Six SMEs will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle “city problems” in London after they each won a share of £50,000 from Future Cities Catupult, the government’s city innovation body.
The start-ups entered a competition to solve city challenges, like noise pollution and safer cycling, using the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Things Connected.
Six SMEs were awarded up to £10,000 each to develop their ideas, and now have six weeks to deploy their devices and prove their effectiveness.
“We’re pleased to announce the winners of the ‘Things Connected’ Open Call, and look forward to seeing how they use IoT devices to solve city challenges ranging from flooding, to air pollution, to helping the NHS make better use of its buildings,” said Future Cities Catapult chief executive Peter Madden.
With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn – and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018 – the Things Connected network lets entrepreneurs and developers test new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks.
- Beringar will test light and environmental sensors in the NHS to find under-used space.
- BuggyAir are creating a device to give real-time information on pedestrians’ and cyclists’ exposure to pollution.
- Fosters and Partners will monitor noise pollution in the capital.
- Joyride Technologies,in partnership with the London Cycling Campaign, will collect information on how families commute as cyclists to inform infrastructure.
- KloudKeeper will demonstrate its smart rainwater capture, reducing water demand.
- Nymbly will test an air quality management app, which will have an impact on health in the workplace by using sensors to provide infomraiton on ventilation, humidity control or filtering.