Boston Networks will lead the project and claims the network will be the most advanced in the UK when rolled out to cities, towns and rural areas
The Scottish Government has announced an advanced Internet of Things (IoT) network as part of a £6 million project, which involves public and private sector investment.
The government is investing £2.7 million in the three-year project with the remaining investment coming from Boston Networks, a £113,000 contribution from Scottish Enterprise and £30,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
IoT Scotland follows the government’s commitment in the 2017-18 Programme for Government to invest in a new wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices and send that data without the need for 3G/4G or wi-fi.
“The Internet of Things is set to transform every sector of our economy, from manufacturing to agriculture and presents an exciting opportunity to revolutionise the way businesses and the public sector across Scotland work,” said Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes.
The network will enable all businesses to have the ability to monitor the efficiency and productivity of their assets, equipment, scheduling maintenance and improving production.
“We want Scotland to be recognised internationally as a natural test bed for innovation in connectivity which is why we are investing in our digital infrastructure”
For example, IoT Scotland could support wider use of smart bins that wirelessly inform local authorities when they require emptying, ensuring best use of bin lorries but also helping to reduce carbon emissions. Similarly, the network could monitor office environments to lower costs by saving energy, while reducing carbon footprints of buildings.
“Our £2.7 million investment in this project underpins our vision of a Scotland that stimulates innovation, welcomes investment and promotes its digital industries,” said Forbes. “We want Scotland to be recognised internationally as a natural test bed for innovation in connectivity which is why we are investing in our digital infrastructure.”
Boston Networks will lead the project and claims the wide-reaching network will be the most advanced in the UK and will be rolled out in cities, towns and rural areas across the country. “The network will allow a wide range of users, from small IoT start-ups to multinationals to focus on the deployment of sensors and applications, rather than network build,” said Falk Bleyl, chief technology officer.
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