IoT

Public wireless network provider KotahiNet has launched an IoT network in Wellington, New Zealand, providing a platform to enable smart service, products and innovation.The purpose-built IoT network will carry data to and from sensors and other connected objects says KotahiNet.

KotahiNet aims to roll out the IoT network across the country, beginning in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

The founder of KotahiNet, Vikram Kumar, asserted that the network provides a platform for businesses and government to enable smart services, products and innovation – inclusive of weather monitoring as well as monitoring and managing energy consumption.

Kumar said: “The opportunities and benefits from the Internet of Things are beginning to be better appreciated - the global wave of innovation is coming.

“Our point of difference is we provide carrier-grade reliability and service level agreements, so that business and government can build critical smart services across New Zealand knowing that transporting data securely and economically is solved."

CEO of the Wellington Regional Economic development agency (WREDA) said: “With Wellington being the launch pad for such products, we have the opportunity to demonstrate and explore the possibilities for a much wider range of potential solutions that can benefit the wider Wellington region and ultimately the whole of New Zealand.”

Long-range IoT connectivity

[quote] The company says that it offers connectivity for devices that run on low power (5-10 years battery life), over a long range (3 km urban, 20 km rural), with carrier grade security (3 layers of encryption).

It also offers data-as-a-service, where the customer is also provided with sensors. KotahiNet offers to carry sensor data to its customers on its network free for the first six months.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed the launch of KotahiNet’s network. “It is great to see Wellington’s talent leading in technology application,” she says.

“Our Smart Capital digital strategy work is paying off with environmental, social and business opportunities and global recognition. It is exciting to see more technology being deployed and support for the collaboration that makes it possible."