IoT Boost LPWAN was announced 13th December 2016. IoTUK Boost is funded by Government, through IoTUK and the Digital Catapult, underlining the importance of IoT for the UK’s digital economy.

CW and its Partners
CW partners with the Smart Cambridge Programme (Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, University of Cambridge and Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough LEP), Everynet (contributing member of the LoRa Alliance™), and Cambridge-based Iotic Labs, to support a minimum of 10 SMEs in their quest to find solutions to genuine challenges faced within the Cambridge region and to explore the market opportunity for the products and services they create. All solutions must make use of Cambridge’s newly deployed LoRaWAN™ Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN).

Challenge Areas
The LPWAN-driven technologies and services will address the locally identified societal challenges of Transport, Air Quality Monitoring, Primary Prevention or Monitoring of Ill Health in Older People, Digital Buildings. Other societal challenges relevant to the Cambridge region will be considered.

National Challenges
IoTUK is a national programme to amplify the UK’s IoT capability. Following successful IoT Boost activities in 2016, this year’s Boost activity is designed to target the particular benefits of LPWAN as a means of sharing data. The IoTUK Boost activities all support IoT innovation across business and the public sector through a series of local innovation challenges and incubation activities across the UK. In addition to Cambridge’s programme, five other organisations have been selected to build experimentation LPWAN testbeds for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop Internet of Things (IoT) products and services. These are:

Participants will also liaise with the Digital Catapult Things Connected programme which aims to ensure London is open and ready to innovate with the IoT. Things Connected will initially provide coverage of London within the M25 to establish the UK’s largest IoT LoRaWAN network.

The highlights and benefits for all those involved in 2016’s IoT Boost Programme are captured in the videos below.