AB Open Invites Calderdale Businesses to Participate in LPWAN Technology Programme

Businesses in Calderdale with products and services which communicate remotely can benefit from the integration of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology, and are invited to apply to take part in a free programme providing access to an experimental testbed network alongside expert innovation support.

The Calderdale LPWAN testbed is one of six that are being operated across the UK as part of the IoTUK Boost programme, which seeks to advance the UK’s leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT). Free support will be provided for up to 10 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in Calderdale, which includes:

  • Access to a wide-area wireless network and hardware for
    prototyping
  • Training via a two-day hands-on workshop
  • Support over a 12 month period
  • Opportunities to showcase products and services

With the ability to cross towns and cities — including a line-of-sight signal range of up to 15km — the LoRaWAN wireless technology employed by the network is considered a key enabler for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Applications suited to deployment on the LoRaWAN network include next-generation consumer electronics, environmental monitoring systems, equipment monitoring and preventative maintenance in industrial settings, and over-the-air remote updating of digital signage systems, to name but a few highly applicable use-cases.

LoRaWAN is well-suited to applications which need to periodically send and/or receive small amounts of data; a sensor reading, for example, or a short string of text or other data. Designed specifically with this in mind, LoRaWAN is extremely energy efficient: devices using LoRaWAN technology can consume so little power that a battery life of up to 10 years is possible, greatly reducing maintenance costs.  Applications which need to constantly transmit or receive, or which require a high-throughput broadband data service, are not suited to LoRaWAN use, though can make use of the network as a secondary connection to reduce data charges and increase battery life.

Participation
There is no cost associated with programme participation or ongoing use of the network. Applicants are simply asked to commit sufficient resources into development and experimentation with the network, in order to get full benefit from their participation.

Applications are welcomed not only from those with new products and services in mind, but also where opportunities are identified for increasing the value of and future-proofing existing systems.

How to apply
The closing data for applications is Wednesday 1st March 2017.

An application form can be downloaded from:
https://thingscalderdale.com/boost/
Completed forms should be e-mailed to: iotukboost@abopen.com

Calderdale LPWAN Boost is operated by AB Open in partnership with
the Digital Catapult as part of the IoTUK programme, RS Components,
The Things Network and Calderdale Council.

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