NNNCo partnership to bring Proximity Monitoring IoT solution to Australia

IoT business News | April 15, 2020

NNNCo partnership to bring Proximity Monitoring IoT solution to Australia
The National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), Australia’s longest-running LoRaWAN network operator, has established a partnership with Belgian Applications and Solutions Provider, WMW, to bring new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to Australia, including those that can assist in the fight against Covid-19 spread. The companies have been working together for over 18 months, with NNNCo integrating the WMW-built applications into its enterprise data platform N2N-DL to enable seamless data aggregation and ensure network readiness. A Private Proximity Monitoring solution is being fast-tracked for use across different industries due to its potential to help workers and community members maintain social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus without compromising personal privacy.

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It is my pleasure to contribute to the Information and Communications Technology Council’s report, 5G: Jumpstarting Our Digital Future. The report itself is timely. As early as next year, the introduction of 5G equipment to Canada promises to transform our telecommunications industry as we know it. The convergence of fixed wireless and mobile technology, illustrated through the introduction of the 5G trials already underway in Canada, has permanently blurred the lines separating fixed and mobile broadband. The result of this convergence is one concept: wireless broadband – something that will enable Canadians’ 5G connectivity in the years ahead.

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