Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster Project
The Smart City Cluster project is a two year £1.73m Internet of Things (IoT) project which is being funded through a Local Growth Fund capital grant from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The project, led by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Berkshire Unitary authorities of Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and West Berkshire, will demonstrate how technology solutions can meet real-world challenges in delivering public sector services.
Specifically, the project will:
- deliver an IoT communications system across the urban areas in the region with good coverage into rural areas. This is based on LoRa a Low Powered Wide Area Network (LPWAN) and we are also facilitating the commercial roll out of SigFOX. These communications systems are ideal for the development and deployment of low cost IoT sensors and have a long range and good coverage in urban areas.
- define the real-world challenges that we want smart city solutions to be developed to address. The project has run a series of workshops for the local authorities to define the challenges which will complete in the autumn and are anticipated to be around areas such as transport, energy, assisted living and the environment.
Successful solutions will not only address the specific challenges but will also have a strong business case and competition entrants will be expected to provide an element of co-funding of the project.
The first round of Challenge Calls is being advertised by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project. More information can be found here.