Telstra has unveiled plans for a 5G banking trial with CBA, along with a slew of new offerings – including exclusive 5G devices and an IoT extender – at MWC

In what the telco is heralding as an ‘industry first’, Telstra, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Ericsson will trial 5G edge computing technologies for the financial services sector, testing end-to-end banking solutions over 5G over the coming months.

The trials are expected to showcase what the ‘bank branch of the future’ might look like and how 5G edge compute can help reduce network infrastructure currently required at individual branches.

Nikos Katinakis, Telstra group executive networks and IT, says 5G edge computing is all about bringing the network closer to the user or application.

“For financial institutions like Commonwealth Bank, it will help to enhance existing banking applications as well as deliver new use cases such as artificial intelligence, all supported by a range of software defined networking solutions.”

Pete Steel, Commonwealth Bank executive general manager of digital and retail operations and technology, says 5G and edge computing have significant potential to enhance the availability, stability and performance of CBA’s network infrastructure.

“We hope they can help us provide quicker and better digital experiences for our customers,” Steel says.

Katinakis says learnings from the trials will be applied across other industries.

Samsung, Oppo and LG 5G exclusives for Telstra

Meanwhile, as the 5G race heats up, Telstra also revealed that it will be providing 5G smartphones from Oppo, Samsung and LG first, or exclusively, in Australia.

First tipped at CES earlier this year, the telco this week confirmed that its 5G lineup will include the LG V50 ThinQ – exclusive to Telstra – Oppo’s first 5G offering and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, which will be available on Telstra first.

“There are two key components to bringing 5G to life – you need the network technology and you need compatible devices,” says Telstra CEO Andrew Penn. “Our network has been ready for some time, and we’re now even closer to having 5G-compatible devices available for our customers.
The phones are all due for release in the first half of 2019.

“Telstra is 5G-ready now,” Penn says. “When we began rolling out 5G technology across Australia back in August, we also started working closely with the major mobile brands and leading manufacturers of 5G handsets. This was so Telstra customers would not only be the first to access to 5G smartphones but also have a variety of products to choose from”.

And a 100km IoT range extender…

Also announced at MWC was a partnership between Telstra and Ericsson to integrate Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator connectivity management services into Telstra’s IoT offering.

The deal means from March 30, Telstra’s enterprise customers will be able to manage, access and track IoT devices and networked assets at a local, national or global level via access to Telstra’s cellular network, including the telco’s Narrowband-IoT and CAT-M1 technology.

This builds on Ericsson and Telstra’s successful deployment in September 2018 of NB-IoT Extended Range, that increased Telstra’s NB-IoT coverage to over 3.5 million square kilometres and which allows data connections up to 100km – 60kms more than 3GPP standards-based limits.

Emilio Romeo, Ericsson Australia and New Zealand head says the partnership means enterprises can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity services offered by the two companies to create ‘highly reliable IoT solutions which will help to drive digital transformation of industries in Australia and internationally.

“We are enabling enterprises to launch IoT services on a global scale and helping the industry to capitalise on the tremendous potential that IoT brings,” Romeo says.

Myriota launches on Spaceflight’s SmallSat Express mission to help battle Australia’s drought

Adelaide-based low cost satellite IoT connectivity firm Myriota is rolling out its next generation technology enabling direct-to-orbit communications for hundreds of millions of Internet of Things devices as it launched on today’s launch on SpaceQuest’s BRIO satellite.

Launched as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, the satellite will be delivered to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, adding to Myriota’s growing constellation by testing and demonstrating its IoT network.

Myriota classed the launch oas an important step towards the creation of the world’s first real-time, 24/7 direct-to-orbit IoT platform, giving Myriota the capability to collect data from many millions of small IoT devices globally – such as sensors and asset trackers – and contribute to the business rapidly scaling from trial to commercial applications. It also coincides with Myriota’s recent milestone of achieving 250,000 data messages received from a wide range of customers since May last year.

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Myriota co-founder and CTO David Haley, said the new satellite payload would complement Myriota’s existing satellite constellation while introducing a forward link to terminals, boosting device battery life and improving communication efficiency.

“We are committed to delivering superior satellite connectivity and today’s launch is a valuable step in developing our direct-to-orbit communications capability,” Haley said. “New and existing devices using Myriota technology will benefit, and we’re excited to see the impact across a variety of different sectors.”

The satellite will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit, providing regular and recurring communication opportunities multiple times per day, and place Myriota’s technology into the hands of industry heavyweights and developers to enable ultra low cost, and scalable IoT from anywhere on the planet.

Telstra ups IoT play with Arduino telco partnership

Telstra has forged an exclusive telco partnership with open-source hardware and software ecosystem Arduino, under which it will release a new IoT developer board in Australia.

Telstra said the new offering 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.

Left is Massimo Banzi, CTO & co-founder, Arduino. Right is Hakan Eriksson, CTO, Telstra

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

The telco said the partnership enabled developers to create innovative IoT services for  on-the-go and stationary use cases, offering access to its extended mobility and network coverage and depth.

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.


