulation, standards and technology to enable the successful deployment of connected vehicles on Australian roads.

The Ipswich Pilot is an important element of V2X technology development in Australia, which is a focus area for us.

Queensland’s Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said our agreement would ensure the nation’s largest trial of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS), would use the most innovate, secure high-speed communication technology available.

“Working with Telstra and several other industry supporters, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is preparing to deliver the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot from late 2019,” Mr Bailey said.

“This pilot will see about 500 vehicles retrofitted with C-ITS devices, which enables vehicles to “talk” to other vehicles as well as roadside infrastructure, road operations systems and cloud-based data sharing systems.

“These devices will share safety-related warning messages to drivers, such as an upcoming hazard, red light or congestion, enabling drivers to respond to these warnings in an informed manner.

“I am delighted Telstra will provide modems and data plans suitable for high volume C-ITS data for the 500 participating vehicles and 40 roadside stations, enabling the Ipswich Pilot to be delivered using the most advanced technology available.”

We are a leader in the V2X technology space – in July 2017 we conducted the first Australian trial of Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology in South Australia using the mobile network, which followed our first Vehicle-to-Infrastructure trial in 2016.

Last year, we joined forces with the NSW government and a host of partners to successfully launch the first trial of driverless vehicles in Sydney’s Olympic Park. We are also a proud member of the steering committee for the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), which supports the acceleration of safe driverless vehicles onto Aussie roads.

Safety first

Beyond the brilliance that is zipping through morning traffic, automated vehicles also offer the very real potential to fundamentally change transport and society by improving our road safety.

Although the figures are steadily dropping every decade, today’s fatal five (speed, distraction, fatigue, drugs, seat belts) contributed to 6,449 serious crash casualties on Queensland roads in 2015. To put that into context, that’s 18 people every day. Further, 1,200 Australians are killed each year on our roads.

With the announcement of innovative trials like the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, the future of connected and automated cars – and the promise of safer roads, smarter transport, and smoother rides – grows closer by the day.

Tags: 5g, IoT,

The Perfect Swarm: five drones, one pilot, and a mobile cell on wings

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 20, 2018

3 min read

Straight from Telstra Vantage™, hear more about how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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As part of Telstra Vantage™ 2018 we took the opportunity to brief media on our new drone technologies that use our mobile network to assist authorities in disaster management situations.

Extreme weather events, such as bushfires, cyclones and floods, have a devastating impact on people and communities in Australia. We are already using drones to inspect our network infrastructure and provide rapid assessments of any damage when disaster strikes to help us restore services faster. With 5G on the near horizon, we are working on how drones can be used to go even further in helping communities and governments manage and recover after a natural disaster.

Our new drone technology was trialled in the field earlier in September in Laverton, Victoria, where the Telstra Labs team executed a drone swarm and a mobile ‘cell on wings’ demonstration using 4GX on the Telstra mobile network.

The drone swarm is a group of drones controlled by a single pilot flying in formation and using vision capture to quickly and efficiently map an area impacted by fire or flood. As the technology matures, allowing for more than one drone per pilot, drone swarms will be able to be deployed routinely to simultaneously cover and search a large area – something that could save lives in an emergency rescue situation, and time and money in less dramatic situations.

Computer vision capability enables the cameras on the drones to identify specific objects, such as people and vehicles. This can help emergency services operators to locate people who require rescue, and also in assessing the overall scale of damage over a large area.

The ‘cell on wings’ is a mobile small cell mounted on a drone in order to temporarily boost mobile network coverage in a local area, which is particularly useful in emergency situations.

Telstra’s mobile network is an essential element in enabling the use of drones in emergency situations. The network allows us to quickly send and receive data from the drone, and allows the pilots to safely set up missions for multiple drones through a single platform with visibility and control over all the drones that are flying.

In the future, 5G will allow operators using this type of technology to run missions end-to-end with an extensive data uplink capability. This would mean being able to stream large sets of live data (such as high resolution video) back to operators in real time, and back to the server for even more intelligent decision making.

5G’s low latency will allow much more precise real time control over drones and other remotely-operated vehicles over the next decade.

Telstra is committed to being the leading enabler and communications backbone of the future safe and secure drone-based economy.

Read more about Telstra’s 5G leadership.

Hear more on 5G and how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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Tags: 5g, Drones, IoT,

Partnering with major water utilities to monitor and preserve our most precious resource

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 19, 2018

4 min read

Straight from Telstra Vantage™, hear more about how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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Fresh, clean water is a precious but limited resource. The Bureau of Meteorology reports that Non-Revenue Water loss in Australia in the past five years reached over 870 gigalitres which is 10 percent of water utilities’ system input. Yet, in the 2015-16 year, household water usage increased three percent to 1,899 gigalitres. This means that while we’re using more water than ever, we’re also continuing to waste this highly valuable resource.

As we continue to experience the effects of a drying climate against a growing population and a higher use of water, the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping to conserve, protect, monitor and intelligently manage one of our most precious resources.

Whether it’s leakage prevention with smart water meters or environmental monitoring to keep our oceans clean and estuaries safe from contaminants, water utilities across the country are using IoT technology to better track, monitor and conserve water.

Over the past year, we have been trialing our Digital Water Metering IoT solution with some of the largest water utilities across Australia to identify water leakages and prioritise water-saving measures. For water utilities that want to better engage with their customers and have an obligation to use resources sustainably at all times, this is a critical benefit that demonstrates the power of IoT innovation for the industry. It also significantly improves their bottom line.

Our Digital Water Metering solution drives insights to prevent water wastage and reduce consumption – all which lead to reduced water bills for consumers and operating costs for utility companies.

We are also excited to announce the first CATM1 and NB-IoT certified module on Telstra’s IoT Network. The module is integrated into Telstra’s Captis Environment Monitoring IoT sensor. This IoT sensor is now available to enable our customers to proactively detect leakages, blockages and manage water quality and consumption at scale.

The Telstra IoT Network is one of the largest in the world and we are the only carrier in Australia to offer both Cat M1 and Narrowband IoT technology. Our customers can now connect a range of IoT solutions in more places than ever before on Australia’s largest, most reliable and most secure ready-built LPWA Network.

Specifically, Telstra’s NB IoT coverage now reaches more than 3.5 million square kilometres and is built to support millions of connected devices such as water quality sensors, environment monitors, trackers and alarms. By transmitting at very low data rates with coverage that reaches challenging locations – such as in-building and sub-surface – and battery life measured in years rather than days, NB-IoT makes scaled IoT deployments possible.

This means the Digital Water Metering solution can have a battery life expectation of 12 – 15 years, enabling capabilities such as power saving mode and deep sleep mode. And, with Telstra’s NB-IoT footprint now reaching more than 3.5 million square kilometres, it means that water consumption can be tracked and monitored at greater reach and greater depth. It also means that many of the regional water utilities can tap into water insights in areas that have previously been costly to access.

The opportunities here are endless, and the dividends are massive for providers, consumers and the environment. With IoT powering innovation that brings smarter gains in efficiency and productivity, as well as larger reductions in wastage, we can now do more with water while also using less. And we can do it all better than we ever could before.