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.
For quite a while now Thingitude has been helping colleagues in the Welsh Assembly understand and promote the benefits of LoRaWAN as an IoT network for rural areas. Over the last few months our combined efforts are beginning to bear fruit.
This week saw the launch of the Reading Hotspot project for Reading 2016 Year of Culture.
Four students from UTC Reading are working with Mark Stanley from The Things Network Reading to develop Internet of Things sensors that will be installed in arts centres and museums around Reading.
Mark explained the project:
“Reading’s arts scene has to work hard to get the attention of a largely commuting population. If we can better connect artists and audiences in Reading we can increase attendance at performances at venues in Reading.”
“By the end of the summer we aim to give audiences a very simple way to find out ‘Where’s hot in Reading?’ and rate the events they attend. We’ll provide the arts and culture venues with objective data that demonstrates the impact of different events, and which will support funding bids for future events.
The team has been given a base at Reading’s collaboration incubation and co-working hub, GROW@GreenPark, and will run throughout the summer holidays. The students are using laptops donated by local geeks and supporters of The Things Network.
“Reading Hotspots is about connecting Our audiences and artists and growing the attendance at arts events in Reading, but it’s also about demonstrating that Reading is once more becoming a hub of technology innovation in the UK.” said Mark. “Reading has the biggest Things Network in the UK, it’s free to use and there is a lot of community interest in what we can do with it! I’m delighted that Reading Council is looking at low cost ways to explore Smart City technology like this, it’s very encouraging and forward thinking.”
About The Things Network
The Things Network is a global, free to use, wireless data network for the Internet of Things. It began in Amsterdam in August 2015 and has spread to nearly 200 communities around the world.
Mark Stanley and Mike Beardmore started The Things Network in Reading in December 2015, so the people, schools and startups in and around Reading can use it to build and connect their “Things” to the Internet.
Contact: Mark Stanley: firstname.lastname@example.org or for visit https://facebook.com/ttnreading
About Thingitude Ltd
Thingitude is a non-profit organisation established to promote, support and develop community-led open source Internet of Things projects. We believe a great deal of Smart City innovation and value will come from a bottom-up community-led approach to complement the top-down consultancy-led approach. We also believe in Smart Towns, Smart Villages, and Smart Countryside!
Thingitude was successful in its bid for Reading 2016 Year of Culture funding for the Reading Hotspot project. The project is also part-funded by Coraledge Ltd.
Contact: Mark Stanley: email@example.com or visit http://thingitude.com
About Reading 2016 Year of Culture
Year of Culture will be the most important cultural and creative activity undertaken in Reading in a generation. The aims of the initiative include uniting the existing arts and culture organisations in Reading, and increasing the cultural ambition of Reading to make the town a destination for arts and culture in the UK
Reading 2016 received seed funding from Reading Cultural Partnership and is supported by Reading UK CIC, the University of Reading, Reading Borough Council, Reading College, Alt Reading as well as many local arts groups and businesses.