Connexin rolls out UK's first nationwide IoT network

The smart city operator expands its LoRaWAN platform for use across all regions following successful trials in Yorkshire

Smart city development firm Connexin has announced plans to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) network across the entirety of the UK, with all local authorities and regions now able to link up with the company’s flagship platform.

Such a universal carrier-grade roaming long ranger wide area network (LoRaWAN) aims to lower the barriers to entry for regional governments hoping to launch their own smart city projects. This also eases the process for all organisations hoping to adopt IoT products.

This national rollout is the first of its kind in the UK and has started following successful regional deployments in Yorkshire, with organisations such as Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council and Amey among those which are already using the system.

Using the LoRaWAN network can allow any organisation in public service, from councils to utility firms, deploy IoT products without having to build their own network as they can tap into Connexin’s universal system.

“With a low-cost wide-area networking solution becoming available to all organisations across the UK, it opens up opportunities for those looking to deploy IoT solutions for a fraction of the cost of existing cellular infrastructure solutions,” said the founder and CEO of Connexin, Furqan Alamgir. 

“Not only does this promote the development of new IoT-based technology but it allows existing solutions to be rolled out nationwide to encourage further adoption and will allow more people to utilise and benefit from affordable, carrier-grade IoT connectivity.”

This news builds on an £80 million fundraising effort in September, with the company aiming to become the UK’s chief smart cities provider following successful regional deployments in Sheffield, Hull, and the South Coast. The expansion of its national IoT network to cover all areas of the UK is now underway.

The presence of a national IoT network may help to kickstart smart city projects across the UK, with only limited implementation and success to date. Many projects are either small in scale, or in the pipeline for future development, such as the government’s £90 million cash injection to build ‘future transport zones’. These will be located in the West of England Combined Authority, Portsmouth and Southampton, and Derby and Nottingham.

Asked to elaborate on the benefits for organisations joining a shared, universal network, Alamgir told IT Pro that the key benefit is a single architecture being used across multiple public sector organisations within a single local authority. "The collaboration aspect standardises the data access layer making it easier for local authorities to share data. Another obvious benefit is the cost of entry. Device manufacturers and solution providers have one single architecture to integrate with to provide service throughout the UK, so provides simplicity and cost savings.

"Lastly, it drives inward investment into the UK. Solution providers are more likely to deploy cutting edge IoT solutions across a single, managed and supported network vs multiple disparate ones.”"

Featured Resources

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Evaluate your order-to-cash process

15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operations

Download now

AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?

How AI can benefit your business

Download now

Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift

A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilities

Download now

Most Popular

IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance

18 Jan 2021
Citrix buys Slack competitor Wrike in record $2.25bn deal
collaboration

Citrix buys Slack competitor Wrike in record $2.25bn deal

19 Jan 2021
Should IT departments call time on WhatsApp?
communications

Should IT departments call time on WhatsApp?

15 Jan 2021