Milano, 5 Feb 2016 – iNebula, an Itway Group company, is at the forefront in the implementation of an infrastructure of smart city in the city of Milan. The company has joined the initiative The Things Network – www.thethingsnetwork.org – to give its contribution with a gateway installed in the headquarters in Milan and through the IoT cloud platform iNebula Connect. This is the first step towards the creation of an open network which will allow everyone to connect objects, applications and data, in order to provide value-added services for businesses activities and citizens according to the logic of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Things Network was born in the summer of 2015 in Amsterdam by a group of startupper that covered the entire city area in just a little over a month. The TTN is based on a low-cost technology called LoraWAN ™ and enables connected sensors to communicate with each other without WiFi, 3G and mobile service subscriptions. The initiative requires small investment – from a minimum of € 200 to a maximum of 1,500 € to install a gateway – and is entirely funded through Crowdfunding. Currently 33 cities have joined the initiative and Milan is the first Italian city in the project.
“As soon as we became aware of The Things Network, in iNebula we decided to join the project” said Giovanni Besozzi, Channel & Business Development Manager at iNebula. “We are the TTN promoters for the city of Milan by providing our IoT cloud platform iNebula Connect and installing the first gateway on our headquarters; according to our calculations, we will be able to cover the entire city area with less than 10 gateway. Network, sensors, central collection and cloud platform are a really small investment, with very high potential”.
From a practical point of view, the The Things Network can be used to monitor air quality, to promote intelligent mobility – for example by reporting free parking or public transport movement, to monitor dangerous areas, to control energy balance of the public buildings and manage street lighting intelligently. A smart city system has a lot of different applications, you can connect static and moving objects, making them communicate with each other. It provides huge potential, both for public utilities and commercial initiatives.
Gartner estimates that by 2020 there will be 26 billion objects connected to the Internet of Things, 250 million will be cars. ABI Research talks about Internet of Everything, where each aspect of our lives will be connected. This is possible thanks to the sensors miniaturization and to the fact that computer “intelligence” no longer resides on the machine, but on the cloud network. In this context, it is easy to guess the IoT potential, from the management of city traffic, leisure, to applications in the medical environment/health care, eg clothing with sensors that communicate directly to the doctor. Be among the first to take the initiative in implementing smart city is a strategic and important point, iNebula, thanks to its IoT cloud platform Connect, is ready to seize this opportunity.
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