Glasgow’s Internet of Things network is the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Boasting eight IoT gateways spread across the city, Glasgow has been able to showcase itself as a leading tech hub, sporting unparalleled coverage for smart devices. Now the city is looking to cement is position with the addition of a ninth gateway at the City of Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus on the south bank of the Clyde.
The new tech is expected to be announced today, at CENSIS’s (the Scottish innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems) fourth annual Technology Summit, to more than 400 academia and industry leaders. Glasgow’s current coverage in the central, west end and northern areas of the city will be extended to devices in the south east of the city, while the reliability of device connetions inside and under buildings in the city centre will also be boosted.
The UK’s first Smart City?
Each gateway can connect up to 10,000 devices within a radius of three miles from urban areas. Glasgow is already making good use of its current capabilities, using its existing gateways to monitor river levels, the capacity of public bins, and pollution levels in the city centre. Many more projects are also under consideration.
The college’s staff and students will also be educated on how to fully harness the city’s IoT network, named ‘LoRa‘, by the consortium behind the project – Stream Technologies, Semtech Inc., Boston Networks and CENSIS.
Douglas Morrison, STEM and Innovation Project Lead at City of Glasgow College, said: “We are delighted to partner on this exciting project. Glasgow is very much a Smart City and the continued growth of IoT means we are always on the look out for innovative education solutions across our super college.
“Not only is City of Glasgow College an established technical and professional Centre of Excellence, our Riverside campus is the most technologically advanced maritime and engineering campus anywhere, so this is a great fit. Each day we work to ensure that our students are equipped with relevant and modern skills to flourish in the workplace. We look forward to further developing this relationship with CENSIS.”
Dr Mark Begbie, Business Development Director at CENSIS, added: “The City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus is the ideal location for the latest addition to the Glasgow LoRa network – enhancing the city’s existing coverage and extending it to the south east. It will also act as an important engagement point for us with the college’s staff and students, giving them the best possible opportunity to use the IoT. We look forward to working with them on new applications and projects for this exciting technology in the near future.”