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Open call for partners to drive IoT innovation across the UK

Those interested in making a submission must deliver a working LPWAN and experimentation testbed for the regions

IoTUK Boost aims to act as a catalyst for developing IoT-enabled services
IoTUK Boost aims to act as a catalyst for developing IoT-enabled services

Academic knowledge must be incorporated into the testbed environment

At least 10 UK SMEs must be supported over a period of 12 months

IoTUK is looking for three partners to lead the roll-out of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and experimentation testbeds across the UK. It follows the announcement last week by Digital Catapult Things Connected to deliver an IoT network to London.

IoTUK Boost wants to be a catalyst for the development of IoT enabled services and applications by lowering the barriers to LPWAN technology access and innovation delivery.

To apply for the Boost programme prospective partners will need to deliver a working LPWAN network and experimentation testbed to support IoT innovation in the UK regions. This testbed will then be open to businesses and entrepreneurs, to test either their new or established IoT products.

IoTUK will provide £30,000 per partner to support the development of the LPWAN test network. Alongside this, they will support communications and promotional activity around the testbed to help drive uptake and market awareness of the network, and provide guidance and support in the design and implementation of the innovation support programme.

The submission deadline for the open call is 14 October, with selected organisations notified by 28 October.

Each IoTUK Boost partner will need to deliver the following:

  • A working LPWAN test network and experimentation testbed
  • An innovation community of users through meet ups, open calls and training workshops to stimulate engagement with the test network
  • A training package to allow users to get started quickly and seamlessly on the network
  • Coordination of partners from the wider LPWAN ecosystem as sponsors or contributors to provide components, tools, incentives, and events to stimulate the community
  • Ensuring academic knowledge is incorporated into the testbed environment, providing SMEs access to cutting edge research
  • Intensive support for at least 10 UK SMEs over a period of 12 months, to accelerate the time to market for new products and services using LPWAN

The intended outputs delivered by the IoTUK Boost are:

  • New businesses and revenue streams for UK SMEs through new LPWAN enabled products and services
  • Capture success stories created via the network to promote further adoption of LPWAN technologies, and to demonstrate economic impact of the network
  • Showcasing opportunities for new products and services, in realistic environments and at scale

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