Digital Catapult launches free-to-use IoT network for start-ups and SMEs

Organisation claims network could help to make delivery drones a reality

SME incubator Digital Catapult has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) network, in a bid to encourage digital start-ups and SMEs to innovate by tapping into IoT capabilities.

The programme is dubbed Digital Catapult Things Connected, and the organisation is working with BT, Future Cities Catapult, Everynet, Beecham Research, AllThingsTalk, BRE, Imperial College London, King's College London, UCL and Queen Mary University of London.

Things Connected will initially provide 50 LoRAWAN base stations across London. LoRAWAN is a media access control (MAC) layer protocol designed for large-scale public networks with a single operator, and would be the first phase of the testbed and additional low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies which will be included as the network develops. Digital Catapult claimed that it would become the UK's largest IoT LoRaWAN network and would be free to use.

According to Digital Catapult, the programme won't just be useful for the most common IoT use cases such as infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services and energy management and environment sensing. It believes it could help to lessen the risk for vulnerable road users - including cyclists - by connecting data from sensors such as pedestrian footfall counts, bike-frame sensors and traffic congestion feeds.

Digital Catapult also suggested that the network could improve the quality of life for COPD and asthma sufferers, by using data from temperature, air quality and humidity sensors.

Perhaps the most forward-looking suggestion from Digital Catapult is the idea that it could help to optimise delivery drones.

"To help [delivery drones] become a reality, the deployment of micro wind speed and turbulence sensors across London could help with routeing and battery optimisation," the organisation said.

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said that the organisation along with its partners aim to roll Things Connected out "to help remove the barriers to IoT technology for businesses, and create new revenue opportunities for entrepreneurs and for smaller and larger companies".

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox
Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox

5 Oct 2021