Smart Technology: What does it mean for me?
July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
50 years ago the idea of ordering your shopping online, and having it delivered to your door seemed unimaginable. Today, this is a reality. In the last 50 years with the invention of the internet and it’s wide rollout, our lives have become smarter than ever. Now a new type of internet has been born, “the internet of things”.
I guess your question is what does this technology mean for me? Imagine a city, where you no longer worry about whether you can access a decent parking space, which route to take when driving, or overflowing waste bins. The Internet of Things makes this a reality. It connects everyday objects to the internet allowing them to send and receive data.
Smart technology: Hands up if you have a smart meter installed in your home? I’m going to throw this out there; I could not live without this device. How useful is it to be able to track how much you’re spending and not have to worry about a huge unexpected bill at the end of the month? This is just the start, with newly developed smart technology we can future proof homes. Connected devices such as smart meters, smart lighting and heating devices can help homes reduce energy costs and make all our lives more comfortable.
Smart parking: Let’s be honest – how annoying is it when you spend 20-30 minutes looking for a parking space and then when you finally find one they’re so expensive! The Connexin Smart Parking solution provides drivers with real-time information about available parking spaces and how much they cost. With this information we can solve issues people would normally experience before they even decide to make the trip to town. Did you know?: Thirty percent of all traffic congestion in cities is caused by drivers looking for a parking space; creating inconvenience and harming the environment.
Hull, a special place: Hull has always been part of Connexin’s DNA, and that’s why we are working hard to make it one of the Smartest City’s in the world. Recently, several of our projects have hit the headlines. These include our new LoRaWAN Network, Smart Bin Initiative and Data Centre but what does this mean for you? And how do they work?
LoRaWAN Network: Lora what? LoRaWAN stands for Long Range Wide Area Network. Really: It is simple; think of it as a backbone of a Smart City. The network Connexin has built for Hull carries data from sensors, and smart city products so that they can be fed back to base. The network provides a really cost effective option to companies looking to bring Smart products to the City and attracts investment.
As well as this, it will also help Hull innovate. Connexin will be providing free limited open access to the network for hobbyists, community groups and educational organisations such as schools for STEM learning opportunities.
Smart Bins: At the minute waste collection teams must make plans to empty every bin without knowing if they are full or empty. The new smart bins will communicate information on fill levels to help understand the optimal times for waste collections and can recommend time-effective collection routes.
If everything goes to plan, bins will be emptied before they overflow and therefore, there will be fewer unnecessary collections. This will reduce congestion on the roads, cut CO2 emissions, while also decreasing the number of overflowing bins.
Data Centre: Connexin are investing 5 Million pounds to bring a state of the art data centre to the region. This is set to create 60 new jobs locally and will also bring 40000 Mbps of connectivity to the area resulting in better online services.
If you have any questions about anything Smart or any of Connexin’s services feel welcome to send these to us via email on “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call our friendly customer care team on “01482 363738“.