New programme to make London an Internet of Things hub

London is on the map for digital technology so it’s only fitting that it becomes the hub for the Internet of Things (IoT) in the UK. This is exciting news for UK tech geeks as so far as a nation we haven’t made the same impact to the IoT industry as we’d have liked.

The program by Digital Catapult, is named Things Connected and it will ensure London is open and ready to innovate with the Internet of Things (IoT). Things Connected will initially provide 50 LoRaWAN base stations located across London to establish the UK’s largest IoT LoRaWAN network.

A few suggested examples of what the program could work on are:

  • Develop a ‘safer journey’ planner for critical areas of Central London – By connecting data from multiple sensors, including that from pedestrian footfall counts, crash-impact incidents from bike-frame sensors and traffic congestion feeds
  • Improve the quality of life for COPD and asthma sufferers – By offering a more cost-effective communication network
  • Optimising delivery drones – the deployment of micro wind speed and turbulence sensors across London could help with the routing and battery optimisation

We think you’ll agree that Things Connected has the potential to do some pretty cool stuff! Also, it’s free to use!

“London is already a global force in the tech and digital industries but if we are to stay competitive, increase productivity and make the most of opportunities for growth in this crucial sector, innovation is key. Digital Catapult Things Connected will help to drive business innovation by embracing Internet of Things technologies across London. By continuing to make our city smart and connected, we are showing that London is Open as we work to improve the lives and wellbeing of many by tackling the big issues we face in healthcare, transport and energy” says Rajesh Agrawal, deputy mayor for business.

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