Spark says the partnership with Levno will benefit the rural sector.
Under the agreement, originally scoped to cover New Zealand’s top 20 urban centres, the network is being extended to Levno’s customers in Manawatu, Canterbury and Waikato.
Levno also says it anticipates reduced operating costs on the new infrastructure, allowing greater focus on developing customer experience.
Spark’s general manager of IoT Solutions, Michael Stribling, says that last year, when Spark announced plans to build two IoT networks in New Zealand, the huge potential of these for businesses soon became evident.
“Organisations across the country reached out to us, keen to be at the forefront of IoT.
“We know that for many, this is the technology they need to take their business to the next level – whether it’s by keeping better track of their resources, moving off cellular technology to lower their infrastructure costs, or testing the new IoT product they've been developing.”
Levno chief executive Ray Connor says that when the company created the monitoring system in 2012, a suitable low power network wasn’t available in New Zealand.
Without a low power network, Levno began using available cellular networks. These were designed for higher power, higher data uses – something Connor says wasn’t an ideal option back then for a start-up.
“LoRaWAN lowers the cost of infrastructure for us. This is great for our business, but also for our customers because it means we can focus more resource on the stuff that directly impacts them – like building great user experience through our dashboard,” says Connor.
“I think this will be a trend as IoT becomes more pervasive. Development companies need to focus more on the experience for the people using their products to deliver real value to users and less on the infrastructure sitting under it.”