ARQIVA HAS ANNOUNCED the first 10 cities in its nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network.
The company, best known as the operator of the UK's terrestrial television transmitter infrastructure, has switched on IoT transceivers in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, London (starting in Greenwich) and Sheffield.
The network will allow local authorities to provide innovations such as smart car parking and flood early warning systems. It is also expected to be used to aid monitoring and surveillance to reduce crime rates.
Other examples cited include alerts when public bins are full, or when there's no soap or loo roll left in public toilets.
Smart parking could prove a tremendous boon for frustrated drivers, allowing you to locate a space, park in it, and receive reminders when you need to return without lifting a finger.
Arqiva has partnered with Sigfox to create the IoT network.
The firm's director of smart metering and machine-to-machine solutions, Wendy McMillan, explained: “Our network is truly unlocking the promise of the IoT.
"Together with existing connectivity, such as street-level WiFi, these cities are becoming hubs for digital innovation.
"A whole host of smart city and intelligent building applications can now deliver strong benefits, from smart parking and waste level monitoring through to connected smoke alarms.”
The news comes in the same week that Intel announced the creation of a dedicated IoT platform designed to allow easier IoT manufacturing and a quicker route to market.
The London Borough of Greenwich's involvement marks the area's second major rollout of experimental technology in recent weeks, following the announcement that it is to be one of the trial areas for driverless cars in the UK.
For more information about IoT, visit the Intel IT Center. µ
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