LoRa network now available in Milton Keynes

A wireless sensor network that specifically meets the needs of Internet of Things solutions is now available in Milton Keynes.


Over 30 businesses gathered at the University Campus Milton Keynes last week for the launch of the city’s own LoRa network—a wireless sensor network designed to serve Internet of Things solutions.

Powered by LoRaWan, a specification that targets the key requirements of the Internet of Things, the LoRa network is perfectly suited to smart applications since it enables seamless interoperability among smart ‘Things’ without the need for complex local installations.

Paul Putland, Researcher at BT for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things explained that it’s part of his remit to deploy sensor networks for the MK:Smart project and that the LoRa network is now available in Milton Keynes with gateways installed at four locations to provide coverage across central areas of the city.

The launch also featured keynote presentations from Tracy Hopkins, Chair of the LoRa Alliance and Jon Pearce, Head of Europe for Microchip. It was chaired by Rajinder Sharma with a welcome address from Gordon Mellor, UCMK Campus Director.

“The launch of the LoRa network in Milton Keynes reinforces the city’s position as a global pioneer of smart cities,” said Rajinder Sharma. “It’s another demonstration of not only how sensor networks have been deployed as part of the MK:Smart project, but also our desire to reach out to the local business community to help generate technology innovation around smart cities.”

The LoRa network is supported by the LoRa Alliance, an international not-for-profit organisations whose members include IBM, Cisco, Orange and more.


For more information, please contact Rajinder Sharma (rajinder.sharma@beds.ac.uk)