With the launch of the Telstra IoT Network, organisations are empowered with extended coverage and to deploy devices with longer device battery life and lower operating costs. This supports IoT deployment at a scale which enables customers to connect things that would not have been viable with prior technology.
“As new network technology supports cost reduction, a whole host of use cases that previously didn’t stack up, are now cost effective,” Chapman says.
The tools are now in place, but the challenge many organisations face is that IoT is a broad and complex topic. It’s important to ask key questions at the beginning of your IoT journey to create clear objectives.
How are you going to take those first steps? What’s the business problem you’re trying to solve? What’s the right entry point? What will a successful implementation provide?
Telstra announced a new way to get organisations started on their IoT journey and demonstrate real-time IoT benefits in 60 days, with minimal investment. The capacity to up-stack and its end- -to-end capability supports organisations through every stage from ideation to implementation and beyond.
This smarter way to kick-start IoT development means you can start small, with a defined business challenge, and then scale up fast with a clear justifiable business case.
“The approach we prefer is to firstly, understand your market needs and then just go out and do something small, do it fast and iterate,” Chapman says.
At Telstra Vantage™ 2017 Chapman discussed a recent project with VicRoads where electronic road signs provide drivers with relevant traffic information. After four iterations, the system now also automatically updates social media feeds.
IoT can offer solutions to fundamental challenges in business and government, including reducing costs, driving productivity, and improving the quality of your customers’ experience.
In the agricultural sector, IoT devices are empowering farmers to remotely monitor crops and equipment, preventing spoilage and the propagation of disease – all while operating more efficiently and using less water.
In logistics, sensors are placed in trucks and containers of perishable goods for supply chain monitoring, providing awareness of asset quality and location, which allow you to fine tune schedules and promote customer satisfaction.
For utilities, smart meters can reveal how a distribution network is performing. The aggregated data can be used to build models for better understanding maintenance and upgrades. Real-time identification and reporting of leaks and outages empowers suppliers to address these issues faster than ever before.
Last year Telstra announced a trial, in partnership with City of Joondalup in Western Australia, using IoT to turn Tom Simpson Park into a smart park, with the immediate goals of increasing amenities utilisation for facilities such as lighting, parking and barbeques.
A year later, Joondalup has discovered an evident shift in internal culture where people are actively looking for digital solutions, while externally, other organisations have noticed this leadership and are seeking to collaborate with the City of Joondalup.
“When people got involved in the process, they opened up their imagination to the possibilities and now other organisations are talking to them about the innovation and the cultural change they have been able to achieve,” Chapman says.