Digital Playground in Wales

The Welsh Government has some really switched on people who understand IoT technology and are excited at the potential benefits of LPWAN for businesses and people in the many rural areas of Wales. They have been raising awareness across the country and Thingitude has delivered workshops and spoken at meetings to help de-mystify technology like LoRaWAN and get businesses excited about how it could benefit them.

One of our bigger projects this year has been in North Wales. Funded by Menter Mon and working with Gwynedd Council and Glynllifon Agricultural College, we have been helping to turn the Glynllifon estate into a “Digital Playground” where local businesses (and individuals) can see a range of sensors connected to an engaging and interactive web application via The Things Network. They can also experiment with, build and install their own sensors and add them into the web application.

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Things Connected for Local Authorities

One of the big projects of the last year has been running an innovation programme for Digital Catapult and four Local Authorities – Croydon, Suffolk, Sutton and Thurrock. The innovation programme was part of the Catapult’s excellent ThingsConnected programme – which aims to stimulate more UK interest in LPWAN, because we are woefully behind some of our European neighbours.

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The innovative UK businesses involved in the programme

Each of the councils put forward a specific challenge, and the idea was to invite UK businesses to work with the councils to understand the challenges in more depth, and then propose solutions to the challenges using LPWAN technology – LoRaWAN, Nwave, Sigfox, etc. The winning ideas would then be implemented in the borough for a live trial. Continue reading “Things Connected for Local Authorities”

We are hiring students this summer!

Two years ago we ran a very successful project over the summer holidays with 4 students from UTC Reading. This summer I’m pleased to say we have another opportunity, and are looking to find 2-3 students to work with us in Reading for 2 days/week over the summer holidays. We will pay you – it is proper work!

Our previous team(left to right): Kieron Cardall, Simon Light, Sam Kimbinyi, Tom Helyer

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Things Connected innovation programme

Since last summer I’ve been helping Digital Catapult with their Things Connected programme – an intervention to encourage UK business to learn about LPWAN technology and how it can work for their organisation.

In the last quarter of 2017 I organised and ran an innovation programme for small businesses working on LPWAN solutions for social housing and independent living use cases. These are two areas that councils believe have potential to benefit from the Internet of Things, and LPWAN in particular. Continue reading “Things Connected innovation programme”

LoRaWAN goes mobile

Multitech LoRaWAN gateway on a mobile mast and the Long Range VAN

I would like to introduce you to my new mobile LoRaWAN setup, which lives in my LongRangeVAN.
Pictured here is a Multitech LoRaWAN gateway on a 6m telescopic mast. The gateway is powered over ethernet (PoE) so it just needs the one cable. It can connect to the Internet using the same cable, or using an M2M SIM card if there is no wired connection available. Continue reading “LoRaWAN goes mobile”