The City of Newcastle has selected NNNCo’s N2N-DL IoT platform as the middleware for its intelligent platform implementation to support multiple smart city applications.
The deal also includes an agreement to run thousands of IoT devices through the platform for multiple city use cases, and to use of NNNCo’s N-tick device certification program for all devices to be deployed in the city region.
The deal follows NNNCo being selected in 2018 to install a LoRaWAN network to provide low-power connectivity for wireless IoT devices in Newcastle, and a pilot program in 2018 that tested use of the N2N-DL platform across multiple applications.
According to NNNCo founder and CEO, Rob Zagarella, N2N-DL will act as a common data platform to support a device certification program that will simplify the integration of upstream systems and the standardisation of devices.
“By normalising and harmonising all the data from devices, N2N-DL removes the need for complex systems integration and sensor integration, driving down the cost and risk of IoT,” he said.
NNNCo CTO Tony Tilbrook added: “In simple terms, N2N-DL enables customers to take any certified LoRaWAN device, turn it on and connect to the network, and receive data that can be easily ingested into their application.
“The middleware saves organisations having to create database systems to ingest data from each type of device. It sits between networks and visualisation and analysis applications and converts IoT data into a single restful API.”
Newcastle Smart City coordinator Nathaniel Bavinton said the platform’s multi-tiered, multi-tenanted architecture provided a secure method of sharing data within the city’s security policy.
“It negates the need to be locked into one technology, vendor or system and opens up a wide variety of potential solutions, competitive pricing and continuity of supply.”
N2N-DL based on Actility
NNNCo unveiled its N2N-DL data platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona after being selected to showcase the offering on the global LoRa Alliance stand.
The platform is based on the ThingPark IoT platform developed by French company Actility specifically for LoRaWAN, and claimed to underpin more than half the national LPWA network rollouts globally.
NNNCo has been developing it since February 2017 when it announced its partnership with Actility to build what it said would be “Australia’s first industrial IoT network.”
• According to NNNCo website, NNNCo’s N-tick certifies a device’s conformance to NNNCo’s LoRaWAN network, its compatible with NNNCo’s network server and to the AS923 standard.” AS923 specifies the frequencies in the ISM band at which the device operates.