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IoT network to launch in Ireland © JCT600/Joel Stein

IoT network to launch in Ireland

10/08/17Science & Technology

Smart grid provider Silver Spring Networks are to work with Dublin-based ESB Telecoms to develop a national internet of things (IoT) network across Ireland.

The network is envisioned to serve as a catalyst for civic, commercial and industrial customers, allowing them to connect IoT and smart city applications and devices.

Following the distribution of the IoT network, Silver Spring’s Starfish platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will augment ESB’s telecoms infrastructure and services nationally.

Starfish PaaS will offer service level agreements, and will be based on Silver Spring’s Wi-SUN standards-based mesh technology.

“Many Irish cities, towns and businesses are interested in how the IoT can help create new innovative, efficient and sustainable services,” said Rory McGowan, managing director, ESB Telecoms.

“By working with Silver Spring Networks, we believe that we’ll be able to accelerate IoT development nationally, with the high standard of reliability and service that our customers have come to expect from us. We look forward to helping Ireland become a leader through the deployment of one of the world’s first standards-based national IoT roll-outs.”

Silver Spring Networks president and CEO Mike Bell said that the two companies would utilise existing standards-based technology to accelerate the deployment of massive-scale networks for devices, enabling entities to cost-effectively join the IoT revolution through Starfish.

He added: “By its very nature, mesh technology can securely aggregate data from widely distributed endpoints – from dense urban environments to remote rural areas – and then backhaul that data through the carriers’ towers; and above all, it’s real and scalable – it has already proven itself for industrial IoT on five continents.”

Mesh-connected devices communicate with their neighbour devices, meaning these networks are suited for delivering the robust and reliable connectivity that IoT networks require.

Pan European Networks Ltd