Things Connected supports Internet of things (IoT) development.
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. Things Connected Northern Ireland is backed by a consortium of Northern Ireland local authority councils, private sector bodies, universities and specialist advisors. This aims to 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.
This is a unique opportunity for businesses and aspirifor businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, to get free access the Things Connected IoT network and to undertake experimental research and development
Financial Resources: total amount of funding is €11k from Derry and Strabane District council and €33k from Belfast City Council with additional funding provided by partner councils.
Human Resources: Ten team members consisting of 1 project manager and 1 challenge lead from each Council.
Evidence of success
The project collectively agreed to fund 18 projects across the eleven council areas. These projects have all now successfully completed and there is the potential to fund one further project.
The quality of the applications from the SME base proved to be a challenge. This challenge could justify a need for business support initiatives and training in this area once the new application process is opened.
Potential for learning or transfer
This collaborative approach, enables the fusion of an entrepreneurial approach supported by technical experts to provide solutions to technical problems encountered by SMEs and has has the potential to yield significant long lasting results to further grow the local ecomony