JT launches cutting-edge wireless network to enable Jersey as a smart island
January 10, 2017 GMT | Yashu Gola
6th January 2017 – JT – a global Tier 1 operator based in the British Channel Islands – is getting off to an exciting start in 2017 with a major investment in the ‘Internet of Things’ – which allows everyday devices to collect and share data.
JT, in partnership with Digital Jersey, is now building the Island’s first Long-Range (LoRa) Wide Area Network, which allows devices to access the internet without using 3G/4G or Wi-Fi. It means that Islanders will be among the first people in the world to experience – and benefit from – the next generation of internet technology.
Established in 2012, Digital Jersey is the principal driver of government (States of Jersey) efforts to establish Jersey as an internationally recognisable centre for the digital industries.
JT is already a global leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) with over one million JT SIM cards connecting devices worldwide, from heart monitors in Canada to payment systems in West Africa. It has been working closely with Digital Jersey to develop plans for a smart island where other companies interested in IoT technology will be able to use Jersey’s LoRa network as a test bed for their own products and services
The technology used in a LoRa network is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in environments that were previously too challenging or expensive to connect. Potential examples of a LoRa network include:
- By connecting data from sensors monitoring traffic congestion feeds or pedestrian footfall counts, a dynamic ‘safer journey’ planner could be created for Jersey.
- Sensors recording temperature, air quality and humidity could give asthma sufferers greater knowledge of their environment, allowing them to better prepare for the day and manage their symptoms.
Tom Noel, Managing Director of JT Wholesale, said: “LoRa is a relatively new technology but its potential in the IoT space is already considerable. IoT will fundamentally change how we live, work and do business. By building this network, and taking an open, collaborative approach, with Digital Jersey and others, we truly explore the potential of a LoRa network, and ultimately help our customers to engage with this exciting new world of IoT technologies.”
Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey, said: “By working closely with JT, as well as the other members of our Test Bed group including government and the utility companies, we can investigate the great potential of the Internet of Things to both improve life in Jersey and grow our digital economy. As a small jurisdiction, where we can get all the key players around the table working together, we should be able to take a lead and create a smart island to attract technology developers, encourage new start-ups and ultimately create new businesses and jobs. JT’s strengths in this area are a real asset for Jersey and their support is invaluable.”
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Headquartered in the Channel Islands, JT (formerly Jersey Telecom), offers a range of world-class services expected of a Tier-1 enterprise provider for a domestic and global customer base. Services include: voice and data; consultancy; co-location; leading-edge data hosting; internet; security; cloud back-up; fixed and mobile technologies; eGaming; M2M; Cloud Services (IaaS); fully managed IT services; and wholesale solutions.
With over 120-years worth of heritage, JT today operates across 11 global locations, employing over 600 staff serving over 1 million global consumer subscribers and 2,177 active business customers.
Continued investment in the Channel Islands includes delivering a resilient off-island network, helping robustly connect them internationally and support their place on the global business stage. As a leading data hosting provider with 5 high specification data centres, JT offers facilities that are widely recognised as the CI’s largest, most secure and accredited (PCI-DSS; SOC; IOS27001).
JT has a vision to become the partner of choice for global telecommunications innovation and has built long-standing partnerships with some of the World’s leading communications businesses. Notably, JT holds Avaya Platinum Partner Status, is a member of Dimension Data’s One Cloud Alliance and is a certified Cisco ‘Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialist’ Service Provider.
Find out more:
LinkedIn: JT Group Limited
Digital Jersey was established in 2013 to act as an accelerator, working alongside government and the private sector in coordinating activities that improve Jersey’s ‘digital ecosystem’.
The government-funded development agency’s main aim is to facilitate growth of the digital sector, increasing its value to the island while creating more employment opportunities. Digital Jersey voices and supports a community of stakeholders’ visions for the digital sector through skills development, technical innovation and research, financing, incentives, infrastructure and involvement in eGov.
It also helps existing local digital companies and start-ups flourish while demonstrating advantages of the island to new technology businesses.
Find out more:
LinkedIn: Digital Jersey
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