The LoRa revolution is here, and Sense-T is leading the wave at the University of Tasmania.
Sense-T is at the centre of LoRaTAS, piloting a publicly accessible Long Range Low Power data network. Launceston will be the first city in Australia to be covered by the network, with ten base stations each with a maximum range of 20km.
Low-power sensors connect to these base stations and then on to the internet, making data transfer extremely low cost compared with applications and sensors which rely on the mobile phone network.
In some cases, sensor batteries can last up to 10 years, making the network suitable for a huge range of IoT applications.
Sense-T’s Technology and Infrastructure Manager Dr Paul Neumeyer said the pilot leverages Sense-T’s IoT capabilities to advance current and new technology focused projects.
“We have the capability to design, prototype and build next generation sensors, capture data and complete the analytics and interpretive feedback to a range of end users,” Dr Neumeyer said.
“We’re evaluating two different types of LoRa gateways linking them to different types of sensors. As the network is deployed, the backend (the part that captures the data and transports it to the cloud), will be made openly available for innovation – encouraging researchers and private enterprise to trial and test their IoT concepts live on a real statewide network.
“It represents a powerful resource.”
As part of their research activity planning, researchers are urged to consider how data may be collected and managed which is where Sense-T has the expertise.
“The opportunity to get in at the ground level is now,” Dr Neumeyer said. “The LoRa network deployment in Launceston has started, with our other gateways in Hobart. You can contact us to discuss project implementation, deployment, and for detail on how data management and sensor technology can be costed into your project. Partner with us to get the data in the format you need, and to ensure your plans are aligned with the network in order to realise the full potential that exists.”
Sense-T’s capabilities include:
“Technical, engineering and data management expertise is what we bring to the table,” Dr Neumeyer said. “We can help cut through the technology and data value chain much quicker, providing a connection to our researchers and end-to-end innovation cycle.”