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”

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”