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New Digital Network for Norfolk

13 July 2018

A whole new world of digital possibilities has opened up in Norfolk thanks to the creation of a new digital network.

Cllr Tom Garrod, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee, explains: “Imagine a world where you can connect a sensor to any device, such as a kettle, lightbulb or walking stick and then use data or real-time connectivity to improve our lives and the environment around us, this is the opportunity that we have by creating this network for Norwich.

“My hope is that entrepreneurial developers will see this as a platform to create solutions to everyday problems and that we can expand the network to cover the whole county.”

Examples of how the low-cost network could be used include:

  • Detecting if a kettle isn’t turned on by someone vulnerable before 10am. If not, a family member can be alerted to check on them
  • Detect if a person with dementia has roamed outside a certain area so a family member or carer can be alerted

County Councillors today approved the launch of a low power, long range network (LoRaWAN) at Millennium Library and County Hall. The range of the network could be up to 15km and does not rely on WIFI or mobile phone reception and is due to go live in July and August.

Local businesses, entrepreneurs, schools, colleges and universities will now be encouraged to experiment and help to identify opportunities and solutions that will exploit the new technology.

The network is being paid for by Capita Updata, as part of its social value commitment to Norfolk County Council.  

For political comment
Cllr Tom Garrod (Conservative) Chairman of the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee, on 07515 356821
Cllr David Rowntree (Labour), on 07450 679993
Cllr Marie Strong (Liberal Democrat), on 07920 286597

For further information please contact: 
Communications Team at Norfolk County Council 
Tel: 01603 228888 

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