David Dunn, CEO, Sunderland Software City
Digital Catapult has announced its partners in establishing Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) in three locations across three locations across the UK; Sunderland Software City, Ulster University and Amphy Ltd.
The partners have been awarded funding as part of the Catapult’s Things Connected programme, to establish infrastructure for Internet of Things (IoT) development. The three networks in the North East & Tees Valley, Northern Ireland and Bournemouth respectively, will expand on Digital Catapult’s existing network in London.
Partnerships were awarded following an open call where consortia submitted their plans for IoT testing and development through varied initiatives across the private and public sectors.
Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult said: “With 25% of IoT services expected to be delivered over LPWAN by 2025, failure to establish an accessible network could dull the UK’s competitive edge.
“The Things Connected programme aims to counter this threat by supporting the development of IoT, placing the UK in a better position to grasp a sizable chunk of this multitrillion-dollar global market. Its regional roll-out will democratise resulting economic growth, ensuring that businesses across the country reap the day-to-day rewards this technology offers.”
Sunderland Software City will employ the network to develop smart water metering, streamline supply chain logistics and improve rail infrastructure, while Ulster University will drive efficiencies in healthcare service provision and manufacturing distribution. Amphy is working with WND UK to develop smart street barriers that will improve safety and monitoring systems for landslides.
Partners were selected for the programme based on the range of potential IoT applications they presented and their commitment to driving IoT development for the benefit of local businesses. Geography was also a factor. Sunderland, Ulster and Bournemouth have diverse topography, which will be assessed during the programme for its impact on Network success. This can then factor into future plans for network development.
David Dunn, CEO, Sunderland Software City, says: “LPWAN will allow us to develop and deliver new IoT-based initiatives across the region and improve existing ones.
"In anticipation of several high profile events next year, IoT development will help us manage million-strong crowds and deliver the best possible visitor experience. It will also support our ambitions to improve our rail infrastructure, make Sunderland the first city in the UK to benefit from a fully-connected water metering system and smooth logistics at the region’s ports.”