ACS tips IoT to be A$30b opportunity for Australian tech sector by 2023

The Internet of Things presents a A$30 billion opportunity for Australia’s technology sector by 2023, with in particular the rise in IoT hardware, software, services and comms systems driving an unprecedented growth rate.

This is one key finding of Australia’s IoT Opportunity: Driving Future Growth – a report released by the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector. Other findings included that in five key sectors – construction, mining, healthcare, manufacturing and agriculture – IoT has the potential to recharge Australia’s stagnant productivity growth.

According to the study, those sectors have the potential to realise a 2% per annum growth in productivity, equivalent to between A$194 and A$308 billion in GDP over the next 8-18 years.

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ACS president Yohan Ramasundara

“Agriculture and resources continue to dominate Australia’s exports, and we do well exporting education to the rest of the world,” said ACS president Yohan Ramasundara. “Technology wise however, there isn’t anything SMART in our top ten exports. [But] IoT provides an opportunity to change all that”.

Ramasundara said that as IoT has matured, the highest value of an IoT offering no longer centers on sensors and actuators rather advances in artificial intelligence.

“We often hear that data is the new fuel for the digital economy, it is however crude oil, and needs to be refined,” the ACS president added. “Artificial Intelligence via software applications is the refinement process, and it is here where Australian can become a market leader developing scalable solutions that can be taken to the rest of the world.”

Telstra unveils new range of IoT location tracking devices

Telstra is stepping up its drive to capitalize on  the potential of the Internet of Things, with the launch of a set of location products aimed at Australian consumers, small businesses and enterprise customers.

The telco’s Location of Things technology will help customers keep track of their valuables from keys, bikes, and family pets — to business assets such as hardware and vehicles.

Telstra head of innovation and strategy Michele Garra

“We’ve already deployed the most advanced IoT technology on our mobile network, we’re now focused on harnessing IoT technology to introduce services that make customers’ connected lives easier,” said Telstra head of innovation and strategy Michele Garra.

“Telstra’s new Location of Things products use connected technology to solve everyday problems for Australians – from families and local businesses through to our country’s largest enterprises.”

The move follows Telstra’s roll out of Cat-M1 and Narrowband IoT technology on its mobile network over the past 12 months, as well as the firm’s June T22 strategy update, which highlighted its plan to deliver the next generation of connected experiences for customers.

Later this year Telstra will introduce Telstra Locator for consumer and small business customers, and Track and Monitor for enterprise customers, helping a broad cross-section of the Australian community locate the assets that matter most to them.

Telstra Locator

With almost one in three Australians losing their keys in the past 12 months, and around one in four misplacing a phone or remote control*, Telstra’s vision is to create the nation’s most powerful finding service.

Customers will be able to attach Telstra Locator Tags to their valuables and use the Telstra Locator App to help find them if they go missing.

Telstra Locator will bring together an Australian-first combination of networks and technology with three different tags designed for unique customer needs.

These include a lightweight and long-lasting Bluetooth tag for keys and purses and a rechargeable Wi-Fi tag. Early next year Telstra will introduce a premium LTE tag to the Telstra Locator service, designed for high-value assets such as vehicles and machinery.

kkkEach Telstra Locator Tag connects to one or a combination of Telstra’s networks, this includes a new Bluetooth locator community, parts of the Telstra Air Wi-Fi Network, and for LTE tags, Cat M1 IoT technology on Telstra’s Mobile Network.

Telstra Locator will launch later this year as a subscription-based service available to Telstra consumer and small business post-paid mobile customers.

Telstra customers helping each other: Bluetooth locator community

Telstra customers will have their first taste of Telstra’s finding service in early September, with the release of a new Telstra Device Locator feature for Telstra’s 24×7 App users.

The feature will help customers locate compatible Telstra mobile phones and SIM-enabled tablets on their Telstra account, including the ability to send tailored messages to lost devices and play sounds to locate devices in hard to see places.

Telstra Device Locator is ideal for families with a mix of Android and iOS devices allowing them to locate their compatible devices from a single screen.

Telstra 24×7 App users will be given the opportunity to opt-in for the Telstra Device Locator feature by enabling location permissions, and at the same time they’ll become part of a Bluetooth locator community that allows Telstra mobile customers to securely and anonymously help other customers to find lost valuables.

The Bluetooth locator community will continue to grow over the next few years with more than 6,000 Telstra vehicles and 6,000 taxis (travelling more than 1 million kilometres each day) being fitted with Bluetooth locator technology to broaden reach.

Putting small businesses in control: managing assets made easy

For many small businesses, assets from machinery to catering equipment represent their livelihood and a significant personal investment.

Telstra Locator will bring peace of mind to small business owners by helping find expensive assets that become lost – quickly and easily.

Photographers will be able to attach Telstra Locator tags to their hard cases and cameras, while tradespeople will be able to use the service to help locate their tools and transport equipment on busy constructions sites.

Low-powered and low-cost technology empowering enterprise

Telstra is also working with a number of large organisations to trial its new Track and Monitor solution for enterprise customers, which will be available from October.

“As low powered network technology evolves, we are seeing customers looking to introduce and expand their asset tracking capability, far beyond current fleet tracking, to a whole range of items such as equipment, pallets and packages in mass volumes,”  Garra said.

