Virgin Media O2 Business switches on UK’s first 5G-connected hospital

06 July 2022

Virgin Media O2 Business has switched on the UK’s first 5G-connected hospital with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – provider of the most extensive portfolio of mental health services in the United Kingdom.

The switch-on is part of Maudsley Digital Lab's series of digital health and innovation trials funded by NHS Digital, with the private 5G network providing dedicated connectivity for mission-critical digital health use cases for both clinicians and patients. The trials are investigating the efficiency, safety and security benefits of using smart, 5G-connected technologies in NHS hospitals – including IoT (Internet of Things), AR (Augmented Reality) and AI (Artificial Intelligence).



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The UK’s digital transformation: why it’s about more than just WFH

15 June 2022

We all know that over the last two years, the pandemic has sped up the UK’s digital transformation. As physical doors closed – for offices, for shops, for council services and even for doctors’ surgeries – digital doors opened. Our own study with the Centre for Economics and Business Research last year revealed that organisations boosted their IT spend by 18% compared to 2019 and digital transformation projects prompted by Covid-19 were fast-tracked by an average of three years across the UK.

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What does the edge mean for IoT?

10 June 2022

Peter Ruffley, Zizo

Peter Ruffley, Zizo

A lot has been written about the IoT revolution and how the technology has the capability to revolutionise industries, transform productivity and unlock new levels of insight. But for those intrigued by the possibilities and looking to dip their toe in the water, the potential myths of high price point, infrastructure and connectivity challenges, as well as the required skill set can be significant hurdles that seem insurmountable.

In addition, especially when it comes to the reality of industrial IoT, the cost, time and disruption that goes into a brand new facility – the prospect of having to rip and replace new infrastructure to support IoT just isn’t a viable option for many businesses. So what’s the alternative? Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo, explains how edge IoT and analytics can provide a powerful mechanism for translating complex data sources into a streamlined, lower cost platform with faster return on investment and higher value. First, he considers some of the key challenges businesses face when considering an investment in IoT.

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How IoT connectivity is reaching new heights

08 June 2022

Nick Sacke, head of IoT solutions at Comms365

Nick Sacke, head of IoT solutions at Comms365

IoT solutions utilising SIM-based cellular technology for connectivity are not new – but the speed with which IoT is expanding, embracing ever more exciting and dynamic use cases is both compelling and creating market confusion in equal measure. From a market which is reaching maturity – the standardised, tried and tested, M2M SIM IoT deployments - to one (e.g. 5G SIM-based IoT) which is largely in its infancy, separating between those solutions that can be bought with confidence and those where continued innovation warrants discussion and consultation, may not be straightforward. And, for these latter cases, choosing the right cellular (SIM) technology and network type will require an understanding of the technical requirements for each use case and the data profile of the asset to be connected.

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