This event will reveal the latest in Internet of Things (IoT) and some truly innovative projects. Discover where IoT has made advances that were not previously possible using traditional methods. We will have a number of our partners coming together to talk about their projects; from real-time monitoring of parking spaces and river levels, to TV white space providing connectivity where conventional technologies cannot reach.
Since 1996, Nominet has managed and run domain names that end in .uk and is now one of the world’s largest country code registries. Our R&D team is a technology research group that applies our expertise and knowledge of the running of a key part of the UK’s internet infrastructure onto new and emerging technologies. From phones to cars, the home to the workspace, digital technology now impacts almost every aspect of day-to-day life.
The IoT has huge potential to improve our lives, but it is currently hampered by uncertainty, caused by a lack of interoperability and security. Anyone looking to build an IoT application is faced with a confusing mix of technologies that may or may not be compatible. To ensure tools work together they must be sourced them from a single provider, with no guarantee that they will work with different systems in the future.
Nominet has created the IoT Tools to offer an alternative: a way to create truly open and flexible IoT systems that are not locked-in to a single vendor. Through our experience of building real-world IoT systems, such as the Oxford Flood Network, we have created a set of tools to make it easy to build and manage secure, interoperable and future-proof IoT applications.
TV white space (TVWS) is the name given to parts of the wireless spectrum that were freed up during the digital TV switchover. TVWS radios offer broadband speeds over several kilometres and the signal can travel through permanent obstacles such as buildings and trees, as well as around terrain.
TVWS is free for anyone to use and build their own network. Given the appealing characteristics of TVWS, a number of potential uses have been identified, including providing broadband connectivity to rural communities, delivering wireless connectivity across campuses, and connecting IoT devices.
Smart Cities could transform urban living. From self-driving vehicles to intelligent power grids, the vision for a Smart City uses technology to balance limited resources against the demands of a growing population.
Like the Internet of Things, there are many challenges to overcome before Smart Cities become a reality. At the moment, there are still very few good examples of cities with smart technology in place that really benefits its citizens, local authorities or businesses. So, to move things forward, we’re focusing on how digital solutions can be found for current city issues – rather than creating new technologies that can’t be applied to real environments.