in Security / Space

Inmarsat, Jersey Telecom and Actility deploy IoT network for Kigali smart city project

Posted 11 May 2017 · Add Comment

Inmarsat will deploy LoRaWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital's flagship smart city project.



The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from 1 May, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) applications and will provide a blueprint for smart city projects throughout Africa.

The deployment coincides with the Transform Africa Summit (10-12 May), a forum that will bring together African Presidents, other dignitaries, and leading technology innovators, to discuss plans for building a smarter Africa.

The LoRaWAN network has been developed in partnership with Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks for industrial IoT, and 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. Applications could address any number of urban needs, including transport, utilities, health and education.

To demonstrate the IoT’s transformative potential, Inmarsat has, in conjunction with partners such as Actility and Jersey Telecom, deployed a number of proof of concepts and technology demonstrations around Kigali. These include: environmental monitoring that will include sensors being deployed in buildings to monitor air quality, a smart bus equipped with satellite internet providing ubiquitous connectivity for remote communities, the smart bus is LoRaWAN enabled providing real-time data acquisition in communities that it services; and a precision farming initiative, intended to increase crop yield and better manage water resources.

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, elaborated on the significance of the smart city initiative: “Whilst many commentators have enthused about the possibilities of the IoT for the urban environment, from increasing utility usage efficiency to enabling a smooth network of autonomous cars, the reality is that it is still relatively untested and in its infancy. 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.”

Creating an IoT ecosystem across an entire city requires smart connectivity to a reliable network. Gudonis spoke about Inmarsat’s and Actility’s role in enabling this: “The ambitious scope of the Kigali smart city project has implications for the kind of infrastructure that needed to be in place, with a requirement for stability and speed when dealing with large and complex data volumes across an urban environment. We worked closely with Actility to bring their large-scale LPWAN expertise together with our satellite networks, building this vital framework all within a single network.”

“We believe passionately in the power of the IoT to transform cities, industries, and agriculture,” said Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “But more importantly, we think IoT can change people’s lives for the better, and nowhere more so than here in Africa. We’ve come here to learn, and are proud to support this initial network rollout as the foundation on which smart cities across Africa will be able to build better futures for their citizens.”

As part of the Transform Africa Summit, the Kigali smart city project is intended to shine a light on the possibilities that technology offers the continent. Dr Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director at Smart Africa, the summit’s organiser, commented: “We at Smart Africa are very pleased with our partnership with Inmarsat. Africa’s single digital market can be a reality with such partner. The time is right. Africa is on the rise. African ingenuity has sometimes been restricted by the infrastructure available to us in the past, but now new possibilities are opening up as technology transforms how our cities operate.

“The Kigali project will expose a new generation of students, business leaders, and technologists to the potential of the IoT, and will create demand for innovative solutions to common urban issues in countries and cities all over Africa. Inmarsat and Actility have built the gateway to a smarter future for our cities.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Barnbrook marking its 40th anniversary at its 12th Farnborough Airshow

Hampshire-based Barnbrook Systems Ltd has already started preparations for its 12th consecutive appearance at the world famous Farnborough International Airshow next summer (16-22 July), where the award-winning UK firm will mark

Medway named as second new patrol ship

A bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, Medway, as it was formally named on Friday morning at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

Gatwick wins Airport of the Year

This week at separate ceremonies - Gatwick won Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards, a global environmental award for its world-first waste plant and Digital In-house Team of the Year at the prestigious Digital Impact

Dstl invites suppliers to contribute to advanced materials consultation

A new enduring consultation has been launched inviting suppliers to help shape the future research activity as part of the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) programme.

Chris Allam appointed MBDA UK Managing Director

MBDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Allam to the role of MBDA UK Managing Director and to MBDA's Group Executive Committee.

Heathrow arrivals benefit from AMAN

Aircraft flying from Europe into London Heathrow Airport now benefit from more accurate delay information thanks to the advanced data available from NATS' Arrival Manager system (AMAN).

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
SMI MilSat BT2907101117SMI FAV BT1007161117SMI AirMissBT0305251017FIL18 BT111017220718Aviation Africa BT18418Advanced Engineering BT1007021117