LoRaWAN comes to Townsville

LoRaWAN in TownsvilleIoT integrator Campbell Scientific Australia has set up a LoRaWAN network in Townsville in partnership with The Townsville City Council and supported by Campbell Scientific’s Altoview IoT platform.

Altoview is a cloud-based system combined with a LoRaWAN network, designed by Campbell Scientific in Australia to address the need for real time data management across a broad range of industries.

It was announced in late 2016,with the company saying it would be will be launched in 2017 with the release of an Altoview temperature sensor to provide smart refrigeration monitoring solutions for the catering and healthcare industry.

Campbell Scientific says Altoview and the LoRaWAN network in Townsville are being used initially by school children collaborating with scientists from James Cook University to monitor environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and water quality around the city.

Sales and business development manager at Campbell Scientific Australia, Dr David Hammond, said forthcoming Altoview products would “not only provide an opportunity for Campbell Scientific to further develop our existing markets, they will also open up new markets where we aim to provide real product innovation.”

The Townsville network presently covers about 1000 square kilometres and the company says city-wide trials of a new range of low cost Altoview IoT sensors will start in February 2017 and run for several months, in conjunction with a range of businesses and organisations around Townsville.

Also, a Queensland Government Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Campbell Scientific Australia and James Cook University is due to begin this month. It aims to develop an IoT sensor for flood warning applications. The Knowledge Transfer program provides funding of up to $50,000 to small businesses that can engage a university graduate to work on a strategic innovation project.

Campbell Scientific Australia was formed in 1993 by three Australians including current managing director Steve Bailey. It is partially owned by Campbell Scientific of the USA.

According to its web site, Bailey was approached by the US company “to establish the Australian and South East Asian branch of Campbell Scientific and build a company that would grow to become a market leader in the regional measurement and control industry.”

Campbell Scientific Australia now claims to have five national distribution offices, four international distributors and a large network of resellers across the Asia Pacific region.


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