Wireless sensor network will allow businesses and public-sector organisations to monitor the productivity and efficiency of assets and equipment
Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), has been selected as hardware and software provider for a new nationwide, low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network in Scotland for IoT devices.
The pioneering three-year project to build and operate the network, called IoT Scotland, is being led by Boston Networks, a networking services and connectivity provider.
In announcing the €6.75m (£6m) IoT Scotland project in August 2018, Boston Networks noted that the wireless sensor network will allow businesses and public-sector organisations to monitor the productivity and efficiency of assets and equipment without the need for wi-fi or cellular connectivity.
Kerlink will deliver up to 500 of its scalable Wirnet iBTS gateways to project leader Boston Networks over three years, along with its Wanesy management centre solution for remote real-time management of the gateways and overall network. The project will also incorporate Kerlink’s Wanesy geolocation technology, which allows precise location of end-devices without GPS.
The network will utilise low-power, wide-area LoRaWAN technology, in which arrays of gateways convert radio signals from IoT devices into data packets and relay them to a central network server.
“Kerlink’s combination of reliable technical capabilities and experience in building out carrier-grade IoT networks in diverse locales makes them a very attractive partner,” said Falk Bleyl, chief technology officer, Boston Networks.
“Key factors included Kerlink’s proposed gateway management solution and its location-based services, which will help IoT Scotland open up commercialisation opportunities for users ranging from start-ups to multinationals. Availability of a robust and secure network will allow them to focus on deployment of sensors and applications with advanced functions.”
"IoT Scotland is an excellent example of how public and private groups can unite to create new opportunities and services with wide benefits"
The IoT Scotland project will enable diverse uses of the IoT, from tracking of municipal infrastructure like waste bins and street lights to smart building technology that can reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints.
It will be available in cities, towns and rural areas, providing large available markets for newly conceived and executed IoT concepts that support consumers, agriculture, transportation, government and other sectors.
“IoT Scotland will represent the most advanced IoT network in the UK and is an excellent example of how public and private groups can unite to create new opportunities and services with wide benefits,” added Yann Bauduin, EMEA director of sales, Kerlink Infrastructure Services.
“Working with Boston Networks on this nationwide deployment expands Kerlink’s international footprint and underscores the reliability and flexibility of our comprehensive LoRAWAN solutions.”
Boston Networks is collaborating on and investing in the IoT Scotland project with the Scottish Government, which is directly investing £2.7m, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the government’s economic and community development agency.
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