Things Connected is an initiative by Digital Catapult to support UK businesses using LPWAN technologies. It is a free-to-use network for the experimenting and prototyping of new IoT products and services that can benefit from the unique features of LoRaWAN and SigFox.
We also run innovation programmes for start-ups and small businesses where they can access industry mentors, as well as commercial and academic expertise to help them bring their products to market.
An exciting announcement
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
Why join Things Connected?
- Get your IoT solution to market faster
- Test and develop your IoT solutions on our free-to-use LoRa and Sigfox networks
- Access to technical and business expertise
- Participate in our innovation programmes
- Become part of a growing community and attend regular workshops and events
Our nationwide innovation programmes are run in partnership with challenge owners with real business problems.
The programmes are designed to help startups and SMEs ensure that when they take their new products and services to market they are 100% primed and targeting the right needs.
We have teamed up with various partners to extend our network and innovation programmes across the UK.
Sunderland Software City
Since 2008 Sunderland Software City has supported the growth of over 500 software companies in the North East of England, establishing the region as one of the world’s leading destinations for technology innovation and enterprise.
Following a competitive Open Call, Digital Catapult awarded Sunderland Software City funding, as part of the Catapult’s Things Connected programme, to establish a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in the North East & Tees Valley for Internet of Things (IoT) development. The network will be free to use for experimentation and prototyping, with associated SME innovation programmes. Sunderland Software City will employ the network to develop smart water metering, streamline supply chain logistics and improve rail infrastructure.
WND UK is the Sigfox network operator in the UK. With 34% of the UK population already covered, WND is aiming for 95% UK coverage, with around 1,800 base stations taking live traffic, by the end of 2,018. With this ambitious roll out plan WND looks likely to be one of the largest commercial IoT networks in the UK.
Following a competitive Open-Call WND were selected as a network expansion partner and to integrate with the Things Connected network, thus adding the Sigfox technology to our portfolio. The expansion region will be in Bournemouth and it is here that WND and it's partner Net Sensors Ltd. will run their innovation programme. The programme will be open to all UK companies and since the WND network covers an ever increasing area of the UK, businesses will be able to develop their ideas locally and use the entire UK network free of charge if they sign up via the Things Connected platform.
The Northern Ireland Consortium is made up of academics from Ulster University, the regional economic development agency Invest NI, local councils, IoT commercial interest groups, local businesses, Tourism Northern Ireland, and a large volume of international business advisors including Seagate, DELL, Bombardier, NHS, Tyco, Encirc360, and EuropCar.
Ulster University are members of the global LoRa Alliance and pioneers in IoT for health technologies and have 25 years’ experience in developing novel networks, remote sensing technologies, and leading technology advances.
Following a competitive Open-Call the Northern Ireland Consortium were selected to roll out a coast-to-coast LoRaWAN network. This free to use country-wide network will integrate with the Things Connected network and facilitate innovation and experimentation to help advance the digital economy in Northern Ireland.