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Bristol-is-Open and Zeetta Networks team up

15 September 2020

Bristol-is-Open is a project for smart city experimentation in technology and citizen engagement, jointly backed by Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. The city was  recognised as the UK’s leading smart city based on the UK Smart Cities index 2017. Then, in 2018, Bristol-is-Open was recognised with the Glomo Smart Cities Award. 

Zeetta Networks, a local university spin-out company, has worked closely with Bristol-is-Open using NetOS to manage its smart city network infrastructure.

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Project connects Sheffield to free, superfast Wi-Fi network

15 September 2020

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, got involved in Sheffield City’s free-to-use, superfast Wi-Fi project. Working collaboratively with Idaq Networks – it runs the network - and Siklu, a player in millimetre wave radio technology, the project creates a virtual data ring-road around the city, transmitting high-speed capacity between tall buildings, before bringing it down to street level to be used by residents.

 The project delivers superfast internet, at 20 gigabits per second (Gbps), to 293 streets in the city and up to 24,000 users can connect simultaneously. The network is free, and at no cost users or to the council who provided exclusive access to street furniture and buildings to install the network. The network can also be leveraged for other commercial opportunities to help fund the service.

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SuperConnected Cities Programme helps fund public WiFi in 22 UK cities

15 September 2020

There are many towns and cities utilising public Wi-Fi solutions in various forms with ranging areas of coverage both in the UK and worldwide. In fact, pick up any august tech publication or visit a relevant website and you’ll see that ‘smart cities’ or ‘connected cities’ feature somewhere.

This is very true in many northern English cities, which are investing heavily in various comms technologies in a bid for parity with more affluent parts of the country. Yet while many projects are announced from the rooftops, some cities, councils and other relevant authorities are keener to keep their powder dry. In other words, some information is in the public arena but much of it is not. The following details some that our cities have completed via the SuperConnected Cities Programme and published information about the previous implementation in Barnsley.

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CTIL and O2 partner up with iWireless Solutions

15 September 2020

Working in partnership with CTIL and O2, iWireless Solutions was asked to design and deliver a world leading, free outdoor Wi-Fi network within the Square Mile. The multi-million-pound project is part of one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in the UK, providing workers, residents and visitors with the ability to access digital rich content in a dense urban environment.

This work was inclusive of any column work, such as replacing for suitable height columns, as well as dealing with the power needed to bring the kit live. The existing Wi-Fi solution was insufficient to meet today’s data demands, which required the new system to be radically different. iWireless Solutions designed a Wi-Fi system with a dynamic, self- organising, fully resilient, gigabit capable backhaul.

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Kendal RUFC’s state-of-the-art upgrade

28 August 2020

Kendal RUFC’s move away from its home for nearly a century was always going to attract considerable interest and great expectations from the local communities, given the investment in a dedicated new state-of-the-art £8m stadium. 

The new Mintbridge Stadium sits just a stone’s throw from the old ground, but the new facilities are light years ahead of the Club’s historic home. The old ground was historically referred to by Kendal’s supporters as a ‘northern fortress’ and modern incarnation is certainly an imposing and impressive site.

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Protecting property, protecting people

23 July 2020

Hesco manufactures, designs and deploys defence barriers in several countries around the world. It is renowned for its rapidly deployable Concertainer system that is used for both flood control and military fortification worldwide. Camp Bastion, the former British Army headquarters in Afghanistan, was named after the company and its iconic barrier system.

Operating from both the UK and US, and with around 300 staff, the company has customers in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.

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Dual function Wi-Fi services for black cabs

22 April 2020

Sherbet London Taxis, a London Black Taxi operator and advertising organisation needed to equip 50 of their latest TX4 classic Black Taxis with 4G (LTE) connectivity.

The goal was to improve the experience of business customers by providing two levels of service:

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Trash talking

21 April 2020

A partnership between Hull City Council and smart city specialist Connexin has optimised waste collection from Public Waste Bins across the city.

The city of Hull, also known as the slightly more grandiose Kingston upon Hull, is a port city located in the heart of England’s Northern Powerhouse.

The city attracted the title of UK city of culture 2017 and was assigned £32.8m for cultural events and to improve the city’s’ public spaces.

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First Hull Trains get app back on track

20 April 2020

First Hull Trains, part of FirstGroup, is a UK rail operator running 90 services a week between London King’s Cross and Hull’s Paragon Interchange. It carries over 800,000 passengers every year on its fleet of four Class 180 DMUs.

Its aim is to deliver an industry-leading customer experience. It has invested in and achieved various innovative industry firsts, a pioneer in the UK transport sector.

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Oldest metro system gets much needed modern connections

20 April 2020

London has the oldest Metro system in the world and TfL wanted to introduce Wi-Fi on its network to improve customer experience for the millions of people who use it every day.

It was therefore the ideal choice to design and manage the deployment of Wi-Fi access across the Underground network. Fujitsu worked with partners Installation Technology to design and install a solution for ubiquitous access, Virgin Media to provide high capacity Wide Area Network connectivity, and Cisco to supply network access points compliant with the Underground environment.

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