Network Communications News (NCN) May 2017 - Page 16

ON THE CASE Inmarsat and Actility deploy city-wide IoT network in Rwandan capital Inmarsat has announced that it will deploy LoRaWAN (a form of LPWAN or Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which is active for an initial period until 1st May, 2018, is the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and will provide a blueprint for smart city projects throughout Africa. The LoRaWAN network has been developed in partnership with Actility, a business that Inmarsat has recently invested in. The solution will provide city-wide coverage that enables a variety of organisations to develop and deploy IoT applications on a large scale, as well as allowing entrepreneurs to easily connect their front-end IoT devices through a middleware layer. Paul Gudonis, Inmarsat Enterprise’s president, said: ‘Kigali is taking the lead with its smart city project, creating an IoT ecosystem where both private and government organisations can experiment with this technology in a vibrant and lively city. ‘The project will therefore begin to take the potential of this exciting technology beyond futurist visions and into a real-world scenario and we look forward to seeing the creativity of Kigali’s many entrepreneurs, students, and businesses unleashed on the IoT network.’ vCreate introduces video tech to aid parents with their baby’s progress The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow has become the first neonatal unit in the UK to use video technology to help parents stay connected with their baby’s progress; the cloud based video platform, allows nurses to send parents of premature babies video updates from hospital. Now vCreate, the technology provider that supplies the personalised video platform to Glasgow, is launching a public appeal to help find sponsors to support a mass roll-out of personalised video technology across all 200 NHS Neonatal Units by 2018. Ben Moore, founder of vCreate said, ‘The feedback from parents using the platform has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’d like to extend the offering to all parents of premature babies born in the UK. This is only going to be possible with support from the great British public. Maybe you’ve been personally affected by the birth of a premature baby, or know someone close to you who has; could you help us spread the word on social media? ‘All it would take is for a few generous corporate sponsors to allocate a modest percentage of their yearly marketing budget. The sponsor’s contribution would go towards ensuring their local neonatal unit has access to the vCreate platform plus training for all the staff.’ For further information visit: For further information visit: IT infrastructure from smallest to largest. ENCLOSURES POWER DISTRIBUTION CLIMATE CONTROL