Enterprise customers will be able to purchase Track and Monitor to enable low-cost, large-volume asset tracking, whether across multiple warehouses or retail sites – or while in transit.

“These devices will send data about a customer’s valuable assets, delivering valuable insights that our customers can easily translate into better business outcomes. Ultimately, our number one priority is to deliver transformative experiences for our customers, and we believe that opportunity lies in IoT,” Garra said.


Deutsche Telekom fits out Düsseldorf Airport with NB-IoT sensor network

By David Morelo, Europe Correspondent

Deutsche Telekom has teamed with BS2 Sicherheitssysteme, a German manufacturer of smart sensors for concrete structures, to equip Düsseldorf Airport, with NB-IoT sensors to monitor the condition of bridges, tunnels, buildings, and other infrastructure objects made of concrete.

“Düsseldorf Airport is one of the pioneers in Germany that is using IoT technology for its road constructions at the airport,” says Ingo Hofacker, who is responsible for IoT business at Deutsche Telekom. The goal is to help the airport, which carries more than 24 million passengers annually, to move away from traditional material samples which are costly to take and cause damage to the tested structure.

Düsseldorf Airport is starting with a bridge that provides the sole access route to the airport’s tank farm, making it critical for smooth flight operations. Every day, over 120 fuel tanker trucks, each carrying 30,000 liters of kerosene, travel across the bridge, causing a significant amount of material fatigue.

“We have a bottleneck here at the central tank farm. The digital solution protects us against unforeseeable damage to the access road and the disruptions to tank usage that it would entail,” says Michael Hohenecker, Head of Data Management and Building Inspection at Real Estate Management, Düsseldorf Airport.

Fifty NB-IoT sensors embedded in the surface of the bridge and its copings will measure temperature, humidity, and corrosion. The gathered data will be transmitted in real-time over Deutsche Telekom’s network for subsequent analysis. According to Deutsche Telekom and BS2 Sicherheitssysteme, the sensors have a lifetime of 70 years, and they can be installed in both new constructions and existing concrete structures.

Apart from the bridge, similar NB-IoT sensors from BS2 Sicherheitssysteme are also being deployed is the Köln-Ost highway junction, where Germany’s Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is conducting its own tests to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of the technology.

oneM2M notes rapid growth in membership as IoT momentum gathers pace

A cybersecurity specialist, research institutes, service providers and Ireland’s official standards body are among the latest companies to join the global Internet of Things (IoT) standards initiative oneM2M as it continues to evolve its universal framework to empower mass adoption of the IoT across a range of sectors.

The newest additions to oneM2M’s vast membership – which is made up of vendors, operators and national bodies – highlights the wide relevance of oneM2M’s work across the globe, with the new members coming from Canada, America, Europe and Asia.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) opted to join oneM2M as part of the Irish Government’s strategy to prepare networks for the digitalisation of key processes, including the future industrial revolution – Industry 4.0.

“We are joining oneM2M at a pivotal time as we have just kicked-off our standards development programme for ‘IoT & Future Networks’ which will feed into the Irish Government’s National Industry 4.0 Strategy,” said Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of the NSAI. “Membership will give our experts the added advantage of having access to and contributing to Technical Specifications which are being created outside of the mainstream standards organisations, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with industry and research institutes from various backgrounds.”

oneM2M’s common service layer can be embedded within hardware and software to create a common language between IoT devices, enabling vertical interoperability, best-in-class security and interworking with legacy IoT standards.

Friedhelm Rodermund, Founder and Director at IOTECC, another company to join oneM2M this year, said: “As a company which focuses on IoT standards consulting, IOTECC joined oneM2M to understand how it is evolving further to cover the needs of more and more verticals, and how it enables interworking between oneM2M and a growing number of IoT technologies and standards.”

LG CNS, another new addition to oneM2M’s membership, has recently launched INFioT, an international standard which is based on oneM2M’s horizontal platform. LG CNS has also embedded the oneM2M standard into its recently launched smart city platform ‘Cityhub’ which collects and analyses data generated and sent by various city infrastructures via IoT technology.

New member CSEM will combine oneM2M’s platform with its secured, low-power IoT solutions to create autonomous and optimised interoperable platforms. GlenMartin will use its membership to explore the launch of a secure data exchange for IoT data.

The companies which have joined oneM2M since January 2018 include CSEM, GlenMartin, IOTECC GmbH, LG CNS, National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Telensa Limited and the University of Athens.

“This year has seen a great increase in membership which highlights that as momentum behind the global roll-out of the IoT gains pace, so too does the industry’s standardisation efforts,” said Fran O’ Brien, oneM2M’s Steering Committee Chairman. “This is leading to an ever-growing number of companies recognising the importance of seamless interoperability across all connectivity technologies as the foundation for a valued, future-proof IoT platform. As more IoT devices and applications emerge, this will only escalate and as a totally agnostic framework, we are confident the growth in oneM2M members will also continue.”

oneM2M will also address the adoption of the IoT at its Industry Day, which will be held during IoT Week Korea, on Friday, September 14, at the COEX Convention Center, in Seoul, Korea.

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