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Internet of Things Event | South West College | Northern Ireland

30 March 2018

Internet of Things Event | South West College | Northern Ireland

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On the 21st of March 2018 the South West College Connected team hosted an Internet of Things event. The term IoT encompasses everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that "talk" to each other.

Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together. Connected machines and objects in factories offer the potential for a 'fourth industrial revolution', and experts predict more than half of new businesses will run on the IoT by 2020.

The aim of this event was to highlight the benefit of using Low Power Wide Access Networks (LPWAN) to facilitate rural connectivity of sensors. The event started with Philip Catherwood Ulster University explaining how the technology worked and the history of LPWAN. Stephen Seawright WISAR Letterkenny Institute, then demonstrated some practical applications of the technology and finally Rick Bradbury WND-UK, introduced Sigfox and their plans to roll out the network nationwide.

The event was a huge success with attendee coming from small and medium sized businesses and academics. If you’d like to find out about future events in SWC, contact Linda.Clarke@swc.ac.uk