Pilot using a specific site, to create and contribute towards the development of SMART Technology ('internet of things') in, and for, rural areas.
The scheme was developed jointly with Gwynedd Council (Digital Gwynedd) and the Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai (Coleg Glynllifon). The concept is to create a ‘test bed’ / laboratory to encourage the introduction and development of an ‘internet of things’ in the context of agriculture / rural areas.
There will be 3 elements to the project:
Set an appropriate infrastructure that can facilitate ‘internet of things’ in rural areas. LoRaWAN on the site of Glynllifon College in 2018.
The next two elements will focus on how to make use of the technology in agriculture.
1. Encourage and market the site for others to use eg. Farming Connect, individual farmers, private sector. This element of the project will also look at trialling some existing devices on the site.
2. Encourage wider use by facilitating sessions with the Agriculture industry and digital industry (eg North Wales Tech). An opportunity is given by one or a series of sessions to the farming industry (including college students and private farms) to identify new devices that would assist farms or contribute to the efficiency of farming. The session would also include representation from digital companies, with the aim that they could produce one (or more) of these devices to be piloted at Glynllifon.
Finally an emphasis is placed on sharing the lessons learned and successes for other stakeholders in Gwynedd.