Hi Tim and Ryan,
In rural areas are there any other solutions rather than having a repeater every 10km or so?
Answer transcribed from webinar response by Rian Sullings (WaterGroup P/L):
Yes, absolutely. Depending on the geography of the rural area, some of the LPWANs can exceed 10 km reliably, so therefore you'd have a base station that might provide 20 or 30 km if you've got nice flat land. If it's more hilly, then you might have some challenges. Another technology that's starting to emerge and looking like it might be a really viable option for remote smart metering or anything IoT is satellite communications. We've gone from having quite high-powered wireless communication across the land, to the LPWAN or low power overland communication. In the past year or so, there's been a few leaps and bounds made in the low-power satellite communication space where you can, in theory, have one or two D cell batteries on a device, and it can be sending its data up once or twice a day and bouncing it off a satellite and lasting 10, 15 years on those batteries.