The network is another demonstration of MK:Smart’s desire to reach out to the local business community to help generate technology innovation around smart cities
Milton Keynes is to deploy its own low power wide area (LoRa) network with gateways installed at four locations to provide coverage across central areas of the city.
More than 30 businesses gathered at the University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK) for the launch of the wireless sensor network designed to serve Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
“The launch of the LoRa network in Milton Keynes reinforces the city’s position as a global pioneer of smart cities,” said Rajinder Sharma, commercial manager, business engagement at UCMK, who chaired the event.
“It’s another demonstration of not only how sensor networks have been deployed as part of the MK:Smart project, but also our desire to reach out to the local business community to help generate technology innovation around smart cities.”
Powered by LoRaWan, a specification that targets the key requirements of the Internet of Things, the LoRa network is perfectly suited to smart applications since it enables seamless interoperability among smart ‘things’ without the need for complex local installations.
The launch event also featured keynote presentations from Tracy Hopkins, chair of the LoRa Alliance, and Jon Pearce, head of Europe for Microchip with a welcome address from Gordon Mellor, campus director, UCMK.
The LoRa network is supported by the LoRa Alliance, an international not-for-profit organisations whose members include IBM, Cisco, Orange and more.
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