New LPWAN innovation programme targets Local Authority use cases

Local Authorities are becoming increasingly aware of how innovative, low cost Internet of Things solutions can help councils deliver better services and efficiently manage their local infrastructure. Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) can make that a reality, but Local Authorities struggle to identify the right technology partners that will meet their specific needs in a rapidly evolving market.

UK SMEs who develop LPWAN solutions are keen to work with Local Authorities, but they find it difficult to turn promising conversations with individual council staff into real business opportunities.

To remove this stumbling block, Digital Catapult’s third Things Connected Innovation Programme brings together Local Authorities and LPWAN innovators to work on real-world challenges and helps them fine tune their offerings for the Local Authority market.

The Local Authorities and their challenges are:

Croydon – Measuring the impact of construction sites on air pollution in the surrounding area.
Suffolk – Monitoring footfall in a seaside town.
Sutton – Independent travel for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities.
Thurrock – More efficient waste management at municipal refuse tips.

If you are a UK SME that provides LPWAN solutions that could help Local Authorities address their challenges then this programme might be for you. It runs from mid-May until the end of July, with trials to be completed by the end of 2018.

Read the Digital Catapult Open Call for full details, and to apply to join the programme. Good luck!