Jersey trials IoT expansion
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:
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Telecommunications company JT is rolling out a new LPWA network across Jersey, with the intention of improving the island’s Internet of Things capability. The company has collaborated on the project with Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation and Sony Europe Limited.

The solution is described as a low-power wide area network, enabling internet connection without the use of 4G or WiFi. According to the company, the system’s transmitter LSI supports ISM (industrial, scientific, and medial) band of 920MHz, 868MHz and 430MHz.

The network consists of two receivers situated in the central and southern region of the island, with coverage confirmed by “extensive drive and walk tests” undertaken by Sony Europe engineers.

Speaking of the trial, managing director of JT International, Tom Noel said: “The LPWA technology is relatively new but its potential to interact with IoT technology is vast and will eventually change the way we live, work and do business. Sony’s [solution] performed better than expected, so JT is now primed to provide its customers with the best access to IoT technologies and full connectivity.

“Jersey will also soon be home to a dedicated IoT Lab, based at one of our exchanges. This will offer companies the opportunity to collaborate on innovative product development, share resources and turn ideas into commercial ventures.”

Jersey was chosen for the project because of the Island’s pre-existing fibre network, alongside its varied terrain.

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