At Wireless Explorers, we support clients with major projects in the smart cities, IoT and big data areas. Below are a couple of examples of recent assignments.
Developing the Smart City Business Case for IoT (Innovate UK)
Wireless Explorers was engaged by UK Government through Innovate UK to value and appraise the Internet of Things technologies as they might be deployed in global Smart Cities. This project was a major undertaking for Wireless Explorers. Taking almost a year to complete, it required significant stakeholder engagement with input from all in the IoT ecosystem. Participants included academia, SMEs, councils, cities, government as well as providers, vendors, operators and the final consumers of the services, the public.
The full spectrum of business analysis techniques was used, including interviews, workshops, scenario modelling, process engineering, cost modelling and technology roadmap appraisal. The work resulted in a collection of tools and techniques which enables city executives and others to readily appraise the Internet of Things when employed in the context of a modern city. An example of this is available to freely download at www.IotUK.org. https://iotuk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Toolkit_Smart-Waste.pdf
Analysis of the M2M device value chain - weaknesses and opportunities (Machina Research)
As an enabler of the Internet of Things, M2M technology has a key role to play. However, there a number of market failings identified in the M2M ecosystem. Wireless Explorers co-authored a series of reports to investigate the challenges, including: The M2M value chain needs shaking up if it is truly to enable mass market uptake. The analysis concluded that the cost of the radio access devices (leveraged for both IoT and M2M services) was the major factor limiting service uptake. This paper discusses some approaches to remedying this situation.
Assessing the threat to personal data - investigating the Use of Wireless Technologies to Capture Private User Information (Ofcom)
Wireless technologies – mobile phones and tablets in the main – have come to be an essential part of our everyday life. There are those that will use them, however, to gain access to our personal information. Ofcom – the UK’s communications regulator – commissioned Wireless Explorers to study and advise the Board on the prevalence and threat of user location detection and tracking of personal wireless devices using wireless technologies. The work included:
a description of a range of current and potential future use cases of tracking users and objects using wireless technologies;
a description of the techniques and approaches used to process captured data, leading to aggregate view of user location, behaviour, social interaction and interaction with public services;
a first order assessment of the business opportunities presented using collecting device and user data.
This was a substantial piece of work which moved the argument for personal data privacy and security forward with a leading national regulator.
Market Appraisal - Ultra Wide Band Radio - a review of the market and opportunities to create IPR and gain government funding (Scottish Government)
UWB is a wireless communications technology which offers the potential for unique applications due to its ultra low power and broad bandwidth design. The government of Scotland asked Wireless Explorers to appraise the UWB market. Specifically it was looking for opportunities to invest in the IPR of Scottish companies - large and small. The study included estimated value, market size, timeline and risks and alternative market scenarios (worldwide). This was used to evaluate the opportunity for development of intellectual property, and the opportunity to develop different components of the device in Scotland (RF, MAC and antenna designs). The work resulted in several developers in Scotland receiving funding to create IP associated with UWB.