Boston Networks claims that by the end of November, over 30 per cent of businesses, six local authorities and almost 1.4 million people will have access to affordable IoT connectivity across Scotland.
Internet of Things (IoT) network coverage in the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh has almost reached 100 per cent.
Boston Networks, the integrated solutions business behind the delivery of Scotland’s £6 million network, said that substantial inroads have been made in installing the wireless infrastructure required to deliver Scotland’s national IoT network.
IoT Scotland is a wide-area sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices and send that data without the need for cellular or wi-fi. Coverage of 99.7 per cent has been achieved in Glasgow and 95 per cent in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
“There has been significant interest regarding how this technology could be used to gather data and make organisations more efficient and productive,” said Boston Networks CEO, Scott McEwan.
“The IoT network will revolutionise how we use smart technologies here in Scotland, with significant benefits for organisations of all sizes and their clients, all at very low cost.”
The benefits of IoT will not be restricted to Scotland’s most populous cities – networks are already up and running in Argyll & Bute and the Western Isles, with the Scottish Borders, Stirling, Perth, Orkney, Aberdeenshire and Dundee all on track to be completed in November.
“IoT-enabled technologies coming on stream that could allow us to improve the efficiency of processes, the cost-effectiveness of services and help in making the lives of our tenants easier.”
Boston Networks claims that by the end of November, over 30 per cent of businesses, six local authorities and almost 1.4 million people will have access to affordable and reliable IoT connectivity across Scotland.
In addition, advanced discussions are underway, and surveys complete to roll out to a further seven local authority areas within six months.
Scotland’s network is part-funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, plus private investment from Boston Networks itself.
Collaborations are ongoing with a number of organisations and local authorities keen to take advantage of the benefits and efficiencies IoT can offer. These include environmental monitoring for a major utilities company, water monitoring for several local authority organisations, and a smart building trial for a facilities management company.
Several major housing associations are already on board, keen to explore the cost-efficiencies and health benefits that proactive monitoring of social housing offers.
Eildon Housing Association has 2,500 properties across the Scottish Borders and provides housing, care and support services to people in the region.
Eildon chief executive, Nile Istephan, said: “We are proud to be helping to make IoT connectivity available. It will bring benefits to us as an organisation, benefits to our tenants and also benefits to the wider Scottish Borders community.
“We’re aware of IoT-enabled technologies coming on stream that could allow us to improve the efficiency of processes, the cost-effectiveness of services and help in making the lives of our tenants easier.
“For example, automated heating and environmental control systems that constantly monitor and report any potential issues, or smart technologies monitoring the wellbeing of residents, perhaps enabling them to remain at home or be allowed home from hospital sooner than might otherwise have been the case.
“By helping to facilitate this local network we can pave the way for not only our organisation but others across the region to make use of these smart technologies.”
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