Semtech Corporation has announced its LoRa Wireless RF Technology is used in a new low power, wide area network (LPWAN) in London deployed as part of Digital Catapults Things Connected Program. The program aims to foster innovation by providing SMEs with free access to a LoRaWAN-based LPWAN for the purpose of deploying and testing IoT applications.
The initial network consists of 50 Everynet base stations featuring LoRa technology, which would make it the largest LoRaWAN network in the UK. It is also the result of U.K. IoT service provider Digital Catapult collaborating directly with British Telecom, Future Cities Catapult, Everynet, Beecham Research, AllThingsTalk, BRE, Imperial College London, Kings College London, UCL, and Queen Mary University of London to create an IoT incubator program designed to drive smart technology solutions in a number of different areas, including infrastructure provisioning, traffic and transport services, energy management and environmental sensing.
Some of the ideas proposed for the network include:
Making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists: Data from sensors that monitor traffic congestion, pedestrian footfall counts, crash impact incidents, can be used to develop recommended safe routes.
Improve quality of life for COPD and asthma sufferers: By offering a more cost-effective communication network, service providers delivering environmental quality analysis could access a much richer and more detailed network of multiple sensor data-points across London, in areas giving temperature, air quality and humidity. This data could be used by COPD and asthma sufferers to better prepare for the day or manage their symptoms more proactively.
Optimizing delivery drones: The way companies deliver items is likely to be transformed over the coming years, thanks to advances in drone technology. To help this become a reality, the deployment of micro wind speed and turbulence sensors across London could help with the routing and battery optimization. This has the potential to further increase viability of drones as a means for delivering items quickly and efficiently across the capital.