Each start-up receives up to £10,000 each to help demonstrate connected devices across London’s Things Connected LoRaWAN
Six SMEs from across the UK have been awarded a share of £50,000 funding after coming up with ideas to solve city challenges in London using the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Things Connected. The winning solutions tackle areas such as noise pollution, making cycling safer and helping the NHS utilise under-used space.
Awarded by Future Cities Catapult, the UK Government-supported centre of excellence in urban innovation, the funding will be used to develop the ideas and demonstrate connected devices in London using the Things Connected Low-Power LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network).
The winning proposals are:
With the UK’s IoT marketplace currently 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.
“We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Things Connected Open Call, and look forward to seeing how they use IoT devices to solve city challenges ranging from flooding, to air pollution, to helping the NHS make better use of its buildings,” said Future Cities Catapult CEO, Peter Madden.
He added: “Here at Future Cities Catapult we actively engage high-growth businesses to drive innovation for urban development. By supporting UK SME’s with funding, we further position the UK as a world leader in connectivity.”
The shortlisted SMEs have six weeks to deploy devices, which will determine the viability of their solution.
Things Connected is an innovation support programme that will ensure London is open and ready to innovate with IoT. The network is not built for commercial purposes, but rather, for testing and trialing new ideas. Once developed these innovations can be launched on one of the commercial networks covering the UK today.
Future Cities Catapult exists to advance innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better. It brings together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face, now and in the future. This means that we catalyse and apply innovations to grow UK business and promote UK exports.
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