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IoT boost for Glasgow

It extends coverage to south-east of the city and improves the consistency of connectivity in the city centre

The Riverside Campus gateway extends Glasgow's LoRa network
The Riverside Campus gateway extends Glasgow's LoRa network

Glasgow has added another gateway to its Internet of Things (IoT) network, bringing the total to nine and further boosting the quality and range of its coverage across the Scottish city.


The ninth gateway, sited at the City of Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus on the south bank of the river Clyde, adds to the eight already placed around the central, west end, and northern areas of the city.


It will extend coverage to Glasgow’s south-east and improve the consistency of connectivity for devices in the city centre, particularly those inside and under buildings.


The consortium behind the city’s LoRa network – Stream Technologies, Semtech, Boston Networks and the Scottish innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (Censis) – will also begin working with the college’s staff and students to help them use the new technology.


Each gateway can connect as many as 10,000 devices within a radius of at least three miles in urban areas. The Glasgow network has already been used to monitor river levels, the capacity of public bins, and pollution levels in the city centre with several other trials underway.


“We are delighted to partner on this exciting project. Glasgow is very much a Smart City and the continued growth of IoT means we are always on the look out for innovative education solutions across our super college,” said Douglas Morrison, STEM and innovation project lead at City of Glasgow College.


“Not only is City of Glasgow College an established technical and professional centre of excellence, our Riverside campus is the most technologically advanced maritime and engineering campus anywhere, so this is a great fit. Each day we work to ensure that our students are equipped with relevant and modern skills to flourish in the workplace. We look forward to further developing this relationship with Censis.”


“The City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus is the ideal location for the latest addition to the Glasgow LoRa network – enhancing the city’s existing coverage and extending it to the south east,” added Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at Censis.


“It will also act as an important engagement point for us with the college’s staff and students, giving them the best possible opportunity to use the IoT. We look forward to working with them on new applications and projects for this exciting technology in the near future.”


The announcement will be shared today at Censis’s fourth annual technology summit in Glasgow, which expects to attract more than 400 delegates from across industry and academia. The conference covers a range of topics, including the development of smart cities, cyber security, and the opportunities presented by IoT technologies and Industry 4.0.


The summit audience will hear from a range of speakers, including: Edinburgh Napier University’s professor Bill Buchanan OBE; the University of Glasgow’s Professor Muffy Calder; Alan Norbury, industrial chief technology officer at Siemens UK; and Frank Frederiksen, head of corporate strategy at U-blox.


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