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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.

We are currently in the first phase of the project, which will run to the autumn this year and this involves:

  • The delivery of 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.
  • The definition of the real-world challenges that we want smart city solutions to be developed to address. The project is running 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.

Following this first phase we will be looking to run a series of competitions in early 2019 to develop innovative solutions to the local authority challenges. 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.

Further details of the challenge funds will be provided nearer the time, however in the meantime if you wish to contact us with any ideas or to include yourself on a mailing list relating purely to opportunities through this project, please click on the 'Contact Us' box above.