The island wants to take a lead to attract technology developers and encourage start-ups to create new businesses and jobs
Telecoms operator JT, in partnership with Digital Jersey, has announced the construction of the Island’s first long-range wide area network (LoRaWAN) which allows devices to access the internet without using 3G, 4G or wireless broadband.
Formerly known as Jersey Telecom, JT has been working closely with Digital Jersey to develop plans for a smart island where other companies interested in Internet of Things (IoT) technology will be able to use Jersey’s LoRa network as a test bed for their own products and services.
“IoT will fundamentally change how we live, work and do business,” said Tom Noel, managing director of JT Wholesale. “By building this network, and taking an open, collaborative approach, with Digital Jersey and others, we truly explore the potential of a LoRa network, and ultimately help our customers to engage with this exciting new world of IoT technologies.”
The technology used in a LoRa network is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in environments that were previously too challenging, or expensive to connect.
Potential examples of the network include: by connecting data from sensors monitoring traffic congestion feeds or pedestrian footfall counts, a dynamic ‘safer journey’ planner could be created for Jersey; sensors recording temperature, air quality and humidity could give asthma sufferers greater knowledge of their environment, allowing them to better prepare for the day and manage their symptoms.
“By working closely with JT, as well as the other members of our Test Bed group including government and the utility companies, we can investigate the great potential of the Internet of Things to both improve life in Jersey and grow our digital economy,” added Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey.
“As a small country, where we can get all the key players around the table working together, we should be able to take a lead and create a smart island to attract technology developers, encourage new start-ups and ultimately create new businesses and jobs.”
JT claims to have more than one million JT SIM cards in circulation connecting devices worldwide, from heart monitors in Canada to payment systems in West Africa.
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