UTS is the first Australian university to get free Internet of Things (IoT) network coverage in a new partnership with global telecommunications company Thinxtra.
Thinxtra is introducing the Smart University Partnership Program for tertiary institutions to accelerate the sector’s contribution to the development of IoT solutions for Smart Cities, industrial and agricultural applications.
The UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) is a world-leading university in IoT, big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence, hosting the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTTA), and developing industry partnerships focused on technology solutions. Faculty academics, researchers and students will now have unlimited access to connectivity for the development of cutting edge IoT hardware and software applications (including cloud applications and big data analytics).
“Access provided by Thinxtra will benefit many R&D projects dedicated to helping Australian businesses to be faster, smarter and more agile, which will position Australia as a global leader in areas such as agritech, smart mining and logistics, infrastructure monitoring and asset management, and environmental and water monitoring,” said Hervé Harvard, Director of Prototyping, FEIT.
“There is an urgent need for deployment of digital transformative technologies to enable Australia’s traditional economic pillars to compete globally, to grow our knowledge economy and transform into a high-performing digital economy.”
“IoT has the potential to make a dramatic impact in a diverse range of fields over the next decade. This impact is expected to create a multi-billion-dollar industry,” said Professor Mehran Abolhasan, Global Big Data Technologies Centre at UTS.
FEIT has recently established a new unit, UTS: Rapido, to help businesses of all size unlock the potential of the IoT. Rapido stands for rapid prototyping and will give industry partners access to an IoT team of UTS engineers and academics researching and developing product-focused technologies. The resources provided by the Thinxtra partnership will help drive innovative collaborations between industry and academe using IoT technology to transform practice and behaviours, disrupting many current traditional business models.
This includes the SME sector, which make up more than 90 per cent of business in Australia.
“The Thinxtra partnership program will support and enable Australian innovation at its core - universities. Developing solutions in this environment will help fast-track Australia as a leader in the new digital economy. Access to a global IoT network such as Sigfox means Australian universities and businesses partnering with them rough programs like Rapido can build solutions that can easily be globally exported,” said Renald Gallis of Thinxtra.
Thinxtra uses Sigfox technology, network infrastructure with immense scalability to connect millions of devices more easily and cheaply. It is very long range (up to 50km from gateway to device), ideal for wide coverage of regional and urban city areas, low cost in terms of connectivity and devices, and has very low power consumption (devices can last up to 15 years on small batteries).
Australian businesses interested in harnessing innovation can work with UTS:Rapido, for rapid prototyping, collaborative research to support innovation and development.