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University of Edinburgh plans LoRaWAN expansion

07/08/19

Mark Say Managing Editor

The University of Edinburgh is planning to expand its long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) around South East Scotland to boost the use of internet of things (IoT) technology in the region.

Edinburgh skyline

It also planning to deploy about 10,000 multi-sensor devices, incorporating 100,000 sensing elements, to capture real time environmental data.

The university’s IoT Research and Innovation Service is planning the expansion for next year as part of the South East Scotland City Deal, covering 7,700km2 to provide data for public services, academic research, education and to support private sector innovation.

It will build on its Data Driven Innovation World Class Data Infrastructure (DDI WCDI), which includes the LoRaWAN, which has been in place since 2015, and can currently receive messages from more than 16km away across the Firth of Forth.

A blogpost by Simon Chapple, head of the IoT Research and Innovation Service, says it is currently involved in a number of projects across sectors including transport, healthcare, tourism, education and ecology. It is using various sensor technologies including audio, infra-red and accelerometers.

Pictured: Princes Street from Calton Hill, Edinburgh by Kevin Rae/Geograph.org.uk

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