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Itron launches inaugural city challenge

Bringing together leading IoT developers and cities, Itron’s first in a series of smart city challenges seeks solutions to real world problems

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City of London Corporation would like to find new ways to improve river safety through technology
City of London Corporation would like to find new ways to improve river safety through technology

Itron is calling for hardware and software vendors to submit their products and solutions to its inaugural smart city challenge.

 

The intention is for Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers to compete for the chance to work with leading smart cities, including Glasgow and London in the UK, to deploy breakthrough solutions.

 

Participants are invited to develop solutions to address challenges defined by the participating cities.

 

Making use of Itron’s standards-based developer tools, technology providers are invited to integrate their solutions with Itron’s IoT platform to tackle the key business and societal challenges outlined below.

 

Free hardware development kits

 

Qualified participants will receive free hardware development kits and engineering support to accelerate the development of Wi-Sun-based solutions. By taking advantage of the Wi-Sun field area network (FAN) technical specification, successful solutions will be interoperable with a global footprint of more than 89 million devices worldwide, providing increased commercial opportunity for participants.

 

The Glasgow and London challenges are defined as:

 

Glasgow: improve travel choices and experience during events in the city while promoting the overall city center offer
Glasgow is one of the world’s top sporting cities and a major destination for conferences and concerts. Many thousands of people come to the city on a regular basis to experience its year-round calendar of events.

 

However, this brings significant challenges in getting people safely and conveniently around the city to their location. It also impacts residents and particularly, the public transport system. In order to maintain its position as a top destination and attract even more visitors, Glasgow is seeking solutions to safely and efficiently manage the movements of large influxes of people in order to ensure that they have a positive experience.

 

London: enhance safety along the River Thames in central London

The City of London Corporation would like to find new ways to improve river safety through technology to meet the city’s safety and public health priorities. Due to the life-threatening nature of river entries, the city corporation is seeking solutions that accelerate emergency response times and that protect citizens by ensuring the availability of safety equipment when it is needed.

 

The application period is now open and will close on 4 January 2019. To learn more about the challenges, sign up for more information and submit your application, find out more

 

 

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