Telecommunications giant Telstra has launched the country’s first public Internet of Things innovation lab in Melbourne, opening up its infrastructure expertise and resources to burgeoning start-ups.
Telstra chief technology officer Hakan Eriksson said the GSMA Mobile IoT Open Lab would be open to anyone from high school students to large corporations, with the aim of providing innovators with an environment to test their ideas and build new devices.
“We’re experts in the network part of it, but not in all the applications that run on top such as agricultural applications, power distribution applications or logistics applications… and they are not experts in networks, so we needed a meeting place and this is that meeting place,” Mr Eriksson said.
“This Lab will help foster a community focused on quality IoT product design, encouraging best-practice sharing of ideas, experience, research and insights amongst engineers from startups through to global enterprises,” he said.
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