Chinese aces join roll-out of Cambridge IoT protocol
Chinese LPWAN and Advanced Metering Infrastructure specialist Bridging Science has fortified the international roll-out of the Cambridge-born Weightless SIG initiative which is developing crucial open standard IoT connectivity technology.
Bridging Science has joined the Weightless SIG in a board position – a highly significant move given aggressive plans for extensive deployment of gas and electricity meter equipment in China. The company brings broad engineering experience and deep technical capability to the group with a complementary position to existing Weightless technology vendors.
The involvement of a world-class Chinese specialist is the latest in a growing list of successes for the Weightless technology.
Business Weekly understands that there are now more than 60 Weightless network projects ongoing in five continents – the US, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and an agricultural deployment in New Zealand could be just around the corner along with news of a highly successful trial of the technology in Taiwan.
Bridging Science CEO, Alex Li, explained that the organisation chose Weightless technology over all other LPWAN alternatives because of its intrinsic superiority.
“We carefully analysed every technology option over a period of two years. Our definitive conclusion is that Weightless, with its synchronised network protocol delivers huge improvements in spectrum efficiency in practical situations over other technologies, and the wide-ranging feature set gives it unprecedented flexibility.
“For us there was no viable alternative to Weightless and we are delighted to be part of that global community.”
Bridging Science is 80 per cent R & D focused, bringing a diverse innovation skillset to bear on exciting IoT vertical applications.
The core technology team brings together engineers from Alstom, Ericsson, Microsoft, Huawei, Siemens, GE, Itron and more.
Bridging Science enjoys strong cooperative relationships with key stakeholders in the Chinese AMI/Utility Critical IOT market including Tsinghua University, MIIT, Radio Regulators, partners, meters, IoT platform vendors and Gas/Water Utilities. The company will initially provide end-to-end AMI solutions using Weightless technology, specifically in gas and water metering markets, followed by other narrow band IoT use cases in Smart Lighting and Smart City environments.
Existing Weightless hardware solutions from Bridging Science are at an advanced phase of development, and E2E IOT solution based on Weightless technology is planned to be commercial available by the end of 2018.
William Webb, CEO of the Weightless SIG and chief system architect of the core technology, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Bridging Science to the board of directors. The skills that this team brings to the organisation will greatly accelerate the development of Weightless hardware, especially in the strategically important AMI vertical market.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: William Webb