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Arqiva, Sigfox announce launch of UK IoT network

Iain Morris
December 11, 2014
Arqiva and Sigfox have announced the launch of their UK Internet of Things (IoT) network in ten of the country’s biggest cities.

The companies first teamed up in May 2014, unveiling a plan to develop a mobile network designed specifically for IoT services.

Arqiva (Winchester, UK), an infrastructure company, and Sigfox (Toulouse, France), a French company developing an IoT connectivity solution in various European and international markets, have said the UK network will make it “simple and affordable” to connect millions of things to the internet – helping cities and businesses to improve services, reduce costs and protect property and people.

“Our network is truly unlocking the promise of the Internet of Things,” said Wendy McMillan, the managing director of smart metering and M2M solutions at Arqiva. “Together with existing connectivity, such as street-level Wi-Fi, these cities are becoming hubs for digital innovation.”

“A whole host of smart city and intelligent building applications can now deliver strong benefits – from smart parking and waste level monitoring through to connected smoke alarms,” added McMillan.

The ten cities where services have gone “live” in December are Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

“This kind of technology will bring benefits to all our residents right across the whole of our borough and in time will really help enhance how we deliver services,” said Denise Hyland, a councillor with the London borough of Greenwich. “This technology will help cities tackle economic and social challenges and will help solve issues like traffic congestion as well as enhancing security, and making heating and lighting more efficient.”

“We’re delighted that the Royal Borough of Greenwich is one the first areas to benefit from the Arqiva and Sigfox network and the opportunity this provides to become a leader in this field,” added Hyland.

Sigfox claims the UK IoT network will eliminate “cost and energy-use barriers” to the widespread adoption of IoT services by municipalities and companies.
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