17 February 2020
Everywhere you look you see connected devices whether it be smart phones, Amazon Alexa’s, CCTV cameras, traffic lights, the list is endless. But, what is the one thing that brings these devices together?
In this article we explore the single most important thing to connect your enable city.
Did you know?
This digital revolution is happening now whether you like it or not, you can either embrace it or be scared by it. There are many examples of smart technology that are being implemented today, such as;
But without a secure, scalable, reliable network in place these solutions simply aren’t possible. This is the single most important thing to enable your smart environment.
It seems obvious, but you wouldn’t build a house before the foundations have been laid, so don’t start to consider your IoT solutions before you have considered your network capability.
There are many definitions of what a network is, but a good way to describe it is by thinking of it as a brain.
The brain is just like a network – a series of interconnecting links that enable the rest of your body. Like a brain, your network needs to be;
Here we introduce you to Jane and take you through a day in the life in her utopian smart city, where we see a seamless integration of people, places and things.
Jane lives in her connected apartment, within her connected town. Jane is connected to her home Wi-Fi wherever she goes within the town and therefore can access her home and get the same speeds and performance as if she was still in her home.
All this is possible with a secure, reliable and scalable network in place and this is happening today in cities all around the UK.
ThamesWey is an independent limited company in Woking Borough Council. It was set up in 1999 to deliver on the council’s strategic objectives which, at the time, were mainly focused on tackling climate change through carbon reduction. Those environmental priorities have since evolved into the Woking 2050 strategy which places sustainability at the heart of broader efforts to meet the demands of development and the local economy.
This means that ThamesWey can deliver on sustainability commitments in ways that purely commercial companies can’t, while having the freedom to compete in open markets. The result is high quality projects that fund further sustainability work and provide a source of revenue for Woking Borough Council that helps keep important services running.
ThamesWey Group has begun the construction of 148 new homes in Woking. The development Harrington Place will not only provide a modern place to live but also be filled with the very latest technology. ThamesWey group has an ambition to provide a fast, secure, reliable and managed Broadband and Wi-Fi solution to its customers.
The UK Connect brief was clear and simple. The broadband and Wi-Fi solution should feel like a home Wi-Fi service. It must offer high availably and resilience. The homeowner Wi-Fi should be very easy to use and supported. Customer experience is at the heart of this project and this should remain at the forefront of the solution and considered at every step.
ThamesWey recognised to have a smart environment they must have a good network in place.
UK Connect work with a variety of trusted suppliers and master system integrators in order to deliver new networking solutions. These networks are fully redundant, always available and most importantly, secure.
The smart city has its own wireless network that scales to cover the whole environment; however, users are able to access their own private and secure ‘bubble’ of this network using their own individual password thanks to technology such as Ruckus’s dynamic pre-shared key (DPSK). This means that no matter where you move in the smart environment your wireless network moves with you.
This network bubble is always secure and always receiving the same speeds and service as if the user was in their home. They are also able to interact with other smart technologies, such as bus stops, street lighting and more, just like Jane.
Interested to find out more? UK Connect would like to extend an invite for you to come and view Harrington Place and understand the technology that has been put in place to make smart living possible.
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“Working with UK Connect has been a smooth and easy process. The team has been fantastic by going above and beyond, getting our broadband installed for us within extremely tight deadlines and ensuring the client relationship is done in an efficient manner. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the UK Connect team, as I find they are highly reliable and have good attention to detail and carry out the job to an exceptional standard.