Six SME’s from across the UK have been awarded a share of £50,000 funding by Future Cities Catapult, the UK Government-supported centre of excellence in urban innovation.
The startups entered a competition to solve city challenges in London, using the IoT platform, Things Connected.
For ideas including tackling noise pollution, making cycling safer and helping the NHS utilise under-used space, the winning SMEs will receive up to £10,000 each. They will use this to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London using the Things Connected Low-Power LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network).
The winning proposals are:
With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018 the Things Connected network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks.
Future Cities Catapult Chief Executive Officer, Peter Madden, said: “We’re pleased to announce the winners of the ‘Things Connected’ Open Call, and look forward to seeing how they use IoT devices to solve city challenges ranging from flooding, to air pollution, to helping the NHS make better use of its buildings. Here at Future Cities Catapult we actively engage high-growth businesses to drive innovation for urban development. By supporting UK SME’s with funding, we further position the UK as a world leader in connectivity.”
Mark Sorsa-Leslie, Director of Beringar, said: “Partnering with Things Connected to test our Space Use Pattern Detection sensor in an NHS London building is hugely important to us. We believe our sensor will help calculate NHS service capacity within their buildings, improve space usage and potentially save millions that would otherwise be wasted building new facilities that are not needed. In using the LoRaWAN network, we’ll have a fast-track approach to bring our innovation to market more quickly.”
Peter Melville-Shreeve, Director of KloudKeeper said: "We are very pleased to collaborate with the Future Cities Catapult to demonstrate our innovative rainwater management system. Uncontrolled rainfall causes flooding with estimated costs of more than £1.1bn per annum, meanwhile ever-increasing threats of water shortage and higher water costs are driving increased focus on water re-use. At KloudKeeper, we combine state of the art practices and the latest IoT technologies to provide an efficient, cost effective system that represents a sustainable solution to both challenges, in our vision of the city of the future”.
Donatien Garnier, Co-Founder of Nymbly said: "We're excited our air quality sensing project has been selected as part of the Things Connected Open call, and look forward to trialing our sensors within the LPWAN network. With the capitals 2017 air pollution limits exceeded in just five days, it’s more important than ever to provide Londoners with actionable data to reduce their exposure to pollution.”