Kickstarting Hull's Smart City

C4DI : 21.02.2018

A free event for business leaders and tech experts to come together and plan how to put Hull at the forefront of an exciting new smart city technology that can be used to help improve business, communities, health and address urban and rural problems such as air quality or waste management.

Our goal is to show how, by collaborating, we can build momentum and deliver valuable insights into future possibilities.  We hope you will want to find out how this technology could affect you and your organisation.  

The event will be held in C4DI with registration and coffee from 9:30.

The event will focus on LoRa (short for Low Powered Radio) - a major component of the smart cities and neighbourhoods of the future. Hull should be part of the leading wave of innovators and we intend to start a programme of activities and projects to explore the capability of LoRa.  We want to bring together organisations who could benefit from the technology with those who can implement it.

The event will kickstart a activities and projects to develop LoRa technology around Hull.  If you have an interest in SmartCities, or the Internet of Things, you should come along.  It’s free to attend. The only thing you’ll be investing is your time finding out about this exciting new technology!

Come along to find out more about the technology and its capabilities and to see what other people and organisations are doing.  And to find out how you can participate in the developing LoRa in our area of course!

 


Timetable


Kickstart - Morning Session | 9:30 to 13:00 | Invite Only

The morning session is to set the direction and approach.  We want to find out how much appetite there is and to find a way of collaborating for mutual benefit.  This is a key session for decision makers and those setting policies.

 

09:30    Arrival and registration (with coffee)

10:00    Welcome - objectives and agenda                

10:20    Introduction to LoRa                       

10:45    Experiences Building a LoRa Community         

11:30    Coffee

11:45    Call to action - facilitated discussion                

  • Offers to contribute - problems, people or resources
  • Steering Group
  • Infrastructure
  • Projects to build understanding and momentum
  • Smart City Hackathon
  • Hull infrastructure
  • Activity groups
  • Scheduled meetups

13:00    Lunch

 

Technical Workshop - Afternoon Session |  14:00 to 16:00 | Open to all

The afternoon session will look in more detail at the technology.  This session is aimed at those with a technical interest - who might want to learn more and potentially participate in projects.


14:00    The Technology                            

  • Example LoRa architecture              
  • The Things Network                       
  • Commercial products                   
  • Provisioning                         
  • Security                        

15:00 Applications                           

  • Strengths
  • Limitations
  • Data rate
  • Range

16:00    Close


FAQs

What is LoRa?

LoRa (short for Low Powered Radio) allows small, low powered devices to connect to a wide area network using a radio system with a range of up to a few kilometers or so. It is not a universal panacea for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but it does have huge potential for products and services. One major purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of LoRa and how it can be used. We also want to take a first step in setting up a LoRa initiative in this area.

why are we running the event?

We believe LoRa is an important component of a SmartCity.  Hull should be part of the leading wave of innovators and we intend to start a programme of activities and projects to explore the capability of LoRa.  We want to bring together organisations who could benefit from the technology with those who can implement it, so we can get started - we would like your participation!

Who Is Organising The Event?

Robin Harris

Robin has managed IT in large organisations and has lead a variety of innovation projects.  Since leaving the world of large business, he has run his own IT recruitment company, taught scuba diving and consulted on digital innovation.  He is a keen maker of Internet of Things devices and experiments with digital technology.

Rob Miles

Rob has been teaching computer programming for more than 25 years. An expert on Visual C# and a Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development, Rob enjoys inspiring new and experienced programmers. As well as writing his own games, programs, and poetry, Rob has consulted on a wide range of commercial software projects.