Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Definium Technologies has announced the activation of a state-wide LoRaWAN network in its native Tasmania, aiming to make the region an ideal test-bed for IoT solutions.

“We decided to take on the challenge of rolling out a statewide enterprise-grade LoRaWAN network,” explains Mike Cruse, chief executive of Definium Technologies, at the launch. “We want to encourage people to come to Tasmania and test their IoT solutions, then deploy them around the state with enterprise-grade reliability. Tasmania is the ideal life-sized laboratory at scale where individuals and businesses of all scales can experiment with next-generation IoT applications, such as applying intelligent sensors to asset management, agricultural, horticultural, and aquaculture use cases.”

“The increasing deployment of large scale LoRaWAN networks using Semtech’s LoRa devices reflects a trend toward the growing adoption of IoT globally,” adds Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group which is behind the LoRa and LoRaWAN standard and protocol. “Definium’s deployment in Tasmania will expose businesses, students and potential developers to IoT, and is expected to bring thousands of devices online to enable smarter solutions in a variety of vertical markets.”

The launch of the network comes shortly after Semtech opened its educational LoRaWAN Academy resources to all and community-driven LoRaWAN network initiative The Things Network set a new world record for transmission distance.