Come along and find out more about the Northern Ireland IoT Challenge!
W/ Belfast City Council and Ulster University.
Things Connected NI is a regional program that will see the deployment of LPWAN a ‘Low Powered Wide Area Network’ across most of Northern Ireland in 2018. This infrastructure, also known as an Internet of Things (IoT) network, will be free to use for experimentation and testing, demonstration, and piloting IoT products and services. LPWAN provides an inexpensive way for many low-cost sensors to be connected; the data transmitted from the devices will transit the network and is forwarded to your application server. Things Connected Northern Ireland is backed by a consortium of Northern Ireland local authority councils, private sector bodies, universities and specialist advisors. This will stimulate innovation in this high growth industry while actively building and supporting the ecosystem to innovate, experiment, prototype and bring to market new products and services.
Things Connected Northern Ireland is launching several challenge calls in areas such as urban living, transport, smart buildings, manufacturing, digital media, tourism, agriculture and healthcare.
This is a unique opportunity for businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, to get free access the Things Connected IoT network. To undertake experimental research and development, all while being supported by a programme that offers facilitated access to the ecosystem, support from academia, subject matter expertise, technical and business development support.
What SMEs can expect from the programme
- Hands on practical experience in the IoT industry, from creating a concept to building and testing a device on the network
- Participation in the eco-system
- Build networks and peer relationships
- New market opportunities and access to investment
Who should apply
SMEs who are interesting in seeking to solve the programme challenges. Technical SMEs will likely apply however, a technical background is no pre-requisite. There are plenty of tools and resources available here to guide. As with other challenge calls, we recommend a collaborative approach, the fusion of an entrepreneurial approach supported by technical experts has the potential to yield good results.
Come along and find out more about the programme and the challenges! And bring your LPWAN devices!