Glasgow-based Boston Networks has revealed it is working with the Scottish Government to create a set of standards and protocols to ensure the nation reaps the full benefits of a new £6 million IoT project.
The announcement was made today at Glasgow’s Science Centre at the official launch of Scotland’s IoT network, dubbed IoT Scotland.
The new network, spearheaded by Boston Networks, will provide a wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices and send that data without the need for 3G/4G or Wi-Fi, supporting businesses develop new and innovative applications, changing the way they work.
IoT Scotland will enable all businesses to have the ability to monitor the efficiency and productivity of their assets, equipment, scheduling maintenance and improving production. For example, IoT Scotland could support wider use of smart bins that wirelessly inform local authorities when they require emptying, ensuring best use of bin lorries but also helping to reduce carbon emissions. Similarly, the network could monitor office environments to lower costs by saving energy, while reducing carbon footprints of buildings.
Standardisation is one of the biggest challenges of the IoT evolution. Without standards, the complexity of devices that need to connect and communicate with each other would likely grow exponentially.
Falk Bleyl, CTO, Boston Networks, said: “With regards to a Scotland-wide IoT strategy, we’re in early discussions with the Scottish Government and other organisations to look at creating a nationwide group of interested organisations to work together on this. It won’t be led by Boston Networks – it will be led by another organisation – but we will be delighted to be an active part of that.”
Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, believes IoT Scotland and a clearly defined set of nationwide IoT standards will be vital for ensuring that Scotland remains at the cutting edge of tech innovation.
Speaking at the IoT Scotland launch, he said: “Scotland’s got a very special place in the history of innovation. I think it’s important to look back at what Scottish inventors have done over the years to make the world a better place.
“And now in the 21st century, it’s critically important that we continue to play a role in that space. We want to see Scotland as a country where innovation is an intrinsic part of our culture – something that permeates every part of society and is woven right through our economy.
“Emerging technologies like IoT absolutely have the propensity to do just that and we want Scotland to become recognised globally, not just for the quality of our design of technology, but also as a natural test bed for connectivity and innovation around data.
“This is where projects like IoT Scotland are valuable, creating the foundations for others to create, develop and innovate with new devices, applications and services.”