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Traffic, transport infrastructure get green light for NBN connection Featured

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Operators of traffic signals, automatic teller machines and a range of other specialised devices can now connect to select services over the National Broadband Network through their retail service providers.

NBN Co, operators of the NBN, has announced that network extensions is a new option designed to extend the availability of select wholesale services to organisations with infrastructure and devices operating outside a residential or business premises location.

Typically operated by government and commercial organisations, these types of specialised systems include traffic signals, traffic cameras, roadside emergency points, rail boom gates, street light controllers, certain types of CCTV, stand-alone automatic teller machines, environmental sensors and public transport infrastructure.

Initially available across NBN Co’s fibre to the node (FTTN) footprint, Network Extensions will allow infrastructure operators to consolidate their connectivity requirements on the NBN network, providing what NBN Co says is “operational simplicity and new opportunities for automation, innovation and the world of IoT (Internet of Things)”.

The applications have historically been connected by a variety of different technologies due to limited network availability and geographical constraints.

NBN Co says it has conducted a successful trial of building Network Extensions with an operator of traffic management systems, helping to establish the technical requirements, processes and delivery capability to support complex non-premises infrastructure systems.

Initially available across the FTTN footprint, NBN Co says there are plans for a future expansion of Network Extensions across other fixed line technology areas - and working with infrastructure operators and retail service providers, on request it will assess and evaluate construction requirements to support the connection of approved non-premises locations to the NBN access network.

“As we reach the final stages of the nbn™ access network rollout, Network Extensions highlights how NBN Co is moving to address the needs of different customers to connect and help to lift their digital capability,” said Ray Owen, NBN Co Chief Technology Officer.

“This is a market segment characterised by a wide variety of specialised devices and complex services connected by a range of aging networks and technologies.

“By bringing this infrastructure onto the NBN network , operators have significant potential to simplify their operations and explore new innovation opportunities made possible by high-speed broadband and the emerging world of the IoT.”

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