Things Connected is an innovation support programme targeting UK businesses wishing to leverage the capabilities of LPWAN technologies. Providing startups, small businesses and developers improved access to LPWAN networks, Things Connected will foster the emergence of a strong UK based LPWAN ecosystem.
As part of Things Connected, we are working with SME’s to look at how LPWAN can be used to solve city challenges. Within our work on Things Connected an open call to award funding to innovators using the Things Connected network was announced.
Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are a relatively new network technology that provides connectivity for vast numbers of devices over long distances using very little energy. This technology offers disruptive potential to enable a new wave of IoT applications at a much lower cost than previously possible.
Things Connected will provide a LoRaWAN testbed together with an innovation support programme to ensure London is open and ready to innovate with the Internet of Things (IoT). The programme includes open calls, classes, events as well as a free to use LoRaWAN network for test and evaluation purposes.
The network is not built for commercial purposes, but rather, for testing and trialling new ideas (subject to registration). Once developed these innovations can be launched on one of the commercial networks covering the UK today. The Things Connected network will provide a LoRaWAN network with will initially cover the London area. It aims to encourage deployment of sensors and connected devices, development of use cases and the creation of applications and services. The programme will unlock the potential of low-cost low energy communications networks and provide a testbed to support evolving IoT technologies in its roll out.
Things Connected was launched in September 2016 by the Digital Catapult. Future Cities Catapult is exploring how it can be applied in the city to solve urban challenges. Things Connected is a collaboration between the Future Cities Catapult, BT, the Digital Catapult, Everynet, Beecham Research, AllThingsTalk, BRE, Imperial College London, King’s College London, UCL and Queen Mary University of London. The programme aims to empower digital startups and SMEs to embrace the opportunities of IoT and help drive innovation. There is information on the LoRa Alliance website about LoRa certified products and specifications.