Censis Director Mark Begbie was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's, Good Morning Scotland programme by Gary Robertson and Hayley Millar on the subject of the IoT and LoRa® technology.
Mark discussed a wide-range of topics, including the next wave of internet technology, the Internet of Things, and the pioneering collaborative LoRa® Network project in Glasgow involving Stream Technologies, Semtech Inc., Boston Networks and CENSIS. You can read the full press release on that news here.
The discussion focused on how different IoT technologies can communicate to make our lives easier, and how they are turning system data into useful information, allowing us to make better informed decisions on everything from monitoring cows to finding parking spaces.
Censis is an Innovation hub that has co-developed an IoT LoRa® Network in Glasgow. They are part of a consortium which recently concluded an agreement at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, at the beginning of the month, to roll out the next phase of the scheme's evolution.
Asked if he thought a time would come when everything was on the internet Mark was quoted as saying, "I don't think your jam sandwich will ever be on the internet", and then went on to give some practical applications.
Mark highlighted the fact that rural communities could save money and reduce their carbon footprint by harnessing IoT technology. By using IoT sensors to monitor fuel levels in heating oil tanks, rural communities could minimise unnecessary deliveries and save users 4-5p per litre on their fuel costs.
The conversation turned to discussing the technology involved in the Glasgow LoRa® network, and how Scotland is operating at the cutting-edge of LoRa® technology. Mark highlighted many of the benefits that LoRa® has over existing technologies, including the fact that LoRa® devices can transmit data over long distances with very low-power costs. Despite the fact that LoRa® devices operate using low-power batteries, they are excellent at penetrating heavy materials, such as concrete. These benefits were highlighted by testing conducted by Stream Technologies in Glasgow's built-up city centre.
In addition, LoRa® enables devices to report their location, without the use of GPS. This both maximises battery life and reduces costs, allowing LoRa® devices to operate for years without the expense of having to replace its battery.
LoRa® devices can also be used for large-scale applications, such as monitoring the transport grid to detect small problems before they become major issues. LoRa® technology enables cities to spot disruption such as train delays, or motorway congestion, at the earliest opportunity and deploy solutions quickly and efficiently.
The LoRa® network in Glasgow will allow companies to develop new solutions that they can scale up across the world. Stream Technologies is enabling companies to connect LoRa® devices to the IoT and manage them via its award-winning IoT-X platform.
You can listen to the full interview again on BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
The discussion starts around 2h 41m.