The Weightless SIG has installed a Weightless-N Smart City network across London that will support the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The white space system, which can offer machine-to-machine connections across a few kilometres in what are described as challenging areas - in this case London - operates at a licence-exempt, sub-1GHz spectrum at the ultra narrowband level.
Coverage will be spread across London, and base stations will be placed in areas close to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
Weightless-N was approved for use in 2013 and is expected to have a positive impact on the Internet of Things.
The technology was created at London's Digital Catapult, one of a series of incubator environments where smart cities take shape.
The government-supported network aims to encourage the generation of £365m of economic value by 2018. In this case, it is providing the system infrastructure with assistance from Nwave Technologies.
"We are delighted to be able to provide a platform to showcase Weightless-N technology, a key enabler for smart city projects not just across the capital but around the world," said Peter Karney, head of engineering at the Digital Catapult.
"We are looking forward to opening this up to our network to enable them to continue to showcase the UK's innovation in this area. We will be leading an open call in the near future allowing these innovators to register their interest in the project."
An actual coverage map is being worked on and will be published when the information is accurate.
The Weightless SIG published version 1.0 of the Weightless-N open standard in May, highlighting how important it is for the technology to be open.
"Open standards are simply better for developers. They minimise cost, increase choice, mitigate risk, encourage innovation and are sustainable," said professor William Webb, chief executive of the Weightless SIG.
"History unequivocally shows that only open standards ultimately prevail in the wireless technology space."
Network firm Arqiva has already undertaken similar work to install an M2M mobile data network in major UK cities, which it hopes will be used by firms to install sensors and transmit data that can be used to analyse urban environments.
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