NZ Digital Strategy

Cellular connectivity and internet availability in rural NZ has been challenging for a long time. Black spots, call drop outs and being unable to use mobile technology in every location, has always been a problem.

However, the government’s “statement of intent for improving digital connectivity ” has been recently announced by MBIE.

Needless to say, the four connectivity priorities are not easy nor immediate to implement, but they give a pathway to what rural communities in New Zealand can expect by 2032.

How will this improve industrial applications such as SCADA systems and remote monitoring of flow meters or reservoirs?

New Zealand’s terrain is challenging for telemetry and remote monitoring sites, but with the improved cellular coverage options outlined in the NZ Digital Strategy, cellular comms become a realistic option for more remote locations.

The QTech CM910 4G cellular modem has increased in popularity for DATRAN systems. The CM910 offers super fast communication options from our XL4 Plus RTUs back to the SCADA base station.

Implementing a cellular comms channel in DATRAN is straight forward, but the network configuration will likely need input from your IT team. Please contact us and we will outline the requirements.

Adding additional XL4 Plus RTUs to the cellular comms channel is then straightforward – The RTU configuration of IP address, network, port etc is all done in Workbench.

100% Cellular Coverage by Satellite

You will have also seen that Vodafone New Zealand has recently transformed in to “One NZ”.

One NZ have announced a “100% mobile coverage plan” for New Zealand with a collaboration with SpaceX. A truly exciting development which will help improve our safety and digital connectivity options for all remote sites.

SpaceX’s satellite constellations are already widely used, including a similar partnership with T-Mobile, the global telco giant.

The low earth orbit satellites for this collaboration are likely to be deployed in late 2024. The mobile services they offer will then gradually roll out from the initial text only to include voice and data.

Digital Connectivity in NZ is improving – let us all hope that the strategy delivers on the needs for both rural communities and farmers in New Zealand.