Digital Catapult joins forces with The Things Network expanding UK LPWAN coverage

Digital Catapult joins forces with The Things Network expanding UK LPWAN coverage

New partnership announced creating the UK’s largest LPWAN network deployment and innovation community.

Digital Catapult’s Things Connected initiative has partnered with The Things Network (TTN). This collaboration brings together two well-established initiatives in the UK, creating Britain’s largest free-to-use LoRaWAN network and innovation community.

UK innovators will now be able to develop and build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions on a network of over 400 base stations across the country. It brings together the existing Things
regions (London, North-East, and Northern Ireland) and the 63 local TTN communities with over 700 members and 250 gateways. Things Connected innovation programmes are now more accessible and inclusive to UK entrepreneurs no matter where they’re based.

LPWAN wireless networks such as LoRaWAN and SigFox are designed to allow connected devices such as sensors to communicate small amounts of data over large distances using tiny amounts of power. They enable new, disruptive smart services and solutions in areas such as digital manufacturing, smart cities, health and social care. These remote sensors or actuators can run for many years on a single battery, located many miles from network gateway.

Things Connected was established in 2016 by Digital Catapult at a time when the UK lacked significant national LPWAN coverage. Its aim has been to stimulate UK innovation, and accelerate the adoption of low power networking technologies by IoT innovators. TTN has grown over the last three years in parallel with Things Connected, with a global free-to-use open network service that has crowd-sourced base station coverage.

Through the Things Connected programme, Digital Catapult has enabled over 700 innovators to experiment with IoT technologies, leading to new products and services being brought to market in the UK and abroad. Thousands can now access the combined network for testing and product development.

Peter Karney, Head of Product Innovation, Digital Catapult says:
LPWAN connectivity will be the driving force behind the uptake of IoT, bringing new companies and services to market. This partnership enables us to expand and accelerate UK innovation.”

Wienke Giezeman from TTN commented:

“UK innovators can now deploy LoRaWAN solutions more seamlessly across the region and fuel further collaboration to benefit the UK economy. Companies too will also be able to demonstrate their services globally, with TTN nodes available across the six continents.”

The combined network is expected to be self-sustaining and continue to grow through community-support, as both TTN in the UK and Things Connected have over the past two years.

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