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Things Connected: SMEs Awarded Funding to Solve London Challenges Using IoT

As part of Things Connected, Six SME’s from across the UK have been awarded a share of £50,000 funding by Future Cities Catapult.

The startups answered an open call to solve city challenges in London, using LPWAN.

For ideas including tackling noise pollution, making cycling safer and helping the NHS utilise under-used space, the winning SMEs will receive up to £10,000 each. They will use this to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London using the Things Connected Low-Power LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network).

The winning proposals are:

  • Beringar are testing light and environmental sensors to identify unallocated and under-utilised space within the health estate. This has the potential to increase patient convenience, save money and ultimately help the NHS improve the quality of care.
  • BuggyAir will develop their prototype to provide real-time information on pedestrian and cyclist’s exposure to pollutant, using route visualisation and comparison.
  • Fosters and Partners  are developing a system to monitor noise pollution in capital, allowing ordinary people to collect and visualise local information about the sound around them. This will enable Londoners to mitigate the effects of noise and give people a basis for informing policy to shape their community.
  • Joyride Technologies in partnership with the London Cycling Campaign, will be using sensors to collect information about how families commute around the city as cyclists. This can then be considered in the infrastructure planning process.
  • KloudKeeper will demonstrate their smart rainwater capture, reuse and release hardware, minimising flooding and reducing water demand.
  • Nymbly are testing their air quality management app that has a direct impact on health in the workplace. Their newly designed advanced sensors offers data accuracy to room level and through data modeling, informs building owners to take action by improving the ventilation system, humidity control or filtering.

With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn – and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018 – the Things Connected network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks.

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