IoT Scotland, a project set up by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Boston Networks, has rolled out its Internet of Things (IoT) network to rural areas in the Scottish Borders.
The project is attempting to build and operate Britain’s most advanced (IoT) network, with Eildon Housing, one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers, partnering with Boston Networks to deliver IoT Scotland network across the Borders area.
The Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) is a wireless network that allows effective long-range communications at a low bit rate using very little power, allowing rural areas to gain coverage.
IoT technologies offer a range of benefits to businesses and local authorities, and are predicted to transform the social housing market, with several solutions available to tackle key challenges including tenant safety, air quality, fuel poverty, damp and disproportionate maintenance costs.
Eildon chief executive Nile Istephan said: “We’re proud to be helping to make IoT connectivity available. It will bring benefits to us as an organisation, benefits to our tenants and also benefits to the wider Scottish Borders community”.
“We’re aware of IoT enabled technologies coming on stream that could allow us to improve the efficiency of processes, the cost-effectiveness of services and help in making the lives of our tenants easier.”
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IoT Scotland is a three-year project funded in 2018 with £2.7 million worth of investment from the Scottish Government. The new Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, said at the time: “The Internet of Things is set to transform every sector of our economy, from manufacturing to agriculture, and presents an exciting opportunity to revolutionise the way businesses and the public sector across Scotland work.
“Our £2.7 million investment in this project underpins our vision of a Scotland that stimulates innovation, welcomes investment and promotes its digital industries. We want Scotland to be recognised internationally as a natural test bed for innovation in connectivity which is why we are investing in our digital infrastructure.”